Bakersfield, California Colleges and Universities

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Bakersfield is a large city located in Kern County, California at the south end of the San Joaquin Valley. It is almost exactly half way between the cities of Fresno and Los Angeles. The city’s population is roughly 350,000, making it the 9th largest city in California. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in California. Bakersfield is also home to several colleges and universities including California State University and Bakersfield College. A few other schools including National University, University of LaVerne, Fresno Pacific University, Santa Barbara Business College, Kaplan College, Milan Institute and Point Loma Nazarene University all have campuses located in Bakersfield.

In addition to those schools with campuses within the city of Bakersfields, there are several other colleges in nearby cities. These include Taft College, Porterville College, Pacific Oaks College and Antelope Valley College.

Below you’ll find brief profiles plus links to additional information for 4-year colleges and universities located in Bakersfield.


California State University Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099, main phone: (661) 654-3036, admission phone: (800) 788-2782, admission fax: (661) 654-3389

California State University Bakersfield (often abbreviated CSUB) is a public university that was founded in 196t. CSUB has a total enrollment of 7,500+ undergraduate and graduate students and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in a variety of disciplines. The university offers majors in the area of visual and performing arts (4 majors), biological sciences, business administration, communications, education, English (2 majors), foreign language and literature, nursing (RN), history, liberal arts, land use planning, philosophy and religion, physical sciences (3 majors), psychology, public administration, criminal justice studies as well as social sciences (5 majors).


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