California State University – San Bernardino

5500 University Pky, San Bernardino, CA

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California State University, San Bernardino was founded in 1965 when it was known as San Bernardino-Riverside State College. The school was formed to meet the educational needs of San Bernardino and Riverside counties and was given 430 acres in northern San Bernardino to begin construction of the school. The school had its first graduating class in 1967. Over the years the school has grown, changing its name several times as its enrollment, program offerings and scope increased. The California State University and Colleges System was established in 1972 with previously existing campuses being given college or university designations. The school gained university status within the system and officially changed its name to California State University, San Bernardino in 1984. Since that time the school has continued to expand, building additional facilities to meet enrollment and student needs, as well as provide the high standard of education demanded of schools in the California State University and Colleges System.

California State University, San Bernardino offers a large number of majors and minors, ensuring that students will be able to find a program that suits his or her academic needs. Students enrolled in an undergraduate program will take courses related to their major alongside general education courses required to earn a bachelor's degree. Additionally, students may pursue a minor degree which allows for study in a field of interest separate from one's major or to augment the education provided by one's major. graduate programs require an undergraduate degree and have a separate admissions criterion.

Academic programs offered include:

Admissions and FInancial Aid
Students interested in enrollment to California State University, San Bernardino must submit a completed application for admission along with standardized test scores and transcripts. Admissions is determined through a scaling combination of test scores and GPA, though special consideration may be given to students who demonstrate exceptional skill and do not meet certain criterion. Residents within the state of California are given admissions priority. Graduate program applicants must have an undergraduate degree and may be required to have a strong GRE or equivalent graduate exam test score to be considered for admissions. The school will review all application prior to the start of the school year and notify individuals regarding admission as soon as the process for review is completed.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report from which will be used to determine financial need, program eligibility, and monetary awards. Students may be required to provide additional financial documentation to verify the information provided on the student aid report is true and accurate prior to the disbursement of funds. Students that are California residents having demonstrated academic excellence may be entitled to CalGrant funds aside from those offered for need.

The California State University, San Bernardino Coyotes participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) for intramural sports programs. Such programs provide a forum for healthy competition that allows for the development of teamwork, discipline, good health and sportsmanship. Such skills and values are useful for a student's academic and professional career. Additionally, students are encouraged to experience both personal and group success, as well as discover the camaraderie associated with a group of individuals supporting one another in search of a common goal. Programs begin at various points throughout the year and students are encouraged to visit the athletic department for tryout dates and times, as well as to fill out the associated forms.

Athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country (Women Only)
  • Golf (Men Only)
  • Soccer
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Volleyball (Women Only)
  • Water Polo (Women Only)

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the applicants California State University – San Bernardino accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

California State University – San Bernardino has a total student population of about 20,000. The student body is made up of 89% undergraduate students and 15% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,000. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $55 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,500-$6,600
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$19,960

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid87%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships85%$9,000
Receiving Student Loans36%$4,618

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, California State University – San Bernardino may offer services to students including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of California State University – San Bernardino is around 41%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years9%
Graduating in 5 Years19%
Graduating in 6 Years12%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

California State University – San Bernardino is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division II (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (California Collegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Basketball (California Collegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Natural Resources and Conservation

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences


    Public Administration and Social Services

    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Security and Protective Services

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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