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  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 people found this inaccurate. 1 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For 16 dollars per unit BC is one of the cheapest community colleges in California. We are also ranked the number 1 community college in the United States I believe so don't hesitate to come here if you like the small town and a diverse college atmosphere.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a high school student who is planning on transferring here to Bakersfield College I would recommend that if you have a 3.5 cumulative gpa or higher that you immediately apply for the Presidential Scholarship that they offer in the financial aid office in addition to your fasfa and other scholarships of course. Last year BC had record enrollment and the Presidential scholarship allows you to have priority registration to make sure you get into the classes that you want as well as free tuition. Also if your parents make less than 20,000 I believe you can apply for the board of governors grant no matter upon what gpa you have this scholarship will pay for your tuition as well. Many kids who come to BC have an overwhelming desire to get in and out as fast as they can, I would recommend that you take it slow and try the three year plan so you don't overwhelm yourself especially if you have to work part time like myself. Make friends with your professors as well I can tell you how many times this has helped me when I was wait-listed for a class.

  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 2 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who like more one-on-one learning experiences where you are able to ask the teachers questions during office hours or class and students who wish to save money.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to have fun, but definitely do not spread yourself too thin. Although this is a community college, you will save thousands by getting your general education here instead of going straight to a four year university. Bakersfield College has many great teachers who will present a challenge with their classes, and most teach as if you are at a university. It helps to take one or two easy-going or fun classes so you do not stress out too much with the more challenging classes. Definitely start or join in on study groups for these more difficult classes. You will learn more and be more successful on your journey to a four year university.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 9 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 3 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants great life experiences, and enjoys small towns.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a two year school to get you where you want. This is my home, so I know everyone, but I intend on leaving.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the safety on the campus is great. there is an oncampus police office. the school also has phones placed around the campus in case of an emergency. the school also uses an automatated text message, where if something does occur, or theres an emergency you will be notified.

    Clubs and Activities

    listed are just some of the many clubs offered. african-american student union(aasu), journalist club, future teachers club, tutoring club, bakersfield business leadership academy (b.b.l.a), bc sports club, theater club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    bakersfield college was founded in 1913 and is one of the nation's oldest continually-operating community colleges.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition prices are very cheap, with each unit only being about $26.00, and in return you get some professor's that are working on their master's and doctor's. you also get a huge library that's open 6 days a week, and offers free wi-fi and computer use.

    What to do for fun

    there are many things to do, you can swim at the school pool. there is a weight room, intrumerals, football and basketball games. if your not the sporty kind, there are plays and musicals on campus.

    Food and Dining

    there is a indoor cafeteria on campus that offers lots of options. there are many resturants, grocery stores, and fast food places within 10 minutes of the campus.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms at bakersfield college, but there are many apartments available in surrounding areas.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor is above average. most classes will somewhat challenge the average student. if you are on the smarter end, you should pass your class fairly easy if with an a or b.

    Tips for prospective students

    at bakersfield college there are many things available to each student. if you need help with a class there are free tutors. there is also a math lab, where professors spend a few hours a week with students who need help. there is a oncampus doctor if you have finacial struggles. if you need anything bc offers it.

    In three sentences

    the college serves 15,000 students on the 153-acre main campus in northeast bakersfield, at the weill institute in downtown bakersfield, and at the delano center 35 miles north of bakersfield. classes are offered on a traditional 16-week semester calendar as well as in a variety of non-traditional scheduling options.

  • 08/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 5 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love small towns that are open for growth, then this is the school for you. Bakersfield is growing at a fast pace and new things come up all the time. Also if housing is what gets you worried, then Bakersfield also is a great place to study, with rent and even houses being the cheapest in the nation. We have no dorms on campus, but if you need help with housing Bakersfield College can help with that also.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please register early. If you complete the registration precisely like it is you will have no problem registering. This college fills up fast so sa soon as you know that there is open registration do not hesitate to register because the wait list is full too by the end of the first month of open registration. If you do certain sports and have Honors you have priority registration so if you can do it.

    Bang for the buck

    Bakersfield is the cheap[est school in the whole nation at twenty-six dollars per unit. This new price is due to budget cuts in the state of California, taken into effect the Fall Semester of 2009. You can apply for financial aid through FAFSA for the Governor's waiver and the famous Pell grant. The only thing that will upset you is the price of textbooks which range from 100 to 200 dollars.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many clubs to join and there is also great athletics. We have a football stadium, and swimming pool. The instructors are very helpful, they want you to achieve your best and are willing to help with any issues that may arise.

    Am learning a lot

    I entered Bakersfield College in the Fall of 2008 and so far I have learned a lot about the whole college experience. Bakersfield College is not one of those colleges where they do not require you to attend class regularly. If you miss the equivalent of two weeks you will be dropped, since space is limited. It is required that you take a Student Development class before 15 units so you know what you are doing and where you are going in the college experience. That class teaches you how to deal with various issues, instructs you on what classes to take, and helps with the transferring process if that's an option for you. At Bakersfield College you can receive a certificate of specialization or completeness, Associate of Arts and Science. Or if you prefer you can work on your general education requirements for transferring to an university, private or state.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 6 of 94

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    always activites going on around school.

    Food and Dining

    good healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are being cut.

    Tips for prospective students

    regester for classes as soon as possible!

    In three sentences

    many courses to choose from. many majors to choose from. would be better if classes were not cut.

  • 10/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    this college is great for anyone any age or gender.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships and get involved

    Bang for the buck

    This community college is one of the most inexpensive ones in California, yet they still deliver good quality. What more can you ask for?

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy studying at Bakersfield College. It is not very difficult, since the classes are slow paced. Anyone who just got out of high school or is just going back to school will accommodate well.

    Am learning a lot

    Bakersfield College has wonderful professors, I have always used the website ratemyprofessors.com it truly gives you an idea of what to expect in each course. With the right instructor, you're bound to learn a lot.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who plan to transfer with more advanced fields of study such as biology or engineering.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its not a joke and its not highschool. It is the same as any four-year university.

    Bang for the buck

    It is very cheap for what the education is actually worth.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here and will miss the school and professors when I leave.

    Am learning a lot

    Since I have started I have learned so much. I did not think I could learn so much at a community college.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    there's a grill, a deli and many vending machines. not many options (with regards to the menu), long lines during lunch time, and pretty pricey if you ask me!!!

    Dorm Life

    not any!!!

    Academic Rigor

    you can go at your own pace, whether it be fast or slow!

    Tips for prospective students

    it's a great school if you're planning on going at your own pace. bakersfield college offers 16 week semesters. you have the option to take many classes online.

    In three sentences

    bakersfield college is a great school. it offers great opportunities in many fields. there allied health programs have a lot to offer!

  • 02/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    never safe there, people are freaking crazy if you get them mad

    What to do for fun

    no clue, i always hit the books.

    Food and Dining

    just had my first experience the other day its way better than high school food.

    Dorm Life

    i dont think theres dorms,

    Tips for prospective students

    focus!

    In three sentences

    bakersfield college is alright i guess, i just want to take the classes that i need and transfer as soon as i can. some of the professors are really interesting; however, there are some who should not be teaching. bc offers a lot of opportunities such as free tutoring, workshops, etc

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 94

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is the library with internet access, wi-fi available for students, a game room, and many clubs and activities for the campus life to become involved in!

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember to always finish your general education first before focusing on your major. What was there before will disappear with the budget cuts.

    In three sentences

    A calm campus in the morning and at nights, Bakersfield College is an amazing school to attend. It offers all General Education in many areas and has willing students and professors to help you with any questions!

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always around, they help when you need them but they don't intimidate. I have found it to be a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    the community college sorority is on campus.. I don't remember the name as I decided not to join it. But it is there.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a plethora of clubs on campus including inter-varsity, GSLBT, tutoring club, future teacher, geology, Mensa, and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who can't afford to go to a CSU or other university right away but want to get started.

    Bang for the buck

    The value is very good for what we pay. Classes here are half as much as the CSU's. They offer a wide variety of transferable classes.

    What to do for fun

    There are many campus organizations. At least once a week I see people playing volleyball or football on the grass. They have homecoming and spring fling week, open mic night, and other fun things for those interested.

    Food and Dining

    For cafeteria food it is actually pretty good. The prices are somewhat reasonable. The staff is very friendly.

    Dorm Life

    Does Not apply however there are always adds for rooms for rent. there are also several decent apartment buildings close to school.

    Academic Rigor

    They have very high standards for students. Every teacher I have had loves what they teach and do it well.

    Tips for prospective students

    See a councilor(even though you don't have to) they can help you choose the right classes. If you already know what major you want, then do the research to choose classes that you need. If your not sure, give yourself a few different ones and choose classes they both take until you are sure.

