California State University, Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield, or CSUB for short, is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system. It offers 31 undergraduate degree programs, seven credential programs in education, and 17 graduate degree programs to some 7,800 current students. Through its Extended University, the school also enrolls students in such varied programs and courses as child development, communications, and alcohol and drug counseling. The Facility for Animal Care and Treatment is also housed on 40 acres of CSUB’s Environmental Studies Area on the campus, providing medical assistance and rehabilitation services to hundreds of sick, injured, and orphaned animals native to the Kern County and Southern San Joaquin Valley area each year.

Programs Offered

CSUB offers undergraduate study through its four schools: arts and humanities; business and public administration; natural sciences, math and engineering; and social sciences and education. There are additional interdisciplinary programs, including Chicano studies, women and gender studies, and environmental studies. Master’s degree programs are in a number of arts and humanities, business, and science fields. Master’s degrees in administration and education are offered completely online.


CSUB is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has held this distinction since 1970. Additionally, it has specialized accreditation in nursing through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, held since 2002, and in teacher education through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, held since 1986.


All applicants to CSUB must submit a completed application form, an official transcript from each institution previously attended, and appropriate test scores, such as SAT, ACT, or GRE. First-time freshmen must have a high school diploma or GED certificate, have a qualifying score based on California’s Eligibility Index (a formula that combines your achievement in high school courses and the results of the SAT I or ACT), and successfully completed with grades of C or higher courses designated by the state’s comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study. Depending on the applicant’s GPA, test scores from the SAT I or ACT may be required.

Transfer students must have a GPA of at least 2.0 for all transferrable credits, be in good standing at their last college or university, and meet the freshman admission requirements. Prospective graduate students apply to both the university and to a specific graduate program, and must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, be in good standing with the last college or university attended, have a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester units attempted, and meet the professional, personal, and scholastic standards for graduate study, including qualifying exams.

Admissions Contact

California State University, Bakersfield
Office of Admissions and Records, 47SA
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311
(661) 654-3036

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