• The Cerritos College mission is to serve the community by building futures through learning. Our mission is teaching and our faculty has established a distinguished record of scholarship, research and publication. But most important to you, they are dedicated professors.

School Highlights

Cerritos College serves 22,287 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is higher than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 92% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 77%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 22,287 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,346
  • Out-state tuition: $7,506
  • Student:teacher ratio: 26:1
  • Minority enrollment: 92%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Cerritos College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 847 teachers has grown by 47% over five years.
Cerritos College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
847 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Cerritos College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has decreased from 50:1 over five years.
The Cerritos College diversity score of 0.55 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
22,287 students
8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
26:1
24:1
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# Full-Time Students
7,152 students
2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students
15,135 students
6,350 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
7%
12%
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% Hispanic
65%
47%
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% Black
5%
6%
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% White
8%
23%
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% Two or more races
2%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
12%
6%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in CA.
Diversity Score
0.55
0.70
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College Completion Rate
26%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$35,000
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,346 is less than the state average of $1,997. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,506 is more than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has declined by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,346
$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,506
$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
80%
79%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,571
$10,376
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Cerritos College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$7,700
$6,000
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Founded in 1955, Cerritos College is a public comprehensive community college serving an area of 52 square miles of southeastern Los Angeles county. The college offers degrees and certificates in 87 areas of study in nine divisions. Over 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies each year. Cerritos College is a public two-year California educational institution accredited by the Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Cerritos College student body is a majority of minorities: Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans together account for more than 60% of our students. Cerritos College attracts students directly from high school. The Wilford Michael Library and Learning Resource Center on the campus of Cerritos Community College offers a wide variety of instructional programs, services and resources to enrich the learning activities of students, faculty and staff. The mission of the Innovation Center is to provide information, training, and opportunities for professional growth. Technical support is provided on all products supported by the Computer Services Department at Cerritos College. In addition to regularly scheduled training sessions on office automation products, we also offer one-on-one consultation, including web design assistance to faculty and staff.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 22,287 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,346
  • Out-state tuition: $7,506
  • Student:teacher ratio: 26:1
  • Minority enrollment: 92%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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The average community college acceptance rate in Los Angeles County, CA is 72%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Los Angeles County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.60, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Los Angeles County, CA is FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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