Cerritos College

Cerritos College

Founded in 1955, Cerritos College is a public comprehensive community college, located in Norwalk, California. The college was named after Rancho Los Cerritos, a ranch that served the region in the 19th century. The college also served as part of the inspiration for the renaming of the neighboring city of Dairy Valley to Cerritos.

Cerritos confers degrees and certificates in over 80 areas of study through nine divisions. The college also has a student-run radio station, WPMD. The mascot of Cerritos is the Falcon. The sports teams of Cerritos compete in the South Coast Conference. They participate in various sports including soccer, water polo, swimming, diving, wrestling, basketball, baseball, volleyball and tennis.

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Contacting Cerritos College

Cerritos College
11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk , CA 90650-6298
General Phone: (562) 860-2451

Cerritos College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts440women's studies, minority and gender studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, ...
Business and Management134business, business management, logistics, accounting, small business management, international business, insurance, retail, sales ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine99EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Family and Social Work98child development, human services
Mechanics and Repair97electrical installation and repair, communications install and repair, computer repair, industrial electronics tech, autobody repair, automobile mechanics
Medical Support and Technology92audiology and speech pathology, dental assistant, dental hygienist, medical assistant, pharmacy tech
Therapy and Counseling86psychology, physical therapist assistant
Beauty and Cosmetology73cosmetology
Security and Law Enforcement42criminal justice and police, security and loss prevention
Law42legal studies, legal secretary, legal assistant, court reporting
Science38biology, botany, microbiology, zoology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Production Trades31machinist, welding, cabinetmaking
Cooking and Culinary Arts24culinary arts
Architecture and Planning16architectural tech
Art Studies15art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy15health and physical education, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Engineering Technician13engineering technology, plastics engineering tech, manufacturing tech, quality control tech, drafting
Real Estate and Construction Management12real estate
Computer Science and Engineering7computer programming, systems analyst, computer science, computer networking
Education and Teaching6instructional media design, early childhood special ed, industrial arts teaching, teacher aide, education courses
Media4journalism, radio and television, public relations, animation and special effects
Office and Administration3data entry, office management, administrative assistant
Music2music, music management
Drama and Performing Arts2dance, drama
Photography and Commercial Art1commercial art, photography, drawing
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy
Design0graphic design
Conservation and Resource Management0forestry, wildlife management
Fine Arts0sculpture, ceramics, metal and jewelry

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree1,069100
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years21721
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years250
Award of less than 1 academic year11015

Cerritos College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cerritos College had a total enrollment of 22,273 students (13,787 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 12%
Black 8%
Hispanic 51%
Asian 14%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 24%
20-21 18%
22-24 15%
25-29 13%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 2%

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

State unknown9%

Cerritos College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %
Part-Time 43 %

Cerritos College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Norwalk, 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.

Cerritos College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 608
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,528
Books and supplies $ 1,566

Financial Aid:
Cerritos College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 116100)

Cerritos College Faculty

Cerritos College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year9$104,64023$93,919
All faculty totalcalendar year9$104,64023$93,919

*: 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 year124$85,331132$84,531
All faculty totalacademic year124$85,331132$84,531

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

Cerritos College Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Logistics and Materials Management
Retailing and Retail Operations
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

Conservation And Resource Management
Forestry, General
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering Technology, General
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Plastics Engineering Technology/Technician
Quality Control Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Human Services, General

Fine Arts
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Metal and Jewelry Arts

Court Reporting/Court Reporter
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant

Music Management and Merchandising
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

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

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Cabinetmaking and Millwork/Millwright
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Physics, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Security and Loss Prevention Services

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapist Assistant
Psychology, General

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checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
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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