    In three sentences

    BC offers an amazing culinary and nursing program. The class sizes are manageable and every professor I have had are always willing to help students. The campus community is very good.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In my opinion, BC offers great campus security. Security is constantly patrolling the parking lot to make sure cars don't get broken into and they give the disabled rides.

    Clubs and Activities

    BC does not have an enormous amount of clubs, but they have around thirty to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are not interested in large classes and campus's, Bakersfield College is recommended.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One historical location that pops out in BC is the football stadium that was named after the famous coach, that I do not know off the top of my head.

    Bang for the buck

    At BC the classes and books are not too expensive, enabling you not worry too much about having low income.

    What to do for fun

    Here at Bakersfield College, not many activities are offered for fun mainly because it is college and you come here to do work, leave, and prepare for your future. However Bakersfield College offers around thirty clubs.

    Food and Dining

    I know what everybody is thinking, school food? Gross but Bakersfield College provides an array of good food, from chili cheese fries to pizza. For being school food I was/am quite impressed by the culinary skill behind the food served.

    Dorm Life

    Bakersfield College does not provide any dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    on the rigorous level of the classes, they are not stringent at all; to me they are the upper high school level.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not interested in large classes and campus's, Bakersfield College is recommended. If you decide on going to BC just be laid back and get your work done, the classes are not too rigorous and the professors are pragmatic, for the most part.

    In three sentences

    Despite the fact that Bakersfield College is not a big name college, like UCLA or UCSD, it offers some great opportunities to succeed. the campus is farely nice and the library is a comfortable place to study at. Even my economic professor, Mr. Harvath, is the best teacher I have ever had; my overall intake of Bakersfield College is that it is a good starting place for the future.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students is to know what you want to go to school for and know what is needed to become what you want to become. Do not waste your time,your time is precious use your time very wisely. Do not be scared to ask for help the staff at Bakersfield College will love to help you in any way.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is a great college to attend for all ages. The staff are generous and are always willing to help students achieve a goal. Otherwise Bakersfield College is crowd with students and the classes have a wait list, so students can not always get into the class or classes they need.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Iv'e never heard of anything dangerous happening on or around campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Most of the computer, gaming, and anime nerds hangout in the cafeteria.

    Bang for the buck

    It's very affordable to attend this school, especially if you have financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    There is a game room and the students, all around campus, play music or games.

    Food and Dining

    There is a decent assortment of food in the cafeteria; although, prices for the meals are sometimes questionable.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    You are expected to carry out all responsibilities. If you fail to do so, you will not succeed at any school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to show up on time and turn in the assignments; it's really that simple!

    In three sentences

    It's a pretty simple experience. The faculty is very accommodating and friendly. The students are... students... Haha.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 94

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is the library which has rooms to study with friends. There are clubs, such as the Math and English and more. There is also a gym for students to attend and keep fit. It is great, students get to meet other students and learn about their interest majors.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria provides students with different types of food; however, the space is limited and not very cheap.

    Dorm Life

    Since this is a small but nice community college, BC does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is the student responsibility to keep on track. This is a college and students prior to involve in here must know how to behave as college students. The basics of this accomplishment is to get the work done everytime, be on time to class, spend at least two hours studying the different subjects of class. Upon doing this, students will keep on track and get at least a decent grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who will be attending BC will not regret to be here. Bakersfield College staff and teachers will provide them with plenty of assistance. I guaranteed, students must ask for help though. There is the library, which has plenty of books in different subjects that students can think of. Computers are always for students to use, without a limited time.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is a great community school because it is not very expensive and provides students with plenty of assistance. Staff and teachers are willing to help you on certain field, such as math, science, english, and more. There is also a free tutoring center, that has students who have completed most of their courses with satisfactory grades to provide other students with help. Bakersfield College has computers labs in three different locations within campus, so there is no excuse for students not to don their online research and study.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It's cheaper than CSU'S.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's fun having classmates who are willing to help you in time of need.

    Am learning a lot

    The staff are friendly and I am learning a lot from my teachers. They incorporate their life stories in order to teach their students about moral ethics and to warn them from committing the same mistakes.

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are many security officers, and there also are security booths located around campus where you could dial to the security officers in case you need their help.

    Greek Life

    i am not involved in the greek life but there are a few fraternities and sororities in school, which are pretty active.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs you could join and all have different activities and interesting events appealing to a diverse audience, and if you're into sports there are also many of them you could get involved in. i am involved in m.e.ch.a and if you're interested in learning about the chicano/chicana culture it is the best organization for you.

    Great for these types of students

    the campus is great for anyone who is interested on achieving higher education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the campus hosts a pow wow every summer. if you like learning about indigenous and native american cultures it is the perfect opportunity and place for you to do so, and there is also vendors during the event. there are many other dvents which offer music for entertainment, good food and a good place to enjoy it with your friends.

    Bang for the buck

    the price per unite is of thirty-six dollars, the books are a bit pricey but most people qualify for financial aid and there is many other programs that will help you with your expenses.

    What to do for fun

    there's vendors on campus a lot, and well you could be creative and have healthy fun with your friends playing guitar or doing what comes to your mind.

    Food and Dining

    there are two sections to the school's cafeteria where you can buy food: one is the fast food section which is opened from 8:00am to 7:30 or 8:00pm. the second section offers healthier choices like salads, subs, sandwiches etc. both sections are good, but if you don't like the food choices at school there are many restaurants around the campus where you could go eat with your friends.

    Academic Rigor

    each course has its learning outcomes, and it is important to keep up with the work. if you find yourself stuck on something it is important to ask for help. as long as you set a schedule for all your activities and don't take more units that you can handle you'll do great.

    Tips for prospective students

    study the required hours per unit. get done with general ed curses before taking any major curses in case you change your major. if you want to make sure what classes fit into the required gen-ed categories don't' hesitate on talking to a counselor.

    In three sentences

    bakersfield college is a diverse school where most professors care about the students. the education level is good, and they are opening a writing center for helping students when writing papers. the campus is of a good size and there are many extracurricular activities for students; bakersfield college is a good school.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    19 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the food is good, but the lines get long around the middle of the day.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    take a student devolpment class before you take any core classes.

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has a few security guards that keeps the campus safe for the students. They are consistently watching over the parking lots and in campus to keep the students safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school offers several clubs that might be interesting to students who loves games, sports etc...

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who can not afford going straight off to a university. It will also be great for students who wants to have a little more time before moving away from home.

    What to do for fun

    The school offers fun clubs that will make college life fun. With the main school in Bakersfield, there are many great parks and hang out places you can attend such as ice skating.

    Food and Dining

    The school is fairly close to fast foods such as McDonalds, Burger King, Elmers, Subway, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Jack in the box and many more. If you prefer non fast food places then you can go to Denny's, Perkos, Kongs Dynasty, and Chui King.

    Academic Rigor

    Bakersfield college can be challenging but they offer great tutors that will assist students who are having trouble with their studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not hesitate in going to your dream school because you are financially unable to because there are scholarships out there that will help you pay for school. Don't let any obstacles hinder you into becoming a successful person.

    In three sentences

    Although, Bakersfield College in Delano is small, the school still offers several clubs that keeps the student involved with school activities and it also provides them the opportunity to make a difference in their community. Besides clubs, the school also has great professors that are patient and really dedicated to helping out their students to excel in their studies.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus security is awesome. They take very good care of the parking lots and also the students.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs of the campus are very cool. They tried to interact with the students as much as possible.

    What to do for fun

    There's not much to do for fun but to join the clubs or practice the sports that the college offers.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not the greatest but its good enough for the students that don't have enough time between classes. Its kind of pricy compare to other food restaurants close to the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at Bakersfield College is great. The teachers are awesome and to my experience the classes are very well planned and thought. I Personally have gotten a lot from it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should sign up as early as possible. Make appointment with consular and get oriantations out of the way. Figure out your schedule and set your student plan.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College it's an awesome community college to attend if your a student that wants to go into the workforce as soon as possible. It's relatively inexpensive compare to the other universities and in this economic crisis its very convenient. Also, its a great option to get your general aid classes much faster and cheaper than at an university which come at a much higher price.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have campus PD all the time and emergency personnel less than 2 minutes away at all time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is no parking that is easily accessible to class

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are very affordable and you learn everything you need for your next classes.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing the school does not have enough activities that are available for full time students who also work.

    Food and Dining

    There is enough room for 1/8th of the population and I have never eaten there.

    Dorm Life

    There is none.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get registered, take classes, and one of your first classes needs to be student development.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is a affordable school with a large campus. The school is very impacted. It has some teachers that are very passionate about the students learning.

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It has its own farm on campus so can help benefit Animal Science majors or Agriculture.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes fill up fast so sign up for classes as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is a big community college that does not offer enough parking space. It does offer a lot of different majors. I have had a positive experience so far.

