College of the Sequoias

  • College of the Sequoias is a comprehensive community college focused on student learning. Our mission is to help our diverse student population achieve their transfer and /or occupational objectives and to advance the economic growth and global competitiveness of business and industry within our region.

School Highlights

College of the Sequoias serves 12,815 students (43% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 80% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 77%.

Top Rankings

College of the Sequoias ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 603 teachers has grown by 94% over five years.
College of the Sequoias(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty603 staff308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of College of the Sequoias has grown by 20% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has decreased from 44:1 over five years.
The College of the Sequoias diversity score of 0.48 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment12,815 students8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio21:124:1
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# Full-Time Students5,489 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students7,326 students6,350 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
4%
12%
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% Hispanic
69%
47%
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% Black
2%
6%
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% White
20%
23%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Unknown races
2%
6%
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Diversity Score0.480.70
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College Completion Rate
28%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,400$34,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,362 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 $6,138 is less than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has declined by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,362$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,138$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid83%79%
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Median Debt for Graduates$5,500$10,376
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Median Debt for Dropouts$3,954$6,000
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • College of the Sequoias is a public, two-year community college with an enrollment of just over 10,000 students. Located in Visalia, California, the campus is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Our administration, faculty and staff are committed to the advancement of economic growth and to our mission of preparing students for productive work, lifelong learning and community involvement. COS has comprehensive offerings that include: transfer programs, occupational-technology programs and basic skills. In addition, COS is very proud of the educational support offered to students and is dedicated and highly committed to enhancing our diverse educational and cultural campus environment. From its opening in the fall of 1926 until World War II the district's sole mission was to provide inexpensive, lower-division college education to local high school graduates who intended to transfer to a traditional four-year college. This "transfer" mission shaped the college during these years in that it provided the theoretical and political basis for its founding, defined its initial curriculum and activities, led to the construction of its campus, and met the needs of the overwhelming majority of its students. In athletics, the Giants offer 18 intercollegiate sports and have a rich and successful tradition. The school has won state championships in football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, golf, and wrestling. The Giants have also hosted three of the last five state championship football games (2000, 2001, and 2004).

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to College of the Sequoias is San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia (3.9 miles away).
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For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,997 per year for in-state students and $7,123 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $21,060 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 score of 0.70, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.