Cosumnes River College

Sacramento, CA

Brief Description

Named after the river that flows just a few miles south of the main campus on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Cosumnes River College is situated in a suburban setting on the southern edge of the California state capital of Sacramento. As a public comprehensive two-year community college, CRC serves the educational needs of over 14,500 students in southern Sacramento County between Sacramento and Elk Grove within the Los Rios Community College District.

Initially built on a 180-acre campus with a library, science building, automotive and technology complex, women's physical education building, and a swimming pool, Cosumnes River College first opened its doors in 1970 with an inaugural class of just 2,100 students. By 1989, the college made its name known by hosting the California state finals for the National Geography Bee, which has been held there ever since. As enrollment more than doubled at the turn of the century, CRC also built an Elk Grove Center within the southern part of Elk Grove in 2011 to specialize in construction, construction management technology, and other similar programs.

Fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Cosumnes River College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs at an affordable cost. The college consists of six academic divisions for the Schools of Business and Family Science, Career and Technology, Communication and Performing Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Kinesiology and Health, and Science and Engineering. For non-traditional students, CRC offers learning alternatives to the traditional classroom format, including distance online education programs and interactive televised classes from satellite locations.

In addition to being home to the award-winning biweekly newspaper known as "The Connection," Cosumnes River College provides 27 recognized student organizations for students to get involved in campus life. Nicknamed the Hawks, CRC also sponsors intercollegiate varsity teams in basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, softball, and volleyball for competition in the Big 8 Conference of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). Some of the most notable former Hawks include MLB baseball players Jermaine Dye, Mike Fischlin, David Hernandez, Kristopher Negron, and Fernando Vina.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 16493

Total institution enrollment: 16493

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

Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Pky
Sacramento, CA 95823


(916) 688-7344


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 39%

Female undergraduate population: 61%

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
Architectural Engineering Technology / Technician
Automotive Mechanic / Technician
Banking And Financial Support Services
Biological And Physical Sciences
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Child Care And Guidance Workers And Management
Civil Engineering / Civil Technology Technician
Computer And Information Sciences Other
Computer Programming
Construction / Building Inspector
Corrections / Correctional Administration
Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration
Drafting General
Drama / Theater Arts General
Environmental And Pollution Control Technician
Fire Protection And Safety Technology / Technician
Fire Protection Other
Forestry General
General Buying Operations
Humanities / Humanistic Studies
Institutional Food Services Administration
Landscaping Operations And Management
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Medical Assistant
Medical Records Technology / Technician
Music General
Physical Sciences General
Public Administration And Services Other
Radio And Television Broadcasting Technology
Real Estate
Social Sciences And History Other
Social Sciences General
Veterinarian Assistant / Animal Health
Women Studies