Contra Costa College: Narrative Description

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2600 Mission Bell Dr.
San Pablo, CA 94806-3195
Tel: (510)235-7800; Admissions: (510)235-7800; Web Site:

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Contra Costa Community College District and California Community College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1948. Setting: 83-acre small town campus with easy access to San Francisco. Total enrollment: 8,834. 5,794 applied. Full-time: 3,973 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 4,861 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 5 states and territories, 16 other countries, 1% Native American, 28% Hispanic, 28% black, 15% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 54% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs. Off campus study at University of California, Berkeley; members of the Regional Association of East Bay Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission. Placement: SAT I or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $4350 full-time, $145 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $540 full-time, $18 per unit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. College housing not available. Contra Costa College Library with 57,017 books, 333 serials, 1,860 audiovisual materials, and a Web page. 180 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: San Pablo is located on San Francisco Bay north of Richmond and Oakland on Highway 40. Buses and railroads serve the area. The city has 70 major industries; skilled and unskilled labor opportunities are available. San Pablo community facilities include churches, library and hospitals. Recreational facilities are provided by the beaches nearby and the mountain resort area for winter sports, which are approximately a three hour drive.

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