The University Expands
Since that time, CSUB has filled half of the 375 acres, adding facilities to accommodate academic programs, student life and the greater community. Residence halls and Science I opened in 1972, followed by the Romberg Nursing Center in 1973. The center was the first university building in California built without state funds, utilizing a grant from the U.S. Health, Education and Welfare Department, as well as local funding from Tenneco, the Ararkelian Foundation, and The Mrs. Charles Doré Fund.
Many other buildings have been funded by donations, including the Doré Theatre, Todd Madigan Gallery and the Icardo Center. Originally named the CSUB Activities Center, the building was dedicated in honor of the longtime Roadrunner boosters Jimmie and Marjorie Icardo, who donated more than $2.5 million to support CSUB athletics.
Between 1994 and 1995, the Walter W. Stiern Library and the Student Union opened, offering students a state-of-the-art research and media center, as well as a social center for student life. The 2000s saw the addition of the Business Development Center and Science III, which greatly enhanced the student academic experience.
After offering classes for five years at Antelope Valley College (AVC) in Lancaster through CSUB’s Extended Education division, the university opened CSUB Antelope Valley, an satellite campus at AVC in 2000. In 2004, the city of Lancaster opened the Lancaster University Center as an additional site for instruction for CSUB Antelope Valley, and an associate vice president was hired to oversee operations. In fall 2017, the Antelope Valley campus enrolled more than 500 students.
Science III, the first science building to be constructed on campus in 30 years, was completed in September 2008. The three-story, 54,000-square-foot building offers fifteen laboratories, seven classrooms, and 70 faculty offices, and was built to U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver equivalence.
CSUB completed construction and opened its state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center in 2009. The university’s athletics programs entered NCAA Division I competition starting in the 2010-11 school year after beginning the transition in 2005-06.
In 2013, the engineering modular complex opened and includes laboratory and classroom space. The Dr. Jacquelyn A. Kegley Center for Student Success opened in Modular West.
The Visual Arts Center, opened October 24, 2014, replaced the outdated arts structure built in the late 1960s. The new 9,000-square-foot facility includes specialized studio/lab environments for work in ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing and digital art.
In January 2015, students moved into Student Housing East, a three-building housing complex on the northeast side of campus. The complex is a 151,000-square-foot, 113-suite, 500-bed facility and provides a significant increase to the 340 spaces available in the original dorms. Student Housing East was built to LEED Gold equivalence.
Faculty and staff in the School of Arts and Humanities moved into a new LEED Gold equivalent, 13,865-square-foot Humanities Office Building in fall 2017, a replacement for the seismically deficient Faculty Towers.
All the while, CSUB has shared its grounds with the local community for such activities as the Bakersfield Business Conference, AYSO soccer fields, Southwest Little League fields and many outdoor concerts and festivals at the Amphitheater.
CSUB has entered into a public-private partnership with Gregory D. Bynum & Associates to build professional office space on the south side of campus. Tenants will be required to have affiliation with the campus, such as providing internships to students.
The university serves around 11,000 students today. The master plan builds out the entire campus to accommodate 18,000 students. There continues to be a great deal of growth potential for the campus.
In 2020, CSUB celebrated 50 years since the first day of classes on October 1, 1970. Learn more about CSUB history on our 50th Anniversary website.