  • 04/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 94

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Bakersfield College Spring fling is always a blast every year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to take the assessment so that you know exactly were you at as far as your reading, writing and math skills. If uncertain of what you what to major in see a counselor for assistance.

    In three sentences

    I would have to rate BC with four stars for its helpfulness to new students, counselors are eager to help you get on the right track for success in reaching your career goal that you have in mind.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 94

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many events that go on in Bakersfield College. Also, there are baseball and football games.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of choices available for students, but the food is expensive.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms available.

    Academic Rigor

    All Bakersfield College classes are at their very best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students must be proactive and on time for classes.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College has a variety of programs available to students. The professors are helpful and professional who keep the utmost respect and guidance to students. Moreover, the school is clean and organized.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is campus security everywhere as well as call stations and everything is very well lit.

    Greek Life

    There are sororities and fraternities. They apply to both California State University of Bakersfield and Bakersfield College. They are not very participate in though.

    Clubs and Activities

    Football, swimming, student government, choir, forensics, acapella groups, groups for students of various ethnic backgrounds, LGBT, and so many more!

    Great for these types of students

    Budget minded students with a desire to transfer to a California University.

    Bang for the buck

    AWESOME. Probably the reason I decided to come here before I transfer to a University. For five classes per semester you end up paying about $550 (plus books) for professors that you can really learn a lot from if you apply yourself.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs! A lot of students choose to get involved in forensics or student government. Also, BC's football team is very well known around California and the stadium is always packed for that. Many girls actually go out for the cheer leading team because of this. During school various clubs often set up in the quad or in various grassy areas and student will go have a random mid-class dance party, or there will be jump houses or raffles...all kinds of things!

    Food and Dining

    BC has a cafeteria style of dining and while it has some good snacks I would not choose to eat a meal from there.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Bakersfield College, because it IS a community college. However, many students live right next to the school where there are a number of affordable apartments and homes for rent.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes vary, which is why I suggest RateMyProfessor.com. Throughout my time here 3/4 of my professors have absolutely challenged me, but their is a large handful that are known to be extremely easy (akin to a high school college prep class)

    Tips for prospective students

    If you choose to got to Bakersfield College for your general education, plan to get straight A's because there is no reason you can't if you work hard and you won't really end up saving any money if you find yourself having to repeat courses. Utilize your professors' office hours! Most of them are ready and willing to proof read a paper or go over exam material. Look up the professors your choose on RateMyProfessor.com. Bakersfield College has a lot of great people teaching there but if you don't utilize this website you could end up with one that you don't feel you get your moneys worth out of.

    In three sentences

    Surprisingly well rounded in both curricular and extracurricular fields. A great place to spend your first two years of college if you plan to attend a University of California; most people get accepted to the UC of their choice after completing their general education here. The counseling department is not very good and students have to do most of their course planning without a lot of help.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They always have someone around.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've visited the math club twice before and they have interesting activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Well organized students

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth it if your low on cash.

    What to do for fun

    I'm not quite sure if the Arcade room is still open. Regardless, they have a gym, pool, and the campus is peaceful enough to stroll around.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is good, nothing special. Awesome events by the culinary classes.

    Dorm Life

    I don't think they have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    A bit challenging, depending on the professor and their type of teaching style because they all vary.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes early because classes will fill up quick. Stay in touch with your professor. They have amazing resources at hand.

    In three sentences

    Great school and all, but once you're screwed, you're screwed. If you're planning on taking it seriously, then you've got nothing to worry about. You're in good hands!

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    the books are still expensive to buy on bookstore in school try to find books elsewhere first before going there

    What to do for fun

    join clubs, there are some organized events that the college offers for free or for a low price, like going to the football games

    Food and Dining

    the food is good over all but there needs to be more choices

    Dorm Life

    there are no dormitories

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of students just sign up for random classes to receive financial aid

    Tips for prospective students

    try to sign up for classes as soon as possible, there's a lot of competition.

    In three sentences

    its a good college, classes are medium sized, professors are able to focus on students and help out a lot for the most part.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Decent dining on campus, and lots of fast food nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    It is comparable to other community colleges in the area.

    Tips for prospective students

    Complete matriculation early for early registration because classes fill up early.

    In three sentences

    It is an affordable community college, with excellent professors. It does not participate in the Federal Student Loan Program, which makes it difficult for the adult student. It has a very diverse student population.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have campus security available at all times. Through out the day you can see campus officers patrolling the campus and issuing citations when vehicles are illegally parked on campus. There are emergency call boxes through out the campus and parking lots areas.

    Greek Life

    Phi Thet Kappa Honor Society available to qualifying student with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

    Clubs and Activities

    Bakersfield College's website list a variety of clubs and activities that are available to join on campus. If you chose you can join more than one. Also laptops are given out through a few of the clubs if you meet the qualifications.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student willing to work for their higher education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus center is a great socializing place for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to college is pretty expensive, but you shop online for used textbooks at a discounted price. Also any student can take advantage of free tutoring and many programs that are free through the college.

    What to do for fun

    The Student Government Association puts on many activities throughout the semester, all of them being free. From jump obstacle courses to passing out free popcorn and shirts. Also on campus there are stands set up for shopping instead of leaving campus. Or if you prefer to leave there are many nearby theatres, at lower prices with student discounts.

    Food and Dining

    While Bakersfield College may have a small cafeteria with pretty average food; there are many nearby restaurants available. Food in the campus cafeteria has the basics, (burgers, sandwiches, and breakfast) but it is also not all that expensive. Some nearby fast food restaurants offer discounts for students with a showing of a student identification card.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms available; however, there are many nearby apartments available for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically it is as hard as you make it. Study and read the material, and also pay attention in class. Your instructor knows what they are teaching and they know it well. In the beginning of some classes, it might seem a little difficult but stick with it. Set up a scheduled study time out of class for each class. Make sure to do the homework and review well. If those steps are followed, then you should not have too much difficulty passing class with good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Create good study habits from the beginning of your education and follow them throughout college. Take advantage of tutoring and group study when ever possible. Research in advance what class your are taking and what materials will be needed for the class.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is a convenient local community college with a lot of great professors. Student are friendly and if you find the right group, it can be very beneficial to your studies. Professors are passionate about what they do and if you take the time to learn what they are teaching you will understand and be able to communicate well with them.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    31 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is always with in site, and available to help students at all hours.

    Great for these types of students

    The undecided student as well as the student that just wants an introduction to college life and all it offers before moving on to a Graduate school.

    Bang for the buck

    BC still offers the lowest tuition rates. They allow students to sell used books on campus the first 2 wks of classes. And parking is cheap and available on and off campus.

    What to do for fun

    Often students from various clubs set up a volley ball net in the court yard and everyone is invited to take a break between classes. Students engage with one another personally and equally.

    Food and Dining

    BC offers a general dining with lots of healthy and otherwise food options. There is also the Renegade Room which offers fine dining and gourmet foods personally prepared by BC's student chefs.

    Dorm Life

    BC does not offer on campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    BC elicits a fair and unprejudiced academic rigor. With a fair amount of time for drops or withdrawls, as well as the selection process for medical programs, which is a lottery, ensures that all students interested get an opportunity to further their education without the punishment of a flawed college record.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize the student handbook. It is easy to understand, gives step by step for each program of study, and lays out the easiest and quickest way to reach each student individual goals.

    In three sentences

    BC faculty and administration do their best to assist students with the tools needed to have a succesfull college experiance. The campus at BC is always clean and accomidating for its students and visitors. BC, although a JC, spends the majority of their money on essential programs for students to be able to achieve the highest and best education for furture carrers.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of security guards on campus, and whenever an emergency has arisen they had handled it extremely well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs, including teacher organizations that provides guidance for future teachers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bakersfield College has wonderful sports programs, and our football often does very well, so it can get kind of exciting during football season.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though the price for each unit has gone up in recent years, the fees are still exceptionally lower than other college campus's. The fact that professors always make time for student is great as well.

    What to do for fun

    During homecoming week the school usually has games and other fun activities. There are also great spots around to eat or to provide entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    Bakersfield College has a great culinary program and there are many places to eat and dine locally.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know if we have any dorms anymore.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors really encourage students to try their best and to be involved in school activities. The tutoring program is great. We have an exceptional academic record compared to other colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend to find what specific classes you need in order to finish general education and program requirements. Please take the time to talk to professors on tips and insights regarding choosing a major.

    In three sentences

    The Bakersfield College experience has been fun and insightful. There are numerous programs and workshops and a wonderful tutoring center to aid students needing help. The professors are great and always make time to aid students.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    for fun, I go to the library and look up for important information online.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students would be to not procrastinate on their homework, portfolios, quizzes, etc because they would end up failing their classes.

