The California State University System recognized a need for a college in the San Joaquin Valley region, so in 1970, California State University Bakersfield, the 19th member of the University System, opened. Located on 375 acres in Bakersfield, with an additional satellite center in Antelope Valley, CSU Bakersfield enrolls approximately 8,000 students. The university operates on a quarter calendar system with two summer sessions, and over 90% of the tenured faculty maintain doctorate degrees in their particular area of concentration.
In addition, the university supports various centers and institutes, including FACT, a Facility for Animal Care and Treatment, that coordinates wildlife rescue and rehabilitation while educating the public about environmental dangers to wildlife. Furthermore, CSU Bakersfield takes pride in the 17 athletic programs that have produced 30 national championships, along with recognition by winning the Sears Cup in 1998 as the nation’s best NCAA Division II program. The university is in the process of transitioning to a NCAA Division I school.
CSU Bakersfield is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, various programs retain individual accreditation and the university also retains a wide range of memberships and affiliations, including organizations like the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
CSU Bakersfield awards undergraduate and graduate degrees, including Master’s degrees in 18 fields of study. CSU Bakersfield houses four academic colleges:
- School of Business and Public Administration
- School of Social Sciences & Education
- School of Arts & Humanities
- School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering
Students can choose from more than 30 different Bachelor’s degree programs. Studies extend from topics like Theater and Modern Languages & Literatures in the School of Arts and Humanities to Physics & Engineering and Geological Sciences in the School of NSME. Additionally, students can pursue interdisciplinary programs, like Chicano Studies and Women & Gender Studies, along with enrolling in interdisciplinary minor programs, like Asian Studies and Film and Modern Art.
Meeting the demands for distance learning programming, CSU Bakersfield also offers online degrees, housed in the Extended University Division. The Extended University Division manages extension programming and certificates, lifelong learning for adults, regional degree programs, along with the online campus. Online degrees include:
- B.S. Environmental Resources Management
- Nursing RN-BSN
- M.S.A. Organization Administration
- M.A. Administration
- M.A. Education: Curriculum & Instruction
Online degree programs vary from complete distance education coursework to blended online and on-site formatting. For example, the RN to BSN allows nurses with an Associate’s degree to further their education with a blended online Bachelor’s degree. Nursing students enroll in a 12-month program, beginning in the summer, and all students must complete a Winter term clinical at the Kern County Department of Public Health. On the other hand, the Organizational Administration and M.A. in Administration degrees are taught completely online and require no on-campus coursework.
Tuition is based on residency. Tuition and fees for full-time (6.1 units or more) in-state undergraduate students is $2,236, teacher credential students pay $2,528 and graduate students pay $2,658 per quarter. Out-of-state students pay an additional $248 per unit in addition to mandatory fees.
Students may be eligible for financial aid via grants, scholarships, and loans at CSU Bakersfield.
- Federal grants include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, and the Federal Teach Grant.
- State and institutional grants include Cal Grants, State University Grant, California Community College Transfer Entitlement awards, Fifth-Year Benefits Award, Chafee Foster Youth Grant, Educational Opportunity Program Grant, CSU Graduate Equity Fellowship, and the CSUB MBA Grant.
- Loans include the Federal Stafford Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), Federal Perkins Loans, Federal PLUS Loans (Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students and Graduate PLUS Loans), Nursing Student Loans, along with private loans from institutions.
- Scholarships include both CSUB scholarships and external scholarships, in addition to the Athletic Grant-in-Aid scholarship for athletes.
- Students may apply for Federal Work Study.
- Qualifying students may participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, sponsored by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, granting reduced tuition at over 140 western state institutions.
- CSU System also supports CSU Fee Waiver / Reduction Programs for eligible students, including employees and their dependents, and many others.
- Benefits for eligible military personnel and veterans include VA Educational Benefits and the Montgomery GI Bill.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,756
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