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Ventura College: Narrative Description


4667 Telegraph Rd.
Ventura, CA 93003-3899
Tel: (805)654-6400; Admissions: (805)654-6456; Fax: (805)654-6466; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of California Community College System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1925. Setting: 103-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Total enrollment: 12,096. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 2,652 applied. Full-time: 4,112 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 7,984 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 25 states and territories, 11% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 34% Hispanic, 2% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 47% 25 or older, 20% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $4890 full-time, $163 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $576 full-time, $18 per unit part-time, $23 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Pan American Student Union, MECHA, Automotive Technology Club, Campus Christian Fellowship, Asian-American Club. Major annual events: ASB Welcome Barbecue, Cinco de Mayo, Native American International Pow Wow. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols. College housing not available. Ventura College Library with 63,529 books, 341 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 40 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Ventura is the county seat of Ventura County as well as one of the oldest settlements on the coast. The climate is pleasant and smog-free all year with rain during a few months in the winter and spring. The city is located in the South Central Coast Region, 63 miles northwest of Los Angeles and is served by the Southern Pacific Railroad, Greyhound Bus Lines, and various airlines. Community facilities include hospitals, libraries, churches, and many civic and service organizations. Other facilities include recreation centers, a golf course, and the county fair grounds. An extensive ocean coastline, forest reserves, and mountains all combine to make the area ideal for outdoor recreation.

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