COCC Quick Facts


Enrollment:  16,901 Total Students (2013-14)
10,565 credit and 6,336 non credit
Average age of
CREDIT students:
Faculty to
Student Ratio:
1 - 20
College District:  The COCC District encompasses all of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties, as well as the southern part of Wasco (precinct 10) and northern portions of Klamath (precinct 1) and Lake (precincts 13 and 14) Counties. View district map 
Faculty:  120 full time, 51 adjunct and 164 part time
Approximately 38 percent of full-time faculty hold Ph.D. or terminal degrees
Financial aid:  In 2013-14, approximately 58 percent of certificate/degree seeking students received financial aid (depending on their enrollment status) via national program or COCC Foundation scholarships/loans
Additional Enrollment Information and Facts:  COCC Enrollment Reports
COCC Fact Book 


Central Oregon Community College was founded in 1949 as part of the Bend School District. It is the longest standing community college in Oregon. The College District was formed in 1959 and officially established as the Central Oregon Area Education District by a vote of residents in 1962.

In the spring of 1962, a 140-acre tract of land on the west side of Awbrey Butte was donated for the purposes of establishing COCC's main campus. Additional smaller purchases and donations increased the COCC Bend campus to a total of 202 acres that face a spectacular view of Oregon's Cascade mountain range. Construction began in 1963, and the first three buildings - Ochoco, Modoc and Deschutes - were completed by the spring of 1964. In 1965, Jefferson, Metolius and Grandview Student Union were constructed. Six additional buildings were opened in the next 10 years. The late 1980s and 1990s saw the addition of the Boyle Education Center, the Barber Library and Newberry Hall. Cascades Hall, which houses Oregon State University - Cascades, opened in the fall of 2001. In the last five years, COCC Bend has added the Coats Campus Center, the Jungers Culinary Center, and the Health Careers and Science Centers, bringing the Bend campus to 26 buildings. A new 330 bed residence hall will open in Fall 2015.

In addition, on the 25-acre Redmond Campus near the Redmond Airport, four buildings serve students with a variety of career programs and transfer eligible classes.  The newest building, the Technology Education Center, opened in Fall 2014.

In 2011, COCC opened campuses in both Madras and Prineville, providing classes and services to residents of Jefferson and Crook Counties.

COCC opened new state-of-the-art Health Careers and Science Centers on the Bend Campus in 2012, including labs for programs in nursing, dental assisting, medical assisting, massage therapy, pharmacy technician, veterinary technician, biology, chemistry, geology and physics.


From "The Economic Contributions of Central Oregon Community College" by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., Sept. 2012

"The results of this study demonstrate that COCC is a sound investment from multiple perspectives. The college enriches the lives of students and increases their lifetime incomes. It benefits taxpayers by generating increased tax revenues from an enlarged economy and reducing the demand for taxpayer-supported social services. Finally, it contributes to the vitality of both the local and state economies."


  • For every dollar students invest in COCC, they receive a cumulative $6.70 in higher future income (discounted) over the course of their working careers.
  • Oregon benefits from improved health and reduced welfare, unemployment, and crime, saving the public some $1.7 million per year.
  • Taxpayers see a rate of return of 10.8% on their investment in COCC.


  • The net added income generated by COCC operations ($25.6 million) and the spending of non-local students ($9.2 million) contributes a total of $34.8 million in income to the Central Oregon Community College District economy each year.
  • The accumulated credits achieved by former COCC students over the past 30 years translate to $229.6 million in added regional income each year due to the higher earnings of students and increased output of businesses.


  • Compared to someone with a high school diploma, associate’s degree graduates earn $9,500 more per year, on average, over the course of a working lifetime (undiscounted).
  • Every dollar of state or local tax money invested in COCC today returns $2.90.
  • Altogether, the average annual added income due to the activities of COCC and its former students equals $264.4 million. This is approximately equal to 4.2% of the total Central Oregon Community College District economy.


Admission and Application Information

CAP Center

Certificate and Degree-Seeking Students

  • Certificate or degree-seeking students need to apply for admission and pay the application fee, take a placement test, and attend new student advising (includes workshop and small group session with a faculty advisor) prior to registration.
  •   How to Register

Disability Information

Placement Testing

  • CAP Center Testing - The AccuPlacer placement test is required for all students taking credit classes.

Residency Information

  • Residency Policy - Information about In District, Out of District (in state) and Out of State.

Tuition and Fees for Credit Classes at COCC

Financial Aid


  • COCC has a state-of-the-art residence hall for on-campus housing. Applications are available on the Housing and Residence Life web or by calling 541-383-7593.
  • The Office of Student Life maintains a list of available off-campus housing.

Information Office

  • Located on the first floor of the Boyle Education Center, the Information office provides general COCC information, student IDs, parking passes and tickets for College events.
  • Information Office is open Mon. - Thurs. from 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (6 p.m. on Wednesdays) and Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Phone 541-383-7596

Oregon State University, OSU-Cascades

  • Students are able to move seamlessly from COCC to OSU courses with the dual admission program.
  • See COCC catalog for a list of current programs or visit OSU-Cascades.

Student Activities and Services

CAP Center (Career Services, Counseling, Advising and Placement Testing) (541) 383-7200
Tutoring Center (541) 383-7539
Pioneer Computer Lab (541) 383-7722
Mazama Gym, including Club and Intramural Sports (541) 383-7760
Student Newspaper (The Broadside) (541) 383-7252
Student Government/ASCOCC (541) 383-7595
Campus Health Services, for basic health care needs (541) 383-7586
Coats Campus Center and Cafeteria  (541) 383-1945


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