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing college because the professors and staff are very helpful. They have showed me the way to be successful and develop my skills. They are well organized and know what they're doing.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is campus security, but cars still get broken into on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres a lot going on for the school and the student.s

    Great for these types of students

    Like a small campus and full classes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    not enough parking spots

    Bang for the buck

    I expect more from the campus

    What to do for fun

    Get to know your classmates

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your books in advance make sure you can handle all the classes you register for

    In three sentences

    Bakesfield College is a fun college. The teachers there give you motivation to do better in school and life. It is a great learning experience.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Very cheap alternative to a university while the teaching is of the same quality.

    What to do for fun

    Sports, dance, many different exercise programs.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food, not much variety though.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms; it is a community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stick with this school! If you drop out or take a break it is difficult to go back.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is a great school to begin your education in. The class sizes are small enough so that it is easy to get help from the professors. In my experience, community college is a good alternative to jumping directly into a university.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While there are a decent amount of sketchy people that attend this school, campus security is always driving around and prevents almost all crimes from happening.

    Greek Life

    There are no Greeks at BC.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are kind of lacking as far as having events or fundraisers besides bake sales. There is a health day with inflatable obstacle courses and free t-shirts and things pretty often, though. And we have live music every once in a while. The best activities to attend are the sports games, especially football.

    Great for these types of students

    Best if you are outgoing, can handle very hot weather, and know how to make your own fun.

    Bang for the buck

    I love BC. My professors have been great and I've learned a lot. I feel prepared for a university and am so satisfied with the money I have been able to save. I recommend BC to anyone...GO GADES!

    What to do for fun

    Many students go to the hookah bar for fun. The Crystal Palace is also a fun place. There are always bars and chill spots downtown to hang out at, too. Overall though, people in Bakersfield have to make their own fun often times.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different choices in the cafeteria and the lines are never too long but it is a bit pricey. There are no food places besides the cafeteria on campus, though.

    Dorm Life

    There is no on campus housing. There really is not any one area off campus that a lot of students live either because almost everybody commutes from home.

    Academic Rigor

    There are, of course, very easy classes where an A is almost guaranteed. However, when taking general education you will run into some very difficult classes. This is especially the case with critical thinking and science requirements. The teachers are typically very helpful and classes are usually small enough to get individual attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not live in Bakersfield already and have a group of friends, get involved with clubs or sports on campus to meet people. The cafeteria has a wide selection of food for breakfast and lunch but it is no cheap. Also, be ready to walk a lot because parking is far from campus and there are lots of stairs and distance between buildings.

    In three sentences

    BC is a very diverse campus with a rich history and supportive community. The majority of professors are knowledgeable of their subject but the level of class difficulty is far from consistent. Being a commuter school, making friends can be difficult unless you get very involved.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    The only that can stop you from success is yourself.

    In three sentences

    Excellent school for growing in the nursing field. My experience at this college was wonderful, and I hope to continue my education there. I plan to build my foundation in Bakersfield.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food is what u would normally eat if you eat at home but it tastes great.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorms here at Bakersfield College.

    Academic Rigor

    Great teachers who give you the help you need.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield college is a great school. I Love how they help with anything you say you need help with. I also love their Registered Nursing program.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 94

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There's nothing to do for fun

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes as soon as possible and ask the professors for help.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are great. The general counselors seems as if they don't know what they're doing. It's very hard to sign up for classes due to the fact that there are so many people attending Bakersfield College

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are security guars and alarms in the parking lot that you may use to alert a warning in case of an emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities that gets students involved in campus life and their education!

    Bang for the buck

    Look at the billboards around campus to find people selling book that will save you a lot on books! It really does help because a used book is a good book!

    What to do for fun

    Take workshops, hang around the library and the quad! Meet people around campus and have fun!

    Food and Dining

    There is food on campus that is tasty and appealing to students.

    Dorm Life

    it is a community college so there is no dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The amount of participation and academic rigor varies from each course but overall it is medium if you study appropriately to each hour you are in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    A great tip for future students is take a student development class that prepares you for your future at college! Meeting with counselors allows you to be more confident and knowledgeable. Another tip is don't miss class because you will fall behind!

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is a good stepping stone that prepares you for the future. Students and teachers are very helpful and useful in your path to your education. Classes are interesting and challenging.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    Bakersfield doesn't have dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate on major assignments which should be an important thing. Be a little social and have contacts in case you miss notes or need help in your homework. Explore the campus you always find new interesting things that may help you out. Always take any test seriously especially assessment or placement tests.

    In three sentences

    It's my first year attending and so far it has been a very good experience. The professor's I've met have been really great. Overall Bakersfield College is a good place to go plus it's not that expensive.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for adult students. Classes are offered at all times of the day and online.

    What to do for fun

    Bakersfield College has no campus life. Most students attend class and leave.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average but students tend to choose the less healthy based on the high price of the healthier alternatives.

    Academic Rigor

    The students chose their classes so the level of difficulty depend solely on the individual.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's important to speak to an advisor as soon as posible. They will help you plan your classes.

    In three sentences

    Depending on your course of study, the classes are cramped and hard to get into.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Bakersfield college has several extracurricular activities to be a part of. Such as, track, volleyball, and my favorite the fantastic football games!!

    Food and Dining

    Great food! Amazing atmoshpere!

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    If you do what is required you should have no problem, but we all know life happens. I've personally found that BC is willing to work with students academically but definitely has a severe probation system in place. However, you are given several chances to redeem yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to get down to business. the professors are ready to gear you up for the real world. no time to play or slack off because they mean business. do not be intimidated because the staff really do care as long as you put forth the effort.

    In three sentences

    A great school for someone just starting out or going back to continue their education. i feel very comfortable and proud to be going back to school here. i like how they work with you individually.

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    nothing, it's bakersfield

    Food and Dining

    basic

    Tips for prospective students

    Make your self known to your professors by visiting them during office hours. Let them know who you are and show them that you care about your education.

    In three sentences

    BC is a fantastic school to begin your college career. Great place to help you figure out whether or not you want to attend college and further your education. I've had some extremely knowledgeable prof. who have left lasting impressions.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    45 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Good, but not great.

    Greek Life

    No greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Some great clubs, the best being the GSA Gay Straight Association) )!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    The cheapest Community college in California.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good. Prices could be better though.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors can be very helpful.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is security, but if you are attending night class I suggest using the buddy system and parking close to the college.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not in a club but I see their posters and signs and it looks interesting if you find something you like.

    Bang for the buck

    46 dollars per unit beats the costly prices of private colleges and other universities.

    What to do for fun

    There are different types of clubs that are on campus and deaf events required for those taking ASL, American Sign Language, and I hear they are really fun.

    Food and Dining

    The line is lengthy, but it's okay. I bring my own lunch and I find that it's easier on myself, although the cafeteria is fairly convenient.

    Dorm Life

    I am a local resident so I do not live in the dorms and are not sure what they are like.

    Academic Rigor

    Since it is a junior college, grades are not as important as other schools consider them to be. Your grades are your priority, not the school's. I suggest trying your best though because you want to take and pass as many transferrable courses as possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study for the assessment test that you will take because it will determine how many classes you will take and what classes you can take at your level. Research your classes and professors so you find one that you really like.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are interesting in learning outside their comfort zone or simply just want to take other courses outside their discipline should consider taking some courses through the Levan Institute center (fees vary). Here, students can take courses to gain more knowledge or simply just have fun and enjoy doing it.

    Bang for the buck

    If attending college everyday and you own a vehicle, then buying the monthly parking permit valued at $30.00 is most beneficial to you, than paying $5.00 per day.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, be active, and most of all make friends that way you will get the most fun out of college.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria store is a bit pricey, they do have decent meals in one are of the cafeteria. The Renegade Cafe does offer fine dining by our own culinary students for a fair price, plus the food is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms in our college.

    Academic Rigor

    Homework is not hard, if you study and actually pay attention in class, then you will be fine. The instructors teaching methods are clear and define plus the answers are all there. All you have to do is keep awake, not only physically, but mentally as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Arrive early enough to get a good parking place, that way you don't end up parking clear across campus and in return arrive late for class. Pack your own lunch or snacks if courses are back to back in order to avoid a rumbling stomach.

    In three sentences

    . If you need a help up, then BC will definitely help the most unfortunate of us. At just $46.00 per unit BC is cheap compare to other community colleges.The faculty here is very flexible and will do what is within their reach to help, all you have to do is to want to attend school.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The safety is good, but not the best. You can go out for a walk, or run safety. Finally, it's average comparing to most colleges.

