When California State College, Bakersfield (CSCB), opened for classes on October I, 1970, it marked the fulfillment of a twenty-year dream—the dream of a baccalaureatedegree granting institution in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and High Desert. Chartered in 1965 as part of a bill authored by Bakersfield's own Senator Walter Stiern, CSCB became the 19th campus of the CSC system. The first president was hired in 1967. Groundbreaking ceremonies, presided over by then- Governor Ronald Reagan, took place on April 11, 1969. CSCB became California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) in 1988.

CSUB is the only four-year-degree-granting public university within a 100-mile radius. It serves a vast region encompassing Kern, Tulare, Inyo, and Mono counties, and parts of Los Angeles and Kings counties. The main campus is located on a 375-acre site which was donated by the Kern County Land Company to the State of California for the university, a remarkable demonstration of the community's commitment to and support for the institution.

The University is committed to being a comprehensive University and strives for excellence in its four schools: Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering; and Social Sciences and Education. CSUB awards bachelor's degrees in 31 academic areas. The master's degree is awarded in 18 academic areas. More than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend CSUB at either the main campus in Bakersfield or the Antelope Valley Center located in Lancaster. There are more than 37,000 living alumni, 70% of whom continue to reside in our service region.

CSUB is distinguished by an outstanding faculty, excellent academic programs, and by the extraordinary accessibility of the faculty to students. Small classes and close interaction between students and faculty enhance the learning environment. Over 90% of the tenured faculty have earned doctorate degrees in their fields of study. CSUB has the highest percentage of faculty in the CSU with terminal degrees. CSUB hosts numerous centers and institutes, which promote scholarly research and publication and give students an opportunity to conduct research, as well as provide invaluable scholarly and research resources to the community. The University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.