Hartnell College

  • 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 13,024 students (28% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is higher than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 79% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 77%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 407 teachers has grown by 128% over five years.
Hartnell College(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 Faculty407 staff308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Hartnell College has grown by 32% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has decreased from 52:1 over five years.
The Hartnell College diversity score of 0.53 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment13,024 students8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio32:124:1
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# Full-Time Students3,628 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students9,396 students6,350 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
5%
12%
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% Hispanic
65%
47%
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% Black
3%
6%
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% White
21%
23%
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% Hawaiian
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% Two or more races
2%
4%
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% Unknown races
4%
6%
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Diversity Score0.530.70
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College Completion Rate
33%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,600$34,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,420 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 $7,060 is less than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,420$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,060$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%79%
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Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2014)$4,500$9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,500
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Source: 2020 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Hartnell College is Monterey Peninsula College (13.5 miles away).
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Did You Know?
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.