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Colleges / California State University, Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA 4-Year Public
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About CSU Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield Overview

California State University, Bakersfield is a public, state school in the urban setting of Bakersfield, California. CSU Bakersfield was founded in 1970 and currently enrolls around 10,338 students a year, including 9,367 undergrad students. CSU Bakersfield provides housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! December 15, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from CSU Bakersfield by February 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at CSU Bakersfield!

Are you interested in music or performing?

Are you interested in journalism and communications? CSU Bakersfield students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Planning to play sports? CSU Bakersfield has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at CSU Bakersfield on the Student Life page.

2022 CSU Bakersfield Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
In-State Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State $15,246
Percent of Need Met 56%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,676

Is CSU Bakersfield a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer look at what CSU Bakersfield offers and if the school could be the right college for you.

Retention and Graduation Rates at CSU Bakersfield

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at CSU Bakersfield, around 76% come back their sophomore year. Around 32% of students who started at CSU Bakersfield earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook CSU Bakersfield Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with CSU Bakersfield directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Bakersfield

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

CSU Bakersfield meets 56% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $11,676 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $17,307 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Bakersfield.

Based on this information, how does CSU Bakersfield sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is CSU Bakersfield a good school for you?

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Where is CSU Bakersfield?

CSU Bakersfield is located in the city of Bakersfield, California.

If you want to see CSU Bakersfield for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to Bakersfield, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Meadows Field.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what CSU Bakersfield and Bakersfield are like without leaving home.

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College Info

9001 Stockdale Highway Bakersfield, CA 93311

Campus Setting: Urban

CSU Bakersfield Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Dec 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Bakersfield is Dec 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Bakersfield is Dec 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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CSU Bakersfield Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at CSU Bakersfield is like? There are approximately 10,338 students enrolled at CSU Bakersfield, including 9,367 undergraduate students and 971 graduate students. 79% percent of students attend school full-time, 99% percent are from CA and 1% percent of students are from other states.


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