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Cerro Coso is a public college located in Ridgecrest, California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 848 undergraduate students. The Cerro Coso acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Child Care Provider, and Licensed Practical Nurse Training (LPN). Graduating 20% of students, Cerro Coso alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $20,400.
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3000 College Heights Blvd
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
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$10,721/ year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
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$3,943/ year
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of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.25 responses
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses
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$28,000/ year
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Cerro Coso has taught me that as an adult, you cannot blindly rely on other people to do their job. Most counselors are great, but they are not the experts on the available majors that you need them to be. You must be your own counselor and use them to double check your work. The scheduling process is overly complicated; many classes offered on one to two year rotations, which I imagine is the main reason why most students do not graduate in the "guaranteed" two years. One professor said the average student is stuck here five years. Personally, Coso failed to offer a class required for my degree. I found the class online at another college, and I'm still getting over administration telling me to schmooze the professor to teach the class to compensate for Coso’s failure to follow through on both their academic guarantees and scheduling patterns. However, the professors, honors program, and clubs are amazing. If you go here, bear in mind you must stay on top of everything!
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I actually go to the Bishop Campus but I like it. They have a nice staff that actually helps you with your work. The counselors are available at specific times of the day which isn't so bad but can be difficult. The food is different from usual colleges because they only have a vending machine until 4:00 which is when a local cafe comes in to sell their food. When it comes to the location, it is very beautiful because it is out in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by nothing but desert hills. The background also has amazing mountains that are usually covered with snow and shows the best sunsets. One problem with the campus however is that because it is in the middle of nowhere, sometimes it is hard to get to but they do give you passes so you can take a bus up there which isn't so bad. Overall, the Cerro Coso in Bishop is actually a very nice school and it is very helpful. There are a few things they could change like maybe giving out more food but in general, it is a good school.
A very typical 2 year school. There is no on campus housing, nor is there much of a student life. There is a student commons area that is comfortable enough. Food options are limited to an overpriced cafe, or snack foods from vending machines or the book store.

Most professors are very good, however there are a number of unprofessional professors who seek to push their views and beliefs onto students, or who seek to have a social relationship with their students. Could do without this.