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Cypress College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the certificate and degree programs offered at Cypress College in Cypress, California. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Cypress College

Cypress College is a 2-year public school located in southern California. The school's 110-acre campus is situated in the suburban town of Cypress, which is near Anaheim and Buena Park. The school was founded in 1966 and has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1968. Today, it has an enrollment of more than 15,000 students.


Cypress College operates 11 instructional divisions: Science, Engineering and Math, Counseling, Fine Arts, Language Arts, Physical Education and Athletics, Library and Learning Resources, Social Science, Health Science, Business and Computer Information Systems, Career Technical Education and Continuing Education. More than 60 departments operate in these divisions.

Through these departments, students can earn associate's degrees, certificates, complete vocational training, acquire basic skills or complete special interest classes. Some associate's degree programs are designed for students seeking to transfer to 4-year schools. Classes in these programs are offered during the daytime, in the evenings, on weekends and online.

In 2010-2011, the most popular fields of study for certificate-seeking students were automotive mechanics technology, the culinary arts and airline flight attendant. During this same time, the most popular fields of study among associate's degree-seeking students were the liberal arts and sciences, registered nursing and the biological/physical sciences.

In the fall of 2011, the college had 372 part-time and 205 full-time faculty members. It also had a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.


Cypress College has an open admissions policy. Prospective students can apply online or return the school's application by mail. Applications are accepted in April for the fall semester and November for the spring semester. The school provides information about registering for classes to applicants within a few days of receipt of all application materials.

In the fall of 2011, 70% of the college's students attended classes on a part-time basis. At that same time, 55% of the student body was female and 33% of Caucasian heritage.

Tuition and Financial Aid

As of July 2012, tuition was $46 per unit for in-state students and $202 per unit for out-of-state students. For the 2012-2013 school year, the college estimated the total cost of enrollment and mandatory health fees for in-state students at $1,380 and for out-of-state students at $7,504. The cost of books and supplies at that same time was estimated at $1,665, regardless of residency status.

The school accepts, grants, loans and scholarships. It also offers work-study opportunities. In the 2010-2011 school year, 53% of the school's student body received some form of financial aid.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificates*
Less than two year certificates*
Less than four year certificates*
Associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters for credit courses**
Trimesters for non-credit courses**
School Setting Suburban*
Student Body About 15,426 students in 2011*
Student Housing No on-campus housing available*
Schools 11 divisions housing close to 60 academic departments**
Student-Faculty Ratio 25 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Certificate: automotive mechanics technology (158)*
Associate's degree: liberal arts and sciences (327)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (For Students Starting in fall 2008) 28% graduated within 150% of normal program completion time*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size (Data for 2010 High School Graduates Only) 1,858 recent high school graduates enrolled in fall 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 74% of full-time and 53% of part-time students*
Average SAT or ACT Score of Admitted Students Not applicable**
Application Due Date Applications accepted in April for the fall semester and November for the spring semester**
Decision Notification Date None specified**
Tuition (2012-2013) $1,380 for in-state students and $7,504 for out-of-state students (enrollment and mandatory health fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For 2010-2011:
Grants or scholarships (52%)*
Federal grants (41%)*
Pell grants (41%)*
Other federal grants (3%)*
State/local grants or scholarships (52%)*
federal student loans (4%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010-2011: 53%*

'Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Cypress College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 9200 Valley View, Cypress, CA 90630
  • Phone: (714) 484-7000
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