    Greek Life

    You can have the life that you want. Greek life can be done at any time, any moment, if you want. Fun never stops, but keep yourself fresh.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to joint where you will find a lot of nice people, specially the instructors. There are activities that can help you extend the knowledge of yourself through fun activies, at then end you will look foward to success. Everything is fun.

    Great for these types of students

    You will be ready to experience full emotions which will enhance your knowledge. Thanks to all of the preparation with tutoring centers will make you stronger. Keep fresh all the time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't really know any, but I heard that they have some great ones. They have annually contest. Finally, traditions are fun according to my friends.

    Bang for the buck

    They are okay, plus they have scholarships for students who demonstrate competence. It's a great idea to be here. Finally, the tuition can be cheaper, if you qualify.

    What to do for fun

    There is a Panorama next to the College where you can run, walk with your pet, or just have fun with the beautiful view. There are many sports that can make you feel excellent. Finally, there are a lot of people to talk to.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but most of it will be fast food. The drinks are really good because they offer a diversity of everything. There are also snacks to eat.

    Dorm Life

    There is a beautiful view from a Panorama that offers an excellent view. For sure, you will have fun with all of your friends. Moreover, this is a great College to go to.

    Academic Rigor

    Bakersfield College welcomes and gives you the pleasure of the academic standards to your own schedule, but you must work hard to get the the best performance. In fact, I know that you can get A's in all the courses, but you must pay attention while choosing the professors. Most teachers are really nice, but others are really bad!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to accept the outcome, even if there is pain. Be patient to accumulate your goals and keep in mind that success comes from a friend named Study! Therefore, keep yourself fresh, positive and be ready to learn at your best.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College offers a variety of classes to extend and expand your knowing to achieve your goals, in order to be successful in life.. It is a Community College, but offers many short and long term goals. Finally, the doors are open to any person with the mentality to succeed in life.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I believe a student truly does receive greatness for attending a community college such as BC--the resources and capabilities one is given is phenomenal and allows him or her to achieve greatness.

    What to do for fun

    Most students may say sports and recreational activities are the most fun things to do. However, at Bakersfield College, not only do students partake in those things, many students enjoy just studying together. Many rooms are always open, professors advocate such groups and allow their doors to be open for students to occupy their rooms.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is very convenient, and variety is not even a question--always different and always popular.

    Dorm Life

    Currently, I am not living in a dorm, so this one is a bit beyond me.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes and professors do get difficult;however, the amazing thing is there are always people, equipment, and resources around to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say truly try in all your classes to succeed incredibly, do more than the bare mnimum.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College provides the necessities of a typical community college, but it has standards that exceeds those typical community colleges. Although it may not be the biggest, the richest, or even the most aesthetic, its programs, professors, and curriculum is incredible. Additionally, since many students attend only for a few years to transfer out and continue their education in prestigious universities, it's transfer program and procedure is absolutely fantastic--difficult, but enables one to transfer to a greater university.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The photography teacher is amazing.

    What to do for fun

    Join the various on campus clubs. The cross country team is a blast.

    Food and Dining

    Good, but fried.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make appointments with your counselors. They know what they are doing and they always have an answer.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College has a wide range of classes. These classes are conveniently timed to work around the working students. The teachers are thorough in their teachings and the counseling staff is very helpful.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    51 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The college campus security is by far second to none. There are many security guards watching over the parking lots and keeping our students safe on campus. Students are given opportunities to report anything suspicious on campus and are reminded through e-mail or cellphone if something happens.

    Clubs and Activities

    Explore around campus and be active by joining clubs and different activities, do sports, tutoring, and make friends. People will learn how to do the most out of their college life and make use of their valuable time.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has a variety of food selections which consists of two sections. The first section offers standard food area where you can purchase mostly junk food. Then there's the other section which if you are a vegetarian or like eating healthy like me, they serve salads, sandwiches, and much more. Then again the food on campus is actually pretty great, but not many people like it due to the fact that the place gets filled during lunch hours so many people prefer to eat around the restaurants near Bakersfield College

    Academic Rigor

    Prioritize your studies and always do the homework. If help is needed, accomodations are available and there are always opportunities you can get from contacting the instructor on their office hours or before and after class, and there's tutoring. The classes are quite challenging if you are taking a lot of units, but if you are a smart student and have good grades, taking lots of courses shouldn't be a problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to always to apply for financial aid early so it'll be taken care of. People who fill their fafsa early will get to have lots of choices of aid such as grants, scholarships, etc.. Students that are generally Honors students and have 3.0 or are in any extra-curricular activities gets prioritized registration. Make sure to attend class regularly and on time, and be sure to at least study very often. There are always study groups or lots of tutoring for all subjects if a student needs help.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is one of the most well-known community college in California. It's a great place for students that are looking to get an Associate's Degree or go in higher education to a University with its transfer program.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the movies or hang out with friends.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home

    Academic Rigor

    Good!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and get classes as soon as you can!

    In three sentences

    The school is very large and the classes are very impacted. Ive found that the classes are not very hard but connecting with the teachers isn't very easy. Getting classes is very hard as well.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many people from Arvin, Oildale, Frazier Park, Tehachapi, and other places drive all the way to BC.

    Bang for the buck

    Bakersfield College offers many courses that CSUB offers as well, but these can be less expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs and activities

    Academic Rigor

    There isn't that much academic challenge, however it might depend on the classes and major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before choosing your classes, it is important to seek help from advisers at Bakersfield College.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College has plenty of passionate teachers. It is not that expensive compared to other CCC's. Lastly, BC students usually are nice and friendly.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the parking lots are constantly patrolled

    Bang for the buck

    I am very happy with the courses offered.

    Food and Dining

    great coffee shop and cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    no campus dorms

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers make you work. I haven't had any courses yet that have been easy

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you don't overhelm yourself. College is not like high shcool. It requires a completely different kind of discipline.

    In three sentences

    BC is a great community college. I hope to get all my course work accomplished there before my transfer for my BA

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    55 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to do so you don't waste time.

    In three sentences

    It has some amazing teachers. It offers an affordable education. Its small enough for one on one teacher student time.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    It's a wonderful school, and so close to home. They have all the classes i need in order to graduate college. I love it here.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never had anything dangerous happen. As far as i know.

    Clubs and Activities

    The football games are awesome!

    What to do for fun

    I come and sit at the library. Always a lot of seating and its pretty big. Sometimes i go out to eat with friends or walk to nearby bluffs. Its a great view of the city and a healthy work out. Only a couple feet away.

    Food and Dining

    I actually think that the cafeteria food is good and i love the chicken strips. Although i wouldn't call it dining. It sound to fancy. Just food to fill your hungry belly.

    Dorm Life

    there is no dorm life due to there being no dorm. They should consider making some.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teachers are easy going. Well the ones Ive had. They forget to collect homework or don't give it at all. Its just lovely.

    Tips for prospective students

    Park in the free parking or get your self a parking permit because daily parking fees went up from a single dollar to an unbelievable amount of five dollars a day.

    In three sentences

    I think that Bakersfield college is a pretty good school. They need more parking, but i think most colleges do. All the teachers I've had are pretty nice and lenient.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CSUB takes its student and faculty safety very seriously. Bad things rarely happen, but security officers are easy to find on campus and text messages are sent to our phones in case of an emergency. There is also an emergency number we can call and emergency towers set up around campus that will siren if the button is pushed.

    Greek Life

    There are several, very active sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    They can be really fun if you make the effort to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUB is great for students who prefer smaller campuses and mild winters.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a pond with a huge bullfrog in it and foot long koi.

    Bang for the buck

    By choosing to attend California State University of Bakersfield you pay less in tuition, but still get some of the perks that the more expensive schools offer to their students. Most of the facilities are really clean and up to date. The campus is fairly new, so you don't have to worry about some rooms not having air conditioning. CSUB is an attractive campus with mature landscaping. Squirrels and kit foxes live on campus, so it's not uncommon to see them around.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities taking place in the Student Union. A good way to find out what's going on is to pay attention to posters on and inside Dorothy Donahoe Hall and posts on the CSUB facebook page. The Student Recreation Center is a great source for entertainment with a huge rock wall, pool, and gym. Yoga and Pilates classes are available to all students. There are some great running trails just across the street from the school with places to run on campus too. There are lots of clubs and sororities at CSUB. The best place to find out which one best fits you is to go inside Dorothy Donahoe Hall and look at the rows of long posters lining the sides. Each poster is created by the club or sorority to advertise their activities and meeting times.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of dining options at CSUB. Students can check the Runner Dining facebook page. CSUB has a Togo's, Peet's Coffee, a snack shack, the Runner Cafe, and plenty of vending machines on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms need to be updated and though I do not live in the dorms, I heard there are a lot of roaches. On the upside, students who live in the dorms are more connected with the campus and have a lot of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    CSUB staff is demanding, but they also want their students to succeed. Students are almost always passed.

