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International Students Information

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Picture Yourself at Taft College

Are you trying to picture yourself as a college student in the USA? 
Taft College may be just the place for you!

Taft College

Taft College is nestled among rolling hills at the southern edge of oil and agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Although one of the smallest campuses in the California Community College System, Taft College has an academic program and low fee structure that attracts students from many states and nations. Fully accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Universities, the college offers quality education, small class size, individual attention, outstanding staff, fine facilities, and a warm friendly atmosphere.

Our Community

The friendly community of Taft (see map) is small (population 20,000) but is located just 30 minutes away from Bakersfield (population 250,000) which has a state university. California beaches, mountains, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area are within a 2 hour drive. A transit system allows students easy access to bus, train, and airplane services.


The campus includes a library, learning resource center, cafeteria, counseling center, dental hygiene clinic, child care center, and science, technical arts, vocational education, and administration buildings. Other facilities include residence halls, gymnasium, tennis courts, ASB club house, and athletic fields.


Taft College, a two-year community college, offers the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, occupational certificate programs, and preparation for transfer to the four year universities.


A number of student clubs, a scholastic honor society, and an active International Club are available for students. Student government, a campus newspaper, talent shows, video productions, art and photography exhibits, a song and poetry day, and athletic programs provide other outlets for students expression.

School Year

The college operates on an early semester calendar with the fall semester beginning in August and ending in mid-December. A month long recess precedes the spring semester which ends in May. Summer classes are also available.


On-campus housing is available. To qualify, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units and are required to participate in the food service program.
The residence halls have 24-hour supervision. An application and further information is available upon request.

Students must have a minimum 450 score on TOEFL to apply for admission.


Application Deadline International students should file a completed application by June 1 of each academic year. A non-refundable application fee of $100 must be included with application.

Fee Schedule