Bakersfield College

Tel: (661)395-4011
17,249 students
Public institution
Bakersfield College was founded in 1913 and is one of the nation's oldest continually-operating community colleges. The college serves 18,500 students on the 153-acre main campus in northeast Bakersfield, at the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield, and at the Delano Center 35 miles north of Bakersfield. Classes are offered on a traditional 16-week semester calendar as well as in a variety of non-traditional scheduling options: evenings, weekends, short-term vocational programs, instructional television and on-line. Bakersfield College has a program to help you fulfill your dream, whether your goal is to earn an associate degree, transfer to a four-year institution, gain new job skills or explore lifelong learning opportunities.
School Highlights:
Bakersfield College serves 17,249 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 54:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 63%.
Bakersfield College is one of 6 community colleges within Kern County, CA.
The nearest community college is Santa Barbara Business College-Bakersfield (6.1 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 321 teachers has declined by 36% over five years.
Bakersfield 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 321 staff
59 staff
Bakersfield College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 17,249 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 54:1 has increased from 37:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.61 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
17,249 students
1,282 students
Bakersfield College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 54:1
Bakersfield College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
5,598 students
810 students
Bakersfield College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 11,651 students
1,017 students
Bakersfield College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Bakersfield College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Bakersfield College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Bakersfield College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Bakersfield College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Bakersfield College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Bakersfield College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Bakersfield College Unknown (2006-2013)
Bakersfield 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. 0.61 0.53
Bakersfield College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,324 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 72% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,008 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,324 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,008 $10,294
Bakersfield College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 76%
Bakersfield College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Bakersfield College provides the quality instruction and services our diverse community needs in order to achieve personal, academic and occupational success. Bakersfield College operates seven child development centers that are funded by the California State Department of Education. The services provided through these centers include child care for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. An inclusion program for young children with special needs is also provided. EOPS is a state-funded program that serves students from low-income, educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Services include academic, career, and personal counseling, peer mentoring, financial aid advising, scholarship information, transfer assistance, grant checks and other support services. The ESL tutoring Program provides tutoring sessions for both International/foreign students, and students whose first language is not English. Students benefit from this service by improving their language and reading skills and therefore improving their successful completion of course work.

Nearby Schools:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Bakersfield Santa Barbara Business College-Bakersfield
    Private for-profit
    5300 California Avenue
    Bakersfield, CA 93309
    6.1  Mi  |  555  students
  • Bakersfield Kaplan College-Bakersfield
    Private for-profit
    1914 Wible Road
    Bakersfield, CA 93304
    6.2  Mi  |  441  students
  • Bakersfield San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield
    Private for-profit
    201 New Stine Rd.
    Bakersfield, CA 93309
    6.4  Mi  |  632  students
  • Blythe Palo Verde College
    One College Drive
    Blythe, CA 92225
    10.7  Mi  |  2735  students
  • Taft Taft College
    29 Cougar Court
    Taft, CA 93268
    32.8  Mi  |  3042  students
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Did You Know?
Kern, CA 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 0.56, which is higher than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Kern, CA is San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.