    Tips for prospective students

    CSUB is a small commuter campus, so if you want friends you have to put yourself out there and get involved in campus activities. CSUB has a facebook page that posts events all the time. If you get hurt or sick, take advantage of the Health Center. You get free healthcare because each student has to pay a small health fee that is part of their tuition. Also, a lot of students don't know they can choose their own academic adviser. If they don't like who they were assigned, they can go to any adviser in their department without having to fill out any paperwork for the switch.

    In three sentences

    I like CSUB because the tuition is affordable and they offer many of the same things that larger more expensive schools have. Their new Recreation Center is fantastic! I've met lots of nice people at CSUB and I appreciate how much the teachers care about their students' success.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Study is always fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    They shoud attend Bakersfield College

    In three sentences

    It is a really good college.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    60 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is security on campus and an emergency number to call for any problems.

    Greek Life

    There are Greek clubs at Bakersfield College, but I've never been a part of one so I don't know anything about them. Sorry!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs at Bakersfield College. Whether you're reall into math or maybe you're into sports. There's a club for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of people. There are students from age groups ranging from 18 years old to 60 years old. There is great culural diversity here as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many fun student activities like volleyball on campus, open mic for artists, and flag football games.

    Bang for the buck

    Bakersfield College is a community College. It is relatively inexpensive, and the education you get is great!

    What to do for fun

    Hart Park is within 5 miles of Bakersfield college. There you can swim, run, hike, and play frisbee golf. White water rafting on the nearby Kern river is fun also.

    Food and Dining

    The on Campus cafeteria is good. In town, Luigi's is the best Itallian place and Tony's Pizza across the street from Bakersfield College is really good.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Bakersfield College.

    Academic Rigor

    Staying organized is extremely important. Try as hard as you can to be a step ahead of all your assignments. Read as much as you can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dress for hot weather. Ride a bike to school for exercise. Study hard!

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College professors truly care about student's success. The campus is comfortable. Bakersfield College has a great communications program.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe. Security are friendly yet they keep the campus secure

    What to do for fun

    Go to movie, skating, or party like a rock start

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are good.

    Dorm Life

    No comment... I live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Bakersfield College academics challenge each student. The courses demand for the student to pay strict attention to detail to the subject while applying deep thought to address the topic

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy your educational ride

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is a good school for degrees and certificates in various majors and subject ranging from Accounting to Biology, Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice to Welding. The instructors are patient and give good information. The campus is student friendly.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Routine safety drills along with quick access to students via text message and emails. Up to date with the technological advances this day in age.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student looking for a good education in a professional environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Large rock located in the middle of the campus; Quite delightful.

    Bang for the buck

    With the large amount of scholarships available, combined with the assistance from state and federal organizations, one's only expense could be books.

    What to do for fun

    Join one of the many clubs available on campus. Work. Socialize with your cohorts.

    Food and Dining

    Although the cafeteria smells delightful, I personally haven't eaten there. I prefer bringing my own lunch or dining off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging at times, but if using the given resources and putting the time required into the classes, students are likely to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your counselor whenever you have a question. Plan out your semesters and stay on track. Your teachers are there and help as much as they can to see you succeed.

    In three sentences

    A school that genuinely cares about its students and their futures. Has a diverse range of teachers that offer special insight on classes with the ability to educate effectively. Due to the atmosphere of the staff, campus, and student life, it promotes students to excel with positive aspirations.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Study

    Tips for prospective students

    Study

    In three sentences

    Hands on learning.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    MESA

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with the outside activities by the cafeteria. Meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food isn't all that bad. Actually good but i prefer to bring food from home.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms :(

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers really go out of their way to help you. Just push yourself when you think you can't

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid of the teachers or to talk to a counselor.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is small but is a really decent campus. The Campus has a few places that are really relaxing. Really good school to begin with.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    If you don't enjoy the cafeteria food there are plenty of local restaurants surrounding the school.

    Academic Rigor

    There is always extra help that is offered for free. Students can get free tutoring at the student success lab whenever they want.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy this campus! The professors are always there to help when students are struggling and are willing to set time for them.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i hate how people are allowed to smoke any where ,no matter where i turn some one is blowing smoke into my face and that's is disgusting

    Food and Dining

    i don't eat at school but every thing seems okay.....

    In three sentences

    BC is not what i expected,i was thinking it would be a bigger high school. its not!!

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bakersfield College in the Delano campus does not really have anything fun to offer.

    Food and Dining

    Since I just go to Bakersfield College in the Delano campus, there is not much to offer besides the vending snack and sandwich machines. I usually would go home and eat there or occasionally buy Subway, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live a dorm life and I am currently living with my parents, since Bakersfield College is just in town.

    Academic Rigor

    My academic rigor is to definitely push myself to beyond limits in order to get better at something no matter what the cost is.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is to always, always go to class because you'll never know what life changing or important matter you could learn that day.

    In three sentences

    I'm on my first year of college and I can say that Bakersfield College has fairly flexible schedules on picking your courses here. The college seems to be well-developed and I enjoy taking the classes here. The instructors are great and they really do care about you.

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Spend time with family, scrap booking, traveling, and watching old movies are a few things I like to do. School, work, and raising a family can be very challenging and stressful at times, but finding time to be with your family makes everything make sense. In addition, I am involved in church activities and love playing with my puppy.

    Food and Dining

    Bakersfield College has a cafeteria that employs some students. Nice outdoor eating area and access to vending machines. Also, in the bookstore there are opportunities to purchase snacks. Across the street from the college there is a pizza restaurant. Its amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Never stayed in a dorm. Went from being raised in my home as a child and went to live on my own. I could only imagine it is a real learning experience for those who have not lived on their own and now have to experience something that is different. It's one thing to like someone and its another thing to live with them. Challenges and differences will always be in your life, learning how to deal with them will make your life a lot better.

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard, don't be afraid to ask questions, and sit in the front row. May eye contact with our professor and always be respectful. At times you may not agree with him or her, but that's okay, because we are all different. The sooner you realize that - the happier you will be. I have found that different departments are accommodating because their goal is for you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never give up. Anything worth obtaining is worth working for and achieving. Everyone makes decisions that has consequences, good and bad. We learn from our mistakes, we grow stronger and wiser, and sometimes we realize things happen the way they do for a reason. Become familiar with different organizations and clubs at the college. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    I began Bakersfield College in 1988 after I graduated from high school. Twenty five years later I am expected to graduate with my AA degree. Its been a long journey, not consistent, but I never taken off my eyes for the end result - graduation.

  • 02/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are large quantities of security constantly patrolling Bakersfield College, and there is even a number to call if someone does not wish to walk to their car alone.

    Greek Life

    There are no sororities or fraternities at Bakersfield College.

    Clubs and Activities

    Bakersfield College athletics have recently gotten a new athletic director, and he is doing an outstanding job of trying to turn the experience into one relatable to Division 1 athletics.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone not ready to dive into a university lifestyle would definitely find Bakersfield College highly beneficial.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As far as I know there are no turn usual traditions or locations on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I have not attended another college so I am not aware of costs elsewhere, but I don't believe BC is over priced.

    What to do for fun

    Bakersfield College has a lot of athletics going on at all times, and as a BC athlete I might be biased but attending these games is what I do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is the best, in my opinion, and the campus is surrounded by a large selection of food and dining from fast food to good restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Bakersfield college does not have dorms, because the majority of students are from the area.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like any school at any level some courses are definitely more challenging than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't mess around while you are attending Bakersfield College, because it can be easy to get caught up in the laid back feel of the community college and before you know it you are past the normal 2-year time frame.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield college is a quality community college in California. You receive a quality education without having to fly the coop. It is a great school for those looking to gently transfer from high school to a university.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is always on campus patrolling the area so it is very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great programs for the sports they have. Football just won state championship 2012. Only wish they had a men's soccer program.

    Great for these types of students

    Friendly, serious students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Its always nice to chill and relax in front of the LA building or by big rock and just socialize.

    Bang for the buck

    Comparing it to Cal States or UC it is way more affordable. You are getting the same credit of your general classes don't waste thousands on them at a university.

    What to do for fun

    Not much.

    Food and Dining

    A lot to choose from on campus and outside of campus.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms on campus but apartments around the school are very inexpensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what classes you get and how you enjoy the class is how hard it will be. Do your best and talk to your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't waste your money on overpriced general education classes at a cal state or UC because you get the same education for a way better price and in the end you transfer to a university if you are committed.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school to start your college experience for 3 reasons; Price, academics, and environment. The professors help you if you are serious about their class and it is great if you are a serious student.

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus is very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and fun activities all day.

