Hartnell College

411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901-0000
Tel: (831)755-6700
  • Hartnell College provides the leadership and resources to ensure that all students shall have equal access to a quality education and the opportunity to pursue and achieve their goals. We are responsive to the learning needs of our community and dedicated to a diverse educational and cultural campus environment that prepares our students for productive participation in a changing world.
School Highlights
  • Hartnell College serves 9,800 students (36% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 87% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Hartnell College is one of 3 community colleges within Monterey County, CA.
  • The nearest community college is Monterey Peninsula College (13.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 189 teachers has grown by 6% over five years.
Hartnell College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty189 staff92 staff
Hartnell College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 9,800 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.47 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment9,800 students7,516 students
Hartnell College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio52:144:1
Hartnell College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,495 students1,613 students
Hartnell College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students6,305 students5,903 students
Hartnell College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Hartnell College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Hartnell College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Hartnell College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Hartnell College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Hartnell College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Hartnell College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Hartnell College Hawaiian (2009-2013)
% Two or more races
Hartnell College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Hartnell 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.0.470.73
Hartnell College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Hartnell College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,600$34,900
Hartnell College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,420 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 30% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,060 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,420$1,636
Hartnell College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,060$6,797
Hartnell College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid85%78%
Hartnell College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$4,500$9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,500
Hartnell College Median debt for students who have not completed (2013-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Hartnell College is one of the oldest educational institutions in California. In 1920, Salinas Junior College was founded. The school was renamed Hartnell College in 1948. The Hartnell Community College District was formed in 1949. The college moved to its present location at 156 Homestead Avenue in Salinas in 1936. The college is located in Monterey County just 20 minutes drive from the scenic Monterey Coast. Hartnell College serves the Salinas Valley, a fertile agricultural region some 10 miles wide and 100 miles long. The College draws its students from Salinas and the surrounding communities of Bradley, Castroville, Chualar, Greenfield, Jolon, King City, Lockwood, Moss Landing, San Ardo, San Lucas, Soledad and adjacent rural areas. Hartnell serves approximately 9,316 students with an ethnic profile that includes 52% Latino, 33% White, 5% Asian, 5% Filipino, 3% Black, 1% Native American students and 1% Other minorities. The College offers the first and second year of a college program and awards the associate of arts/sciences degrees and certificates of proficiency. The college also provides vocational training, Work Force and Community Development classes, Contract Education and numerous cultural and recreational activities. The computer center is available to students for class and assignment use and provides access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. The College has transfer agreements with many California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) campuses which guarantee admission for Hartnell students who have completed the two year requirements. The college offers a full complement of services to assist students' educational progress including Telephone Registration, Academic and Personal Counseling, Financial Aid Services, International Student Services, Re-Entry Services, Sports Counseling, Disabled Students Programs and Services, Assessment, Career and Transfer Assistance and more. In addition, students are encouraged to become involved in the many clubs on campus and student government through the Associated Students of Hartnell College.

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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.