College of the Canyons: Narrative Description

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26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355-1803
Tel: (661)259-7800; 888-206-7827
Admissions: (661)362-3280
Fax: (661)362-5300
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of California Community College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: 158-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Research spending 2003-04: $282,253. Educational spending 2003-04: $2237 per student. Total enrollment: 14,190. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 28:1. Full-time: 4,234 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 9,956 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 21% Hispanic, 4% black, 9% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 35% 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, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: electronic application, early admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Placement: SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/22. Notification: continuous until 8/22.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $4320 full-time, $145 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $766 full-time, $26 per unit part-time, $23 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 12 open to all. Most popular organizations: HITE, Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Gamma Sigma, MECHA, Biology Club. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: student patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. College of the Canyons Library with 40,646 books, 84,510 microform titles, 233 serials, 29,955 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $831,649. 650 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The Valencia-Newhall-Saugus-Canyon Country communities comprise the city of Santa Clarita located 32 miles northwest of Los Angeles near the San Fernando Valley. The average mean temperature is 65 degrees. Community facilities include hospitals, churches, a library, newspapers and banks. Recreational facilities include theaters, parks, a riding stable and golf courses. Desert area and many secluded canyons are nearby. The Castaic Reservoir water recreation area opened in 1970.

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