Bakersfield College
Bakersfield College Logo.jpg
TypeCommunity college
Parent institution
Kern Community College District
ChancellorThomas J. Burke
PresidentSonya Christian
Location, ,
United States

Coordinates: 35°24′35.03″N 118°58′24.04″W / 35.4097306°N 118.9733444°W / 35.4097306; -118.9733444
CampusSuburban, 153 acres (62 ha)
ColorsRed and black
Sporting affiliations
SCFA (football),
SCWA (wrestling)

Bakersfield College (BC) is a public community college in Bakersfield, California. BC serves about 22,000 students each semester or 31,000 annually, and offers Associate degrees, certificate programs, and is one of fifteen California Community Colleges offering a Baccalaureate Degree. It is part of the Kern Community College District (KCCD), which is itself part of the California Community Colleges system.


Founded in 1913 as Bakersfield Junior College, the school was initially housed on the campus of Bakersfield High School (then Kern County Union High School). In 1947, the school dropped "Junior" from its name.[2] In 1956, Bakersfield College moved to its current location "on the hill" in northeast Bakersfield on the "Panorama Bluffs" that overlook the prolific Kern River oil field.[3][4]


Administration Building and main entrance
Administration Building and main entrance

The main campus is located on a 153-acre (62 ha) plot in Northeast Bakersfield, and it also operates three satellite campuses: the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield, shared by the Kern Community College District, the SouthWest Campus also located in Bakersfield, and the Delano Campus in Delano, California, approximately 35 miles (56 km) north of Bakersfield.

Organization and administration

BC is part of the Kern Community College District (KCCD).


BC serves about 22,000 students each semester.

Student life

Fall Demographics of student body
Ethnic Breakdown 2018[5]
Hispanic and Latino American 69%
African American 4%
Asian American 4%
American Indian 0%
White 17%
Multiracial Americans 3%
International students 0%
Unknown 0%
Female 56%
Male 44%


The Renegade Rip is the student-run newspaper within the journalism department at BC. Published biweekly, The Rip currently has a circulation of approximately 4,000. An online edition is also available. The Rip is a regular contender and recipient of JACC (Journalism Association of Community Colleges) awards at both the state and regional levels and in 2003-2004 won the Associated Collegiate Press National Pacemaker Award. They are a member of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges and compete in the Southern California region.

Rip reporters and photographers cover the campus. The students cover topics ranging from crime on campus, to student profiles, sports and local entertainment. The tradition of The Renegade Rip has always been to chase news stories and focus on what affects the student body at BC and the community of Bakersfield as a whole.

Performing arts

The Renegade Pep Band supports the college's athletic teams.

Golden Empire Performing Arts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) account of the Bakersfield College Foundation that supports the Bakersfield College Drumline and the Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corps.[6]


Main article: Bakersfield Renegades

The college's athletic teams are known as the Renegades ('Gades). competes as a member of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) in the Western State Conference (WSC) for all sports except football and wrestling, which compete in Southern California Football Association (SCFA) and Southern California Wrestling Association (SCWA).[7] The college has an extensive athletics program with 20 varsity teams, including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, football, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and men's and women's swimming.

Renegades football has a long tradition of success in Junior College-level competition, and plays out of the 20,000-seat, on-campus Memorial Stadium.[8]

Notable people

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For a more comprehensive list, see Category:Bakersfield College alumni.


  1. ^ "California Community College Chancellors Office".
  2. ^ "Acquisitions" (PDF), The Bakersfield College Archives Newsletter, Bakersfield College, vol. 16, no. 1, p. 9, Spring 2017
  3. ^ Hooper, Ken (July 28, 2013). "History: Growing up and headed for college". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Claffy, Emily (July 26, 2013). "Bakersfield College Centennial: 100 years of higher education". The Bakersfield Californian. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "2018 USNEWS: Bakersfield College Overview".
  6. ^ "Golden Empire Performing Arts". Golden Empire Performing Arts. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  7. ^ "2019-20 CCCAA Directory" (PDF). California Community College Athletic Association. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  8. ^ Bakersfield Memorial Stadium Archived 2012-04-24 at the Wayback Machine. Bakersfield Magazine. October 2010. Accessed: 11-01-2011.