    What to do for fun

    I like to watch movies for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria could be better.

    Dorm Life

    i do no sleep in dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to be organized with school work. Always do class work and homework. If any problems, try to solve them as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield college is a nice campus. There are many certificates offered to students. Overall Bakersfield college is a great school.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    BC does its best to keeps students safe, and will drive you to your car if need be.

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best thing i could say is, be prepared. Do your research before you start, so you know what you need to do and where to do it.

    In three sentences

    It gets you your degree. You can lean (you have to work). Has excellent tutoring.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I parked in a well lite area if I attended class at night.

    Greek Life

    I wasn't in a fraternity

    Clubs and Activities

    I didn't do any clubs or activities

    Great for these types of students

    Can't say I can remember much about these types of students at BC.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No traditions I can share however utilize the main quad for advertising if you are selling your books or BC's bookstore can buy your books back too.

    Bang for the buck

    No tips sorry guys and gals

    What to do for fun

    I didn't stay on campus but to go to class and then go to work so I didn't do much on campus for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pricy make sure to bring snacks and food with you.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms so I have nothing for you here.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure not to get disqualified. If you are going through the motions about going to school, my suggestion is to wait at least a year to see what interest you before you or your parents start spending money on unnecessary classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    buy a parking pass it is worth it.

    In three sentences

    Attended BC and the professors were outstanding

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    the school has different activities every so often on the campus.

    Food and Dining

    the food is good here and there are many places to eat around here.

    Dorm Life

    i dont think there are dorms?

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great school and they have an email for each student that keeps you up to date with events.

    In three sentences

    I like the teachers here, they are very nice. The campus is always clean and no graffiti. I feel like the teachers help us as a group and individually.

  • 04/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    75 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe there when I'm in school

    Great for these types of students

    who need time too figure out what they want to do in life

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There isn't any really. Positive enviroment

    What to do for fun

    When the free time is there, go hangout with friends and have fun to relieve stress

    Tips for prospective students

    Starting here isn't bad. Its helpful and you will learn along the way

    In three sentences

    I like the college. Its pretty relaxing and the Courses are awesome.

  • 04/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    76 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    ok starter school

    What to do for fun

    movies and spend time with friends/ school games

    Food and Dining

    not so great

    Dorm Life

    NONE

    Academic Rigor

    take good and known instructors, as it can be a benifit for you

    Tips for prospective students

    plan plan and plan your time and classes there

    In three sentences

    school is a great place to start college, however, after learning the do and donts of a college life/student it can be a waste of time as many student take unnecessary classes. many administrator really don't care if you take the wrong class. overall education is an OK. and school structure overall OK faculty below average for me!.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    77 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    While I have never heard of any physical threats to safety, for a while Honda's were being stolen from the parking lots. However, campus police were on top of it, emailing students and keeping them updated. BC also has an emergency text message system set up. Thankfully, I've never been notified about anything.

    Greek Life

    Non-existant.

    Clubs and Activities

    BC has a wide range of clubs, such as an engineering club, Catholic club, business club, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to get their gen-ed out of the way and want to transfer to a four-year university, obtain their associate's degree, or get a certificate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the classes aren't very hard, the education comes at a reasonable price; much cheaper than you will find at a four-year university.

    What to do for fun

    There really isn't much to do in between classes. You can see people relaxing in the quad or under trees. Many students go to the library or the cafeteria when they have some free time.

    Food and Dining

    Although the food is not particularly healthy, their cafeteria serves some good food. They have burgers, fries, chicken, hot dogs, soups, desserts, etc. There are a lot of random options and it is relatively cheap and fast.

    Dorm Life

    I do not believe BC has any dorms. If they do, very few students live in them. It is primarily a commuter campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very easy to get As in if you pay attention in class and keep up with all the homework. Teachers love the students that do well in their classes and they will try to help as much as possible. However, if you are an above average student, you will probably find that the classes are not much of a challenge and might not fully prepare you to attend a four-year university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you keep up with registration dates. Get priority registration if you can. Plan your classes as far ahead in advance as you can.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is perfect for students looking to transfer or seeking an associate's degree or certificate. Transferring is pretty straight-forward depending on the school you want to transfer to. Classes are full and it is sometimes difficult to get the classes you want.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for higher education.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College Is A Community College for affordable and higher education.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    79 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Relatively safe. There have been problems here and there, but not that bad. Robberies occur often, though.

    Great for these types of students

    Biology program is great, especially for Nursing students.

    Bang for the buck

    For the most part, you will get your money's worth as far as education goes.

    What to do for fun

    There's a game room set up with computers.

    Food and Dining

    There's a lot of fried food, if you like that kind of thing. There's also a fresh dining place, so the options are a bit more broad.

    Dorm Life

    There's no dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are really hard but some classes are super easy. Most science classes are going to be difficult and require a lot of time and attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Show up on time for class, being late makes you miss important stuff and professors hate it when students are late.

    In three sentences

    Close-knit and friendly professors. I really like the professors because they actually make time for their students. Most are pretty straight forward when it comes to what they expect from students.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    80 of 94

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The security guard will escort you to your car at night if you need them to.

    Greek Life

    There are no fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    PreMed club and Agriculture Ambassadors are great.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone, transferring or not.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The courtyard by the Science building is a nice quiet place to study or eat lunch.

    Bang for the buck

    The counselors are pretty good, but I reccommend going to several counselors because some of the counselors do not understand the requirements for certain majors. If you are planning to transfer then make sure to talk to the transfer counselor immediately. Also make sure to apply for EOP&S because they have free tutoring, priority registration and book vouchers.

    What to do for fun

    The bluffs are located less than a mile from campus and provides opportunities to go jogging, biking or hiking.

    Food and Dining

    Pricey, but open from 7am-7pm.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Bakersfield College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to study for the assessment test because you can knock out some of the lower courses and be enrolled into transferrable courses, which saves you time and money.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is a good college to attend because it offers many courses that are transferrable to many universities. It also has a variety of majors to choose from, which is good for students who do not know what they want to be yet. It is also less expensive than a university.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I reommend you're not out by the parking lots by yourself once it's dark. Unfortunately, we've been having some safety issues lately.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're wondering if it's expensive here then your answer is no. Like I've said before, if you know how to look around for programs that are willing to help you out financially then you'll be just fine. Bakersfield College is not an expensive place to attend at.

    What to do for fun

    You can always go to the football games, to college events, get involved in clubs. Or you can go explore Bakersfield and go to swimming, bowling, ice skating or go watch a movie at one of our wonderful cinemas.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't tasted the food here but sometimes when I'm going from one class to another and I pass by the cafeteria it smells really really REALLY good. I wish I had time to pass by though. Due to my busy schedule I sometimes go through a whole day with snacks which we should'nt do because it's horrible for us.

    Dorm Life

    As far as I know we don't have any dorms but there are many places to rent at. Bakersfield college is surrounded by houses in which you might want to see if there are any open spaces available. I don't rent, I decided to stay with my parents for a little longer because it's cheaper for me and I'm barely starting to get financially stable.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors do give you a lot of work like most college professors but we also have the really easy to pass courses like ComS and Musc. Always give it the best of you though... you don't want to see yourself repeating courses and stuggling to graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always look for those programs that are willing to help you out academically. There's programs for most types of students and they are willing to help you. For example, EOP&S helps you out with counseling, workshops and book vouchers. And if you're buying your books from the bookstore make sure you 3 weeks in advance of the first day of school because they do run out of books.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is a great college to start at to start getting your feet wet in college life. It is an awesome campus because everything is very close to eachother and it's not easy to get lost. Here you will definitely get the college experience that you were looking for.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None.

    Food and Dining

    The food was pretty good! Unhealthy usually, but really good.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are just showing up and paying attention. The workload for me wasn't too difficult, but doing your work is a MUST. Just show up, pay attention, do your work, and you should do ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research your professors! Rent books online, parking is a nightmare the first couple weeks so get there super early. If you're serious about your education, take it seriously and get your work done!

    In three sentences

    It is what you make of it, put effort in, see results, put no effort in, stay for a long time. You can get out as soon as you want to get out, just focus up and see a counselor to see what classes you need and do the BEST that you can. Be self motivated, because other people aren't and they might rub off on you.

  • 08/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The security does a good job at keeping the students on campus safe and out of harms way.

    Bang for the buck

    Best community college that I have attended in California.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs and groups on campus that students are encouraged to join and concerts/events that are hosted in the campus center periodically throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    For not having an actual restaurant, Bakersfield College does very well at providing an a-la-carte experience in the cafeteria with several options for both hot and cold foods. I have eaten several times on campus and have yet to have a negative experience.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Bakersfield College.

