Berkeley City College (BCC) is part of a group called Peralta Colleges and is located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1978 and formerly known as Vista Community College, the school serves approximately 5,000 students. It is known for its outstanding programs in American Sign Language, computer information systems, business, biotechnology, and liberal arts and social sciences.
Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, BCC offers associate degree programs, and certificate programs in a variety of fields including arts and cultural studies, biotechnology, American Sign Language, business, women’s studies, travel and tourism, global studies, liberal arts, computer information systems, and social services. Students have the option of enrolling in programs designed for transfer to four-year institutions, occupational training classes, or programs in which associate degrees are earned for immediate entry into the workforce.
In addition, the school offers distance learning in two formats: online, or hybrid. Online courses are strictly conducted online with no on-campus involvement. Hybrid courses combine both on-campus lectures and Internet coursework. Online education is ideal for students looking for a flexible learning environment, who are self-motivated, and self-disciplined. There is also a concurrent enrollment program for area high school students interested in getting a jump start on higher education.
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Admissions are non-competitive, open to all students interested in furthering their education, who have graduated with a diploma from a secondary school or equivalent. Prospective students can apply to the college by telephone, online, or in person.
Students interested in applying should:
- Fill out and submit an online admissions application
- Schedule to take a placement test
- Attend orientation
- Meet with a counselor or advisor
For additional information, contact the Admissions Office.
The financial aid office offers options for qualifying students including federal and state grants, work study programs, scholarships, and loans. All students are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial assistance. For more information and to download forms for applying, go to the school website. In addition, financial aid workshops are available throughout the school year.
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Berkeley City College is one of four colleges within the Peralta College group. The other institutions include Merritt College, Laney College, and College of Alameda. BCC is a commuter campus which serves about 5,000 students including high school graduates, working adults, and high school students.
Its urban setting provides many opportunities for students to be involved in campus life. There are 20 student clubs and organizations, a student government, leadership programs, a student ambassador program, as well as a bookstore, library, counseling services, and a career center. Students can also enjoy cultural events and entertainment from the surrounding area. Students are always welcome to attend events at any of the affiliated colleges within the Peralta College group, such as intercollegiate sports at Merritt College.
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