COS Description

College of the Sequoias is a comprehensive community college in beautiful Visalia, California, just west of the Sequoia National Park. In addition to offering associate’s degrees and certificates, College of the Sequoias has numerous programs to assist unemployed, migrant or impoverished students in getting the training and support they need for a solid career.

Serving the Central Valley, College of the Sequoias offers associate degrees leading to immediate careers or to a four-year university program. Included among its academic departments are Agriculture, Architecture, Aviation, Business, Counseling, Fine Arts, Fire Technology, Journalism, Language Arts, Law Enforcement, Nursing and Social Sciences.

In addition to its range of degree programs, Sequoia offers specialized services providing extensive support to challenged students seeking a career path. One of these programs is the California MiniCorps, which assists migrant students who wish to work as elementary or high school teachers in California.

College of the Sequoias also participates in CalWORKS, a program for low-income students that offers them career training, paid on-campus employment, career counseling and job placement help. Additional support programs include Puente, which is devoted to enrolling Latino students in four-year schools, CDC-Works, a program for future childcare workers, and TRIO programs for low-income and first-generation students who need motivation and support to stay in school.

Other student support available to all Sequoia students include tutoring, academic advising, career assessment and financial aid, which is awarded through grants, loans and other sources to eligible students.

Quick Facts about College of the Sequoias

Region

Southwest

Setting

Large Town Setting

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Giants

Website

www.cos.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

No

Parking Permit Required

Yes

Selectivity

Open Admissions

In-State Tuition

$1,360

Out-of-State Tuition

$6,420

Retention Rate

68%

Enrollment

13,449

Year Established

1925

COS Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

5 star
  4 reviews
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  4 reviews
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44% of students gave College of the Sequoias 5 stars overall.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

I decided to attend COS, because it was close to my home, it was cheaper than most of the other schools in my area, and it had the best reputation for putting out quality nurses. When I started attending COS I in 2007, I worked full time and was able to take all the classes I needed for the RN program either in the evenings or online. I am in the 3rd semester of the RN program now, one more to go till I graduate and my experience has been wonderful. The instructors have been completely supportive with every aspect of the program. The only tip I would give future students is do your homework when it comes to finding a school that fits your needs; also found out everything you need to know about the specific program you want to attend. When I started at COS I knew I needed good grades to be accepted in the program, so I worked my academic schedule around that knowledge.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2010

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

Well COS is just a community college. They have great events in the quad, as in club day, Mexican heritage day, culture day, and transfer day, etc. The counseling office gets very busy at times but they the are always there with a smile. I really enjoy the math department and some of the instructors. As well all of the instructors there are welcoming and willing to work with schedules that every student has in life. I really enjoy the human science classes that they offer at COS too. It's nice for local people getting their education a level higher in life.

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COS Students

Total Students
13,449

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
100%
Graduate
0%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
37%
Part-Time
63%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
46%
African American
3%
Caucasian
33%
American Indian or Alaska native
1%
Asian
6%
Unknown and Other
11%

International Students

International
0%
Domestic
100%

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