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Bakersfield Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Bakersfield Colleges and Schools

Colleges in Bakersfield, California

Students looking for Bakersfield colleges will find a variety of options. There are at least eight colleges located in the Bakersfield area, many of which are focused on two-year programs. Other schools have branch locations in Bakersfield, which is California's ninth largest city.

Bakersfield, California Colleges

Bakersfield College. This two-year public college, with an undergraduate enrollment of 17,770 (2013-2014) offers a variety of certificates and Associate degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Some of its most popular programs include Biology; Business Administration; Nursing; and Psychology. The school's overall graduation rate is 18 percent and tuition and fees, as of 2013-14, were $1,324 for in-state students and $7,008 for out-of-state students, the NCES reports.

California State University, Bakersfield. With an undergraduate enrollment of 7,350 as of fall 2013, this four-year public college, often known as CSUB, offers distance learning as well as programs in Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Early Childhood Education; English, Nursing; Speech Communication; and many other fields. The school's overall graduation rate is 39 percent, and in-state tuition and fees were $6,675 as of the 2013-2014 school year. Out-of state students had tuition and fees of $17,935, according to the NCES.

Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield. Although its undergraduate enrollment is just 543 students, this four-year private for-profit college offers certificates, Associate and Bachelor's degrees. Accounting; Early Childhood Education; Law Enforcement Investigation; and Legal Assisting are among its significant fields of study. The overall graduation rate is 67 percent and tuition and fees for the 2013-14 year were around $12,464, according to the NCES.

Trade and Vocational Schools in Bakersfield

San Joaquin Valley College - Bakersfield. This two-year, for-profit college has an undergraduate enrollment of 642 students, as of fall 2013. Programs with significant enrollment include Criminal Justice; Dental Assisting; Medical Assisting; and Respiratory care, according to NCES. The overall graduation rate is 53 percent and tuition and fees were $16,492 for 2013-2014, according to NCES reporting.

Kaplan College - Bakersfield. With an undergraduate enrollment of 512, this private for-profit college offers fields of study that include Criminal Justice; Dental Assisting; and Medical Assisting. The college's overall graduation rate is 76 percent, according to the NCES. Tuition and fees for its largest program, Medical Assisting, were $14,567 as of the 2013-2014 school year, the NCES states.

Milan Institute - Bakersfield. The fall 2013 enrollment at this private for-profit school was 411. Only certificate-based programs are offered and available in areas like cosmetology, massage therapy, manicure specialist, and medical assisting. The school's overall graduation rate is 50 percent and tuition and fees for its largest program, cosmetology, were $16,664, according to the NCES.

Careers in Bakersfield

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), adults with higher educational attainment generally earn more over their lifetimes than those with a high school education. Below is a list of median earnings based on educational achievement in Bakersfield that were obtained through the U.S. Census Bureau, and dating to 2012. Nationwide earnings are included for comparison as well.

Median Earnings

Bakersfield

Nationwide

Less than high school graduate

$19,311

$19,642

High school graduate or equivalent

$28,502

$27,607

Some college or associate degree

$36,964

$33,857

Bachelor's degree

$56,384

$50,096

Graduate or professional degree

$72,989

$66,109

In Bakersfield, the mean hourly wage is $20.98, which is just below the U.S. mean hourly wage of $22.33, according to the BLS. Students considering Bakersfield colleges may want to look at the list of occupational fields below to see what some of the highest paying fields in the city are. According to the BLS, as of May 2013, these were:

Occupational Area

Mean Hourly Wage

Management

$51.02

Architecture and Engineering

$44.90

Legal

$43.89

Computer and Mathematical

$40.02

Healthcare Practitioner and Technical

$38.46

More Information

Students looking for more information on Bakersfield colleges, including graduate level education or career programs, can explore the links to the left side of this web page. For a full listing of Bakersfield colleges, take a look at our listings below and click on any of the links to obtain more program information.

Sources

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=NM&ct=1+2+3&ic=2+3&of=1&od=0&id=442602

Earnings and Unemployment Rates by Educational Attainment, Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Median Earnings in the Past 12 Months, United States Census Bureau, American Fact Finder. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=CF

Occupational Employment and Wages in Bakersfield-Delano, May 2013, Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/ro9/oesbake.htm

USA Quickfacts, United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html

Featured Colleges in the Bakersfield Area (QuickSchools™)

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San Joaquin Valley College


Bakersfield, CA; Delano, CA

San Joaquin Valley College - A Private Junior College.

  • Program Categories: Business, Health, Healthcare and Nursing, Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Associate, Certificate

Brightwood College


Bakersfield, CA

About Brightwood College

Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Associate, Diploma

UEI College


Bakersfield, CA

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

  • Program Categories: Business, Criminal Justice, Legal and Safety, Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Diploma

Milan Institute


Bakersfield, CA

Prepare for an exciting new career at the Milan Institute.

  • Program Categories: Engineering and Architecture
  • Degrees: Diploma

Los Angeles Film School


Los Angeles, CA

Get the career of your dreams with an education from the Los Angeles Film School.

  • Program Categories: Art and Design, Business, Communications and Media
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor
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Bakersfield Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93305-1299

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, child development, speech and rhetoric, registered nursing, mass communication, biology, business management, architectural tech
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 17,405 students, 10,552 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services.

California College of Vocational Careers
2822 F St - Ste L
Bakersfield, CA 93301

  • Programs: allied health and medical assisting, dental assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 32 students, 51 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Lyles Bakersfield College of Beauty
2935 F St
Bakersfield, CA 93301

  • Programs: cosmetology, manicurist, aesthetician and skin care, personal grooming
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 206 students, 256 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield
201 New Stine Rd
Bakersfield, CA 93309

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: pharmacy tech, medical assistant, respiratory care tech, business management, HVAC tech, dental assistant, security and protective services, corrections
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 602 students, 615 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Colleges in Bakersfield with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

California State University-Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, business management, education, psychology, criminal justice and safety, sociology, registered nursing, communication studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 7,700 students, 6,914 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 330 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 390-510. Math: 410-530.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.
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