College of the Sequoias: Narrative Description

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915 South Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, CA 93277-2234
Tel: (559)730-3700
Admissions: (559)737-4844
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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 1925. Setting: 215-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $1.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $1805 per student. Total enrollment: 11,169. 2,171 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 4,427 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 6,742 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 1% Native American, 44% Hispanic, 4% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 46% 25 or older, 45% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing, engineering, chemistry, math, English programs. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $4890 full-time, $163 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $806 full-time, $26 per unit part-time, $13 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 35 open to all. Most popular organizations: MECHA, Ag Club, Alpha Gamma Sigma, Paralegal Association, Sports Medicine Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, Multicultural Fair, Tech Prep Expo. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, 18 hour patrols by trained security personnel. College housing not available. College of the Sequoias Library with 73,557 books, 430 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $513,224. 190 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Visalia is 42 miles southeast of Fresno. It is the Tulare County seat and is situated in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. It ranks highest in the world in agricultural production of citrus fruits, dairy products, olives, cotton, and walnuts. A number of manufacturers and industrial plants are located here. Bus, rail, and air lines serve the area. The community has churches, hospitals, a symphony orchestra, ballet, theatres, 20 city parks, and 5 golf courses. Tulare County Park provides recreational facilities for picnicking and water sports. Nearby is the High Sierra mountain wonderland in the Sierra National Forest.

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