Taft College

Tel: (661)763-7700
  • 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 5,217 students (24% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Taft College is one of 6 community colleges within Kern County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Taft College is Palo Verde College (22.2 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 68 teachers has declined by 39% over five years.
Taft College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty68 staff97 staff
Taft College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Taft College has grown by 42% over five years.
  • The Taft College diversity score of 0.62 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment5,217 students7,516 students
Taft College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio77:144:1
Taft College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,230 students1,613 students
Taft College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students3,987 students5,903 students
Taft College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Taft College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
154144
Taft College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
--
Taft College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
4%
13%
Taft College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
43%
37%
Taft College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
3%
7%
Taft College Black (2007-2016)
% White
44%
32%
Taft College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
2%
-
% Two or more races
4%
3%
Taft College More (2011-2016)
Taft College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.620.73
Taft College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
27%
29%
Taft College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,400$34,900
Taft College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,380 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,170 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,380$1,636
Taft College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,170$6,797
Taft College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid77%78%
Taft College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2016 (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.

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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 $19,157 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.