California State University, San Bernardino: Narrative Description

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5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397
Tel: (909)880-5000
Admissions: (909)880-5200
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of California State University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 430-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Total enrollment: 16,195. Faculty: 587 (423 full-time, 164 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 7,921 applied, 34% were admitted. Full-time: 10,143 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 1,966 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 43 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 33% Hispanic, 12% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 21% 25 or older, 11% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Services for LD students, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $8136 full-time, $226 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $3398 full-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $5886. College room only: $4376. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 80 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Earth Day, Annual University Picnic, International Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, residence staff on call 24-hours. 1,500 college housing spaces available; 1,431 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Pfau Library with 731,259 books, 643,292 microform titles, 2,028 serials, 15,252 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 1,300 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:

Population 104,000. San Bernardino is located 58 miles east of Los Angeles at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains. Climate is ideal with 312 days of sunshine a year. Citrus groves surround the city. Greyhound and Trailways bus lines and Santa Fe Railroad serve the area. The nearest airport is Ontario International. San Bernardino has art galleries, Swing Auditorium, theaters, many churches, and a library. Pacific Ocean beaches provide water sports. Resort areas of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake in the mountains have facilities for water sports and winter sports. Cajon Pass offers a scenic drive through the mountains into the Mojave Desert; City Creek Highway connects with the Rim of the World Drive at Running Springs.

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