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3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA 95965-8399
p. 530-895-2511
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Butte College

Butte College Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)

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Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills north of Sacramento, Butte College (BC) is a community college that was founded in 1967. The main campus is a designated wildlife refuge and spans over 900 acres. It is one of the largest community college campuses in California, with more than 45% of the campus energized with solar power. The school also operates the Chico Center, a training center for business owners and employees, as well as the Glenn Center, a center serving the Glenn County residents.


With its impressive technology and exceptional instructional programs, Butte College offers high quality general courses, transfer education and career preparation. Associate’s degrees are offered as well as training in career fields such as medical, business, welding, automotive, law enforcement, computers and more.

The transfer programs offer coursework which are designed to meet the lower division General Education requirements for the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. Career and technical education programs are provided which are tailored to train students for a career or occupation. These career programs offer a variety of student education and training in diverse career fields. Students can earn certificates of achievement along with the general education units and prepare for an Associate Degree.

Certificates of Achievement are offered to students who can wish to pursue specific skilled employment or continue additional education for an Associate Degree. These certificates are granted to designate a satisfactory level of achievement in specific programs which can be completed less than two years. Some programs may be completed over an extended period of time in the regular day or evening classes.

The College also offers other certificates to designate a student’s satisfactory completion of the short-term courses, such as the Certificate in Early Childhood Education. The college also has a dynamic Study Abroad Program, which provides opportunities to live and study in amazing international destinations such as Maya Country, Costa Rica, Italy and Ireland.

Online Learning

A wide range of distance courses are offered that are delivered via Internet. The online courses present a wonderful opportunity for people who wish to add more stars to their education but are stuck with responsibilities and a busy schedule. Students enrolling for the online courses must value the significance of time management and independent study skills. Some of the online courses offered are Financial Accounting, Applied Physical Science, Admin of Justice, Physical Anthropology, and Intro-Service Learning.

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Each year, more than 21,000 students are enrolled seeking an occupational degree or certificate; preparing for transfer to a four-year college or university, or taking classes to investigate a new career. All freshman students have to take the assessment test which evaluates the basic skill placement levels in reading, English, and math for the new students. Students must either complete the Basic Skills Assessment (BSA) or provide documentation of previously completed placement tests from other California colleges. Student whose primary language is not English must take the English as a Second Language (ESL) Assessment test.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is the money offered to help the needy and deserving students bear the education costs of the institute. Financial support is provided to the students through various forms such as grants, scholarships, federal work-study, and private loans. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online.

The college offers various scholarships such as the Ronald S. Knight Memorial Scholarship, Sons of Italy Scholarship, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Professional Education Grant, Healthy Lifestyles Scholarship, Sacramento Archeological Society Scholarship, and Classified Transfer Scholarship.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4267th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life on campus offers a perfect blend of academic experience added with loads of extracurricular activities and fun. Domestic as well as international students come together to form clubs and organizations where they can meet new people, share their views, and learn about each other’s culture. There are more than 30 student clubs on campus including social, political, and academic interest. Students can either join an existing club or start a new one.

Some of the popular student clubs and organizations include Asian Students Association, Cheerleading Club, Black Student Union (BSU), Anthropology Club, Friends of the Wildlife Refuge, International Club, Japanese Animation & Culture Club, Literary Arts Club, STOP (Stop Trafficking of Persons), and Student Alliance for Sustainability (SAS).

Phi Theta Kappa is the International honor society for the community college students. Beta Theta Kappa is the local chapter that is engaged in various activities under the four hallmarks: Leadership, Service, Fellowship and Scholarship.

The Office of Service Learning & Volunteerism helps transition of students between the classroom and community with excellent service learning opportunities. With the college’s service-learning and volunteerism program, students get the opportunity to use what they learn in the classroom in related work areas. Apart from that, they also contribute their little bit for the community welfare.

Campus Facilities:

The main campus is home to several training centers for law enforcement, fire, game warden academies, agriculture, automotive technology, and welding. There are also well-equipped science and nursing academic laboratories. Some of the campus highlights include the Everett Brott campus center, career and counseling centers, housing admissions and records, a cafeteria and bookstore. The main campus also houses the Art Gallery.

The Library is located on the main campus. It provides a complete range of information services which includes interlibrary loan, reference, circulation, and library instruction. The library provides students a perfect place to study, research and seek reference materials. There is also a quiet study area with more than 100 individual study cubicles and five group study rooms.

The Center for Academic Success (CAS), located on the main campus offers free tutoring services in many subjects. It features group study rooms, a reading and writing center, workshops, tutor-aided computer labs, and a comfortable place to study. The Counseling Department presents academic, personal, and career counseling services for the students wanting to fulfill their vocational, transfer, personal or professional development goals. The counselors help students to explore the hidden abilities, interests, and work ethic to attain those goals.

