College Profile: Cerro Coso Community College

 
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Cerro Coso Community College was established in 1973 as a separate college within the Kern Community College District. Cerro Coso has five instructional sites (Eastern Sierra Center Bishop & Mammoth, Indian Wells Valley, Kern River Valley, and South Kern), which together form the largest geographical service area (18,000 square miles) of any community college in California and which serve a population of approximately 85,000. A leader in online education, Cerro Coso has been offering online classes since 1997 and offers 19 Associate degrees entirely online and as many as 160+ classes online each year, with approximately 180 sections per semester.

The Indian Wells Valley Campus, located in Ridgecrest, California, 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is situated on a dramatic site overlooking the Sierra Nevada, Coso, Panamint, and Argus mountain ranges. At an elevation of 2,800 feet, Cerro Coso aesthetically emphasizes the rugged beauty of one of America's most famous deserts, the upper Mojave Desert. The IWV campus features an Astronomical Observatory and a Solar Photovoltaic Field, two features that make our campus, and our college, unique amongst California Community Colleges.

From the Indian Wells Valley Campus, the College serves the communities of Ridgecrest, China Lake, Inyokern, and Trona, this area is more commonly referred to as the Indian Wells Valley (IWV). The IWV is the second largest population base in Kern County. Population and distance (over one and a half hours from the next largest town) dictated the need for educational opportunities at the local level as early as the mid-60's.
 
3000 College Heights Blvd
Ridgecrest, CA
93555-9571
760-384-6100 (general)
760-384-6221 (financial aid)
760-384-6357 (admissions)
 
 
 

 

General Information
Other Names
Type Public, 2-year
Control Public
Size 5,000 - 9,999
Campus Setting Rural: Fringe
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Not applicable

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsYes Placement services for completers
Yes On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
No ROTCYes Distance learning opportunities
No ROTC: ArmyNo Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyYes Weekend/evening college
No ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Cerro Coso Community College Website

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy Yes
Admission test scores Not applicable
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Not applicable

Applicants (most recent fall period)
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Admissions (most recent fall period)
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Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
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SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Local|federal|any
 
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
7,571 Student Body SizeNo On-Campus Housing
0 Fall Applicants0 Total Dormitory Capacity
0 Fall Admissions

Geography
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Gender
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Ethnicity
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College Levels Offered
Yes Less than one year certificateYes One but less than two years certificate
Yes Associate's degreeNo Two but less than 4 years certificate
No Bachelor's degreeNo Postbaccalaureate certificate
No Master's degreeNo Post-master's certificate
No Doctor's degreeNo First-professional degree
No First-professional certificate

All Academic Programs
 
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