1111 East Artesia Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • Compton College is a welcoming and inclusive community where diverse students are supported to pursue and attain student success. Compton College provides solutions to challenges, utilizes the latest techniques for preparing the workforce and provides clear pathways for completion of programs of study, transition to a university, and securing living-wage employment.

School Highlights

Compton College serves 5,760 students (24% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 99% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 77%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 5,760 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,142
  • Out-state tuition: $5,678
  • Student:teacher ratio: 18:1
  • Minority enrollment: 99%
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

The teacher population of 499 teachers has grown by 193% over five years.
Compton College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
499 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Compton College has declined by 24% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has decreased from 48:1 over five years.
The Compton College diversity score of 0.52 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,760 students
8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
24:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,409 students
2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students
4,351 students
6,350 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
439 students
33 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,409 students
1,979 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
69 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,351 students
6,350 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
3 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% Asian
5%
12%
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% Hispanic
66%
47%
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% Black
19%
6%
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% White
1%
23%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
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% Two or more races
2%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
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% Unknown races
6%
6%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in CA.
Diversity Score
0.52
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
3.03%
4.57%
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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)
$34,900
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,142 is less than the state average of $2,173. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,678 is less than the state average of $7,256. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,142
$2,173
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,678
$7,256
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
90%
79%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$5,133
$10,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$6,000
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • The Compton Community College District (CCCD) was established in 1927 as a component of the Compton Union High School District. In 1950, voters approved a bond issue separating the college from the high school district. Construction of the new college campus was completed on the present site. Classes began on the new campus in fall 1956.
  • The Compton Community College District encompasses an area of about 29 square miles, making educational services available to nearly 300,000 residents of Compton, Lynwood, Paramount and Willowbrook, as well as portions of Athens, Bellflower, Carson, Downey, Dominguez, Lakewood, Long Beach and South Gate. Today, about 290 full and part-time faculty teach 42 degree programs and 41 certificate programs.
  • In November 2002 the Compton Community College District won voter approval of Measure CC, authorizing the issuance of $100 million in general obligation bonds to upgrade classrooms, labs, infrastructure, and instructional equipment, while making much-needed health and safety repairs and energy efficiency improvements. An independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee was also established at this time.
  • In November 2014, voters in the Compton Community College District approved Measure C, a $100 million facilities bond designed to make technology and safety upgrades campuswide.
  • On August 27, 2018, Compton College received notification from the ACCJC that its Substantive Change Application: Change in Local Control was approved. On August 29, 2018, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley issued Executive Order 2018-01 declaring Compton College will operate as an independent college under the authority of the CCCD Board of Trustees effective June 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. A Special Board meeting at 11:59 p.m. on June 7, 2019, commemorated the moment that Compton College began to operate as an independent college and concluded the collaborative partnership between Compton Community College District and the El Camino Community College District.
  • Courses are now offered under the authority of the Compton Community College District, and all students earning degrees or certificates at Compton College will be issued a Compton College diploma.
Profile last updated: 09/22/2022

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 5,760 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,142
  • Out-state tuition: $5,678
  • Student:teacher ratio: 18:1
  • Minority enrollment: 99%
  • Source: Verified school update

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For Los Angeles County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,113 per year for in-state students and $8,804 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $24,639 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Los Angeles County, CA is 72%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Los Angeles County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.60, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Los Angeles County, CA is FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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