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Rank: 213

California State University-Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CAwww.csub.edu
Since its founding a handful of decades ago, California State University, Bakersfield has become one of the best colleges at vaulting diverse students up the socioeconomic ladder. The school's some 9,300 undergrads and 1,200 graduate students are predominantly women and people of color, most of whom qualify for the university's affordable in-state tuition. CSU Bakersfield offers over 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs spread over four schools: arts and humanities; business and public administration; natural sciences, mathematics and engineering; and social sciences and education. The university couples strong STEM offerings with wide-ranging humanities courses and a flexible interdisciplinary major program, which lets students meld two or more fields into a customized academic path. Located in one of the most oil-rich counties in California, the university also houses a renowned petroleum geology program that readies students for the energy industry. CSU Bakersfield has a reputation as a commuter school -- about 95% of students live off campus. But the school's some 85 student organizations and 16 Division I sports teams ensure there's always an event to attend or a game in which you can cheer on the Roadrunners -- "Runners," as students call them. And if students want a taste of the big city, well, they can run down the road to Los Angeles, a two-hour drive away.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$26,600
% of students who get any grants
80%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$6,600
Average price for low-income students
$4,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
68%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
9,769
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
90%
% of need met
15%
% of students who get merit* grants
0%
Average merit grant
$0
student success
Graduation rate
43%
Average time to a degree
4.8 years
Average student debt
$13,200
Average salary within 3 years
$47,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
33%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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