Fullerton College

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School Overview

Fullerton College is a community college located in the city of Fullerton, California, which is in Orange County. Founded in 1913, Fullerton is the oldest continually operating community college in the state. Many students attend Fullerton for its transfer programs, which allow students to transfer credits to a four-year university in California.

Fullerton College enrolls about 20,000 students each year and has one of the largest transfer programs in the state. Fullerton is ranked 1st among community colleges for the number of students who transfer to the California State University (CSU) system. It is among the top ten schools transferring students to the University of Southern California, also known as USC, and is ranked 7th for the total number of transfer students in the state.

Part of Fullerton’s mission is to attract and retain the most qualified faculty. Salaries for professors tend to be higher than at other community colleges in California. The average salary for tenured professors ranges between $82,000 and $105,000.

General Information

Admission Office

321 East Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832-2095
(714) 992-7568

Contact: Albert Abutin
Dean, Admissions and Records
Main Address

321 East Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832-2095
(714) 992-7000



Total undergrads: 21,941
Degree-seeking undergrads: 16,271


Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No
Admissions Policies/Requirements

Admission requirements:
Required: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
A note about the college’s admission requirements: College-administered English, reading, and math exams used for placement.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $508 $510 $656 $656 0.00%
Books and Supplies $950 $1,000 $1,100 $1,200 +9.09%
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 $1,458 $1,510 $1,756 $1,856 +5.69%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 917 40%
Grant or scholarship aid 917 40% $2,956,654 $3,224
• Federal grants 571 25% $2,192,354 $3,839
• Pell grants 571 25% $2,100,204 $3,678
• Other federal grants 115 5% $92,150 $801
Local and state government scholarships or grants 882 39% $764,300 $867
Institutional scholarships or grants 0 0% $0
Student loan financial aid 72 3% $275,337 $3,824
• Federal student loans 71 3% $256,137 $3,608
• Other student loans 2 0% $19,200 $9,600

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1202 182
Agriculture 2
Applied Horticulture/horticulture Operations
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 2
Plant Nursery Operations and Management
Architecture and Related Services 1
Architectural Technology/technician 1
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Area Studies, Other
Ethnic Studies 2
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Biology and Biological Sciences 11
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 189 6
Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping 2 5
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Studies
Business Administration and Management 181 1
International Business
Real Estate 1
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations 4
Small Business Administration/management 1
Communication and Journalism Studies 20 13
Journalism 3
Mass Media Studies 2
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 1
Radio and Television 14 12
Speech Communication 1
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 1 23
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 8
Photographic and Film/video Technology/technician and Assistant
Prepress/desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 2
Recording Arts Technology/technician 1 12
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 9 10
Computer Graphics 9
Computer Science 6
Information Technology 3 1
Construction Trades 14 9
Building Construction Technology 6 7
Building/construction Site Management/manager 5
Building/home/construction Inspection/inspector 2
Carpentry/carpenter 3
Technology and Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Engineering 19
Pre-engineering 19
Engineering Technology 9
Biomedical Technology/technician 4
Drafting and Design Technology/technician
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/technician
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 4
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician 1
English Language and Literature/letters 5
English Language and Literature 5
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11
Foreign Languages and Literatures 11
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 16
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other 16
History 21
History 21
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 41 72
Criminal Justice/police Science 41 72
Legal Studies 12 14
Legal Administrative Assistant/secretary
Legal Assistant/paralegal 12 14
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 569
Humanities/humanistic Studies 78
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 491
Mathematics and Statistics 25
Mathematics 25
Mechanics and Repairers 1 5
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 1 5
Electrical/electronics Equipment Installation and Repair
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 63
Biological and Physical Sciences 63
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 8
Health and Physical Education/fitness
Physical Fitness Technician 7
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 1
Personal and Culinary Services
Physical Sciences 17
Chemistry 9
Geology/earth Science
Physics 8
Precision Production Trades 9
Machine Tool Technology/machinist 1
Welding Technology/welder 8
Psychology 32
Psychology 32
Science Technologies/technicians
Chemical Technology/technician
Social Sciences 67
Anthropology 10
Economics 19
Geography 3
Political Science and Government 10
Sociology 25
Visual and Performing Arts 38 2
Art/art Studies 25
Dance 2
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 3
Fashion/apparel Design 2
Graphic Design 1
Interior Design 1
Music 5
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology 1
Work and Family Studies 9 9
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management 6 4
Apparel and Textiles
Child Care and Support Services Management 2
Child Care Provider/assistant 3 3
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Horticultural Services A
Plant/Nursery Operations A
Architecture & Related Programs
Landscape Architecture A

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Latin American Studies A

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General A
Arts – General A
Commercial/Advertising Art A
Dance A
Design/Visual Communications A
Drama/Theater Arts A
Fashion Design A
Music – General A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Bacteriology A
Biology A
Zoology A

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting A
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Business Administration/Management A
Entrepreneurial Studies C
Fashion Merchandising A
International Business A
Management Information Systems A
Purchasing/Procurement/Contracts A
Real Estate A,C
Tourism/Travel Services A,C

Communications & Journalism
Advertising C
Broadcast Journalism A
Communications/Rhetoric A
Journalism A
Public Relations C

Communications Technologies
Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation A

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Graphics C
Computer Programming – Specific Applications A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A
Data Processing Technology A,C

Construction Trades
Building/Property Maintenance A
Carpentry A

Business Teacher Education A
Trade/Industrial Education A

Engineering – General A

Engineering Technologies
Architectural Engineering Technology C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C

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

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Care Management A,C
Family/Consumer Sciences – General A
Human Development/Family Studies A

Foreign Language & Literature
Foreign Language & Literature – General A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science A
Prenursing A

History – General A

Law & Legal Studies
Legal Administrative Assistance A
Paralegal/Legal Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Library Science
Library Assistance A

Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Auto Body Repair A,C

Natural Resources & Conservation
Fishing/Fisheries A
Forestry – General A
Natural Resources & Conservation – General A

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

Personal & Culinary Services
Cosmetology A

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy A

Physical Sciences
Astronomy A
Chemistry A
Geology A
Physics A

Psychology – General A

Security & Protective Services
Police Science A

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

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.

Fullerton College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (714) 992-7000
Website: www.fullcoll.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online: admissions.fullcoll.edu/online-application/
Address: 321 E Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832-2095
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 22,613
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 27 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 16,587 (73% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,142
Out-of-state Tuition: $6,398
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 69%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,101

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

Fullerton College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Fullerton College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 33
Architecture and Related Services 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 56
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 54
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 63
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 53
Construction Trades 24
Education 12
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 44
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 84
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 11
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Legal Professions and Studies 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 12
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 43
Personal and Culinary Services 21
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 4
Precision Production 4
Psychology 1
Science Technologies/Technicians 1
Social Sciences 5
Visual and Performing Arts 88
Grand total 6478

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Fullerton 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 $1,142
Out-of-state $6,398
Books and supplies $1,971

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 1,190 69%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,187 69% $5,101
Student loan aid 36 2% $5,779

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 12,630 56% $2,837
Federal student loans 572 3% $5,270

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Fullerton 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 Fullerton 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

Fullerton College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 22,613
Undergraduate enrollment 22,613
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

Fullerton College Accreditation

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

Specialized institution accreditations:

*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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