The oldest community college in California, Fullerton College (FC) was established in 1913. This comprehensive two-year, public school is a member of the California Community College System and the North Orange County Community College District.
One of five institutions of higher learning in Fullerton, the college is an integral part of an intricate higher education system. The campus spans over 80 acres and is comprised of ten major buildings, including conventional classrooms and laboratory facilities
The school boasts an all-inclusive academic program of lower division transfer courses and vocational training to prepare students for transfer to the university of their choice.
Associate’s degrees are granted in more than 85 areas of study. It also offers over 55 bachelor’s degree programs in diverse areas of study such as art and automotive technology to physics, theater arts, and physical education. These programs are equivalent to the first two years at Cal State, the University of California, and several private Universities.
The college also provides an option of over 125 career certificate programs, which can be completed in one semester to two years, depending on the program. Special programs are also available to cater to the diverse needs of domestic and international students.
The courses offered are divided into nine academic divisions, which include Business and Computer Information Systems; Fine Arts; Humanities; Library Services; Mathematics and Computer Science; Natural Sciences; Physical Education and Recreation; Social Sciences; and Technology and Engineering.
High quality learning is extended to students staying geographically apart through its excellent distance education programs. The online courses can be taken from any corner of the world as long as students have access to the Internet. Students who are unable to attend a traditional college due to hectic work schedules and personal commitments can further their education with the help of these online degrees.
Another form of online and campus training combined together is known as the hybrid course, which provide students with access to the best of both worlds: they can study online and meet faculty and counselors on campus for practice, reinforcement, and discussion.
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Each year, more than 22,000 students are enrolled. To begin the process on enrolling, all students need to submit the online application. There are two different applications – one for US residents and one for international students. Students seeking admission to the college must take the assessment test which includes math and English. Applicants whose native language is not English must opt for the ESL (English as a Second Language) test.
Students are encouraged to apply for the International Students Program. The college is authorized by the United States Department of Homeland Security as an institute of higher learning for the non-immigrant F-1 visa students.
The financial aid department disburses more than $12 million each year. The students seeking financial help must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Some of the most popular types of financial offered by the college are:
- Federal Direct Stafford Loans
- Federal Direct PLUS Loans
- Federal Work Study (FWS)
- Campus-Based Programs
- Other Sources of Aid
- Board of Governor Fee Waiver (BOGFW)
Scholarships offered to students include the Governor’s Scholarship and the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program. The Federal Perkins Loan Program offers low interest loans to students, which must be repaid. The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) also provides an excellent opportunity for students to work part-time on or off campus and earn additional money.
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The student body boasts a diverse mix of domestic and international students. The college’s Student Government is also known as the Fullerton College Associated Students Associated Students. Together with the Inter Club Council, Associated Students presents a wide variety of student activities and club programs. These events are essential for the overall education and personal growth of the students. The programs, events and hands-on experiences are tailored to offer everyone an opportunity to participate.
There are several student clubs and organizations on the campus, including Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Latter Day Saints Student Association (LLDSA), Campus Crusade For Christ, Inter-Club Council (ICC), Muslim Student Association, Paralegal Club, Pep (Spirit) Squad, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, Philosophy Club, Psychology Club/Psi Beta, Science Club, Young Democrats, and Society of Future Engineers.
Media and Publications:
The Hornet is the student-run newspaper and has been published since 1922. The newspaper provides updates, information and news about the college. It is available online and has entertainment, multimedia, and sports sections
KBPK 90.1 FM radio station is operated by students majoring in Communications. It is the public radio station for Orange and Southern Los Angeles counties and it is broadcasted by remote control from the college. KBPK, just like Fullerton College Television Workshop, carries live as well as delayed broadcasts of Hornet athletic events.
The campus is strategically located to provide students with a value-adding experience. The historic downtown area of Fullerton is situated less than a mile away. The campus is home to several academic centers, sports facilities, library and resource centers to make campus life of the students more enriching.
The Academic Support Center provides a wide variety of instructional services to students and staff to help them achieve success in diverse academic areas. The Center is comprised of three major services: the tutoring center, the skills center, and the writing center.
The Disability Support Services office promotes the integration of qualified students with disabilities into mainstream programs and services. The center is committed to the provision of support services and educational accommodations to these students with disabilities. It ensures access and equal opportunities to the students with some disabilities to attain their educational goals successfully. The DSS services are designed well to encourage student participation at the college.
The Career Counseling Center provides assistance with choosing the right career and improving their chances of getting good employment. Students can also get online counseling through forums if they are unable to visit the campus.
The Cadena Cultural Center holds up the core values of the college to promote excellence in meeting the needs of its rich and diverse student population. The center also strives to be a supporter and link for the community to engage in various programs to enhance multiculturalism. It informs students, faculty, and staff regarding the needs of undocumented students, such as bisexual/lesbian/gay/transgender/queer/inter-sexed/questioning students. It also provides information regarding the historically underrepresented groups such as Native American, African American, Latino, and Asian/Pacific Islanders.
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The Hornets sponsor men’s and women’s teams that compete in over 20 different varsity sports. Men’s team participate in football, cross country, soccer, water polo, basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming, and track & field. Women’s sports teams are fielded in baseball, basketball, golf, water polo, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. They compete in the Orange Empire Conference, which is a member of the Southern California Football Association (SCFA).
Since the introduction of the football team in the year 1916, winning has been a tradition. In its 94-year athletic history, the Hornets have won hundreds of conference titles, nearly two dozen state championships and several national football titles.
The campus is home to world class sports facilities such as two newly revamped gymnasiums; eight tennis courts; a 50 meter swimming pool; well-structured baseball and softball diamonds and Hal Sherbeck field; a well-maintained track; and a football practice facility. Schoepe Wellness Center is a state-of-art facility designed to enhance the total wellness of the students, faculty members, staff and the local community.
Apart from fielding high-spirited sports teams each year, the college is also reputed for its amazing coaching staff. The college staff features a mix of veteran expertise including renowned coaches who have coached at the NCAA institutions.
Notable alumni include James Cameron, Academy Award winning movie director and screenwriter; Jeff Buckley, Singer known for his cover of Hallelujah; Jim Fassel, NFL and UFL coach; Monte Nitzkowski, swimmer and water polo player; Pat Nixon, wife of former President Richard M. Nixon; and Greg Critser , author of the best-selling book ‘Fatland’.
The school’s faculty tenure system aims to reward and retain the most valuable professors. As a result, the college tends to offer better salary packages than many others in the community. There are more than 300 full time faculty members and over 450 adjunct professors who are supported by a staff of classified employees and managers.
Additional School Information
The college is regarded as one of the state’s highest ranked transfer institutions, in terms of total numbers of students who transfer to California State Universities (CSUs) and Universities of California (UCs) combined. Fullerton also secures its place in the top ten California community colleges in terms of transfers to the University of Southern California (USC).
Accreditation is provided by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a corporate entity under the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
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