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Colleges / California State University, Bakersfield

About CSU Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield is a public, state school in an urban setting in Bakersfield, California. CSU Bakersfield was founded in 1970 and now enrolls around 11,745 students a year, including 9,979 undergrads. CSU Bakersfield offers on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

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.

Learn more about life at CSU Bakersfield on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is November 30. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from CSU Bakersfield by February 1.

2021 CSU Bakersfield Facts At-A-Glance
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Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Average GPA 3.4
In-State Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State $15,246
Percent of Need Met 58%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,919

Is CSU Bakersfield a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a clearer sense of what CSU Bakersfield offers and if it sounds like a good choice for you.

CSU Bakersfield Acceptance Rate 2021

The acceptance rate at CSU Bakersfield is 78%. Out of 12,235 applications received in 2021, 9,590 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at CSU Bakersfield

Retention is 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 81% are still enrolled the next year. Around 100% 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 statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Bakersfield

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 58% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend CSU Bakersfield full-time are awarded $11,919 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $17,417 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 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Bakersfield. Based on this information, how does CSU Bakersfield sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! 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 urban setting 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

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Bakersfield is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Bakersfield is Nov 30.

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Wondering what life at CSU Bakersfield is like? There are approximately 11,745 students enrolled at CSU Bakersfield, including 9,979 undergraduate students and 1,766 graduate students. 84% 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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