Cerritos College

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School Overview

Cerritos College is a public community college located in Norwalk, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. With nine different academic departments, Cerritos provides two-year Associate’s degrees and professional certification in almost 90 fields of study.

Cerritos has one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in California. In terms of the number of Associate’s degrees for Hispanic students, Cerritos ranked 3rd in the state of California and 6th nationally. In addition to Hispanic students, which comprises over half student body, Cerritos also hosts significant numbers of African Americans, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Cerritos grants Associate’s degrees and professional certificates to over 1,200 students every year. Over 60% of Cerritos students are from outside of the school’s district, foregoing attendance at local schools in order to go to Cerritos.

The Cerritos athletic mascot is the Falcon. The Falcons are members of the California Community College Athletic Association, competing in the South Coast Conference. The Falcons long-time baseball coach, Wally Kincaid (active 1958-1980), was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. Cerritos women’s teams have won statewide championships in softball, volleyball, basketball and track and field. Men’s athletic teams have won titles in baseball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, tennis, diving and swimming.

General Information

Admission Office

11110 Alondra Boulevard
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 860-2451
Fax: (562) 860-9680

Contact: Stephanie Murguia
Dean, Admissions and Records

Main Address

11110 Alondra Boulevard
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 860-2451



Total undergrads: 26,383
Degree-seeking undergrads: 17,600


Suburban setting
Large city (250,000 – 499,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No
Admissions Policies/Requirements

A note about the college’s admission requirements: Limited admissions to nursing program.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $608 $608 $780 $780 0.00%
Books and Supplies $1,422 $1,566 $1,638 $1,600 -2.32%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $2,030 $2,174 $2,418 $2,380 -1.57%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,190 67%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,190 67% $4,126,339 $3,468
• Federal grants 809 45% $2,986,869 $3,692
• Pell grants 809 45% $2,909,244 $3,596
• Other federal grants 164 9% $77,625 $473
Local and state government scholarships or grants 1,184 66% $1,108,374 $936
Institutional scholarships or grants 163 9% $31,096 $191
Student loan financial aid 28 2% $88,160 $3,149
• Federal student loans 28 2% $88,160 $3,149
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1003 371
Architecture and Related Services 15 5
Architectural Technology/technician 15 5
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Ethnic Studies 1
Women’s Studies
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5
Biology and Biological Sciences 5
Botany/plant Biology
Zoology/animal Biology
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 118 25
Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping 15 5
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Studies
Business Administration and Management 15 10
Business/commerce 81
International Business 1 1
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Office Management and Supervision
Real Estate 5 5
Retail Management 2
Sales and Sales Operations 1 1
Small Business Administration/management 1
Communication and Journalism Studies 2
Mechanics and Repairers 16 31
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/technician
Autobody/collision and Repair Technology/technician 3
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 14 28
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/technician
Electrical/electronics Equipment Installation and Repair 1
Industrial Electronics Technology/technician 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 52
Biological and Physical Sciences 52
Natural Resources and Conservation
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 11 1
Health and Physical Education/fitness 6
Physical Fitness Technician 5 1
Personal and Culinary Services 10 100
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts 4 55
Cosmetology/cosmetologist 6 45
Physical Sciences 7
Chemistry 4
Geology/earth Science
Physics 3
Precision Production Trades 11 29
Cabinetmaking and Millwork 2 2
Machine Tool Technology/machinist 1 8
Welding Technology/welder 8 19
Psychology 46
Psychology 46
Social Sciences 28 2
Economics 6
Geography 1
International Relations and Affairs 2
Political Science and Government 3
Sociology 18
Visual and Performing Arts 11
Art/art Studies 5
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
Drawing 1
Graphic Design 4
Metal and Jewelry Arts
Photography 1
Visual and Performing Arts
Work and Family Studies 34 63
Child Care and Support Services Management 34 57
Child Care Provider/assistant 6
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Institutional Food Production A

