Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, CA

Brief Description

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.

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At A Glance

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.

Campus Location

Main Address

Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93305


(661) 395-4011


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 40%

Female undergraduate population: 60%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's, Two but less than 4 years

Accounting And Finance
Adult And Continuing Teacher Education
Agricultural Animal Husbandry And Production
Agricultural Business / Agribusiness Operations
Agriculture / Agricultural Sciences General
Agriculture / Food Products Processing Operations
Architectural Engineering Technology / Technician
Automotive Mechanic / Technician
Biology General
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Cabinet Maker And Millworker
Child Care And Guidance Workers And Management
Computer And Information Sciences Other
Computer Typography And Composition Equipment
Construction / Building Technology / Technician
Corrections / Correctional Administration
Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration
Drafting General
Drama / Theater Arts General
Economics General
Electrical / Electronics Equipment Installer
Engineering General
Engineering Technology / Technician General
English Language And Literature General
Environmental And Pollution Control Technician
Fire Protection And Safety Technology / Technician
Fire Protection Other
Foreign Languages And Literatures General
Forestry General
French Language And Literature
General Selling Skills And Sales Operations
Graphic Design Commercial Art And Illustration
Heating / Air Conditioning Refrigeration
History General
Home Economics General
Industrial Manufacturing Technology / Technician
Institutional Food Services Administration
Institutional Food Workers And Administration
Landscaping Operations And Management
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Machine Shop Assistant
Mason And Tile Setter
Medical Radiologic Technology / Technician
Music General
Music History And Literature
Nursing Rn Training
Ornamental Horticulture Operations And Management
Physiology Human And Animal
Plumber And Pipefitter
Political Science And Government General
Practical Nurse L P N Training
Psychology General
Public Administration And Services Other
Real Estate
Spanish Language And Literature
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Technical Theater / Theater Design
Technology / Industrial Arts Teacher
Vocational Home Economics Other
Welder / Welding Technologist