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California State University, Bakersfield opened in September 1970 as the 19th campus of the California State University system. Since its inception, CSU Bakersfield has grown two strong traditions: an extraordinary level of student-faculty interaction and a highly personalized learning atmosphere. This emphasis on student learning is enhanced by a commitment to scholarship, diversity, service, global awareness, and life-long learning.

Our 375-acre campus has four schools: Natural Science, Mathematics, and Engineering; Business and Public Administration; Social Sciences and Education; and Arts and Humanities.  More than 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs are available. Additionally, a new doctor of education (Ed.D) program is being offered.

Student and campus life are also important and have been recently enhanced by a move to NCAA Division I athletics and the construction of a 75,000 square foot recreation center. We have 90 student clubs on campus (including seven Greek fraternities/sororities) and a very active ASi student government organization.

CSU Bakersfield is proud to have more than 33,000 alumni with more than 70 percent still living and working in our region. We are also proud to collaborate with many partners to increase overall educational levels, enhance the quality of life, and support ongoing economic development in our community.

Living in the Community

The City of Bakersfield is the 9th largest city in California with a population of 370,000. The City and it's surrounding area is known as Metro Bakersfield and has more than 500,000 residents.

Bakersfield is home to diverse restaurants, coffee houses, shopping malls, movie theaters, symphony concerts, museums, and many more places to gather with friends. During the year, you can find events and activities ranging from the Bakersfield Jazz Festival at CSUB to the Bakersfield March Meet at Famoso Drag Strip to First Friday art events downtown to Whitewater Rafting trips on the Kern River.

Our Antelope Valley Regional Center is located in Lancaster, California, a city of 160,000.  Lancaster, and nearby Palmdale, are the hub cities of Antelope Valley and offer the best of California's High Desert.

With Bakersfield and Antelope Valley being so near the Los Angeles area, we draw well known music, theatre, and comedy tours. Our community also enjoys being within a few hours’ drive of many destination spots. Whether you enjoy the big city, the beach, the mountains, the desert, or the forest, you can easily get there from here!