Foreign Language & Literature
French A
German A
German A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Dental Assistance A,C
Dental Hygiene A,C
Medical Assistance A,C
Medical Records Technology A
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical A
Physical Therapy Assistance A

History – General A

Law & Legal Studies
Court Reporting A,C
Paralegal/Legal Assistance A


Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Auto Body Repair A
Diesel Mechanics C
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair A
Mechanics & Repair – General A

Natural Resources & Conservation
Wildlife/Wilderness Management A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General A

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy A

Physical Sciences
Chemistry A
Geology A
Physics A
Planetary Sciences A

Psychology – General A

Security & Protective Services
Police Science A

Social Sciences
Anthropology A
Economics A
Geography A
Political Science/Government A
Sociology A

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Horticulture, Ornamental A

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Hispanic-American Studies A

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General A
Drama/Theater Arts A
Interior Design A
Music – General A
Photography A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Bacteriology A
Biology A
Biomedical Sciences A
Botany A
Zoology A

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting A
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Banking/Financial Services A
Business – General A
Business Administration/Management A
Human Resources Management A
Logistics/Materials Management A
Office Clerical Services A
Office Management A
Real Estate A,C

Communications & Journalism
Journalism A

Place Major Category Here
Computer Programming – General A
Computer Programming – Specific Applications A
Computer Systems Analysis A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A
Data Processing Technology A

Bilingual/Bicultural Education A
Early Childhood Education A
Special Education A
Teacher Assistance A

Engineering Technologies
Drafting and Design Technology A
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C
Manufacturing Technologies A,C
Plastics A,C
Robotics A

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General A
Speech/Rhetorical Studies A

Family & Consumer Sciences
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies A
Family/Consumer Sciences – General A 11

Journalism 2
Radio and Television
Speech Communication 9
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 1
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1
Recording Arts Technology/technician
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 10 5
Computer Programming/programmer 3 1
Computer Science
Computer Systems Analysis/analyst 1
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 7 3
Data Entry/microcomputer Applications
Education 5 5
Education, Other
Education/teaching Of Individuals In Early Childhood Special Education Programs 3 3
Educational and Instructional Technology 1 2
Teacher Assistant/aide 1
Technology and Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Engineering 2
Pre-engineering 2
Telecommunications Engineering
Engineering Technology 5 5
Drafting and Design Technology/technician
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/technician 5 5
Quality Control Technology/technician
English Language and Literature/letters 17
English Language and Literature 17
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
French Language and Literature 2
German Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature 4
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 189 56
Athletic Training/trainer
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 28 14
Dental Assisting/assistant 4 10
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 22
Medical/clinical Assistant 3 22
Pharmacy Technician/assistant 14 10
Physical Therapy Technician/assistant 25
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 93
History 7
History 7
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 42
Criminal Justice/police Science 42
Homeland Security
Legal Studies 12 27
Court Reporting/court Reporter
Legal Administrative Assistant/secretary 1 1
Legal Assistant/paralegal 11 26
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 330 16
Humanities/humanistic Studies 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 326 16
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Cerritos College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (562) 860-2451
Website: www.cerritos.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online: www.cerritos.edu/school-relations/future-students/steps/first-time-college-student.htm
Address: 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650-6298
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 22,287
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 27 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 15,088 (68% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,346
Out-of-state Tuition: $8,766
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 80%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,866

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Cerritos College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Cerritos College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1311
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 23
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 12
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 45
Education 22
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 44
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 32
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
Health Professions and Related Programs 57
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Legal Professions and Studies 63
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 32
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 53
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 13
Personal and Culinary Services 43
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 3
Precision Production 73
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 16
Visual and Performing Arts 10
Grand total 6494

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Cerritos College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $1,346
Out-of-state $8,766
Books and supplies $1,972

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,460 80%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,443 79% $5,866
Student loan aid 41 2% $5,620

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 13,906 64% $3,542
Federal student loans 552 3% $7,336

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Cerritos College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Cerritos College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Cerritos College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 22,287
Undergraduate enrollment 22,287
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Cerritos College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Assisting (DA)
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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