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Fast Facts 2018


Centrally located on a 375-acre site in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California State University, Bakersfield is a continuously growing comprehensive regional university that is committed to transforming the lives of its students and community through its established excellence in academia, diversity, service, and community engagement since its founding in 1965. The faculty across the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) fully accredited University is world-class, with nearly 75% holding terminal degrees in their respective fields. An NCAA Division I school, CSUB has competed successfully in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) since 2012. NCAA Division I competition is but one important aspect of a growing and vibrant student-life experience.  

Over 10,000 students

The University serves more than 11,000 students at either the main campus in Bakersfield or CSUB Antelope Valley and counts over 50,000 alumni from its four schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Administration, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, and Social Sciences and Education. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and credential programs, and a doctoral program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D).   CSUB’s Extended University serves the community by offering additional professional development, certificate, and degree programs. With over 70 percent of its alumni remaining and working within the Central Valley, CSU Bakersfield supports ongoing social, cultural and economic development in the region.

60% Alumni in Kern County 85 Student Organizations/Clubs on Campus First Fab Lab in CSU or UC system

California State University, Bakersfield is committed to academic excellence and community partnerships. Students considering where to go to college will find that CSUB offers a number of advantages over other universities. We are proud to offer:

Outstanding education

CSUB offers high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs that advance the intellectual and personal development of its students. The university is committed to scholarship and life-long learning, and currently offers more than 50 different Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. You really can get a world-class education right here in Bakersfield.

Great value

In today’s economy, CSU Bakersfield is an incredible value. You get all the benefits of a private university — like small class sizes, cutting-edge research, and outstanding faculty — at a public school cost. Local students can get an excellent education within their own community and be ready to succeed anywhere in the world.

Extraordinary level of student-faculty interaction

At CSU Bakersfield, you won’t be just another face in the crowd. You will work closely with highly qualified and experienced professors in modern classroom and laboratory settings. CSUB’s faculty members are respected academic experts, published researchers, and engaged community leaders – as well as dedicated educators who genuinely care about their students’ success.

Career opportunities

CSUB prepares students to succeed in challenging and rewarding careers in a wide range of fields. Many departments offer internships that give students practical, real-world experience. Graduates have a high rate of employment, with many going straight into prestigious professions where they utilize their CSUB education every day.

Community engagement

The entire local community benefits from the energy, expertise, and enthusiasm of CSU Bakersfield’s students, faculty, and staff. The university continues to help shape the future of Kern County through student internships, research, campus institutions, and community events. Each year CSU Bakersfield contributes more than 2,000 new alumni to the community’s educated and skilled workforce.

Time for fun, too!

Students at CSU Bakersfield take school seriously, but there’s also plenty of time to enjoy student life on and around campus. CSUB features a state-of-the-art student recreation center, over 85 student organizations and clubs, and 11 fraternities and sororities. Students also enjoy Roadrunner NCAA Division I sporting events, on-campus performances, and plenty of dining and entertainment options in the city of Bakersfield. 

Open Quote
Larger schools in Los Angeles and Fresno seemed too big and intimidating. CSUB has the classes I need without the long wait-lists that the other schools have. Also, CSUB is close to home, and it would have been expensive to move out. Close Quote
- Beatriz Pelayo
Junior Liberal Studies major

CSUB Alma Mater