Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, CA, USA

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Bakersfield College

2.90 Average Rating

Colleen from Bakersfield, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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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.
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.
Academic Rigor
They have very high standards for students. Every teacher I have had loves what they teach and do it well.
Dorm Life
Does Not apply however there are always adds for rooms for rent. there are also several decent apartment buildings close to school.
Food and Dining
For cafeteria food it is actually pretty good. The prices are somewhat reasonable. The staff is very friendly.
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.
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.
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.
Clubs and Activities
There are a plethora of clubs on campus including inter-varsity, GSLBT, tutoring club, future teacher, geology, Mensa, and many more.
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.
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.
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Jose from Bakersfield, CA

a current student here
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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.
Am enjoying being here
I love it here and will miss the school and professors when I leave.
Bang for the buck
It is very cheap for what the education is actually worth.
Tips for prospective students
Its not a joke and its not highschool. It is the same as any four-year university.
Great for these types of students
Students who plan to transfer with more advanced fields of study such as biology or engineering.
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Erika from Bakersfield, CA

a current student here
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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.
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.
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?
Tips for prospective students
Apply for scholarships and get involved
Great for these types of students
this college is great for anyone any age or gender.
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Karla from Bakersfield, CA

a current student here
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Student from Bakersfield, CA

a current student here
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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.
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.
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.
Dorm Life
there are no dorms at bakersfield college, but there are many apartments available in surrounding areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Michael from Bakersfield, CA

a current student here
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In three sentences
The campus is wonderfully clean and easy to navigate. Counselors and teachers are always willing to help! Specifically, the writing center is absolutely incredible.
Tips for prospective students
You are on a campus that wants you to succeed - and you can make it happen. If you need help with mathematics or writing: get that ice! And make sure you visit the on-campus library. It's incredible!
Academic Rigor
Rigor truly depends on who your instructor is. Generally, classes require effort.
Dorm Life
Bakersfield College is a public community college. They don't have dorms! However, they can assist students with off-campus housing.
Food and Dining
The cafeteria is delicious. It's mostly affordable, very clean, super fast and there are a plethora of places to sit - both indoors and outside.
What to do for fun
There are a ton of clubs and events - comedy shows, self-defense classes. What I love is being able to talk to people from completely different walks of life! I have classes literally filled with educated and incredible people who I can learn from.
Bang for the buck
I'm personally terrified of being poor again - but Bakersfield College is wonderfully accessible. I only have to pay for my books and food!
Great for these types of students
Paranoid? There literally is a patrol car on campus.
No sense of direction? A map is never too far away!
Immature? The variety of teachers and students will help you to mature.
Clubs and Activities
I personally don't interact with clubs or activities - but Bakersfield College has a lot going on!
Campus Safety
There is a patrol car on campus! Maybe two? It's very reassuring.

Unlike my high school, there have been no fights in the three months of my attendance. I love it!

The great variety of people also makes me - a somewhat flamboyant homosexual - feel at ease. If I look over my shoulder, it's to be someone's friend - it's not because I'm afraid.
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Cody from Bakersfield, CA

a current student here
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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.
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.
Academic Rigor
on the rigorous level of the classes, they are not stringent at all; to me they are the upper high school level.
Dorm Life
Bakersfield College does not provide any dorms.
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.
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.
Bang for the buck
At BC the classes and books are not too expensive, enabling you not worry too much about having low income.
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.
Great for these types of students
If you are not interested in large classes and campus's, Bakersfield College is recommended.
Clubs and Activities
BC does not have an enormous amount of clubs, but they have around thirty to choose from.
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.
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