California State University, Bakersfield

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California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Bakersfield Seal.svg
Former names
California State College, Bakersfield (1965–82)
MottoIt's your university...
Endowment$23.9 million (2017)[1]
PresidentLynnette Zelezny
Academic staff
662 (including Lecturers) [Fall 2017][2]
Administrative staff
526 [Fall 2017][2]
Students10,449 (between both Bakersfield and CSUB, AV campus) (Fall 2017)[3]
Undergraduates8,627 (Fall 2017)[3]
Postgraduates1,236 (Fall 2017)[3]
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 375 acres (152 ha)
ColorsBlue and Gold[4]
AthleticsNCAA Division IWestern Athletic
AffiliationsCal State System
CSUB Logo 2.svg

California State University, Bakersfield (often abbreviated CSUB or shortened to CSU Bakersfield) is a public university located in Bakersfield, California, United States, and was founded in 1965. CSUB opened in 1970 on a 375-acre (152 ha) campus, becoming the 19th school in the 23-campus California State University system. The university offers 44 different Bachelor's degrees and 21 types of Master's degrees. The university offers one Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D).[5][6]

As of fall 2018, there are currently more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, at either the main campus in Bakersfield or the satellite campus, Antelope Valley Center in Lancaster, California. CSU Bakersfield has more than 50,000 alumni from its four schools: Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering; and Social Sciences and Education. The university is a heavily dominated commuter campus serving the city of Bakersfield. CSU Bakersfield's petroleum geology program is the only one offered by a public university west of the Rockies.[7]


The Walter Stiern Library, CSUB

CSUB owes its founding to the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960, which formalized the creation of the CSU system, initially as the "California State Colleges" system. The areas in the southern San Joaquin Valley had been demanding a four-year university since the 1950s. After considering several locations, including nearby Delano and parts of Kings and Tulare County, a steering committee decided on Bakersfield because at the time it was the largest isolated metropolitan area in the United States without a four-year university. Their decision was turned into a bill by Bakersfield's State Senator Walter W. Stiern, ratified by the California State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pat Brown.

Under these rules, the school was founded as California State College, Bakersfield in 1965. It opened for classes in September 1970. In 1982 the California State College system became the California State University system and the school changed to its present name.


University rankings
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[8] 12

USNWR departmental rankings[9]

Social Work 147
  • CSU Bakersfield was ranked the 20th top college in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings.[10]
  • In the year of 2014, CSU Bakersfield was ranked No. 39 in the nation for TIME Magazine's top 100 universities in the United States.[11]
  • New York Times ranked CSU Bakersfield No. 3 in the nation for upward mobility on January 18, 2017.[12]
  • CSUB was ranked No. 1 for "Best Bang for the Buck" under western region teaching universities by Washington Monthly in 2016.[13]


CSU Bakersfield is currently a NCAA Division I school. The Roadrunners began the transition process in 2006 and became a full Division I member in July 2010. Following a period as one of a tiny number of Division I independents, CSU Bakersfield joined the Western Athletic Conference in July 2013 for most sports.[14] For wrestling, CSUB competes in the Pac-12 conference. CSUB wrestling is the institution's original Division-I sport and has placed 3rd (1996) and 8th (1999) in the NCAA D-I Wrestling Championships.[15][16] The men's and women's basketball teams compete on campus at the Icardo Center.

On June 1, 2006, CSU Bakersfield President, Dr. Horace Mitchell formally announced that CSUB is raising $6 million over a five-year period for the additional costs for the athletics program. Part of the additional costs is to start a baseball program and women's golf program.[17] In September 2011, CSUB accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference for baseball.

Rudy Carvajal was CSUB's Athletic Director from 1972 until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2010. In 2005, Carvajal received the prestigious CSU Wang Family Award. Under Carvajal's leadership, CSUB has 30 national championships and received the Sears Directors Cup in 1998.[18] Nearly 60,000 people attend NCAA sporting events at CSU Bakersfield.[7]

On May 17, 2007, CSUB announced that Bill Kernen would be the school's first baseball coach, with the school's first official season beginning in Spring of 2009.[19]

On Jan. 8, 2011 Jeff Konya assumed the position of Athletic Director.[20]

Kenneth "Ziggy" Siegfried was named Director of Athletics on August 20, 2015.

On November 27, 2017 CSUB President Dr. Horace Mitchell announced that CSUB had accepted an invitation to join the Big West Conference. The Roadrunners will remain a member of the Western Athletic Conference until July 1, 2020, at which point it will begin a full membership in the Big West.

