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CSU Bakersfield: Admissions

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?yes
Final filing date for fall:November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:yes
Application fee:$55
Can the application fee be waived?yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?no
Is the Common Application form accepted?no
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:0
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 accepted
A general college preparatory program is:required
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: English:4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language:2 required, 2 recommended
History:1 required, 1 recommended
Lab:2 required, 2 recommended
3 required, 4 recommended
Science:2 required, 2 recommended
Academic electives:1 required, 1 recommended
Other:1 required, 1 recommended
Total:15 required, 16 recommended
Special Programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:HEOP, EOP, conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program:no
School has early action program:no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:no

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:yes
Average secondary school GPA:3.2
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:100%
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:93%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:20%

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:5,796
Number of applicants offered admission:5,796 (100%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:1,462 (25%)
School has a waiting list policy:no
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state:1%
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.