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Learn what degree and certificate programs Shasta College in Redding, CA offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Shasta College

Shasta College is a part of California's community college system, the largest in the world. The college is located in the small town of Redding and serves students in the rural counties of Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity. Shasta College started accepting Northern California students in 1950. Since then, the campus has grown from an old fur trading outpost to a 337-acre facility boasting new early childhood education and health science centers. The athletic department maintains nine men's and eight women's intercollegiate sports teams.


Shasta College offers degree and certificate programs at its main campus as well as at the smaller extended education campuses in the surrounding counties. The college provides an extensive catalog of online, interactive television, and hybrid classes to cater to students spread throughout the large rural district.

Students seeking a certificate can choose from 49 programs. Among these programs, the most popular are healthcare, firefighting and agriculture. The Associate in Arts programs are designed for students looking to continue their education at a four-year university. Students on the occupational track often opt for programs in the health professions department and are awarded an Associate in Science.

Campus facilities include a library, the Shasta College Center for Community Engagement (SCCCE), and a community teaching garden. The certified organic garden provides Community Supported Agriculture vegetable boxes to participants in the community while teaching students sustainability and ecology. The SCCCE is a resource for students who want to be exposed to volunteer, community service and field education opportunities.


Shasta College has an open admissions policy and only requires new students to submit an application. For the application process, you typically begin by submitting transcripts. From there, you must undergo assessment testing, an orientation and counseling prior to registration. Fall registration for new students is mid-May through mid-August. Fall registration for continuing students is early-May through mid-August.

In fall 2011, the student body was 55% part-time and 59% were under the age of 24. That same year, the students were almost entirely from California and 72% were white. All students have access to enrollment services, both online and on-campus, for help with admissions and transfers.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In fall 2012, the enrollment fee for all students was $46 per unit. Out-of-state students have an additional fee of $210 per unit. Other fees are charged for items like the use of the campus center, parking and student health. For the 2011-2012 academic year, off campus room and board averaged $9,100 and books and supplies were around $1,620.

Students must pay their fees on the day that they register or else they may be dropped from their classes. Full refunds are issued if a student withdraws from their courses within 10-14 days of the start date, depending on the semester.

In 2011, 58% of all undergraduate students at Shasta College were receiving some form of grant or scholarship aid. Students who don't receive financial aid or need supplemental income can look to the student employment center for campus jobs or community job search assistance.

School Type Public, two-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Rural*
Student Body 9,169 students in 2011*
Student Housing Separate dormitories for women and men, each with room for 63**
Departments and Programs Seven academic divisions, nearly 50 certificate programs and 80 associate degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 30 to 1 in 2011*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences, liberal studies (92)
Certificate: Fire science, firefighting (64)***
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 21% graduated and 17% transferred out (students who began in fall 2008)*
Admission Rate Open admission*
Entering Class Size Estimated 612 part-time and 763 full-time in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 35% part-time and 61% full-time in 2011*
Tuition (2012) $46 per unit for residents and an additional $210 per unit for non-residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: federal grants (55%), state/local grants (66%), institutional grants (5%), loans (5%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 70% of first-year students in 2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Shasta College, ***IPEDS Data Center

School Contact Information

  • Address: 11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96049
  • Phone: (530) 242-7500
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