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For students looking to get their feet wet in higher education at a community college in Oregon, Central Oregon Community College (COCC) offers a solid foundation on which to build further academic success. The college also has a number of programs for students who want to quickly retool for a new career, including its aviation program.

In addition, COCC, which is located in Bend, Oregon has a beautiful campus with plenty of nearby outdoor fun and adventure along with necessary urban amenities.


The college primarily serves a feeder school to Oregon’s four-year universities. There are a variety of benefits to completing your first two years at a community college, including lower prices and a more nuturing atmosphere.

Degrees and Programs Offered

In addition to its academic programs intended to prepare students for a four-year school, a number of certificates and associate’s degrees are available for students who want to quickly complete training and enter the workforce. Two unique programs are the college’s aviation training program, which trains commercial pilots, and the firefighting program.

There are more than 60 programs of study students can choose from, including certificate and associate’s degree options.

Some of the most popular majors include:

  • Liberal Arts: 58 percent of enrollment
  • Health Professions: 19 percent of enrollment
  • Public safety related majors: 9 percent of enrollment

Accreditation is granted by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which accredits schools in of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The NWCCU accredits more than 150 colleges and universities in the region.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions are open, meaning that virtually all students who apply to the college are admitted. Some programs, such as the nursing program, may have entrance criteria.

The admissions office maintains a rolling deadline. Typically students must apply by the Wednesday before courses start in the current term. Prospective students must submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores while transfer students have to submit transcripts from their former college(s).

Applicants need to take a placement exam to determine whether they need remediation in some areas.

Financial Aid

Students are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Oregon, the university itself, and other organizations that students may be eligible for.

The COCC Foundation alone offers more than 250 scholarships each year. The college website has detailed listings of available scholarships and some information on how to apply.

The office of financial stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. About 66 percent of students receive student aid in terms of loans, grants or scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3377th for the average student loan amount.
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The campus is comprised largely of students who are somewhat older than traditional college students—students that are returning to school to improve their career opportunities.

Student Organizations and Activities

The school offers a wide variety of academic, cultural and recreational activities for its students. Student activities include professional and academic organizations, civic groups, diversity and ethnicity-themed organizations and recreational activities. The student newspaper is called The Broadside.

Campus Facilities

Unlike most community colleges, there are some on-campus housing opportunities here. A small percentage of the students live in on-campus housing.

A unique attraction is the school’s arboretum, which has a wide variety of plant and animal species and is a much-enjoyed portion of the campus.

The college also provides dining facilities and also has security services, including escort services to help students feel safe at night as they travel on campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Central Oregon Community College’s mascot is the Bobcat. School colors are cardinal and gold. Although the college does not have traditional intercollegiate athletics, club and intramural sports are available for students. The club and intramural sports include:

Men’s and Women’s

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Non-tackle Football
  • Table Tennis
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Golf

Local Community

One of its main “selling points” to prospective students is the college’s location. Bend offers impressive views of the Cascade Mountains and students have plenty of skiing, hiking and other opportunities. Bend is a well-regarded town and one of the more pleasant places to live in Oregon. Bend has a population of about 75,000 and offers many of the amenities of larger cities without the congestion and crowding of more populated areas.

Information Summary

Ranks 30th in Oregon and 3012th 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 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 151 0.19
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 25 0.03
Robbery 27 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 365 0.47
Larceny 1,978 2.55
Vehicle theft 73 0.09

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Bend, OR 97701
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population44,572 (31,608 urban / 12,964 rural)
Households17,873 (2.45 people per house)
Median Household Income$43,330
Families11,734 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-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 SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4102

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1744th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,132 $4,068 $8,280
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $261 $261 $261
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $87 $113 $230
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 $17,037 $17,973 $22,185
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,037 $17,973 $22,185
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,052 $8,988 $13,200

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,907 $3,195 $3,807 $4,131 $7,587 $8,163
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,350(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,196 $8,556
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,859(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,196 $8,556
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,859(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,859(N/C)

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 Capacity100
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2309th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,813 ($60,873 male / $58,862 female)
Number of FT Faculty 120 (62 male / 58 female)
Number of PT Faculty 336
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $6,333,670

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