Taft College: Narrative Description

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29 Emmons Park Dr.
Taft, CA 93268-2317
Tel: (661)763-7700
Admissions: (661)763-7763
Fax: (661)763-7705
Web Site: http://www.taftcollege.edu/


State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of California Community College System. Awards certificates and transfer associate degrees. Founded 1922. Setting: 15-acre small town campus. Endowment: $14,405. Total enrollment: 7,024. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,249 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 561 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 6,463 students, 23% women, 77% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 5% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 24% Hispanic, 14% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 55% 25 or older, 6% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: electronic application. Required for some: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $4530 full-time, $151 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $780 full-time, $26 per unit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $3146. College room only: $1294.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 3 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Club, Alpha Gamma Sigma, Rotoract Club, ASB Club. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: controlled dormitory access, parking lot security. 160 college housing spaces available; 93 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Taft College Library with 28,500 books, 13,000 microform titles, 150 serials, 25 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $263,133. 91 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The population of the Taft area is 18,500. Centrally located two and one-half hours north of Los Angeles, Taft has a mild climate with hot summers. The city, surrounded by oilfields, is an important supply point for field equipment. Churches of all denominations, hospital, library, and shopping facilities make up the town. Part-time employment is available. Recreational facilities include a theatre, golf course, and more. Apartments are available.

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