Butte College

Butte College

Butte College is an accredited two-year institution offering educational facilities in Chico and Orland. It was created as a local college in 1966, but unprecedented growth led Butte College to open its doors to the community in 1968. Spanning over 928 acres, the college has the largest campus in the state, and it is the only campus designated as a wildlife refuge. Butte College offers over 50 different education programs.

Butte College's official colors are black and gold, and the sports teams are named the Roadrunners. The college has baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball and track teams. The college alumni includes famous football players like Larry Allen, Jermaine Haley, Chad Folk, Paris Jackson, Junior Siavii and Aaron Rodgers.

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Contacting Butte College

Butte College
3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville , CA 95965-8399
General Phone: (530) 895-2511

Butte College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Security and Law Enforcement792criminal justice and police, corrections and criminal justice, fire-fighting
Liberal Arts586Classical languages, English, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, social services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine252EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant, home health aide
Transportation126construction equipment operation
Family and Social Work118family and consumer science, food and nutrition, child care management, child care provider
Engineering Technician116engineering technology, hazardous materials tech, drafting
Business and Management85business management, electronic commerce, accounting technology, small business management, taxation, sales and marketing, retail
Construction Trades65apparel and textile marketing, building inspector
Beauty and Cosmetology63cosmetology
Office and Administration60data entry, administrative assistant
Computer Science and Engineering51computer and info science, information technology, computer science, computer networking, system administration
Medical Support and Technology38respiratory care tech
Mechanics and Repair29automobile mechanics
Agricultural Science and Management26agriculture, agricultural operations, agricultural machine tech
Therapy and Counseling19substance abuse counseling
Hospitality17travel services
Medical Administration13medical secretary
Law12legal secretary
Design8interior design, graphic design
Conservation and Resource Management8conservation, environmental science
Media7journalism, radio and television, animation and special effects
Landscaping and Horticulture5applied horticulture, landscaping, floristry
Production Trades5welding
Science5biology, physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Fine Arts3ceramics
Real Estate and Construction Management2real estate
Art Studies2art studies
Photography and Commercial Art2photography
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy1parks and recreation management, health and physical education

Number of programs and degrees for Butte College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year1,32243
Associate's degree94756
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years20824
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years443

Butte College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Butte College had a total enrollment of 12,228 students (7,926 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 3%
Hispanic 14%
Asian 6%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 25%
20-21 18%
22-24 15%
25-29 12%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 5%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown8%

Butte College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 65 %
Part-Time 41 %

Butte College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Oroville, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Butte College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 648
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,100
Books and supplies $ 1,566

Financial Aid:
Butte College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 807300)

Butte College Faculty

Butte College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3558
Non-tenured and not on tenure track52

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year15$87,05918$81,381
All faculty totalcalendar year15$87,05918$81,381

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year82$72,91885$75,090
All faculty totalacademic year82$72,91885$75,090

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Butte College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology
Agriculture, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Retailing and Retail Operations
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology
System Administration/Administrator

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector

Graphic Design
Interior Design

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering Technology, General
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Child Care and Support Services Management
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

Fine Arts
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics

Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management
Landscaping and Groundskeeping

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General

Photography And Commercial Art

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

Therapy And Counseling
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation

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What Sets Butte College Apart:

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Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 7%Butte College Number of degree programs
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% of degrees in construction trades
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% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
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Top 19%Butte College % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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