Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College
Established 1913
Type Public Junior College
Chancellor Sandra Serrano
President Dr. Sonya Christian
Students 17,391[1]
Location Bakersfield, CA, USA
Campus Suburban, 153 acres (62 ha)
Colors Red
Nickname Renegades
Mascot Knight
Affiliations Kern Community College District

Bakersfield College (BC) is a public community college located in Bakersfield, California, USA. BC serves about 17,400 students each semester, and offers Associate's degree and certificate programs for students to choose from. BC is part of the Kern Community College District (KCCD), which is itself part of the California Community Colleges system.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Organization and administration 3
  • Academic profile 4
  • Student life 5
    • Newspaper 5.1
    • Performing arts 5.2
  • Sport 6
  • Notable people 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


BC was founded in 1913 and initially housed on the campus of Bakersfield High School (then Kern County Union High School) before moving in 1956 to its current location "on the hill" in northeast Bakersfield on the "Panorama Bluffs" that overlook the prolific Kern River oil field. BC is one of the oldest continually operating community colleges in the United States.


Administration Building and main entrance

The main campus is located on a 153-acre (62 ha) plot in Northeast Bakersfield, and it also operates two satellite campuses: the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield, shared by the Kern Community College District, and at 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).

Academic profile

BC serves about 17,400 students each semester. The college president is Dr. Sonya Christian.

Student life


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.[2]


The BC Renegades ('Gades) compete in the Western State Conference (WSC).

The college has an extensive athletics program 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.

Notable people


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External links

  • Bakersfield College website
  • Marketing and Public Relations Department
  • The Renegade Rip - Bakersfield College's Award-Winning Student Newspaper
  • Student Government Association website