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Get the facts about California State University - Bakersfield. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is California State University - Bakersfield Ranked?

2021 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 21 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

CSUB is ranked #1,132 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, CSUB is ranked at #91.

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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

At California State University - Bakersfield, the student to faculty ratio is 24 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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 51%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  51 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Bakersfield

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 76% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California State University - Bakersfield enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 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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Average Overall Diversity at CSUB

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.

CSUB Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

CSUB scored 48.82 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  48.82 out of 100
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How Much Does California State University - Bakersfield Cost?

The overall average net price of CSUB is $5,687. 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 +
$3,862 $4,306 $7,605 $11,790 $14,776

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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 6.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do CSUB Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CSUB with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $47,800 in their early years. 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 located in Bakersfield, California. The location of CSUB is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of California State University - Bakersfield

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, 2,189 received undergraduate degrees and 419 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 421 $34,200
Liberal Arts General Studies 265 $17,000
General Psychology 195 $22,700
Criminal Justice & Corrections 162 $30,500
Sociology 130 $30,100
Health & Physical Education 118 $22,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 114 NA
Nursing 96 $78,300
General Biology 91 $26,100
Communication & Media Studies 77 $32,200

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Online Learning at CSUB

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 4,401 students took at least one online class at California State University - Bakersfield. This is an increase from the 4,043 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 4,401 398
2016-2017 4,043 188
2015-2016 3,624 123
2014-2015 3,477 73
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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