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ACCEPTANCE RATE

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FINANCIAL AID RATE

82%

STUDENT TEACHER RATIO

25:1

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.

$3,410

Average Grants + Scholarship Aid Awarded to Undergraduate Students

Percent of Full-Time Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid

Percent of Students Paying In-State Tuition vs Out-of-State Tuition

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Cerritos College

24 East Alvin Drive, Salinas, CA

Cerritos College is a two-year community college located in southeastern Los Angeles County, serving students from Bellflower, Downey, Norwalk, and La Mirada, among others. Cerritos College offers associate's degrees and vocational certificates in 87 disciplines, within nine academic divisions. The faculty of dedicated professors has a distinguished reputation as experts who have conducted research and published extensively in their fields.

Cerritos College ranks third in the State of California among community colleges for the number of associate's degrees it grants to Hispanic students.

Cerritos is unique among community colleges because it is the only community college in California with three manufacture-sponsored technician programs. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors sponsor the Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy (ATTE) program at Cerritos, which runs educational partnerships with these automotive manufacturers.  The college is establishing a new alternative fuels demonstration lab and meeting a need for specialized technicians.

Cerritos College has highly recognized teacher-training programs as well.  In partnership with California State University Long Beach, the Teacher TRAC program allows education students to complete their bachelor's degrees and multiple subject credentials in four years. Teacher TRAC also launched the Cerritos College Urban Teacher Fellowship in 2010, which provides services for at-risk youth who are interested in teaching K-12.

History

Cerritos College was founded in 1955.

Academics

The academic calendar at Cerritos College offers fall and spring "Semester Terms" that are available in 9-week, 15-week and 18-week sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The academic units at Cerritos College are organized into divisions, rather than colleges and schools. The Cerritos College academic divisions are:

  • Business Education
  • Fine Arts and Communications
  • Health Occupations
  • Health, Physical Education, Dance and Athletics
  • Humanities/Social Sciences
  • Liberal Arts
  • Science, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Technology

Additional Academic Programs:

  • Bilingual Programs (ESL)
  • Distance Education
  • First Year Experience
  • Summer Connections
  • Learning Communities
  • Teacher TRAC

Community, Industry and Technology Education (CITE):

  • CITE
  • Adult Education and Diversity Programs
  • Community Education
  • Economy Development
  • Pathway Programs
  • Perkins/VTEA
  • Northwood University (offering four-year degrees to working business students)

Student Life

There are several student clubs and organizations available on the Cerritos College campus covering a range of interests. These are supervised by the Associated Students of Cerritos College, which also provides information on campus events and activities, including an activities calendar. The Student Center, which houses a game room, food court, and information on student housing, also offers a Culinary Arts Program.

Student services at Cerritos College include:

  • Academic and Student Services
  • CalWORKS
  • Career Services
  • Counseling
  • Disabled Students Services
  • Student Health
  • International Students
  • Job Placement
  • Re-Entry Center
  • Transfer Center

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Cerritos College are blue and white. The school mascot is the falcon, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Cerritos "Falcons."

Athletics

The Cerritos Health, Physical Education, Dance and Athletics (HPEDA) Division offers 19 sports for men and women, which compete in the South Coast Conference. The Cerritos College "Falcons" athletic teams include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

The district communities served by Cerritos College include the cities of:

Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, La Mirada, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, and South Gate, among others.

Cerritos offers community education, transfer programs and alumni connections to community members, as well as corporate partnerships.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the candidates Cerritos College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits
$3,500

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $3,500. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $1,300-$1,500
    • Out-of-State: $8,700-$10,450
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $310-$370 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid82%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships81%$5,912
Receiving Student Loans2%$6,007
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Cerritos College may offer services to students like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Child care

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program
  • Dental Hygienist Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
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Programs Offered

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

  • English Language and Literature

  • Mathematics and Statistics

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