Taft College

Tel: (661)763-7700
5,217 students
Public institution
  • Taft College is committed to student learning in transfer and vocational programs supported by precollegiate basic skills and a wide range of student services. All programs and services are focused on the educational needs of the West Kern Community College District learners.
School Highlights
Taft College serves 5,217 students (24% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
Taft College is one of 6 community colleges within Kern County, CA.
The nearest community college is Palo Verde College (22.20 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 68 teachers has declined by 34% over five years.
College Taft College (CA) Community College Avg.
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 68 staff 78 staff
Taft College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 5,217 has declined by 35% over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.62 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 5,217 students 2,419 students
Taft College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 1,230 students 1,297 students
Taft College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 3,987 students 5,258 students
Taft College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Taft College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity 154 144
% Asian
Taft College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
Taft College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Taft College Black (2006-2014)
% White
Taft College White (2006-2014)
% Hawaiian
% Two or more races
Taft College More (2010-2014)
Taft College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.62 0.73
Taft College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $1,380 is more than the state average of $1,220. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,750 is more than the state average of $6,184. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,380 $1,220
Taft College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,750 $6,184
Taft College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 77% 81%
Taft College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Taft College has been serving its community and students for over seventy-five years. This service has included the tradition of small classes, a focus on learning, strong interaction with faculty and staff, and access. Here students will find a college that engages learners as full partners in the learning process. Taft College's small classes provide the opportunity to work directly with an excellent faculty. Learners at Taft acquire the skills to succeed on their job, at transfer colleges, and in life. Taft College is located in the western Kern County community of Taft with a population of 17,000. The surrounding area brings the total population to about 21,000. The community is in the heart of the Midway-Sunset oilfield, one of the nation's best producing fields. While oil is the leading industry, the area also is rich in agriculture, light industry, and recreation. The campus is located at 29 Emmons Park Drive. Campus buildings are considered excellent structures with adequate space provided for physical education, recreation and athletics. The campus was built in 1956 and originally included classrooms, a library, student union, and administrative offices, marking the first step in separating the college from the high school. Taft College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Did You Know?
Kern County, 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 0.53, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Kern County, CA is Taft College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.