Cerro Coso Community College

3000 College Heights Blvd
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Tel: (760)384-6100
4,486 students
Public institution
The mission of Cerro Coso Community College is to provide high quality degree and certificate curricula in lower division arts and sciences and in vocational/ technical/ occupational education. Essential to this mission is providing support services which enhance student opportunities for success. As part of this mission, the college will respond to the interests, aspirations, and capabilities of students while encouraging them to develop as useful, contributing members of society.
School Highlights
Cerro Coso Community College serves 4,486 students (21% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 49:1 is higher than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 50% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 71%.
Cerro Coso Community College is one of 6 community colleges within Kern County, CA.
The nearest community college is Barstow Community College (60.50 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 91 teachers has declined by 17% over five years.
College Cerro Coso Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 91 staff
61 staff
Cerro Coso Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 4,486 has declined by 20% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 49:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.63 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 4,486 students 1,315 students
Cerro Coso Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 49:1
Cerro Coso Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 960 students
815 students
Cerro Coso Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 3,526 students
1,061 students
Cerro Coso Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Cerro Coso Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Cerro Coso Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Cerro Coso Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Cerro Coso Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Cerro Coso Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Cerro Coso Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Cerro Coso Community College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Cerro Coso Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
Cerro Coso Community College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.63 0.70
Cerro Coso Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,290 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 77% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,974 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,290 $5,590
Cerro Coso Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,974 $10,086
Cerro Coso Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 61%
Cerro Coso Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Cerro Coso Community College was established in 1973 as a separate college within the Kern Community College District. Cerro Coso has five instructional sites (Eastern Sierra Center Bishop & Mammoth, Indian Wells Valley, Kern River Valley, and South Kern), which together form the largest geographical service area (18,000 square miles) of any community college in California and which serve a population of approximately 85,000. A leader in online education, Cerro Coso has been offering online classes since 1997 and offers 9 Associate's degrees entirely online and as many as 100+ classes online each year, with approximately 100 sections per semester. The 320-acre Indian Wells Valley Campus is located in the upper Mojave Desert in the community of Ridgecrest, with a population of 28,000. Ridgecrest is located 130 miles northeast of Los Angeles and 120 miles east of Bakersfield. Cerro Coso Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college and its programs are also approved by the California Community College Board of Governors, the California Board of Licensed Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Examiners, and the California Department of Education for the enrollment of veterans. The University of California and other universities and colleges give full credit to appropriate lower division courses completed at Cerro Coso Community College. CCOnline, Cerro Coso Community College's virtual campus, currently offers associate degrees online, the general education courses necessary to meet transfer requirements to a four year institution, and student support services. CCOnline has an international reputation for excellence and provides an extraordinary opportunity for those too distant from a community college or too involved in business or family to pursue higher education during traditional hours.

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