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Bakersfield College

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Bakersfield College (BC) is one of the oldest junior colleges in California, having been in constant operation since its founding in 1913. Today it is a public community college with a population of over 18,000 students. The main campus extends over 143 acres in the northeast part of Bakersfield, a city of roughly 350,000 people in southern California. There are also two satellite campuses; the Delano center 35 miles north of the city, and the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield.


Degree Programs

Currently there are 184 distinct certificate programs and associate’s degrees. There is a heavy emphasis on the trades at BC, with several degrees and certificates offered in areas such as woodworking, welding, manufacturing technology, construction technology, and automotive. Bakersfield is also particularly strong in agriculture, business administration, child development, computer studies, food and nutrition, and radiologic technology.

Transferring to a Four Year School

BC has transfer agreements with Vanguard University of Southern California, La Verne University, University of Southern California, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and National University. Transfer Services has counselors who will sit down with each student individually to assess their transfer options, offer assistance, and make recommendations. Not all courses are transferable, so students planning to transfer to a four-year institution after Bakersfield should take transfer capability into account when choosing their courses. Transferable courses are marked in the catalog.

Alternative Class Formats

The Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning at Bakersfield caters to those people who are 55 years old or older. Classes are not taken for credit and cost very little. Many topics focus on the enjoyment of life in the Bakersfield area, such as “The History of Neon Lights in Bakersfield,” “Geology of Kern County: Earthquakes and Rivers,” and “Exploring California’s Wineries and Vineyards”. Bakersfield also offers several classes online, as well as a number of hybrid classes, for which students spend a limited amount of time meeting in person but take much of the class online.

Career Services

The career center offers a particularly wide range of services, including career assessment, occupational education, assistance with choosing majors, personalized career counseling, job shadowing, practice interviews, salary guides, and links to job networks. The Assessment Center at Bakersfield administers College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, which allow qualified students to receive college credit for information already learned. They also offer proctored exams for apprenticeships and other off-campus opportunities for BC students.

Online Learning

This campus allows students who are unable to attend a traditional classroom setting to enroll in online learning. The classes follow the on-campus semester schedule, and students are required to have their own computer, internet connection, and an email that is checked frequently.

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Unique Programs

Programs for Students with Challenges

There are a number of programs at Bakersfield to reach out to students who may have difficult acclimating to college academics. The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S) program is a state-funded initiative to help orient, recruit, and retain college students from California who are economically, socially, and/or educationally disadvantaged. EOP&S offers financial assistance and academic support to qualified students. EOP&S services are geared towards full-time students with risk factors for failure, including being at least one of the following: a first-generation college student, a re-entry student, a student with a disability, a student whose first language is something other than English, an ethnic minority, or a student with a poor educational record.

The Office of Disabled Student Programs and Services strive to make a college education available to anyone who wants it. To this end, they provide counseling, registration assistance, learning disabilities assessment, assistive computer technology, materials in large print, materials in Braille, alternate testing arrangements, and more.

As part of their mission to offer higher education to everyone in their community who desires it, Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) was created. This program provides tutoring, mentorships, workshops and various other forms of assistance to educationally disadvantaged students.

Environmental Training

One of the more innovative school/community programs at Bakersfield is the environmental training program, which offers low- and no-cost services to small area businesses such as waste minimization plans, regulatory compliance assistance, and energy assistance plans. This program provides a significant benefit to business while offering experience and a foot in the door to students learning to provide those same services.

Constitutional Test Preparation

Because prospective teachers in California are required to demonstrate their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution in order to receive teaching credentials, the Social Science Division and the College Assessment Center collaborate to offer Constitution test preparation, administration, processing, and certification for their students and other potential teachers.


The admissions process does not exclude anyone who wishes to enroll in the college, with the exception of international students not in possession of an F-1 visa. An online admission application is available on the school’s website. In addition to holding an appropriate visa, international students must achieve a minimum score of 450 on the paper Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Alternatively, students may submit a score of 133 on the computer-based version of the TOEFL or 45 on the internet-based version. It is important to note that because there are no residence halls at Bakersfield, international students must find their own housing.

Financial Aid

An array of financial aid options from government sources are available to students. All students in need of aid have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In addition, the college offers several unique merit- and need-based scholarships. Check the website for more information on the requirements and deadlines. The school also encourages students to check into other scholarships, that are based outside of the school, and to apply for those.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5177th for the average student loan amount.
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Clubs and Organizations

There are many student organizations and clubs, including professional organizations such as the Engineers Club and Future Teachers Club; skill-building clubs such as the student newspaper the Renegade Rip and the Debate Team; cultural clubs such as the Intercultural Student Association and Maize (to promote Latino cultural understanding); agricultural groups such as Agriculture Club and Agriculture Ambassadors; and artistic organizations such as Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble, and several other different bands and choirs. The Renegade Rip enjoys a strong reputation among college newspapers, and has won several awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC). Not only does Bakersfield have a strong student government of its own, but the college hosts the annual American Student Government Association’s Community College Student Government Training Conference.


