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Barstow Community College provides a comprehensive education for students with counseling services, accommodations and financial aid opportunities, along with a strong Student Life Club system, Transfer and Career Center and the new Teaching and Learning Support Center.

The Barstow Community College family of caring employees welcomes each student with open arms as they discover and enter the educational pathway to their best life.  Our belief is that an empowered student creates an empowered city, region and state.


BARSTOW COMMUNITY COLLEGE is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission of Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation is a system of voluntary, non-governmental self-regulation and peer review is unique to American educational institutions. It is a system by which an institution evaluates itself in accordance with standards of good practice regarding goals and objectives; the appropriateness, sufficiency, and utilization of resources; the usefulness, integrity, and effectiveness of its processes; and the extent to which it is achieving its intended outcomes. It is a process by which accreditors provide students, the public, and each other with assurances of institutional integrity, quality and effectiveness. Accreditation is intended to encourage institutions to plan for institutional improvement in quality and effectiveness.

These accreditation pages are designed to apprise the public and college community of our accreditation activities. Information on the most recent accreditation review can be accessed via the “Documents & Reports” page. We invite you to learn more about our accreditation process and what we are doing to sustain continuous quality improvement.


Associate Degrees for Transfer

California Community Colleges are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree.

California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration (usually through a slight GPA bump) to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to a specific major or campus.

Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T are able to complete their remaining requirements for the 120-unit baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units. Not all CSU campuses accept all of the AA-T/AS-T degrees. To view the most current list of Barstow Community College Associate Degrees for Transfer and to find out which CSU campuses accept each degree you should meet with a Barstow Community College counselor and also visit the websites listed below.

Transfer Counseling:

It is important to understand that the AA-T/AS-T degree is designed specifically for transfer and is different than other types of associate degrees offered at Barstow Community College. If we do not offer an AA-T/AS-T degree for your major you can still transfer to a CSU. Barstow Community College students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs. Proper planning early is essential to make sure you meet all of the transfer requirements.


On behalf of our dedicated faculty, staff and administrators, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Barstow Community College (BCC) where we are committed to helping you achieve your academic and career goals.

In June of 2018, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges reaffirmed that BCC meets the high standards of excellence in education and services set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation means that BCC provides degrees and certificates that are recognized by other colleges, universities and employers throughout the world.

Whether you are coming to BCC straight from high school, preparing for a career change, returning to college to finish a degree, or laying the foundation for an advanced degree, we have certificate and degree programs that will fit your needs. BCC has gained a reputation for its small class sizes and easy access to caring faculty and dedicated counselors who are ready to help you develop your educational plans and guide you to completion. We also offer vibrant student life opportunities with a variety of clubs, theatre and music groups, and athletics.

We continue to grow our Career and Technical Education programs in alignment with local and regional business and industry needs, programs that have been recognized two years in a row by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office as a “Strong Workforce Star” because of the significant wage gains realized by our graduates.

We are honored to serve the educational needs of active service men and women and their dependents at our satellite campus at the Fort Irwin National Training Center and our veteran students at all of our locations. Barstow Community College also boasts a robust and high quality offering of Distance Learning courses and supports to meet the needs of adult learners who require flexible scheduling.

The BCC campus has been aptly described as an “oasis in the desert.” Our beautifully-maintained campus boasts a new Performing Arts Center with capacity for 750 guests and a state-of-the-art Wellness Center. In addition, the campus has a 5-acre Solar Array that generates more than 90% of the college’s electrical needs. So while our campus has been around for more than 50 years, we are growing, and continue to expand our programs and facilities to serve our students and the community.

At BCC your success is our priority. It is the driving force behind everything we do. Our entire staff is committed to working with you to help make your time here as enjoyable and productive as possible. Thank you again for selecting Barstow Community College.

The College

Barstow Community College (BCC) is an open-access, comprehensive two-year institution serving a diverse student population in the Mojave region of San Bernardino County, California. The College’s campus is located in the City of Barstow, California, situated in California’s high desert, between Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Established in 1959, the Barstow Community College District (BCCD) encompasses a vast service area, stretching from the Nevada border on the East to Kern County on the West, and from Inyo County in the North to the San Bernardino Mountain range in the South. BCCD serves the communities of Barstow, Lenwood, Newberry Springs, Daggett, Yermo, Hinkley, Ludlow and Baker. The institution also maintains a satellite learning center at the U.S. Army National Training Center in Ft. Irwin, California, which serves military personnel and their families.

The Study

BCC provides the first two years of college or university study as part of the California State Community College System of Higher Education. The College’s educational programs include lower-division college coursework and general education offerings for transfer to baccalaureate degree institutions. The College also provides a skilled work-force through credit-based classes and contract training that meets the needs of employers and provides students with relevant 21st century career and technical education that leads to academic achievement and successful employment in a global economy. To further assist students, the College offers an extensive range of pre-collegiate basic skills courses in Mathematics, Reading and English to those who need additional academic support before matriculating into a college degree, certificate and/or transfer program

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