College of the Sequoias

Visalia, CA

Brief Description

Named for the Giant Sequoia trees that are native to the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountain range in California's San Joaquin Valley, the College of the Sequoias is a comprehensive two-year public community college based on a 62-acre main campus in the suburban setting of Visalia in Tulare County. Offering educational and enrichment programs to more than 13,000 students each semester, COS serves the academic needs of local residents in Corcoran, Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Hanford, Ivanhoe, Lemoore, Lindsay, Orosi, Porterville, Strathmore, Three Rivers, Tulare, and Woodlake.

Originally established as Visalia Junior College as a department of the city's high school in 1926, the college was initially created to provide affordable lower-division college education to local high school graduates who intended to transfer to four-year California universities. By 1938, growing enrollments forced the college to relocate to its current grounds and expand further to form the College of the Sequoias Community College District. To this day, the College of the Sequoias maintains its mission for being a community college focused on student learning that leads to productive work, community involvement, and lifelong learning.

Although the College of the Sequoias is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the accrediting body has recently announced that the college would not have its accreditation renewed if deficiencies were not addressed within one calendar year. At this time, COS offers 158 certificate and associate degree programs focused on vocational training. Students can pursue studies in agriculture, consumer family studies, industry technology, physical education, engineering, mathematics, science, business, fine arts, language arts, aviation, allied health, and social sciences.

Since involvement in on-campus activities is a fundamental part of the college's educational mission, the College of the Sequoias has over 35 student recognized organizations and offers students the opportunity to create their own. Nicknamed the Giants, COS also sponsors 17 intercollegiate varsity teams for basketball, baseball, football, cross country, soccer, track and field, swimming, volleyball, tennis, equestrian, cheerleading, and softball in the Central Valley Conference of the CCCAA. Some of the most notable former Giants include Congressman David Valadao, singer Steve Perry, basketball player DeeAndre Hulett, animator J.G. Quintel, and actor Creed Bratton.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 10251

Total institution enrollment: 10251

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

College of the Sequoias
915 S Mooney Blvd
Visalia, CA 93277


(559) 730-3700


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 42%

Female undergraduate population: 58%

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
Agricultural Power Machinery Operator
Agriculture / Agricultural Sciences General
Agriculture / Food Products Processing Operations
Architectural Engineering Technology / Technician
Athletic Training And Sports Medicine
Automotive Mechanic / Technician
Biological And Physical Sciences
Business General
Child Care And Guidance Workers And Management
Commercial Garment And Apparel Worker
Communications General
Computer And Information Sciences Other
Construction / Building Inspector
Construction / Building Technology / Technician
Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration
Dietician Assistant
Drafting General
Drama / Theater Arts General
Electrical / Electronics Equipment Installer
Engineering General
Engineering Related Technologies / Technician
English Language And Literature General
Fashion Merchandising
Fire Protection And Safety Technology / Technician
Fire Protection Other
Floristry Marketing Operations
Foreign Languages And Literatures General
Foreign Languages And Literatures Other
French Language And Literature
General Selling Skills And Sales Operations
Graphic Design Commercial Art And Illustration
Health And Physical Education General
Heating / Air Conditioning Refrigeration
Home Economics General
Humanities / Humanistic Studies
Industrial Manufacturing Technology / Technician
Institutional Food Services Administration
Landscaping Operations And Management
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Music General
Nurse Assistant / Aide
Nursing Rn Training
Ornamental Horticulture Operations And Management
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Public Administration And Services Other
Real Estate
Social Sciences General
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Welder / Welding Technologist