Dining and Housing:

There are several dining options situated throughout the campuses. Some of the popular eateries are Coyote Grill, Salad City, Ba Da Bing’s Pizza, Roadrunner Deli, International Express, That’s A Wrap, Hot Dog and Smoothie Station. Students will also find the Wired Café on the campus center. A wide range of housing options are offered to the international students. Some of them include: home stay / home share; Craig hall dormitories; and private apartment living. All these housing units are safe, clean and offer modern facilities for students’ convenience.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The Roadrunners sponsor a wide variety of men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports teams. The varsity sports for men include baseball, track, football, basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer. Women participate in sports like softball, track, golf, cross country, soccer, volleyball, and basketball. The colors are Black and Gold. The Roadrunners were the JC National and State Champions for the year 2008.

The school is a member of the following intercollegiate conferences: Golden Valley, Bay Valley, and the Northern California Football Alliance. The John B. Cowan Sports Complex features a stadium that hosts track and football activities; an indoor gym; volleyball courts; baseball and softball diamonds; an archery range; and well-groomed athletic fields for various sports.

A wide variety of outdoor recreational sports are offered such as hiking, cycling, water sports, and photography. There are a myriad of choices for students to get involved in and enjoy. There is no dearth of summer and winter sports and activities. Students can explore the various outdoor recreational spots situated nearby: Lassen Peak, Mount Shasta, Lake Oroville and Bidwell Park.


Prominent BC alumni include Larry Allen, retired football player for the Dallas Cowboys; Paris Jackson, CFL football player for the Ottawa RedBlacks; Junior Siavii, football player for the Seattle Seahawks; and Ken Grossman, founder of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.


The College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Information Summary

Ranks 232nd in California and 2504th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 2 0.02
Burglary 5 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 9 0.07

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 33 0.21
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 10 0.06
Robbery 23 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 226 1.44
Larceny 465 2.96
Vehicle theft 68 0.43

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Oroville, CA 95965-8399
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population17,778 (12,818 urban / 4,960 rural)
Households6,468 (2.65 people per house)
Median Household Income$24,523
Families4,362 (3.20 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District601

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4228th 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 $5,904
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $250 $250 $250
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $246
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 $3,014 $3,014 $7,814
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,800 $17,800 $22,600
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,838 $6,838 $11,638

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,084 $1,334 $1,084 $1,334 $5,884 $6,134
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,620 $1,660
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,808 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,456 $3,844
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,456 $3,844

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 22 49 390 173 58 2,270 156 3,126
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 14 2 31 7 54
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 5 11 5 21 2 44
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 13 1 15
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology 1 4 1 6
Agriculture, General 10 10
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 1 2 1 10 15
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management 1 1 3 5
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 3 5 2 10
Art/Art Studies, General 4 1 5
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 8 5 17 3 33
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 3 10 1 16
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector 1 2 2 5
Business Administration and Management, General 1 2 21 4 40 5 74
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 2 2
Chemistry, General 1 1 2
Child Care Provider/Assistant 3 36 4 1 56 5 106
Child Care and Support Services Management 1 2 1 8 1 13
Computer Science 1 1
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation 1 2 23 4 30
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 1 1 8 2 1 47 7 67
Criminal Justice/Police Science 3 25 5 7 160 7 208
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 1 5 2 16 2 26
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 19 1 21
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 12 6 3 151 6 179
Engineering Technology, General 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 1 1
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 3 1 10 23 4 41
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 8 2 1 50 2 64
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 1 49 12 12 567 1 642
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management 1 2 1 4
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 4 3 1 11 19
Graphic Design 1 1 3 13 1 19
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician 4 1 1 55 61
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 5 5 33 1 45
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 1 1 3
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant 3 7 2 12
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 4 6
Information Technology 1 21 22
Interior Design 1 1
International Relations and Affairs 1 9 10
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 1 1
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 1 2 5 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 6 25 12 4 102 11 162
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 2 10 23 4 39
Mathematics, General 2 2
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 5 11 2 15 1 34
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 2 1 6 1 10
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 3 10 2 15
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 1 2 4
Photography 1 11 4 16
Physical Sciences 1 1
Physics, General 1 2 2 5
Pre-Engineering 2 2
Psychology, General 1 1 2
Radio and Television 3 1 7 11
Real Estate 1 1
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 1 2 3
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 15 8 2 70 5 104
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 7 12 31 2 54
Retail Management 1 1
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 2 2
Small Business Administration/Management
Social Sciences, General 10 19 77 44 9 425 46 631
Sociology 4 1 5
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 17 1 20
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 4 5
Taxation 1 3 4
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations 1 1 2
Welding Technology/Welder 9 2 2 68 2 83

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 685th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,999 ($82,576 male / $83,415 female)
Number of FT Faculty 179 (83 male / 96 female)
Number of PT Faculty 679
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $7,880,693

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