    Academic Rigor

    Although there are professors with less-rigorous course loads, the majority of classes you will take at Bakersfield College will be very challenging. They do a good job at preparing students for transferring to four year institutions.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say one of the most important things to know about Bakersfield College, is to utilize all of the tools they have available for students on campus. This would include the counseling center, the student services building, the library, and many others. Also, I would suggest arriving as early as possible on the first 2 weeks of class to avoid not being able to find a parking spot.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College has provided me a solid education at an extremely low cost. Not only are the professors top notch, but the admin staff and counselors have been very helpful throughout my college career. I would recommend this college to anyone looking for a well-rounded community college in California.

  • 09/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You get alerts of cars being stolen every week.

    What to do for fun

    There is nothing there for fun unless you bring a guitar and amuse yourself. You can just bring your laptop and play games in the library quietly.

    Food and Dining

    Only have lots of vending machines but only have one food store.

    Dorm Life

    They don't have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It doesn't require that much work.

    In three sentences

    It's a small campus. There are a lot of people. It's decent.

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and things to do!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rock is at the middle of the campus. Many people hang out here in between classes.

    What to do for fun

    The BC football games are usually always a good time!

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is really good. Breakfast and lunch are the best!

    Dorm Life

    There are not any dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are not too hard. You have to just apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your assessment serious. It can really help in your class placement.

    In three sentences

    The campus is a good size. The food on campus is really good. The professors are really helpful.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The Student Government makes Bakersfield College a great place to study. They make it fun and there's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food has always been good the times I've eaten there. It always smells great!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms, I commute.

    Academic Rigor

    Every college has professors that don't appeal to everyone, Bakersfield College does as well, but they are outnumbered by the great professors who have a passion for what they teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be closed off to it, I was, completely, I though the world would end If I stepped foot on that campus, but I've grown so much in just a couple of months. If you register on time, you can select some of the most passionate professors that will make you love the class.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield college is looked down a lot many times which is why I think many people think bad about it. In reality it is a wonderful college that helps you grow and take on the world when you transfer. It is a great starting point for students.

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any and all types of students are great for Bakersfield College.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During homecoming week there are a few different traditions such as the photobooth, a live rock band, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    All around campus there are school vendors selling snacks, food, drinks and the like for cheap prices, the bookstore offers a variety of financial plans to offset the cost of books, there are local vendors whom offer the students discounts and a variety of events on campus that offer discounts on food and fun.

    What to do for fun

    There are campus clubs, academic clubs, athletics, and many events throughout the year that provide entertainment. The football games are always fun to attend, as well as the theater shows, and school wide celebrations.

    Food and Dining

    Bakersfield College has two eateries on site, one being the cafeteria, that I can personally vouch for as being sanitary, safe, and nutritious, and the Renegade Room, where aspiring chefs produce fabulous,exotic meals.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Bakersfield College.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of Bakersfield College is on key with the community college level, but offers remedial classes and academic support for those in need of help.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend prospective students to examine the degrees, certificates and training programs offered, and to always stay on path with that degree. It may be fun to associate in an elective class with peers, but ultimately the degree is the goal, and education is key.

    In three sentences

    I find that Bakersfield College excels in the academic support it provides to it's students, and has a wide variety of degrees and training programs. There are an abundance of clubs on campus, and athletics with titles and championships. Lastly, there is a large student body with a variety of cultures, beliefs, and there has never been a problem within the student body.

  • 11/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an amazing view of all of Bakersfield, day or night, on the top floor of the language arts building.

    Food and Dining

    Can be pricey but usually good quality.

    Dorm Life

    No on campus living

    Academic Rigor

    The professors expect the best from each student. You have to put in an effort in order to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know where your classes are before the first day. Be prepared every day and do not skip class. Never be afraid to ask professors questions or advise especially if they offer it. Fellow students can also give you insight to different professors and on campus activities.

    In three sentences

    Many of the professors want their students to succeed. There are resources everywhere. This college has a good sense of community.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are security guards on duty 24/7, and they are all super friendly and welcoming! Segways must be fun because they are on them all the time! Stop by and say hi to them because they enjoy your company and aren't out to get you! I promise!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to choose from! From Gay Straight Alliance to the Muslim Club, you can find yourself intertwined from cultures to religion to sexual orientation! The options are endless, and it's a great opportunity to find yourself and have fun while doing it!

    Bang for the buck

    Everything is very inexpensive here! Besides the books, you can eat an affordable meal for around $5! Or stop by the bookstore for a quick bite or scantron and you won't be disapointed.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and voting activities! You may also find yourself applying for a job there because there are so many opportunities!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is a place to socialize and eat some yummy food! Don't be fooled- their hamburgers aren't from In-N-Out!

    Academic Rigor

    The professors want to make sure that their students understand the material, not that they necessarily just complete the assignments. Although it's a must to pass the class, the professors will enable you to think critically, and they are there for you@

    Tips for prospective students

    Come into class with open ears and open eyes. The professors are remarkable in that they never fail to ensure quality over quantity when it comes to study material. Need help? Seek help from your professors or even the students; every person ensures you are taken care of!

    In three sentences

    With their desire to accommodate student body needs, Bakersfield College surrounds its students with a positive environment for both educating and ensuring a quality experience through professors and making everlasting friendships. Stop on by and you'll find yourself intertwined with the luscious green campus and friendly staff and students. Don't be afraid of the large buildings; they're there for more opportunity to teach and welcome those interested in making a difference in the world.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I rate security as a 8.

    Clubs and Activities

    The math club is great.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone will have a great time at this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I met a lot of nice people.

    Bang for the buck

    I have learned a lot; I had many great experiences at this school.

    What to do for fun

    Join a sport.

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent; the food rate is a 10.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I rate Bakersfield College as a ten; the learning experience is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the learning center; it will help a lot.

    In three sentences

    Bakersfield College is a great school to start at. I have earned a lot from this school. My English has risen.

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The safety ok but I don't leave my car unlocked since I have heard of a lot of car thefts.

    Greek Life

    I have no idea what the Geek Life could be here at BC.

    Clubs and Activities

    I think there are clubs but I haven't been a part of any.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that need to save money in order to transfer to another school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am not aware of any traditions at this school.

    Bang for the buck

    Its much cheaper then a Cal-State so I'm happy to get my AA here first.

    What to do for fun

    Fun isn't really had at this school since I'm just there to work hard.

    Food and Dining

    There is just a little cafeteria with a little bit of options.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Its just an okay school to save money.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes early since classes get filled up really quickly.

    In three sentences

    Sure its not the ideal college but it is very affordable. So far the three teachers I have had have been very nice and helpful. However, there really isn't a social atmosphere.

  • 04/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The school is in a not-so-great part of town. There were a few times I felt a little uncomfortable walking in the parking lot but other than that I felt safe. There is always campus police visible or accessible.

    Greek Life

    Didn't participate in any.

    Great for these types of students

    Freshman and anyone who is unsure of what they want to major in.

    Bang for the buck

    I took the same class with the same professor at this school versus CSUB. I got the same education for a thousand dollars less. This school is high underrated for what it actually is. I enjoyed the entire four years I spent there. Great school.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of grassy areas available to relax and work on homework between classes. There is also a recreation center and there is usually always something going on in the quad area.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has amazing food.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is very doable depending on the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Freshman: Always attend class and do not give in to the temptation to skip class just because you have the freedom to do so! Use RateMyProfessor.com to choose your professors. I have only had a select few professors that I didn't like over the past few years. Use the library and the tutoring center wisely! It's there for a reason. Utilize it.

    In three sentences

    I've had some of the most amazing and intelligent professors at this school. The campus is very accessible and I've never had a problem finding a parking space. The quality of education for being a community college exceeded my expectations.

  • 04/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Study

    Food and Dining

    Excellent salads and food!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the nursing program and being that it is one of the top programs in the state it is very demanding and difficult, but rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a sport to get priority registration.

    In three sentences

    Affordable price. Small and easy to get around. Not easy to get into classess.

  • 06/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students looking to transfer, who desire a flexible schedule. Many students are also parents or employees, and there are classes offered at various times for doable prices.

    Food and Dining

    There is a small café that has food, but I usually just bring lunch with me. There is a bookstore with snacks, as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The work itself is not very challenging. If effort is put into all assignments, good grades will be given. All that is really required in most classes is punctuality and attendance, attention in class, and time and effort placed on assignments. Not much emphasis is placed on the quality of written assignments, and these rather low expectations reflect on the school's small selection of English classes. As my major is English, this is not ideal for me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take an educational planning class during your first semester to avoid taking unnecessary classes. Also, be vigilant about researching financial aid opportunities, as many are available.

    In three sentences

    Overall, my experience has been positive. The professors are very helpful and cooperative, and I have learned a significant amount of information in every class. The disabled services staff is very helpful, as well.