Taft College

  • Taft College is committed to student learning in transfer and vocational programs supported by precollegiate basic skills and a wide range of student services. All programs and services are focused on the educational needs of the West Kern Community College District learners.

School Highlights

Taft College serves 5,968 students (22% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is higher than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 73% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 77%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 222 teachers has grown by 113% over five years.
Taft College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High NontraditionalAssociate'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 Faculty222 staff308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Taft College has grown by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has decreased from 77:1 over five years.
The Taft College diversity score of 0.55 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment5,968 students8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio27:124:1
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# Full-Time Students1,334 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students4,634 students6,350 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
72 students140 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
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% Asian
3%
12%
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% Hispanic
61%
47%
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% Black
5%
6%
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% White
27%
23%
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% Two or more races
2%
4%
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% Unknown races
1%
6%
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Diversity Score0.550.70
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College Completion Rate
37%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,400$34,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,380 is less than the state average of $1,997. The in-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,170 is more than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,380$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,170$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid91%79%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Taft College has been serving its community and students for over seventy-five years. This service has included the tradition of small classes, a focus on learning, strong interaction with faculty and staff, and access. Here students will find a college that engages learners as full partners in the learning process. Taft College's small classes provide the opportunity to work directly with an excellent faculty. Learners at Taft acquire the skills to succeed on their job, at transfer colleges, and in life. Taft College is located in the western Kern County community of Taft with a population of 17,000. The surrounding area brings the total population to about 21,000. The community is in the heart of the Midway-Sunset oilfield, one of the nation's best producing fields. While oil is the leading industry, the area also is rich in agriculture, light industry, and recreation. The campus is located at 29 Emmons Park Drive. Campus buildings are considered excellent structures with adequate space provided for physical education, recreation and athletics. The campus was built in 1956 and originally included classrooms, a library, student union, and administrative offices, marking the first step in separating the college from the high school. Taft College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Taft College is Antelope Valley College (24.9 miles away).
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    Lancaster, CA 93536
    (661) 722-6300
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    Bakersfield, CA 93309
    (661) 834-0126
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    Bakersfield, CA 93309
    (661) 835-1100
    36.70309
  • 14,275 students | 38.50 Mi7075 Campus Rd
    Moorpark, CA 93021
    (805) 378-1400
    38.5014,275
  • 19,089 students | 39.40 Mi26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355
    (661) 259-7800
    39.4019,089
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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.