3000 College Heights Blvd
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Top Ranked (2023): View Rankings
  • 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 5,159 students (18% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is higher than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 54% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,159 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,290
  • Out-state tuition: $7,086
  • Student:teacher ratio: 27:1
  • Minority enrollment: 54%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Cerro Coso Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 192 teachers has grown by 110% over five years.
Cerro Coso Community College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
192 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Cerro Coso Community College has declined by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has decreased from 29:1 over five years.
The Cerro Coso Community College diversity score of 0.68 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,159 students
7,899 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
27:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
905 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
4,254 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
279 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
905 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,254 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
n/a
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% Asian
5%
14%
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% Hispanic
32%
45%
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% Black
3%
5%
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% White
46%
26%
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% Two or more races
7%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
3%
% Unknown races
4%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.68
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
29%
35%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.92%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$31,200
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,290 is more than the state average of $1,246. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,086 is more than the state average of $6,603. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,290
$1,246
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,086
$6,603
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
72%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2008)
$6,787
$6,625
Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,500
$3,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Cerro Coso Community College cost?

Cerro Coso Community College's tuition is approximately $1,290 for In-State students and $7,086 for Out-State students.

What is Cerro Coso Community College's ranking?

Cerro Coso Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,159 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,290
  • Out-state tuition: $7,086
  • Student:teacher ratio: 27:1
  • Minority enrollment: 54%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

Kern County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in Kern County, CA is California Aeronautical University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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