There is a bustling schedule of extracurricular events and festivals throughout the year. The alumni association holds a barbeque for the athletic department in the fall and there is a Shakespeare festival, concert series, and guest author readers every October. April brings an annual jazz weekend, a horticultural-themed arts and crafts festival, and a wine and food festival. Various other dinners, dances, and merriment dot the year as well.

One of the jewels of the Bakersfield campus is the William M. Thomas Planetarium. With a Chronos star projector and a SciDome all-dome video system, the planetarium is well-equipped to put on educational and enjoyable programming every day of the week for students, elementary to high school students in the district, and the general community.

The Renegade Room is a public restaurant operated on a regular basis and for select special meals by students in the Foods and Nutrition department. For the price of a fast food meal, students can enjoy meals comprised of dishes such as braised lamb shanks, veal saltimbocca, duck spinach salad, and grilled Moroccan salmon.

Child Care

The college offers child care as a student service through the Child Development Centers (CDC). The CDC is licensed and staffed with trained and accredited early childhood education professionals. Services are available for children from age 6 months to 5 years. Children of currently enrolled students are given priority enrollment. There are three branches of the CDC: the Bakersfield College Child Development Center on Panorama Drive in Bakersfield; the Delano Campus Child Development Center in Delano; and the Loma Linda State Preschool on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Bakersfield. The first two centers are both open from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, while Loma Linda is open from 8-11 am and then noon-3 pm.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The “Renegades” offer sporting opportunities to all interested students. Athletics are divided by semesters: Fall sports include men’s basketball, women’s basketball, cheer team, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s golf, football, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling. Spring sports include baseball, cheer team, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, men’s swimming, and women’s swimming. The Renegades compete in the Western State Conference.


A number of football players in the NFL attended BC, including Vern Burke, Joe Blake, Joe Hernandez, Colby Lewis, George Jones, Brandon Banks, Rocky Rasley, Taj Smith, Jeremy Staat, Mike Waufle, Dick Witcher, and Spain Musgrove. Other notable alumni include Wyoming politician Gordon L. Park, actor Guy Madison, county supervisor Michael J. Rubio, former California State Senator Walter W. Stiern, and Delbert E. Wong, the first Chinese-American judge to take the bench in the mainland U.S.

Information Summary

Ranks 121st in California and 1813th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 22 0.12
Arrest 4 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,261 0.36
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 18 0.01
Forcible Rape 39 0.01
Robbery 548 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,321 1.23
Larceny 8,123 2.31
Vehicle theft 2,396 0.68

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Bakersfield, CA 93305-1299
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population35,623 (35,596 urban / 27 rural)
Households10,448 (3.31 people per house)
Median Household Income$24,114
Families7,785 (3.78 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District623

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4065th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,288 $1,288 $6,608
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $36 $36 $400
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $236
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,034 $3,034 $8,718
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,404 $15,404 $21,088
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,228 $6,228 $11,912

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,046 $1,324 $1,046 $1,324 $6,730 $7,484
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,638(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,996(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,194(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 6 106 963 78 17 590 2 1,820
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 3 18 1 15 38
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 7 3 18 30
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 5 4 9
American Sign Language (ASL) 5 5 10
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production 1 2 6 9
Anthropology 3 1 4
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 3 4
Architectural Technology/Technician 16 1 3 20
Art/Art Studies, General 1 5 4 10
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 8 35 1 16 60
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 24 5 20 53
Building Construction Technology 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1 37 9 1 25 77
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 1 2 3
Business/Commerce, General 1 10 4 15 32
Cabinetmaking and Millwork 1 5 4 10
Chemistry, General
Child Care Provider/Assistant 32 230 9 2 56 332
Computer Science 1 1 2
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General 1 17 2 2 9 31
Corrections 2 2
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 28 1 6 38
Crop Production 3 1 1 5
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 17 1 11 30
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1
Economics, General 2 2
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 1 5 1 6 13
Electrician 3 3 8 1 15
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 4 34 1 2 38 1 89
English Language and Literature, General 4 1 5
Ethnic Studies 2 2
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 12 15 28
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 2 3 5
Forestry, General 5 5 10
Graphic Design 1 5 4 11
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 1
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 5 8 13
History, General 8 7 17
Human Services, General 3 12 1 5 22
Information Technology 1 1 2
International Relations and Affairs 1 1
Journalism 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 3 75 5 1 64 155
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 8 2 6 16
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 8 37 1 25 77
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 2 2
Mathematics, General 1 2 3
Music, General 1 2 3
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 10 54 10 1 11 90
Philosophy 3 1 4
Physics, General 4 4
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Political Science and Government, General 1 5 2 1 3 12
Pre-Engineering 3 3 6
Psychology, General 1 1 39 2 23 69
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 24 24 48
Real Estate 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 3 33 5 1 58 103
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 1 2
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 4 1 4 10
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking
Sociology 1 10 1 1 13
Spanish Language and Literature 6 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6 45 6 23 85
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 1
Welding Technology/Welder 8 34 17 61
Wildland/Forest Firefighting and Investigation 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 472nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,890 ($86,908 male / $85,456 female)
Number of FT Faculty 249 (128 male / 121 female)
Number of PT Faculty 464
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $6,454,826

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