California State University - Bakersfield

California State University - Bakersfield Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is California State University - Bakersfield Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

California State University - Bakersfield was awarded 112 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general education.

Overall Quality

CSUB is ranked #1,239 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 203 colleges in California, CSUB is ranked at #149.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSUB?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at California State University - Bakersfield is a competitive 61%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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California State University - Bakersfield Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At California State University - Bakersfield, this rate is 24 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at California State University - Bakersfield is 49%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  49 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Bakersfield

Freshmen Retention Rate

California State University - Bakersfield has a freshmen retention rate of 77%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at CSUB is 13%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  13 out of 100

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California State University - Bakersfield Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,981 undergraduates at CSUB with 8,452 being full-time and 1,529 being part-time.

How Much Does California State University - Bakersfield Cost?

The overall average net price of CSUB is $5,318. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CSUB

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$3,423 $3,880 $7,564 $11,743 $13,737

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CSUB, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At CSUB, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $5,254 a year. That adds up to $21,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSUB is 5.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do CSUB Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CSUB make about $47,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for CSUB students since it is 20% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of California State University - Bakersfield

California State University - Bakersfield is a public institution situated in Bakersfield, California. The location of CSUB is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for CSUB are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
Phone: 661-654-2782

California State University - Bakersfield Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from California State University - Bakersfield. Of these students, 2,224 received undergraduate degrees and 429 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 373 $34,200
Liberal Arts General Studies 265 $17,000
General Psychology 234 $22,700
Criminal Justice & Corrections 159 $30,500
Health & Physical Education 117 $22,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 114 NA
Sociology 110 $30,100
Nursing 102 $78,300
Communication & Media Studies 98 $32,200
General Biology 76 $26,100

Learn more about the majors offered at California State University - Bakersfield along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CSUB

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 5,921 students took at least one online class at California State University - Bakersfield. This is an increase from the 4,401 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 5,921 625
2017-2018 4,401 398
2016-2017 4,043 188
2015-2016 3,624 123
2013-2014 3,143 260

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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