California State University, Bakersfield: Narrative Description

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9001 Stockdale Hwy.
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
Tel: (661)664-2011
Admissions: (805)664-2160
Fax: (661)664-3188
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of California State University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1970. Setting: 575-acre urban campus. Educational spending 2003-04: $5200 per student. Total enrollment: 7,924. Faculty: 515 (332 full-time, 183 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 1,935 applied, 63% were admitted. Students come from 16 states and territories, 48 other countries, 97% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 33% Hispanic, 7% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 34% 25 or older, 4% live on campus. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 9/23. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $6780 full-time, $226 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2959 full-time, $579 per term part-time. College room and board: $5946.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 74 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: MECHA, LUPE, STAAR, Psi Chi, Art Club. Major annual events: Cinco de Mayo, Earth Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. Option: coed housing available. Walter W. Stiern Library with 354,016 books, 2,260 serials, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.4 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Bakersfield is the county seat of Kern County which is noted for its rich agriculture, petroleum, and light industries. The city is located 112 miles north of Los Angeles and 295 miles south of San Francisco. Airline, bus, transcontinental railroad, and Amtrak services are available in the area. Bakersfield is considered the trading center of the Southern San Joaquin Valley. Central California beaches are located approximately 100 miles west of the campus. Shirley Meadow ski area is 51 miles northeast of Bakersfield, 20 minutes from Lake Isebella. The county is home to world-famous Edwards Air Force Base. Part-time employment is available.

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