Barstow College: Narrative Description

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2700 Barstow Rd.
Barstow, CA 92311-6699
Tel: (760)252-2411
Fax: (760)252-1875
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of California Community College System. Awards transfer associate and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1959. Setting: 50-acre small town campus. Total enrollment: 3,000. Students come from 43 states and territories, 8 other countries, 60% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, self-designed majors, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health programs. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Placement: assessment test approved by the Chancellor's office required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: evening security personnel. College housing not available. Thomas Kimball Library with 38,000 books, 110 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 85 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

This is a desert community with a dry, warm climate. The Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railroads meet here. Greyhound and Orange Belt bus service is also available. The city has a county library, hospital, many churches, including numerous Protestant Churches, an Episcopal Church, a Roman Catholic Church, a Jewish Synagogue. There is a Community Players Association, which presents locally produced programs. Lectures and concerts are presented throughout the year. Part-time employment is available. Barstow has 4 parks and swimming pools for recreation. There are 82 civic, fraternal, and veterans organizations.

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