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California State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Hitaishi Bhatia Hitaishi Bhatia
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California State University-Bakersfield offers 50 master’s and bachelor’s degrees through its four schools, i.e., Arts and Humanities; Business and Public Administration; Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering; Social sciences and Education. Its exceptionally brilliant MBA program is one of the coveted courses in the US Education System.

For the fall of 2018,the university received some 11,455 undergraduate applications and admitted them at an acceptance rate of around 61%. Thus, aspirants of the institute will have to experience a moderate rate of competition and any candidate with an overall decent profile and spectacular GPA can get into.

Some of the salient points to be noted when applying at California State University-Bakersfield are as listed below.

  • Admissions at the organization are available in the intakes of fall and spring.
  • Applicants are required to register themselves through the online application portal of California State University and choose the Bakersfield campus.
  • A nonrefundable fee of 70 USD must be submitted when enrolling at the university.
  • Students applying for the fall term must complete their application by February 17.
  • An average GPA of over 2.5 and SAT score of 880-1080 is considered as a good enough score for being eligible for the institute.
  • The scholarship application period is from January 1 to March 2.
  • All the transcripts and important documents required as a part of the admission process must be mailed to the CSU mentor centre.


Application portalCal State Apply
Application fee70 USD
Average SAT score880-1080
Average ACT score15-21
Mode of paymentAmerican Express, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and Carte Blanche
Academic calendarSemester-based
Intake seasonsFall/Spring
Work experienceNot required
Financial aidGrants/Loans/Scholarships/Work-study

Admission Deadlines

Admission to a plethora of courses offered by the institute observe the deadlines as mentioned below.

Undergraduate admission
FallNovember 30, 2019
SpringAugust 31, 2019
Graduate admission
FallNovember 30, 2019
SpringAugust 31, 2019

The fall deadline has now been shifted to February 17, 2020.

International Student Admissions

The institute accepts international applicants for both, undergraduate and graduate programs provided at the university. The procedure for applying is the same as a domestic student other than a few additional documents that are required to be submitted after creating a portal with Cal State Apply and applying for a course at the university.

How to apply?

Application portal: Apply online at Cal State Apply, create an account and select ‘CSU Bakersfield’ while applying.

Application fee: 70 USD

Biasc admission requirements:

  • Official high school/college transcripts, showing all school and university work, respectively.
  • Official English language test scores
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Affidavit of financial support.
  • Insurance form.
  • An original bank statement reflecting,
    • 34,000 USD for first undergraduate academic year.
    • 30,578 USD for first graduate academic year (MBA students need to have minimum 33,578 USD)
  • A copy of your passport.

Additionally, graduation applicants would also be required to submit.

  1. Letters of Recommendation from previous professors, could vary as per program.
  2. Current Professional Resume.
  3. Official GRE (min-148) and GMAT (min-500) scores.
  4. Work Experience
  5. Statement of Purpose

All the documents are to be mailed to CSUB at the Admissions and Records Office, 47 SA, California State University Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Highway Bakersfield, California 93311, USA.

English Proficiency Test Scores

Non-native English-speaking applicants are required to submit proof of English proficiency through either TOEFL/ IELTS/SAT score. Minimum requirements for the same are,

Name of ExamUndergraduateGraduate
SAT (Evidence based reading and writing section)550-

Test score reports must be sent to the university (Institutional Code: 4110) directly from the testing agency.

Visa Process for International Students

Applicants who have qualified for an admission at the institute are viable to receive Form I-20 and Form DS-2019 to obtain their F-1 (student visas) and J-1 (exchange student/scholar visas) from the US embassy or consulate in their home country.

Students would have to meet certain requirements after which they shall be issued their I-20 forms that must be used to procure their visa to study in the USA. The specifications are as mentioned below.

  1. GPA requirements, Undergrads: 3.0; Graduates: 2.5; MBA graduates: 2.75; Transfer student: 2.4 (60 semester units/90 quarter units)
  2. Bank statement showing a minimum of $29,000.
  3. Transcript evaluation (CSU Fresno or WES- recommended evaluation services)

California State University Undergraduate Admissions

The institute has opportunities for undergraduate admissions in various fields, like, accounting, art, business administration, communications, computer engineering, electrical engineering, economics, finance, management, psychology, and many more liberal art topics.[5] To apply for the courses, the students would have to submit the required documents via mail after completing their application process and getting enrolled.

Where to Apply: CSU Apply System.

Application fee: 70 USD

Admission requirements:

  1. High school transcripts
  2. Min GPA-2.5(4.0 scale)
  3. English proficiency proof for international students (TOEFL, IBT-61; IELTS-5.5)

California State University Graduate Admissions

The university offers an array of graduate programs for the students seeking to study in the USA to choose from, including MBA, Biotechnology, Health care sciences, Counselling Psychology and many more.

The application process to all graduate programs are similar barring a few requirements. The student is required to have a GPA of minimum 2.5 and 2.75 in case of MBA. Some of the additional requirements for popular graduate majors at the institute are as tabulated below.

RequirementsMBAM.S. in Counselling PsychologyMS in health care administrationMaster of Public administrationMaster of Social Work
Application fee (non-refundable)70 USD70 USD70 USD70 USD70 USD
GMAT/GREGRE/GMAT requiredGRE/GMAT requiredGRE/GMAT requiredGRE/GMAT requiredGRE required
EssayNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
Work ExperienceNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
Professional CV/ResumeRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Admission interviewNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required

Majority of the programs at California State University Bakersfield cover liberal art topics and provide degrees in both undergraduate and graduate. The application period is allotted to every course, yet students are encouraged that they put in their application earlier so that they can take advantage of the extra time and complete any other requirements, like placement tests or entrance exams, etc.

The University seeks students who are committed to academic excellence, community engagement, and extracurriculars. Therefore, applicants who focus on their overall applications are likely to have better chances of admissions at the university.

On getting accepted in the university, you will be issued an I-20 form immediately, post which you would be required to begin your visa process.

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