Like many community colleges, Bakersfield College began within a high school. Its first classes were offered in 1913, and the college finally moved to its own campus in 1956. The main campus is still located on the Panorama Bluffs that look down on Bakersfield, California, but the college has grown to include two satellite locations. One of these is in downtown Bakersfield while the other is located in the city of Delano.
In total, Bakersfield College educates about 17,500 students each semester. Learners enroll in either an associate's degree program or a certificate program. Students have wide-ranging subject matter from which to choose. The agriculture department is particularly large, in part because of the thriving farming community that is found in the surrounding region. Students may also enter programs at Bakersfield College that let them study behavioral sciences, journalism, social sciences and mathematics. Many of the associate's degree programs offer transfer options for students hoping to earn a four year degree. Many other students attend with the goal of earning a certificate that will allow them to enter a new career field or advance in their current employment.
Students stay abreast of what's happening on campus by reading the Renegade Rip, Bakersfield College's award winning student published newspaper. In addition to covering events that affect the school, the Rip also reports on happenings in the local community. As a city with some 350,000 residents, Bakersfield is large enough to offer many entertainment options and attractions for college students. The local economy depends upon agriculture and oil production, both of which provide the area with a thriving financial base. Upon graduation, students rarely have to look far to find good paying jobs. Moreover, Bakersfield hosts a number of fun festivals throughout the year which are always well attended by the student population.
Students who attend Bakersfield College can expect excellent, fully accredited degree and certificate programs that will help them launch an exciting career.
Total undergraduate enrollment: 14466
Total institution enrollment: 14466
School type: 2-year public
School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.
1801 Panorama Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Male undergraduate population: 40%
Female undergraduate population: 60%
Undergrad visible minorities: No Data
Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's, Two but less than 4 years