Cal State Bakersfield Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

The Cal State Bakersfield Mascot, Rowdy the Roadrunner
The Cal State Bakersfield Mascot, Rowdy the Roadrunner. John Gurzinski / Getty Images

The California State University at Bakersfield (CSUB) is not overly selective despite its acceptance rate of 61 percent. Applicants will have a good chance of being admitted if they have grades in the "B" range or higher. SAT and ACT scores are optional for students who meet certain GPA and class rank minimums. Applicants will need to have successfully completed a core curriculum of English, math, social science, language, and art classes to be considered for admission.

Admissions Data (2017)

Cal State Bakersfield Description

Cal State Bakersfield is located on a 375-acre campus in Bakersfield, a city in the San Joaquin Valley situated midway between Fresno and Los Angeles. The university offers 31 bachelor's and 17 graduate degree programs. Among undergraduates, business administration and the liberal arts and sciences are the most popular majors. Academics are supported by a less-than-ideal 27 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Most students commute to Cal State Bakersfield, but the school does have 90 student clubs and organizations. In athletics, the Roadrunners compete in the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference. Bakersfield is one of the 23 Cal State schools.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 10,131 (8,814 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39 percent male / 61 percent female
  • 85 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,147 (in-state); $19,027 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,948 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,968
  • Other Expenses: $2,974
  • Total Cost: $25,966 (in-state); $37,846 (out-of-state)

Cal State Bakersfield Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 92 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 89 percent
    • Loans: 32 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,913
    • Loans: $5,280

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, Early Childhood Education, English, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 3 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 14 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 41 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Swimming, Track and Field, Wrestling, Soccer, Golf, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Water Polo, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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