Cerro Coso Community College

3000 College Heights Blvd
Ridgecrest, CA 93555-9571
Tel: (760)384-6100
  • The mission of Cerro Coso Community College is to provide high quality degree and certificate curricula in lower division arts and sciences and in vocational/ technical/ occupational education. Essential to this mission is providing support services which enhance student opportunities for success. As part of this mission, the college will respond to the interests, aspirations, and capabilities of students while encouraging them to develop as useful, contributing members of society.
School Highlights
  • Cerro Coso Community College serves 4,731 students (20% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 41% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Cerro Coso Community College is one of 6 community colleges within Kern County, CA.
  • The nearest community college is Barstow Community College (60.50 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 91 teachers has declined by 17% over five years.
Cerro Coso Community College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty91 staff92 staff
Cerro Coso Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 4,731 has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.58 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,731 students7,516 students
Cerro Coso Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio52:144:1
Cerro Coso Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students929 students1,613 students
Cerro Coso Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students3,802 students5,903 students
Cerro Coso Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Cerro Coso Community College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Cerro Coso Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Cerro Coso Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Cerro Coso Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Cerro Coso Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Cerro Coso Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Cerro Coso Community College More (2011-2016)
Cerro Coso Community 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.0.580.73
Cerro Coso Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Cerro Coso Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,200$34,900
Cerro Coso Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,290 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,086 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,290$1,636
Cerro Coso Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,086$6,797
Cerro Coso Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid67%78%
Cerro Coso Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$5,241$9,500
Cerro Coso Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2008-2009)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,000$5,500
Cerro Coso Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2009)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Cerro Coso Community College was established in 1973 as a separate college within the Kern Community College District. Cerro Coso has five instructional sites (Eastern Sierra Center Bishop & Mammoth, Indian Wells Valley, Kern River Valley, and South Kern), which together form the largest geographical service area (18,000 square miles) of any community college in California and which serve a population of approximately 85,000. A leader in online education, Cerro Coso has been offering online classes since 1997 and offers 9 Associate's degrees entirely online and as many as 100+ classes online each year, with approximately 100 sections per semester. The 320-acre Indian Wells Valley Campus is located in the upper Mojave Desert in the community of Ridgecrest, with a population of 28,000. Ridgecrest is located 130 miles northeast of Los Angeles and 120 miles east of Bakersfield. Cerro Coso Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college and its programs are also approved by the California Community College Board of Governors, the California Board of Licensed Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Examiners, and the California Department of Education for the enrollment of veterans. The University of California and other universities and colleges give full credit to appropriate lower division courses completed at Cerro Coso Community College. CCOnline, Cerro Coso Community College's virtual campus, currently offers associate degrees online, the general education courses necessary to meet transfer requirements to a four year institution, and student support services. CCOnline has an international reputation for excellence and provides an extraordinary opportunity for those too distant from a community college or too involved in business or family to pursue higher education during traditional hours.

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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 $18,802 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 83%. 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 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.