Athletic achievements[edit]

National Division II championships[edit]

  • Men's basketball: 1993, 1994, 1997
  • Men's swimming and diving: 1986–1993, 1998, 2000–2002, 2004
  • Wrestling: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980–1983, 1987
  • Men's soccer: 1997
  • Softball: 1988, 1989, 1990
  • Women's volleyball: 1989
  • Women's tennis: 1977 (AIAW)

Student life[edit]


Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment</ref>[21][22][23]

In Fall of 2013, CSUB enrolled its largest freshman class of over 1,300 students.[24]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

CSUB has 120 recognized student clubs and organizations (including 7 Greek Organizations including Phi Sigma Sigma, Gamma Phi Beta, Nu Phi Chi, Theta Sigma Chi, Kappa Delta Nu, Delta Zeta Tau, Kappa Sigma) as of spring 2018. The Associated Students Inc. (ASI) is the recognized student government and is known for having an active role on campus. CSUB's campus has a Student Union and a 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2) Recreation Center.[25]

Enrollment and dormitories[edit]

CSUB is predominantly a commuter school, drawing its student body from a mix of recent high school graduates in the local area and working people returning to school or pursuing a degree part-time. In Fall 2006, CSUB received its highest enrollment of first-time freshmen of approximately 820. The university officially credits the "move to Division I" to the increase of younger students.[26] While the majority of students live off-campus, the campus dorms can accommodate up to 324 students, or under 5% of the 2002 enrollment figure of 7,700. Space in the dorms has historically been plentiful, with single-occupancy rooms often available and one entire dorm devoted to faculty offices through the mid-1990s. However, space is now impacted and usually fills up quickly. New dorms opened in 2015.[27]

The six buildings comprising the original (West) dorm complex are each named after locations in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings novel: Rivendell, Rohan, Entwood, Numenor, Dobry, and Lorien. Dorm facilities include a first floor lounge in each building, a dining commons, a swimming pool, a sand volleyball court, a pond, and a parking lot.[28] CSUB has added a new dorm complex called Student Housing East on the northeast end of campus. The original dormitories have been repurposed for use as offices.[29]


The CSUB Fight Song and Alma Mater were selected through a structured contest initiated by the student government, Associated Students Inc. (ASI). The winner of the Fight Song Contest was a current music student, Gwendolyn Wilcox, and the winner of the Alma Mater Contest was a CSUB alumnus and current high school music instructor, Bill Ingram.[30]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ a b c "Total Enrollment by Sex and Student Level, Fall 2017". The California State University. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  4. ^ CSUB Identity Guide (PDF). 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  5. ^ Search CSU Degrees
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-24. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  7. ^ a b "CSU Bakersfield - The Impact of the California State University". California State University. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "2019 Rankings -- Masters Universities". Washington Monthly. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "California State University--Bakersfield - U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  10. ^ CollegeNET. "Social Mobility Index 2015 - CollegeNET". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  11. ^ "CSUB Makes List of TIME Magazine's Best Colleges Ranking". CSU Bakersfield. May 4, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "America's Great Working-Class Colleges".
  13. ^ "Washington Monthly 2016 College Rankings: What Can Colleges do for the Country?" (PDF).
  14. ^ THE MOVE TO NCAA DIVISION I –—Official Web Site of the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners Archived 2012-03-02 at the Wayback Machine.
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  17. ^ Evans, Jeff (July 26, 2006). "Historic signing: Bellows first to join golf team". Bakersfield Californian. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  18. ^ Loveless, Jaclyn. "AD is 4th CSUB Wang winner". Cal State Today. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  19. ^ "Bill Kernen Bio". Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  20. ^ "Jeff Konya To Become Roadrunner Director of Athletics Jan. 8". Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  21. ^ "Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment". Archived from the original on 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
  22. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  23. ^ "Newsroom CSU Chancellor's Office" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  24. ^ "Fast Facts - Fall 2013" (PDF). CSU Bakersfield. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 9, 2015.
  25. ^ "Facilities Planning Development & Operations – BAS CSUB". Archived from the original on 2006-09-02.
  26. ^ "California State University Bakersfield". Plexxus. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  27. ^ Welcome to CSUB Residential Life
  28. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-01-06. Retrieved 2004-01-06.
  29. ^ Oliver, Megan. "Old dorms buildings repurposed". Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  30. ^ Cal State Today Spring 2005 Archived 2006-06-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ "Biography". Roy Ashburn. Archived from the original on March 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  32. ^ "About Kevin". Archived from the original on 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-03-21.

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Coordinates: 35°21′02″N 119°06′15″W / 35.35056°N 119.10417°W / 35.35056; -119.10417