Cerritos College

  • 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 21,774 students (33% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 50:1 is higher than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 87% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Cerritos College is one of 51 community colleges within Los Angeles County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Cerritos College is Fremont College (1.1 miles away).

Top Placements

Cerritos College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 434 teachers has declined by 24% over five years.
Cerritos College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty434 staff97 staff
Cerritos College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Cerritos College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 50:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Cerritos College diversity score of 0.62 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 9% over five years.
Total Enrollment21,774 students7,516 students
Cerritos College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio50:144:1
Cerritos College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students7,254 students1,613 students
Cerritos College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students14,520 students5,903 students
Cerritos College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Cerritos College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Cerritos College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2008)
% Asian
Cerritos College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Cerritos College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Cerritos College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Cerritos College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Cerritos College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Cerritos College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Cerritos College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.620.73
Cerritos College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Cerritos College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,000$34,600
Cerritos College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,346 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,506 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 23% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,346$1,636
Cerritos College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,506$6,797
Cerritos College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid72%78%
Cerritos College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,000$9,500
Cerritos College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$5,500
Cerritos College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) 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.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to Cerritos College is Fremont College (1.1 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Fremont College
    Fremont College Photo - Fremont College Cerritos
    Private, for profit
    387 students | 1.10 Mi18000 Studebaker Road Suite 900A
    Cerritos CA  90703
  • dvanced College
    Private, for profit
    125 students | 4.10 Mi13180 Paramount Blvd.
    South Gate CA  90280
  • 24,403 students | 4.10 Mi4901 E. Carson St.
    Long Beach CA  90808
  • 15,816 students | 5.50 Mi9200 Valley View
    Cypress CA  90630
  • 7,611 students | 6.40 Mi1111 East Artesia Blvd.
    Compton CA  90221
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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,157 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 score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.