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  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    D+
  12. Safety
    B-
Bakersfield is a public college located in Bakersfield, California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,351 undergraduate students. The Bakersfield acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Child Care Provider, and Communications. Graduating 18% of students, Bakersfield alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $22,400.
1801 Panorama Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93305
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CCCAA
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Bakersfield College Rankings

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Bakersfield Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$6,777/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,542/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
84%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
30:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.129 responses
41%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.124 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.125 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    18%
  • On Campus
    74%
  • Online
    8%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,351Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
17,238
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
61%
Varsity Athletes
7%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
18%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
82%
National
83%

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Spring 2020 was my graduation semester, and the first one where my classes were not online. That changed halfway through when COVID 19 resulted in everything becoming distance learning. The advisors and counselors did fantastic with the change! They made it very easy to set up zoom meetings and keep up to date on everything. Most of my professors were flexible and understanding of the new circumstances, however there were a couple that expected everything to stay the same. I am a very independent learner, so I was able to graduate on the Deans list. However, I know some students who rely on professor help to learn, and they had to withdraw because they had professors who were not as easy to communicate with, even before COVID.
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My experience at Bakersfield college was pretty good. The campus is really nice and I really like the atmosphere that the faculty gives students and visitors. Although the parties aren't the best and the professors aren't always the most agreeable the college is a great place to receive a great education at an affordable price. There are plenty of amazing clubs and sports to choose from if you're trying to keep yourself busy on and off campus. If you're looking for a decent and economically smart college to go to that provides a good education while having fun, this is your place!
Right off the bat, super affordable coming from a low income family. Refunds get disbursed to your bank account if you want, and you get flexibility, something not seen in my experience as a former attendee of a top four year public university. If you are a local high school student who has/hasn't a clue what to declare your major, that shouldn't deter you from considering a more personalized, hometown college experience. I seriously would do the same college inquiry like calling admissions, financial aid, plans and feeling the school vibe, like you would any other college/university. Community college, in hindsight, has been the smartest choice for a student like me who took 4 years after high school to get on the right foot debt-free.