Columbia College (Sonora)

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  • Consistent with the mission of the California Community Colleges and the Yosemite Community College District, Columbia College is committed to offering a comprehensive range of transfer, vocational, cultural, and community education, and to facilitating community and economic development. The College provides educational programs and support services to assist students and the broader community in gaining access to higher education and achieving success in their chosen endeavors.
School Highlights
  • Columbia College (Sonora) serves 2,397 students (31% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 24% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Columbia College (Sonora) is the only community colleges within Tuolumne County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Columbia College (Sonora) is Modesto Junior College (42.9 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 81 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Columbia College (Sonora)(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty81 staff97 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Columbia College (Sonora) has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Columbia College (Sonora) diversity score of 0.41 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,397 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio30:144:1
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# Full-Time Students755 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students1,642 students5,903 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Columbia College (Sonora).This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of CA.
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
-
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% Asian
1%
13%
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% Hispanic
11%
37%
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% Black
1%
7%
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% White
76%
32%
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% Hawaiian
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% Two or more races
4%
3%
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% Unknown races
5%
5%
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Diversity Score0.410.73
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College Completion Rate
23%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,300$34,600
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Columbia College (Sonora) and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of CA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,150 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 $6,406 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,150$1,636
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,406$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid73%78%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Columbia College (Sonora) and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in CA by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Located on 280 acres of forestland in California's historic Mother Lode, our college campus surrounds a peaceful 4½ acre lake and has been described as one of the state's most beautiful community colleges. The College actively promotes transformational learning through critical and creative thinking that is open to change and personal growth; civic, environmental, and global awareness and engagement; and individual and collective responsibility. At the heart of our mission is a desire to develop a zest for lifelong learning throughout the community, with the College serving as its educational and cultural center. Columbia College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Career Center, located within the Manzanita Building adjacent to the Counseling area, offers materials and services to assist students with career information. The Center maintains a variety of resources including occupational publications, newsletters, college catalogs, and Eureka, a computerized vocational/educational information system. The Columbia College professional counseling staff provide essential academic advising, career counseling and life planning activities to continuing, new and returning students in order to enhance each students educational experience at Columbia.

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