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California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually.

The “value added” by a CSUSB education ranks in the top 4 percent in the nation, according to the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a sequence of tests that measure student learning in the freshman and then in the senior year. First-to-second year retention rates are third highest among all CSU campuses.

CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire, and it has the second highest African American and Hispanic enrollments in the CSU. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

The university offers more than 70 traditional baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, education credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate program in educational leadership. Every one of its academic programs that is eligible has earned national accreditation.

The university has seen records in enrollment, diversity of faculty and students, grant and contract funding, overhead funds, fundraising and international programs development. CSUSB ranks as the second safest among all 33 four-year public universities in California.

Cal State San Bernardino is listed among the best colleges and universities in the western United States, according to The Princeton Review, Forbes and U.S. News and World Report, in their respective annual rankings. It also is part of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, With Distinction – the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. In addition, it is a “Military Friendly School” according to G.I. Jobs. CSUSB’s College of Business and Public Administration was named by European CEO Magazine as one of the four most innovative business schools in the U.S. and among the top 18 in the world.

The university has an annual statewide economic impact of more than half a billion dollars, along with more than $32 million in yearly statewide tax revenue.

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Located equidistant between Los Angeles and the Palm Springs area, CSUSB is conveniently situated in the region of California known as the Inland Empire. Shopping, entertainment, sports, dining and dancing are within local distance, and the campus is very close to Los Angeles, Orange County and the Southern California beaches. The area is filled with major shopping malls, shows, amusement parks and sporting events such as national motor sports races and minor league baseball and hockey. The campus is minutes from mountain and desert relaxation. 

Cal State San Bernardino has implemented conservation efforts to generate much of its own electricity through renewable solar power panels and wind turbines to produce fewer greenhouse gases. 

CSUSB has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 15 percent, which is equivalent to taking 14,000 cars off the road and planting 2.9 million trees. Solar panels on campus generate 1.3 megawatts of renewable sun-generated power, representing 28.8 percent of the university's power demands during peak hours of daytime energy usage. 

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