University description (as per official university website)
A young, vibrant university, California State University, San Bernardino is one of the fastest growing universities in California, largely because of its expanding service area of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, which covers 27,000 square miles – a territory larger than 10 states in the nation. More than 65,000 students have graduated from CSUSB, including many who work in Southern California and make a major positive impact on the economy. Founded in 1965, CSUSB currently enrolls more than 17,500 students and employs more than 2,100 faculty and staff.
Located equidistant between Los Angeles and the Palm Springs area, the university offers more than 70 traditional baccalaureate and master's degree programs and a wide variety of education credential and certificate programs, including many that have earned national recognition. Its business and entrepreneurship programs are nationally respected, as evidenced by CSUSB's 2006 ranking of fourth in the United States for graduate entrepreneur programs. Cal State San Bernardino is distinguished as the first Inland Empire university with prestigious national accreditation for its College of Business and Public Administration.
The university's programs in computer science, geographic information and decision sciences, psychology, health, kinesiology, English, public administration, accounting and finance, and many others are all highly regarded. The College of Education now offers the university's first doctoral program, an Ed.D. in educational leadership. CSUSB's extended education programs in business writing and language skills, technology, entrepreneurship and conference management are some of the state's busiest.
The university's student population is one of the most diverse in California, with a student enrollment so diverse that there is no majority ethnic group on campus.
The growth of the region has meant continued capital development for the university, which continues to construct new facilities to provide students, faculty and staff with an excellent learning and working environment equipped with superior technological capabilities. Recent projects include the Chemical Sciences Building, Student Recreation and Fitness Center, University Village student housing complex, the expanded Santos Manuel Student Union, the renovated biological sciences and physical sciences buildings, the College of Education Building, two new parking structures and a new perimeter road to serve the 430-acre campus.
CSUSB claims the largest indoor campus arena in San Bernardino and Riverside counties (Coussoulis Arena) and a renowned visual arts gallery and museum in the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, one among only 4 percent in the United States that are accredited by the American Association of Museums.
California State University, San Bernardino was born on April 29, 1960, when legislation was enacted to found San Bernardino-Riverside State College. The California State College system's board of trustees selected a 430-acre site in north San Bernardino in 1963 to build the campus, and the college's official name was changed to California State College at San Bernardino.
The original three-building campus opened to its first 293 students in 1965 under the leadership of founding President John Pfau, who was appointed to the position in 1962 and set the stage for the opening of the college.
In 1967, California State College, San Bernardino celebrated its first graduating class of 59 students.
The original three-building campus added a five-story library in 1970 and its first dormitories in 1972. Growth and building continued on the campus with the addition of the student union and children's center.
The San Bernardino campus welcomed its second president in 1982, Anthony H. Evans.
The state colleges system changed its designation in 1972, becoming "The California State University and Colleges" system. After having met criteria established by the board of trustees and the Coordinating Council for Higher Education, 14 campuses were designated as "universities," while five campuses remain "colleges." The San Bernardino campus earned university status in 1984, officially becoming California State University, San Bernardino.
That same year, 1984, the university began participating in intercollegiate sports for the first time.
Throughout the 1990s and into the new century, the campus expanded with new, modern facilities. Jack H. Brown Hall opened in 1993, followed by the Yasuda Center for Extended Learning. Coussoulis Arena, the largest indoor venue in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, and the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, home to an outstanding visual arts collection, are among the most notable buildings on campus. The most recent major addition was the new College of Social and Behavioral Sciences building, which opened in August 2002. The university's third residence hall complex opened in 2002, expanding the number of on-campus beds for students to more than 1,000.
In 1997, Albert K. Karnig took the reins as the university's third president. In the summer of 2001, the university began offering a year-round schedule of classes at the same cost as school-year classes. In December of that year, CSUSB held its first winter commencement. In 2005, the university added 11.5 acres to its size with the acquisition of property across the street from the campus for an additional student housing apartment complex.
The university opened the satellite campus Coachella Valley Center in 1986 on the grounds of the College of the Desert in Palm Desert. The first building of a permanent campus opened in Palm Desert in 2002, and expansion continues at what is now known as the Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus.
Types of Aid
There are many different types of aid available within each of the main categories of grants, loans, and scholarships. It's worth it to review each type to find which one might suit you and your circumstances. Not all aid types will apply to everyone, but nearly everyone can find aid that works for them.
Currently, grants fall under four general categories. The first, and largest number of grants are for Undergraduate Students. 2nd Bachelor Students, Credential Students, and Graduate Students make up the three remaining categories. Certificate students are only eligible for loans. Check out our Grants section for a list of which grants are offered under each category.
A loan is a form of financial aid which must be repaid. The terms for repayment are specified in the promissory note that the recipient signs prior to receipt of the first loan disbursement. Before signing the promissory note, students should thoroughly understand all their rights and responsibilities concerning any loan received. There are many different types of loans that you should familiarize yourself with before deciding which type it right for you. Check out our Loans section for more information.
The CSUSB Financial Aid Office is not currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2010-2011 academic year. Scholarships are awarded to new and continuing students attending CSUSB. Most scholarships are administered by the CSUSB Financial Aid Office. Others are administered by department majors and associations. Check out our Scholarships section for more information.
There are a variety of sources for financial support for veterans, active military, reservists and dependents. Each has its own forms, processes and timetables. Check out our Veterans' Benefits section for more information.