A historically significant member of the 109-campus California Community College System since 1910, Fresno City College was the first community college in the state of California, and the second in the United States. Today, the college offers an array of associate’s degree, technical certificates, and 2-year programs designed to prepare students for transfer to a 4-year institution. The school also offers a variety of professional development and continuing education course options.
The school has a partnership with Reedley College, and additional campuses associated with the school include the Clovis Center, the Madera Center, the Oakhurst Center, and Willow International.
The college has a comprehensive list of areas of study for students to choose from. Students can come to campus and learn in a traditional classroom setting, or enroll in online learning or partake in distance learning education that uses a videoconference system.
Those pursing an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree are required to complete the general requirements by taking specific classes in the Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, and Language in Rationality. Academic divisions available include Applied Technology; Business; Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts; Health Sciences; Humanities; Mathematics, Science, and Engineering; and Social Sciences.
There are also several special areas of study, which were implemented to better serve the local community. Here, local potential fireman and policemen can study at the Fire Academy and the Police Academy. The ROTC has training here as well, and students can partake in the ESL program, Developmental Education, Career & Technology Center, and the Allied Health program.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Fresno City has an open admissions policy that allows any student who has graduated from an accredited high school to matriculate. In addition, the school has provisions allowing students who have received a GED to be admitted. An acceptable score on the California High School Proficiency Exam is also considered to be grounds for admission.
The school also has a provisional admissions policy that allows non-high school graduates to be admitted, on the condition that they maintain a certain grade-point average in their subsequent classes. If applicable, high school transcripts may be required as part of the registration process. Admitted students may be required to take placement tests to determine eligibility for remedial coursework and appropriate placement in other core classes.
Students are offered an array of financial aid programs and other initiatives geared to keep tuition and other fees manageable. The most common types of awards include federal Pell Grants, need-based grants such as the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, need- and merit-based scholarships, state grants such as the Cal Grants program, fee waivers, and student loans.
Although the school has rolling deadlines for submission of most financial aid forms, the FAFSA form should be submitted between January and June for priority consideration. The cutoff date for full scholarship consideration is usually March 1. Check the school’s website for current details and possible changes.
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The largely urban campus is situated near the heart of the Fresno city center. The school’s diverse student body includes both college-age and returning adult students, and although the school does not offer on-campus housing, the housing department compiles a list of affordable student rentals in close proximity to the school.
Associated Student Government groups are one popular student activity, and other clubs and organizations active on campus include foreign language clubs, honor societies, cultural groups, service organizations, and hobby groups, with special clubs for filmmakers, budding anthropologists, history enthusiasts, and philosophical thinkers.
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The Ram’s athletic program offers its students a full slate of men’s and women’s club teams, as well as intramural sports. Men’s sports include baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and basketball, while women’s sports include badminton, softball, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.
The school’s teams regularly fare well in competitive play within the State Associations Division. In the 2007-08 season, the Rams men’s basketball team ranked first in total points among teams in its division.
Accreditation is provided by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
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