California State University-Bakersfield


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Quarter

State: California


California State University Bakersfield opened in September 1970 as the 19th member of the 23-campus California State University system. Its vision is to become the leading campus in the CSU system in terms of faculty and academic excellence and diversity, quality of the student experience and community engagement.

The university is a comprehensive regional university and is committed to excellence in its four schools: Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Education. The university is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, with six programs also accredited by national accrediting organizations.

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Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 7684
Total Grad Students: Not available
Undergraduate Students: Not available
Faculty: 271

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 28:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: Not available:1

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Contact Information

9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield California 93311


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Main Phone: 661-664-2011

Additional Campuses:
Antelope Valley
43909 West 30th Street
Lancaster, CA 93536

Admissions Contact:
Kendyl Magnuson
Associate Director, Admissions & Records

Transfer Services Contact:
Debbie Blowers
Lead Evaluator, Admissions & Records

International Admissions Contact:
Karen Ziegler
Administrative Support Coordinator , Office of International Students

Athletics Contact:
Rudy Carvajal
Athletic Director, Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Generally, applicants will qualify for admission as a lower-division transfer student if they have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (C or better) in all transferable units attempted. Non-residents must have a 2.4.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
The lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit is D.

Credits (Min/Max):
The max accepted from a 2-year is 90 quarter units, and 135 from a 4-year. You must earn 45 credits at Cal State Bakersfield to receive a bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
Test scores from the SAT I or ACT may be necessary and should be directed to California State Bakersfield. Depending on your eligibility index from high school, test scores may be required. Use school code 4110 for the SAT test and 0201 for the ACT test.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Cal State Bakersfield does not publish a requirement for letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
Cal State Bakersfield does not publish a requirement for an essay or personal statement.

Application Fee:
The application fee requires a non-refundable $55.00 filing fee whether sent via CSUMentor or on paper. Fee waivers are available if you qualify.

Other Requirements:
Other documents may include a Residency Questionnaire, immigration documents, or proof of California residency. Visit the Residency page under Admissions to obtain more information about California Residency.

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Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 3125

Transfers Accepted: 1537

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 49%

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General Financial Aid Information:
4 Basic Types of Financial Aid Programs Available to students: Grants, Loans, Scholarships, and Work study.

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