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Barstow, CA 92311
p. 760-252-2411
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Barstow Community College

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Barstow Community College (BCC) is a higher learning institution located in Barstow, California with two local satellite campuses. It was founded in 1959, and the present-day campus was completed in 1964. Centered in the Mojave Desert, BCC offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees along with certificates in a wide range of fields. Students have the option of enrolling for traditional on-campus classes, online classes, or can choose to design a hybrid model of both physical classes with online learning.

The school is always growing to meet the demands of the local community, and is developing career training programs to educate future employees for California’s businesses.


BCC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Associate’s degrees are offered in humanities, social science, and natural science as well as a number of different occupational majors.

The college also offers a variety of certificate programs, including courses of study in accounting, cosmetology, diesel technology, management, information systems management, and welding. A separate Certificate of Achievement (Low-Unit) is available after only 18 hours of studying the following subjects: family day care, manicuring, network administration, and residential carpentry.

The online classes and services program is highly regarded. A wide selection of courses is available, as well as online tutoring. For students who are currently working, this can be a great way to continue on the path towards a degree while maintaining a full-time job.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Learning Resource Center assists students through four distinct services: the library, tutoring center, computer commons, and instructional media services. Open Monday-Thursday from 9-5 and until 1PM on Friday, the tutoring service is free for all students, and also offers online math and English tutoring. For students with children, the tutoring center offers free homework help for children in grades 6-12.

Staying true to the strong spirit of community, the college also sponsors the Desert Heritage Writing Contest each winter. Participants submit entries in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that are judged by a panel. From humble beginnings, today the prize pool for winners comes to nearly 3,000 annually.

SARCity runs during the second weekend of October each year. It’s sponsored by the Barstow Desert Rescue Squad in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Sheriff. Search and rescue is the theme, and this is widely recognized as one of the premier events for disciples of that important subject.


Admission is open to any high school graduate, as well as students who have passed the GED. Any person 18 or older who the college deems can benefit from instruction is eligible to attend classes.

Financial Aid

Along with the standard suite of federal and state loans, private scholarships are awarded and administered on a case by case basis. Additionally, veterans and their dependents may be eligible for waivers from fees.

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The campus is currently undergoing a significant renovation project, including a brand-new student services center that was finished in 2009. A performing arts center is also on schedule to be completed.

There are plenty of clubs for students to choose from. For students taking cosmetology classes, the Bridges to Beauty club is there to support their ongoing education. The multicultural club, established in 2002, includes groups from every conceivable background. For students with a 3.25GPA or higher, Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two year colleges, has a branch.

There is also a strong presence maintained by the student government.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The Vikings proudly sport the maize and blue on a number of different playing surfaces. Students enjoy cheering on the men’s and women’s basketball, as well as baseball, softball, and cross country.

Local Community

The city of Barstow is a hardy outpost of about 25,000 people located right in the heart of the Mojave Desert, at the entrance to the Mojave National Preserve. Students enjoy shopping at the Tanger Outlet Center and Barstow Outlet, which together have more than 100 stores to choose from.

The area is also filled with incredible natural attractions that are literally right in a student’s back door – the Mojave National Preserve is an incredibly diverse landscape unlike anything else in America, and the perfect place for an afternoon or evening hike. Also nearby is the Old Woman Springs Meteorite, the second largest ever found in the U.S.


Several notable alumni of the BCC baseball team include Congressman Joe Baca, as well as former professional players Justine Leone, Danny Norman, and Greg Martinez.

Information Summary

Ranks 327th in California and 3586th 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 N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 123 0.54
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 12 0.05
Robbery 48 0.21
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 276 1.20
Larceny 407 1.78
Vehicle theft 139 0.61

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Barstow, CA 92311
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population31,273 (28,234 urban / 3,039 rural)
Households11,154 (2.76 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,591
Families7,947 (3.26 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium 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 District608

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4342nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $5,400
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $225
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 $2,878 $2,878 $7,174
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,805 $17,805 $22,101
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,682 $6,682 $10,978

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $864 $1,104 $864 $1,104 $5,256 $5,400
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,053 $11,160
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,383 $3,672
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,487 $3,654

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)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 1 32 80 13 2 104 3 252
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 6 6
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 2 2 1 7
Biological and Physical Sciences 3 4 1 14 22
Business Administration and Management, General 7 11 2 1 4 26
Business/Commerce, General 2 3 1 5 1 14
Child Care Provider/Assistant 1 2 6 9
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 1 1
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 4 7 14
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 1 2
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 1 1 1 1 4
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 1 1
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 3 7 3 19 33
Information Technology 2 1 3
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 1
Psychology, General 1 2
Social Sciences, General 13 41 4 1 34 103
Sociology 1 1
Welding Technology/Welder 1 2 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1023rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $74,546 ($76,307 male / $70,479 female)
Number of FT Faculty 37 (21 male / 16 female)
Number of PT Faculty 144
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,078,369

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