Cerritos College

Cerritos College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Cerritos College Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Cerritos College was awarded 725 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general cooking and related culinary arts.

Overall Quality

Cerritos College landed the #486 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Cerritos College held the #785 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Cerritos College also holds the #67 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cerritos College?

Acceptance Rate

Returning adults and other non-traditional students may appreciate the fact that Cerritos College has an open admissions policy. This means that you'll only have to submit basic materials, which may include proof that you completed high school or an equivalent program.

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Cerritos College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Cerritos College, this rate is 29 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Cerritos College is 37%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  37 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cerritos College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Cerritos College is 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 out of 100

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Cerritos College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 20,406 undergraduates at Cerritos College with 8,240 being full-time and 12,166 being part-time.

How Much Does Cerritos College Cost?

The overall average net price of Cerritos College is $2,310. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cerritos College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$1,419 $2,179 $4,670 $6,561 $7,627

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Cerritos College, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Cerritos College, approximately 1% of students took out student loans averaging $5,955 a year. That adds up to $23,820 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cerritos College is 10.6%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Cerritos College Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Cerritos College with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $38,493 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Cerritos College make the most money.

Location of Cerritos College

Located in Norwalk, California, Cerritos College is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Norwalk makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for Cerritos College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650-6298
Phone: 562-860-2451
Website: www.cerritos.edu/

Cerritos College Majors

Learn more about the majors offered at Cerritos College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Cerritos College

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 17,308 students took at least one online class at Cerritos College. This is an increase from the 7,199 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 17,308 9,185
2018-2019 7,199 2,905
2017-2018 6,447 2,653
2016-2017 5,811 2,328
2015-2016 5,193 2,062

Learn more about online learning at Cerritos College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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