Hartnell College, located in Salinas, California, was founded in 1920 when it was known as Salinas Junior College. The school was renamed in 1948 to honor William Edward Petty Hartnell a figure in California's history who assisted in the transition from Spanish to American control. Since its inception the school has grown considerable both in its offerings and service area.
Currently the school maintains four campuses, the main campus in South Salinas, King City, Natividad Medical Center and Alisal (also known as the East Salinas campus). The college is constantly updating its programs and facilities to meet modern standards and support the needs of the community. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
Hartnell College offers programs of study that provide students opportunity for academic transfer to a four year institution or training for a career. Academic transfer programs fulfill the requirements of the first two years of a four year education at a comparatively low cost, allowing student to apply to a college or university upon completion of the program in order to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students should meet with an academic advisor to discuss transfer options and to formulate the best curriculum to achieving one's transfer goals.
Students pursuing career training will choose from one of the many programs offered, receiving a classroom and practical education as needed to develop the skills and abilities required to perform one's duties professionally and efficiently.
Students of such programs will earn a certificate or associate's degree which demonstrates competency and allows immediate entry into the workforce at the entry level. Such programs take between one and two years to complete.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
As an open enrollment institution, an student who meets the minimum standards for enrollment will be admitted to Hartnell College. Students must complete and submit an admissions application and provide all pertinent transcripts and test scores (if available). Once enrolled students should meet with an academic advisor to plan out their curriculum and outline academic or professional goals.
Registration takes place several months prior to the start of the fall semester, and students are encouraged to sign up as quickly as possible as classes fill fast and are on a first come first serve basis.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting information from which will be used to determine aid, eligibility and awards. Students may need to provide additional information regarding their finances prior to the awarding of funds in order to ensure that the information provided is true and accurate.
The Hartnell College Panthers participate in a number of intercollegiate athletics with rival schools throughout the state through the California Community College Athletic Association in the Coast Conference. Students participating in such programs will experience healthy competition while working with others to achieve a singular goal who experiencing the opportunity for personal and group success.
Additionally, students will learn a variety of skills which may be applied to their personal or professional lives, such as good health, teamwork, discipline, and support. Students may seek out the athletic department to find out try out dates, requirements and times.
Athletic programs offered include:
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Football (Men Only)
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Softball (Women Only)
- Volleyball (Women Only)
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range:
- State Residents: $1,400-$1,700
- Out-of-State: $7,400-$8,880
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $46-$55 per unit
- Out-of-State: $180-$220 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||88%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||88%||$4,669|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Hartnell College may provide student services like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Day care for children
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in Monterey County and the community colleges in California as a whole.
|Hartnell College||Monterey County||California|
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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