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Santa Barbara Business College 5300 California Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93309 Phone: (661) 835-1100
  • General Information
    About Santa Barbara Business College

    Santa Barbara Business College is one of the oldest colleges in California and the country. The College was founded in 1888 as a California business college and normal institute. Normal institutes trained teachers at the turn of the 20th century. The primary curriculum focus throughout SBBC's long history has been business. In recent years, curriculum offerings have expanded to include programs in Allied Health, Information Technology, Paralegal and Criminal Justice in addition to the traditional Business offerings. Santa Barbara Business College also offers Associate degrees to enrich the learning experience and increase lifelong earning potential. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, individuals who have earned an Associate degree will earn on average 30 percent more than those individuals with only a high school diploma or GED. Establishing very close ties with the business community and changing quickly to meet employer demands have always been hallmarks of this California college's rich history and success. Santa Barbara Business College is an accredited business college that has grown into five campuses, with locations in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Bakersfield, Palm Desert and Ventura, California. We serve thousands of students, alumni and employers each year. Thousands of graduates work and hold important positions in the communities we serve, and we are proud to have educated many generations of the families in these communities. For more than a century, the market-driven, student-centered, employer-based philosophy serving the Colleges' California communities has been a cornerstone to its successful, long history. Thousands of graduates have benefited from the short-term, career-focused training provided during the long, distinguished history of Santa Barbara Business College in California.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 2-year, Private for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • None
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    Credit Accepted
    • Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • 1-2 years certificate
    • Associate's degree
    Campus Setting
    • City: Large
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 426
    Percent Admitted 66%
    Men Admitted 63%
    Women Admitted 67%
    Full Time Retention Rate 49%
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 1,192
    Native American 23.0
    Asian 37.0
    African American 96.0
    Hispanic 689.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 1,061
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates

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