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11555 Old Oregon Trail
Redding, CA 96003
p. 530-242-7500
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Shasta College

Shasta College Rating: 5.0/5 (13 votes)

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Located in Redding, California, Shasta College sits on a 337-acre campus in the midst of the California country on land that used to be inhabited by Native Americans known as the Wintu Indians. Today, the campus is home to more than 10,000 students that pursue studies in the more than one hundred programs (between certificates and associate degrees) that Shasta College offers in summer, spring, and fall. Excellence is always the ultimate objective, and so the college is continuously working to achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence for all programs in its eight divisions, which include health sciences, economics, and business.

These divisions have various accreditations, both at the state and the federal levels; Shasta strives to maintain its accreditations so that its students can continue to receive the best education they can aspire to. The most notable accreditations include those given by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and by the American Dental Association.

Shasta College is continuously investing in its infrastructure. New buildings and facilities, such as the Health Sciences and University Center, which was opened in 2007, possess the latest technology (including environment-friendly technologies) so that students always have the best resources and tools available while they study.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Shasta College, like most community colleges in the United States, applies an Open Admission Policy, which means that any person interested in pursuing a college education has the right to do so. Shasta College offers more than one hundred degrees and certificates. The college offers 33 associate degree majors, 22 general studies associate degree emphases, and 24 university studies associate degree emphases.

All of these programs, which range from business to agriculture, help students grow as professionals, enabling those interested in pursuing further university education. In terms of admissions, it is important that you know that all you need to do is fill out the application form and submit official high school and/or college transcripts with it. Using these transcripts, it will be possible to guide all enrolled students in choosing a course of studies that suits his or her interests and capabilities best. Finally, you should know that there are no actual deadlines when it comes to applying for enrollment; there are course offerings for spring, summer, and fall.

Financial Aid

Shasta College understands that not all students can afford to pay for tuition, books, housing, supplies, and the other costs associated with a college education. Because of this, the Financial Aid office works around the clock to try to procure resources to facilitate students’ studies. There are several financial programs available for those students who need it, including federal grants, student loans, scholarships, and fee waivers.

All applications are processed thoroughly in order to correctly assess who qualifies for financial aid and those who do not. Turnaround times will vary depending on the volume of applications that the Financial Aid office receives, so it is important that you are always checking in on the status of your application. Be sure to apply for financial aid in a timely manner because applications are processed in date order.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4505th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in California.


Shasta College was founded in 1948 and since its inception more than sixty years ago, the college has managed to grow exponentially, going from just 250 students in 1950 to over 10,000 students at present.

As its student body has grown through time, so has the quality of the facilities installed in the college campus. In 2005, the college opened its very own state-of-the-art Early Childhood Education Child Care Center and Instructional Facility. Following this monumental endeavor, Shasta undertook a second project in 2007, year in which the construction of a new 44,000 square foot Health Sciences and University Center. This center is where Dental Hygiene and Nursing students take classes, and it is also state-of-the-art.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Shasta College believes that it is important to provide students with a well-rounded education, which is why the school offers a quality education and recreational activities that students can turn to when in need of taking a break from studying. The Shasta athletics department offers 13 different sports including swimming, wrestling, softball, track & field, tennis, and football. Most of Shasta’s teams have been league and state champions over the years; this speaks of the commitment and quality of the athletic programs sponsored by the college.

The idea of the Athletics program is not only to help students improve on their sporting skills, but also to help them grow as well-rounded individuals who understand the value of discipline, perseverance, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Shasta’s mascot is the Knight. A statue of the Knight, whose name is Oakey Doaks, was structured in 1955 by the Shasta College Motor Knights Club and it still stands today.


Prominent Shasta College alumni include:

  • Ricky Ray – Professional Football Star
  • Jason Sehorn – Retired NFL Star
  • Ken Shamrock – Famous Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • Terry Riley – Music Composer


  • About Shasta College, http://www.shastacollege.edu/aboutsc/, web, 25 July, 2011
  • Academic Divisions and Departments Overview, http://www.shastacollege.edu/cms.aspx?id=5052, web, 25 July, 2011
  • Admissions, http://www.shastacollege.edu/admissions/, web, 25 July, 2011
  • Athletics, http://www.shastacollege.edu/athletics/, web, 25 July, 2011.
  • Financial Aid, http://www.shastacollege.edu/cms.aspx?id=769, web, 25 July 2011
  • Peterson’s. Green jobs for a new economy. United States of America: Peterson’s, 2009. Print.

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Ranks 295th in California and 3096th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 7 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.07
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 2 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 535 0.59
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 63 0.07
Robbery 100 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 823 0.91
Larceny 2,237 2.46
Vehicle theft 336 0.37

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Redding, CA 96003
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population41,463 (30,920 urban / 10,543 rural)
Households16,577 (2.41 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,917
Families10,964 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 District601

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2537th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $6,144
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $79 $79 $79
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $256
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 $11,383 $11,383 $16,423
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,983 $15,983 $21,023
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,683 $6,683 $11,723

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $820 $1,183 $820 $1,183 $5,596 $6,223
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,620 $1,700
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,000(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,600 $3,800

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 Capacity150
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 8 88 34 26 685 44 903
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 11 12
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 31 1 34
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 2 1 3
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology 12 12
Agriculture, General 8 9
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 1 2
Art/Art Studies, General 1 5 1 7
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 9 10
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 13 4 1 71 5 98
Building Construction Technology 2 2
Business Administration and Management, General 1 8 6 3 43 1 65
Business/Commerce, General 1 13 1 15
Child Care Provider/Assistant 2 1 1 10 1 15
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 3 4
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1 6 8
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General 4 18 2 24
Criminal Justice/Police Science 6 20 2 28
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 1 10 12
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 3 3
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 13 2 17
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 1 4 6
Engineering Technology, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 5 1 15 4 27
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 1 1 1 3 2 9
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 3 3
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 3 1 31 1 38
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 1 2 2 1 6
Forestry, General 1 1
Geography, Other 3 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 2 1 19 1 25
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management 1 1
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 3 1 5
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 2 2 1 6
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 12 2 4 74 4 99
Information Technology 1 1
Journalism 2 2
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 4 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 5 1 1 28 2 37
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 3 1 16 22
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 1 2 26 1 30
Music, General 4 1 5
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 6 7
Pre-Engineering 6 6
Psychology, Other 1 12 13
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 3 1 2 41 48
Social Sciences, General 7 7 1 59 5 79
Sociology 2 2
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 5 6
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 1 3 4
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician 1 5 6
Welding Technology/Welder 3 15 2 20

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 659th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $81,722 ($81,216 male / $65,269 female)
Number of FT Faculty 122 (65 male / 57 female)
Number of PT Faculty 355
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $4,186,130

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