California State University, San Bernardino, also known as Cal State San Bernardino, or CSUSB, is situated on a 441 acre campus in the suburban University District in California. San Bernardino is one of the larger cities in the region known as Inland Empire. It has many attractions such as the California Theatre, the Robert V. Fullerton Museum of Art, the Arrowhead Springs Resort and Hotel, and the Santa Fe Rail Road Museum. The city hosts many annual cultural events, such as the Berdoo Bikes and Blues Rendevouz, the National Orange Show, and the Western Regional Little League Championship. There are many performing arts venues including the California Theatre of the Performing Arts, the Glen Helen Pavilion, the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, and the Fox Theatre of San Bernardino. Baseball is the most prominent and loved athletic event in the town.
Cal State San Bernardino was founded in 1965, and has now grown into a University with six academic colleges and 17,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Nationally and regionally accredited, it has been bestowed recognition from The Princeton Review, most notably a seven year running ranking in the top twenty-five percent for all Universities in the entire country, which includes Ivy League, state, and private Universities and Colleges. They were also named one of the best schools in the 2011 “Best College in the Western Region” by The Princeton Review. CSUSB is the number one school for retention of African American students in the California State system, and number three for Latino student retention. Cal State San Bernardino is also known for its leadership in developing programs to further our cultural awareness of Middle Eastern Politics and Religion, and are the only Cal State University to offer Arabic language and Islamic history classes. The school has a diverse demographic, and is academically rich.
There are two programs at CSUSB that are offered completely online through distance learning and these are the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and the Master of Public Administration. Other programs are offered through a combination of online and in class courses called “Blended Online Programs.” These programs are approximately eighty-percent online, and twenty percent on campus. Nursing degrees can be earned in this fashion, at the RN, BSN, and MSN levels. Master of Arts in Education degrees are also available through blended online programs, and the areas of concentration for this track of study are Reading/Language Arts, Special Education, instructional Technology, and Career and Technical Education. In the past few years over 8,500 students have enrolled in these programs.
In-state tuition and fees for California State residents is approximately $3,779, and for out-of-state residents it is estimated at $13,949. Room and board is $9624, and book, supplies, and other expenses total $4,600. Financial aid is determined based on need, and is awarded in the form of Federal Loans and Grants, California State Grants, regional, academic and need based scholarships, and the Federal Work Study program.