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Cerritos College is a two-year community college located in southern California that offers online degree programs as well as on-campus instruction. The school offers many degrees and certificates within nine divisions including business education, fine arts and communications, health occupations, liberal arts, science, engineering and math, technology , H.P.E.A / athletics, humanities/social sciences and technology training/distance education.

The Business Education Division offers degrees in court reporting, real estate and business communication. Classes include business oral communication, telephone techniques, and international business communications. This division also runs classes devoted to Microsoft training and college-level keyboarding classes.

The Liberal Arts Division at Cerritos has programs that are diverse and challenging including English, reading and speech. Liberal Arts also has a strong foreign language division and teaches English as a second language (ESL), French, Japanese and Spanish as degree programs.

The Humanities/Social Sciences Division at Cerritos offers fields of study in anthropology, history and psychology. Cerritos is the only two-year college in the nation to offer an Associate of Arts in Women’s Studies degree designed to transfer to eight four-year universities.

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The college accepts applications from all students who are high school graduates or are at least 18 years of age. Students must fill out an application as early as possible prior to the start of registration. Applications may be completed online.

Financial Aid

Students must submit a FAFSA form to be considered for aid. Types of aid include grants, loans, scholarships and federal work study programs.

Grants offered through the school include the Child Development Grant, the Chafee Grant and the National SMART Grant. On Campus Scholarships include the Dr. Wolf De Lyre Scholarship, the Florence Tilson Scholarship for Cosmetology students, and the Lefty “Pendleton” Memorial Scholarship.

The school runs a program called The Leaders Involved in Creating Change (LINC) to help students who are in foster care to transition to independent living. To be eligible students must be former foster youths.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6117th for the average student loan amount.
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There are many clubs and organizations to choose including the Auto Body Club and the Classical Guitar Club. The school is also part of many Greek programs.

The Student Activities Center located on campus offers a place for students to relax before and after class. The Center provides video games, ping pong tables and an overall comfortable atmosphere.

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The athletics department participates in many intercollegiate athletic programs including soccer, wrestling and basketball. The Falcons compete in the South Coast Conference in the NJCAA.

Many professional sports stars are alumni, including All-Pro wide out T.J. Houshmanzadeh of the Seattle Seahawks and forward Tom Tolbert of the NBA.

Local Community

Norwalk, California is a city in the southern part of Los Angeles County. Many movies have been filmed in Norwalk including the blockbuster Speed and the TV series Heroes.

Information Summary

Ranks 147th in California and 1989th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 16 0.07
Arrest 6 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 218 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.00
Forcible Rape 10 0.01
Robbery 138 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 476 0.45
Larceny 1,156 1.08
Vehicle theft 642 0.60

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Norwalk, CA 90650-6298
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population103,211 (103,211 urban / N/A rural)
Households26,860 (3.79 people per house)
Median Household Income$46,012
Families22,499 (4.08 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
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 offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District638

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4041st 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 $7,056
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $58 $58 $58
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $252
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 $3,056 $3,056 $8,824
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,492 $18,492 $24,260
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,332 $7,332 $13,100

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,060 $1,340 $1,060 $1,340 $6,072(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,666
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,059 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,185 $4,274

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 253rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $97,419 ($97,796 male / $85,102 female)
Number of FT Faculty 270 (118 male / 152 female)
Number of PT Faculty 783
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $10,406,705

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