Without a doubt one of the most picturesque community colleges in the entire country, Mendocino College in Ukiah, California offers students a somewhat quaint and rustic location to attend school, amidst buildings constructed from redwood trees, more than one general store, and some of California’s prettiest wine country that you’ve likely never heard of. A two-year community college supported by taxes, Medocino College was founded in 1973 and offers a number of different fields of study to students in a most desirable hilltop campus.
Located on 127 acres of beautiful land just north of the city’s downtown, Mendocino College currently has close to 5,000 students enrolled, with over 50 full-time faculty members. Adjunct faculty has a large role in the school, with over 200 adjunct faculty members involved in campus life as well. With views of the mountains and a mix of new and more farm-oriented buildings, the school is a far cry from your usual concrete jungles of community colleges in other cities around the country.
Students attending Mendocino College can choose from both academic and vocational programs of study. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, students who earn associate’s degrees at Mendocino College can continue their course of study at any four-year college or university in California, or beyond. Two types of associate’s degrees are awarded: the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Sciences. All degree-seeking students are also expected to complete a thorough general education program while pursuing the credits needed towards their particular degree.
In addition to the traditional classroom environment, Mendocino College is also on the forefront of technology, offering Distance Education courses where students can enroll in courses that exist online and/or through video. There are also a handful of travel-based courses available.
Just as popular as those degree-oriented classes are the college’s extension offerings, open to members of the community at large. Some of the most popular extension courses include those in the culinary arts, woodworking, and yoga. For extension courses with more of a professional focus, lifeguarding and licensed timber operator courses are the most popular by far.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Students interested in attending Mendocino College should download and complete the official college application (or pick it up from the admissions office) and send it, along with a high school transcript and record of any advanced placement (AP) courses completed in high school to the admissions office. Transfer students should do the same, but also include any courses from their previous college career, should they have interest in those credits being applied at Mendocino College. The school runs on a semester system, and most classes are scheduled during the daytime hours, though there are night and weekend classes occasionally. Registering for online classes is a little bit more complicated, but admissions counselors can walk students through the process. Upon admission, students should be prepared to pay all fees, including the Health Fee. If this seems as though it may be a problem, contact the Financial Aid Office and schedule an appointment to make a plan that will help with paying for college.
Students in need of financial assistance should set up a meeting with the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible to get the ball rolling. Counselors at Mendocino College can assist with obtaining federal or state-based aid, including PELL Grants and the FAFSA, and the school’s foundation also offers a number of need and merit-based scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid will also be able to provide students with lists of employment opportunities, other places to search for scholarships, and other important information towards planning the logistics behind financing a college tuition.
Student Financial Aid Details
In the heart of such robust land, students attending Mendocino College have a number of options around campus while not attending classes. In addition to various on-campus resource centers devoted to helping students prepare for the job market as well as work on their writing skills, students can also participate in a number of clubs and organizations. Some of the most popular on campus include the Film Club, Arts Club, horticulture Club, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Indian Alliance.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Mendocino College believes in the importance of athletics as part of a college experience, and provides its students with a number of options for how to participate in sports on-campus. A member of the Bay Valley Conference, the various teams on campus complete against community colleges from Napa, Merritt, Marin, Solano, and Almeda, among others.
In order to participate in athletics, students must be in good academic standing. If at any point during the season this changes, then students will have to forfeit their participation in sports for the duration of the season. Men’s sports at Mendocino College include baseball, basketball, and football. Women’s sports include basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The school mascot for Mendocino College is the eagle.