California Community Colleges

There are 234 community colleges located throughout California (133 public colleges and 101 private colleges), serving 1,513,643 students.
Minority enrollment is 63% (majority Hispanic), which is more than the national average of 34%.
The student:teacher ratio of 43:1 is more than the 29:1 national average.

Student by Ethnicity

(CA) School Average
American Indian
1%
Asian
16%
Hispanic
35%
Black
8%
White
37%
Unknown
3%

California Community Colleges by Town:

Recent Articles
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5 Support Services to Boost Your Community College Success
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The Online Education Initiative will greatly expand course offerings for community college students, while making the transfer process between institutions much more smooth. The Initiative has its critics, however, who decry the loss of local control over education.
Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,167 per year for in-state students and $5,893 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $8,767 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 0.71, which is higher than the national average of 0.44. The most diverse community college in Maryland is California College-San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.