Welcome to CSUB!
Centrally located on a 375-acre site in the southern San Joaquin Valley, California State University, Bakersfield is a continuously growing comprehensive regional university that is committed to transforming the lives of its students and community through its established excellence in academia, diversity, service, and community engagement since its founding in 1965. The faculty across the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) fully accredited University is world-class, with nearly 75% holding terminal degrees in their respective fields. A NCAA Division I school, CSUB has competed successfully in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) since 2012 and is but one important aspect of a growing and vibrant student-life experience.
The University serves more than 8,720 students at either the main campus in Bakersfield or CSUB – Antelope Valley and counts over 40,000 alumni from its four schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Administration, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, and Social Sciences and Education. The University offers undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and credential programs, and CSUB’s Extended University serves the community by offering additional professional development, certificate, and degree programs. With over 70 percent of its alumni remaining and working within the central valley, CSU Bakersfield supports ongoing social, cultural and economic development in the region.
California State University, Bakersfield is committed to academic excellence and community partnerships. Students considering where to go to college will find that CSUB offers a number of advantages over other universities. We are proud to offer:
CSUB offers high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs that advance the intellectual and personal development of its students. The university is committed to scholarship and life-long learning, and currently offers more than 50 different Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. You really can get a world-class education right here in Bakersfield.
In today’s economy, CSU Bakersfield is an incredible value. You get all the benefits of a private university — like small class sizes, cutting-edge research, and outstanding faculty — at a public school cost. Local students can get an excellent education within their own community and be ready to succeed anywhere in the world.
Extraordinary level of student-faculty interaction
At CSU Bakersfield, you won’t be just another face in the crowd. You will work closely with highly qualified and experienced Ph.D. professors in modern classroom and laboratory settings. CSUB’s faculty members are respected academic experts, published researchers, and engaged community leaders – as well as dedicated educators who genuinely care about their students’ success.
CSUB prepares students to succeed in challenging and rewarding careers in a wide range of fields. Many departments offer internships that give students practical, real-world experience. Graduates have a high rate of employment, with many going straight into prestigious professions where they utilize their CSUB education every day.
The entire local community benefits from the energy, expertise, and enthusiasm of CSU Bakersfield’s students, faculty, and staff. The university continues to help shape the future of Kern County through student internships, research, campus institutions, and community events. Each year CSU Bakersfield contributes more than 2,000 new alumni to the community’s educated and skilled workforce.
Time for fun, too!
Students at CSU Bakersfield take school seriously, but there’s also plenty of time to enjoy student life on and around campus. CSUB features a state-of-the-art student recreation center, over 85 student organizations and clubs, and 11 fraternities and sororities. Students also enjoy Roadrunner NCAA Division I sporting events, on-campus performances, and plenty of dining and entertainment options in the city of Bakersfield.
Mission, Vision & Values
California State University, Bakersfield is a comprehensive public university committed to offering excellent undergraduate and graduate programs that advance the intellectual and personal development of its students. An emphasis on student learning is enhanced by a commitment to scholarship, diversity, service, global awareness and life-long learning. The University collaborates with partners in the community to increase the region's overall educational attainment, enhance its quality of life, and support its economic development.
CSU Bakersfield will be the leading campus in the CSU system in terms of faculty and academic excellence and diversity, quality of the student experience, and community engagement. Realization of our vision will be advanced by recruitment, development, and promotion of excellent and diverse staff within an organizational culture committed to excellence in all areas.
In order to honor our purpose and commitment to achieving our vision of excellence in all areas, we are guided by a set of core values that shapes our work with students, with each other, and with the region we serve. These core values include the following commitments:
- Developing the intellectual and personal potential of every student
- Supporting the intellectual and professional development of all faculty and staff
- Nurturing a civil and collegial campus environment that values the diversity of persons and ideas
- Engaging one another with respect, trustworthiness, ethical behavior, and self-reflection
- Promoting active and informed engagement of faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders in shared governance
- Being accountable to the public, alumni, students, and one another for achieving the mission, vision, and goals of the university
The University will develop plans to increase the student enrollment to 18,000 students over the next 15 to 20 years. While continuing its commitment to the enrollment of community college transfers and non-traditional aged students, an increased emphasis will be placed on enrolling more first-time freshmen directly from high school, and more students from other California counties, other states, and other nations. We will review our existing academic programs and determine what new academic programs should be added to meet the changing student, community, and economic development needs of our region. New faculty will be recruited as the enrollment grows. New facilities and support infrastructure will be planned to accommodate the expansion of academic programs and student enrollment.
- Extend Faculty and Academic Excellence and Diversity
- Enhance the Quality of the Student Experience
- Strengthen Community Engagement
- Develop an Excellent and Diverse Staff
- Develop a Campus Culture With a Sense of Community and a Commitment to Organizational Excellence
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