Bakersfield College was founded in 1913 and is one of the nation's oldest continually-operating community colleges.
Bakersfield College provides opportunities for students from diverse economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds to attain Associate and Baccalaureate degrees and certificates, workplace skills, and preparation for transfer. Our rigorous and supportive learning environment fosters students’ abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, and demonstrate competencies and skills in order to engage productively in their communities and the world.
One of the distinguishing features of Bakersfield College is its rich history, accompanied by strong community roots. Generations of families have made Bakersfield College their preferred higher education choice. In response to the changing demographics of the surrounding community, the college reflects the vibrant cultural diversity that is increasing throughout California. While Bakersfield College has a long and rich history of excellence in serving a large and diverse student body, continuing to meet the educational needs of our rapidly increasing minority community presents a significant challenge in the face of rapidly increasing fixed costs. Bakersfield College’s student body is increasingly low-income, first-generation college-going, minority and academically underprepared. In response to this challenge, faculty, staff, administration and students have cooperated to leverage alternative sources of funding, such as Hispanic Serving Institution federal grants, to support innovative educational programming and integrated student learning opportunities.
Bakersfield College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges.