Application Process for First-Time Freshmen

1. Check to be sure you meet the Admission Requirements for First-Time Freshmen and that the campus is accepting applications for admission for First Time Freshmen.

2. Submit an application to CSU Bakersfield through Cal State Apply the online admissions portal for all CSU campuses. A $55 non-refundable application filing fee is required. Fee waivers are available if you qualify. Students interested in applying to the Educational Opportunity Program, (EOP) may complete their EOP application on Cal State Apply as part of completing their application for admission.

3. You will receive an email from CSUB Admissions and Records acknowledging receipt of your application along with your specific CSUB ID number and login instructions to your myCSUB account. Pay particular attention to any outstanding "To-Do" list items that you need to complete and/or submit. Admission to the University will be contingent upon meeting all eligibility requirements as well as meeting all deadlines and documents to be submitted. Submit requested documents on time to the University.

4. Check your Admissions Status online at myCSUB regularly for any updates. Once a decision is made (including provisional admission), it will be reflected on your account, and you will receive a communication with further information such as accepting or declining your offer of admission and signing up for an Orientation if admitted. 

5. Be sure to monitor your "To-Do" list regularly even after you have been admitted; there may be additional documents or requirements you will need to submit such as your final high school transcript once you graduate. Do not send documents or correspondence unless required.

Important: make sure your email address and other contact information are correct. CSU Bakersfield uses email as one of the main forms of communication.

Office of Admissions and Records

Student Services Building, 47SA
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022

Phone: (661) 654-3036
Fax: (661) 654-3389

Enrollment Management


Application Deadlines

The initial application filing periods for first-time freshmen and transfer applicants are as follows:

  • Fall Semester (Opens October 1, 2019 for Fall 2020 Semester):
    October 1 - November 30
    of the previous year
  • Note: Application deadlines and open/closed filing dates are subject to change. Visit Cal State Apply for detailed information.


To learn more about the CSUB application process for First-Time Freshmen, see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.