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CSU Bakersfield

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Official telephone: (661) 654-3036
Fax number: (661) 664-3194



Screen last updated on: December 18, 2016

The admissions information below is valid for the 2016 academic year.

CSU Bakersfield

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:
Kendyl Magnuson,
Director of Admissions and Records
Contacting the office:
661 654-3036
800 788-CSUB (toll free)
661 664-3389 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?
Final filing date for fall:
November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:
Application fee:
Can the application fee be waived?
Are refunds available on the application fee?
Is the Common Application form accepted?
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:
Admissions requirements:
Minimum grade of "C" in listed secondary school units required; minimum eligibility index of 2800 for SAT Reasoning (694 for ACT) required of in-state applicants; minimum eligibility index of 3402 for SAT Reasoning (842 for ACT) required of out-of-state applicants. In-state applicants with minimum 3.0 GPA and out-of-state applicants with minimum 3.6 GPA are eligible regardless of test scores.
High school graduation is:
required, GED is not accepted
A general college preparatory program is:
Campus visit is:
neither required nor recommended
Interview is:
required of some
Off-campus interview:
can be arranged with admissions representative
Standardized test requirements:
SAT or ACT required of some
School's test preference:
no preference
Dates test scores should be received:
September 1 for SAT/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language:
2 required, 2 recommended
1 required, 1 recommended
2 required, 2 recommended
3 required, 4 recommended
2 required, 2 recommended
Social studies:
1 required, 1 recommended
Academic electives:
1 required, 1 recommended
1 required, 1 recommended
15 required, 16 recommended
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:
HEOP, EOP, conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program:
School has early action program:
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind:
Average secondary school GPA:
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:
Average SAT:
450 verbal, 455 math
Average ACT:
17 English, 18 math, 19 composite
ACT writing middle 50% range:
6 - 8
Combined ACT middle 50% range:
16 - 22
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission:
on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission:
no set date

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:
Number of applicants offered admission:
5,796 (100%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:
1,462 (25%)
School has a waiting list policy:
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state:
Room deposit amount:
$500, partially refundable
Admission may be deferred:
yes, up to 1 term

Additional Information

Applications are accepted beginning October 1, 2014 for the Fall 2015 quarter.

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