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2600 Mission Bell Dr
San Pablo, CA 94806-3195
p. 510-235-7800
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Contra Costa College

Contra Costa College Rating: 4.5/5 (21 votes)

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Contra Costa College, founded in 1948, is located in San Pablo, California and serves as the West Campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. The school offers associate degrees and certificates in a wide variety of programs in order to serve the diverse educational needs of the community.

Since the school recognizes that traditional classroom work may not always be the best option for its students, they offer day, evening, and hybrid online classes. Many other services are available to make the college experience successful, such as tutoring, childcare, and job placement.

There is also the opportunity for high school dropouts and those students who are way behind in their coursework to participate in Gateway to College where students are situated in small groups to work towards their diploma. Fostering even deeper relationships with high schools, the WCCUSD Middle College High School is housed on campus. Students who join not only receive their high school diplomas but also complete college level courses, which gives them a huge head start in higher education.


Contra Costa College is divided into a variety of departments that enhance student learning and provide the overall support needed to excel in the workplace. Programs for adults and continuing education programs, which includes those leading toward associate’s degrees, are perfect for people who lead busy lifestyles.

Since this is a community college, the school has a comprehensive list of subject material in order to better serve the area’s residents. Those who seek an associate’s degree often transfer to a four-year college or university, and end up saving money by completed two years of coursework here. Others earn a certificate in a skill and are then set to join the workforce after graduation. Either way, this school has the resources to guide you through your education here.

Center for Science Excellence

The school is known for its award-winning Center for Science Excellence. It has received numerous grants enabling students majoring in biological sciences, computer and physical science, technology, mathematics, or engineering (STEM) to succeed academically. It gives these students guidance and support in order to help create this generation’s science scholars and leaders. Help while transitioning to a four-year college or university is there if needed, along with tutoring, internships, and research projects.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The college offers students the benefits of dedicated personal service, including time management workshops given in the library, to ensure that they are developing into community-serving adults.

Many notable programs are offered including the High-Performance Computing Center. This is a center with a pioneering program whose focus is teaching computer clustering. The Advocate, a weekly newspaper for the college, is nationally honored. The paper has won over eleven National Newspaper Pacemaker Awards since the year 1990. The college also has one the top Speech and Debate Teams in the nation.

Financial Aid

Many partial and full scholarships are available, the amount of which are determined by the financial aid department. These scholarships may be based on financial need as well as merit, though the majority of the scholarships given to students are based upon need.

Students attending must fill out the FASFA prior to attendance. This is an online financial aid form which includes a list of your potential colleges alongside an evaluation of your financial situation. It is the results of this statement which determine the amount of financial aid available. Students must fill out the FAFSA each year and sign it prior to the month of March. They can begin in January and if income taxes have not been filed, they can use the estimates from the previous year. Students who are still dependents of their families must use the financial information from their parents when filling out this form online in order to determine their financial living environment.

Along with the FASFA, students must fill out a separate financial aid application for the school in order to qualify for the list of school-based scholarships available. There are also unique community and group scholarships given to people in the area enrolled here, for which separate information is available through the financial aid department. Separate applications must be filled out for these scholarships as well. These applications include a shorter version of your financial background as well as information about your qualifications.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5547th for the average student loan amount.
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This college understands the needs of students to enjoy balance in the college setting. Meeting new friends, seeing old ones, and being immersed in the social scene is very exciting, especially if it’s the first time you have lived on your own, far away from your family.

Contra Costa College offers an enriching student environment which caters to exploring new cultures, friends, foods, and academics while ensuring that each student becomes a positively contributing member of society and learns the utmost responsibility.

The College Skills Center provides a tutoring area, conference room and computers and offers individualized attention in reading and writing. Student life is mapped by a variety of programs to include social and cultural activities and leadership development.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Additional School Information

The DSPS (Disabled Students Programs and Services) is in place to provide support and specialized instruction to students with disabilities, ensuring that they are equally subject to the college experience. The academic services offered by DSPS are educational planning, sign language interpreters/closed captioning, testing accommodations, specialized instruction designed for students with learning disabilities, van mobility assistance on campus, and adaptive computer technology, just to name a few.

For international students, the college offers travel procedures, visa information, housing information and procedures, and employment procedures.

Information Summary

Ranks 240th in California and 2540th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 6 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.07
Arrest 7 0.09

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 121 0.41
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.01
Forcible Rape 6 0.02
Robbery 126 0.43
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 347 1.18
Larceny 554 1.88
Vehicle theft 441 1.50

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near San Pablo, CA 94806-3195
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population55,719 (55,716 urban / 3 rural)
Households17,536 (3.10 people per house)
Median Household Income$43,649
Families12,399 (3.69 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
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 District611

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4060th 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 $7,028
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $10 $10 $10
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $251
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 $3,008 $3,008 $8,748
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,006 $19,006 $24,746
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,027 $12,027 $17,767

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,018 $1,298 $1,018 $1,298 $6,478 $6,758
  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 $11,406 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,059 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,550 $8,676

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 745th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,679 ($82,152 male / $86,008 female)
Number of FT Faculty 88 (33 male / 55 female)
Number of PT Faculty 304
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,622,680

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