Student Support Programs

At California State University, Bakersfield, we want to see all students succeed. We offer a number of programs and resources to support students at all stages of their educational journey.

Academic Advising and Resource Center
The CSUB Academic Advising & Resource Center (AARC) is the University’s central location for academic advising and other student support services. AARC advisors work in close partnership with students to help develop course plans, work efficiently toward graduation, set and achieve academic and life goals, and discover each student’s potential. The AARC offers a variety of information sessions and workshops to keep students informed and on track to graduation.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
The Educational Opportunity Program is designed to improve access and retention of historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. EOP students have the potential and demonstrated motivation to perform satisfactorily at a CSU, but they have not been able to realize their potential because of their economic or educational background. The program provides admission and academic assistance to EOP-eligible undergraduate students. In many cases, the program offers financial assistance to eligible students.

First Year Seminar (FYS)
The First-Year Seminar Program at CSUB aims to assist entering students' successful transition to college life, providing students with several opportunities unique to our campus. The program emphasizes academic and civic engagement and social well-being. The program begins with CSUB 1009, a seminar course which is required of all first-time freshman students and introduces the keys to academic success and personal achievement at CSUB. Follow up classes help students become more engaged, responsible, and effective citizens through an in-depth study of a current local issue.

Tutoring Centers
CSUB students may take advantage of FREE tutoring. Each of CSUB's four Schools houses one or more tutoring centers. Tutoring is available in most subject areas.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Our Supplemental Instruction (SI) program aims to support students in various courses at CSUB for free. SI consists of regularly schedules peer-facilitated study sessions outside of the classroom. SI sessions are conducted in groups and emphasize the efficacy of collaborative learning in order for students to master course content, to prepare for exams, to discuss readings and assignments as well as to pick up effective learning strategies transferable to all courses. Historically, students who attend SI have higher success rates in classes with and SI leader and demonstrate increased confidence and positive attitudes about course. If you have any questions sbout SI or getting SI for your course, please don't hesitate to contact Jacob Whitaker, Writing/Tutoring/SI Coordinator, Each of CSUB's four Schools houses one or more tutoring centers.

Writing Resource Center
The Writing Resource Center is on campus to help with improving students' reading and writing in all disciplines. Students can also get help with study skills such as note taking, textbook reading, studying, test preparation, and time management. Academic skills and grammar/writing workshops are also offered.

Project Rebound Program
CSU Bakersfield’s Project Rebound program supports the success of the formerly incarcerated by offering the opportunity and resources needed to successfully transition and acclimate to a college campus. The program offers special admissions for those who might not normally qualify for university acceptance due to application deadlines and minor academic deficiencies. Project Rebound recognizes the importance of access to a quality education for all and assists motivated individuals to prepare, apply, enroll, and graduate with a university degree.

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Office of Admissions and Records

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

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

Division of Enrollment Management