Kern County College

Find Kern County California colleges and universities, such as state, community, public, and private colleges, universities, and technical schools. Colleges and universities provide information on degree programs, such as associate degrees, bachelor degrees, masters degrees, doctorate degrees, and trade certifications, college applications, financial aid, tuition, and student alumni resources.


Bakersfield College 1801 Panorama Drive Bakersfield CA 93305 661-395-4011


California College Of Vocational Careers 1901 Chester Avenue Bakersfield CA 93301 661-323-6791

California State University-Bakersfield 9001 Stockdale Highway Bakersfield CA 93311 661-654-2782

Cerro Coso Community College 3000 College Heights Boulevard Ridgecrest CA 93555 760-384-6100

Kaplan College 1914 Wible Road Bakersfield CA 93304 661-836-6300

Lyles Colleges of Beauty 2935 F Street Bakersfield CA 93301 661-327-9784

Milan Institute-Bakersfield 2822 F Street Bakersfield CA 93301 661-335-5900

SJVC Bakersfield 201 New Stine Road Bakersfield CA 93309 661-834-0126

Santa Barbara Business College-Bakersfield 5300 California Avenue Bakersfield CA 93309 661-835-1100

Taft College 29 Cougar Ct Taft CA 93268 661-763-7700

About Kern County Colleges

Kern County Colleges are institutions that offer post-secondary education through a range of degree or vocational programs in Kern County, CA. Although there are distinctions between the two, the term College in the United States is typically used to refer to both Colleges and Universities. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that there are more than 4,700 post-secondary degree-granting institutions in the U.S.

You may contact Colleges & Universities for questions about:
  • Kern County Public and Private Colleges
  • College admissions and applications
  • Tuition, financial aid, and scholarships
  • Associates degrees, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees, Doctoral degrees, and certificate programs
  • ACT and SAT score requirements
Types of Kern County Colleges

There are several types of Kern County colleges, each of which offers different degree programs. Four-year Colleges in Kern County typically offer Bachelor's degrees in science or liberal arts, and may also offer graduate-level degrees. Kern County Junior Colleges and Community Colleges offer Associate degrees in two-year programs. In most cases, students earning two-year Associate degrees can apply their credited work towards a four-year degree at another College. Kern County Universities offer a wider range of degree programs. At the graduate level, Universities offer multiple programs leading to Master's and Doctoral degrees.

Kern County Public & Private Colleges

Colleges in Kern County can be public or private. Kern County Public Colleges are generally established as Universities offering a full range of degree programs. Most Public Universities are run by California State. Public Universities receive a portion of their funding from the California government, which makes their tuition comparatively lower than Kern County Private Colleges and Universities. Appointed boards of trustees oversee Public Universities. Private Colleges and Universities in Kern County rely on tuition and fundraising as their main revenue sources, and they tend to have more expensive tuition than Public Universities.

Accredited Colleges in Kern County, California

There are numerous independent accrediting agencies that establish the operating standards for educational institutions in Kern County. Colleges that maintain educational standards associated with reputable institutions of higher learning can obtain accreditation from an accrediting authority. Kern County accredited Colleges are generally viewed as schools that meet acceptable levels of quality.