College of the Sequoias

Tel: (559)730-3700
10,455 students
Public institution
College of the Sequoias is a comprehensive community college focused on student learning. Our mission is to help our diverse student population achieve their transfer and /or occupational objectives and to advance the economic growth and global competitiveness of business and industry within our region.
School Highlights:
College of the Sequoias serves 10,455 students (44% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 43:1 is lower than the community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 71%.
College of the Sequoias is one of 4 community colleges within Tulare County, CA.
The nearest community college is San Joaquin Valley College-Online (2.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 244 teachers has declined by 26% over five years.
College College of the Sequoias 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 244 staff
61 staff
College of the Sequoias Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 10,455 has declined by 16% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 43:1 has increased from 37:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.56 is less than the national average of 0.68. The school's diversity has declined by 13% over five years.
Total Enrollment 10,455 students 1,296 students
College of the Sequoias Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 43:1
College of the Sequoias Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 4,614 students
814 students
College of the Sequoias Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 5,841 students
1,040 students
College of the Sequoias Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
College of the Sequoias Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
College of the Sequoias American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
College of the Sequoias Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
College of the Sequoias Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
College of the Sequoias Black (2006-2013)
% White
College of the Sequoias White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
College of the Sequoias More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
College of the Sequoias Unknown (2006-2013)
College of the Sequoias 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. 0.56 0.68
College of the Sequoias Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,362 is less than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has grown by 75% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,922 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,362 $5,660
College of the Sequoias In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,922 $10,250
College of the Sequoias Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 83%
College of the Sequoias % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • College of the Sequoias is a public, two-year community college with an enrollment of just over 10,000 students. Located in Visalia, California, the campus is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Our administration, faculty and staff are committed to the advancement of economic growth and to our mission of preparing students for productive work, lifelong learning and community involvement. COS has comprehensive offerings that include: transfer programs, occupational-technology programs and basic skills. In addition, COS is very proud of the educational support offered to students and is dedicated and highly committed to enhancing our diverse educational and cultural campus environment. From its opening in the fall of 1926 until World War II the district's sole mission was to provide inexpensive, lower-division college education to local high school graduates who intended to transfer to a traditional four-year college. This "transfer" mission shaped the college during these years in that it provided the theoretical and political basis for its founding, defined its initial curriculum and activities, led to the construction of its campus, and met the needs of the overwhelming majority of its students. In athletics, the Giants offer 18 intercollegiate sports and have a rich and successful tradition. The school has won state championships in football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, golf, and wrestling. The Giants have also hosted three of the last five state championship football games (2000, 2001, and 2004).

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,964 per year for in-state students and $7,315 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,947 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a 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. of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in California is Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-San Francisco. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.