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Cerro Coso Community College: Narrative Description


3000 College Heights Blvd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555-9571
Tel: (760)384-6100
Admissions: (760)384-6291
Fax: (760)375-4776
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Kern Community College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1973. Setting: 320-acre small town campus. Research spending 2003-04: $25,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $3000 per student. Total enrollment: 5,020. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 375 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,218 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 3,802 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 2% from out-of-state, 3% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 6% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 55% 25 or older, 4% transferred in. Retention: 51% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing program. Option: early admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Placement: ACT ASSET required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $5010 full-time, $162 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $780 full-time, $26 per unit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Most popular organizations: Special Services Club, Art Club, LVN Club, Athletic Club, Drama Club. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: patrols by trained security personnel. College housing not available. Walter Stiern Memorial Library with 25,000 books, 800 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $400,000. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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