Cypress College

Cypress College
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MottoMinds. Motivated.
TypePublic Community College
Established1966 (53 years ago) (1966)
Parent institution
North Orange County Community College District
Academic affiliation
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Budget$75 million [1]
PresidentJoAnna Schilling [1]
Academic staff
215 (full-time) [2]
400 (part-time) [2]
Administrative staff
285 [2]
Students16,214 (2016-17) [1]
33°49′43″N 118°01′31″W / 33.828523°N 118.025211°W / 33.828523; -118.025211Coordinates: 33°49′43″N 118°01′31″W / 33.828523°N 118.025211°W / 33.828523; -118.025211
CampusMetropolitan, 110 acres (44.5 ha)
ColorsBlue and Gold [3]
Sporting affiliations
Orange Empire Conference
California Community College Athletic Association
MascotCharlie the Charger [4]
WebsiteOfficial Website
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Cypress College is a comprehensive community college located in Cypress, in southern California, United States. The college is one of 112 in the California Community Colleges System and belongs to the North Orange County Community College District. It offers a variety of general education (55 associate degrees), transfer courses (58 transfer majors), and 145 vocational programs leading to associate degrees and certificates.


The college opened on September 12, 1966.


The campus, covering an area of 44 hectares (110 acres), was designed by architect Frank Lawyer of the Houston, Texas-based firm Caudill Rowlett Scott. It features several futuristic-looking buildings set around a central lake. The college is noteworthy in that it has never completely abandoned the style of buildings it was initially created with. The new library, which opened on January 30, 2006, still bears heavy resemblance to the school's original buildings, though the use of concrete is de-emphasized in favor of glass.

Cypress College is located in the shadow of major tourist attractions such as Disney's theme parks and Downtown Disney (about six miles), Knotts' Berry Farm (less than five miles), and The Outlets at Orange entertainment complex (about 10 miles). The campus is 12 miles from the beach and is close to Long Beach, California and Los Angeles. The campus is located at 9200 Valley View Street in the city of Cypress.

Organization and administration

Cypress College operates with a decentralized approach of separate academic "divisions," allowing the benefits of both a small and large college campus. Each of the campus' instructional buildings was designed with a commons area where students with similar majors could meet and study.

The college is a part of the North Orange County Community College District. The campus is also part of the California Community College System.

Campus presidents

  • Dan Walker, 1967-1970
  • Omar Scheidt, 1970–1977
  • Don Bedard, 1977–1978 ¹
  • Jack Scott, 1978–1987
  • Elma Clamp, 1987–1988 ¹
  • Kirk Avery, 1988–1992
  • Tom Harris, Jr., 1992–1994 ¹
  • Christine Johnson, 1995–1998
  • Don Bedard, 1998–1999 ¹
  • Margie Lewis, 1999–2007
  • Michael J. Kasler, 2007–2012
  • Bob Simpson, 2012–2017
  • JoAnna Schilling, 2017–present

¹ Served in an interim capacity.

Academic profile

Cypress College's student population reaches nearly 17,000 per semester, though that number has fluctuated (experiencing historically high levels in 2010 and going as low as 12,500) in recent years based on the level of state funding provided and other economic factors. Spring 2012 enrollment was approximately 15,000.[5]

The college features a strong mix of ethnic diversity in its student population: 33% are Caucasian, 27% are Latino, 19% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 8% are Filipino, 6% are African American, and 5% are from other ethnicities or their ethnicity is unidentified.

The college is a Training Center for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium. Cypress College Registered Nursing program graduates scored a 97.26% pass-rate in the 2004/2005 test years, 95.38% pass-rate for 2005/2006 test years, and 98.91% pass rate in the 2006/2007 test years on the State of California Board of Registered Nursing NCLEX state licensure examination.[6] Approximately 24% of students fail the RN program.

Cypress College is home to the only mortuary science program in the greater Orange County and Greater Los Angeles areas, and is one of only two such public programs in the state of California.


The Cypress College Library has a collection of approximately 70,000 books, 5,000 periodicals (mainly online), a large collection of reference works, and a variety of DVDs. The library offers students free 24/7 access to electronic databases with full text magazine, newspaper, journal, and encyclopedia articles. The library's special collections/archives houses materials that hold value to the college. These collections are not open to the public.[7]

Student life


Cypress College has 13 intercollegiate teams, including men's and women's teams. The athletics teams are nicknamed the Chargers. For men the school offers baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, swim & dive, and tennis. Women are offered basketball, soccer, softball, swim & dive, tennis, volleyball, and water polo. These programs have attained 73 conference titles and 24 state championships.[8]


There are many clubs offered at Cypress College. Clubs active as of fall 2013 are the Anime Club, Associated Mathematicians of Cypress College, Black Student Union (BSU), Campus Christians, Engineering and Physics Club (EPC), Honors Club, Human Services Club, International Club, Muslin Students Association (MSA), and Psychology Club.[9]


Cypress College hosts student performances, exhibitions and events throughout the year. Theater, dance and music studies culminate in student performances held in the Cypress College theaters and recital hall.[10] The Cypress College Art Gallery and the Edouard de Merlier Photography Gallery host annual student exhibitions at the end of every Spring semester, showcasing student work from the Art, Media Arts Design and Photography departments.[11][12] The college also holds its Annual Film Festival every Spring semester which premieres short films made by Media Arts Design students.[13]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c "Cypress College 2016-2017 Annual Report". Issuu. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Cypress College Fact Sheet". Cypress College. 2017-07-06. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Identity Guide" (PDF). Cypress College News Center. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "Charlie The Charger". Cypress College Athletics. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "Cypress College Students – Spring 2012" (PDF). Cypresscollege.edu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Board of Registered Nursing – NCLEX Pass Rates". Ca.gov. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Cypress College Library". library.cypresscollege.edu. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Cypress College Athletics" (PDF). prestosports.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Student Life". Cypresscollege.edu. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Theater Arts". 2018-01-16.
  11. ^ https://www.cypresscollegeart.com/calendar/
  12. ^ "Facilities | Cypress College".
  13. ^ "Film festival". Cypresscollege.edu. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  14. ^ Breslin, Susannah (October 18, 2012), "Hey, Death Revolutionary, How'd You Get That Job?", Forbes, retrieved September 18, 2014
  15. ^ Your Mortician; Caitlin Doughty is a Los Angeles-based mortician, death theorist, and the founder of The Order of the Good Death., The Order of the Good Death, archived from the original on 2014-09-21, retrieved September 18, 2014
  16. ^ Secorun Palet, Laura (September 13, 2014), A Cheerful Mortician Tackles The Lighter Side Of Death, NPR, retrieved September 18, 2014
  17. ^ "Brian Downing Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  18. ^ "Charles Gipson Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  19. ^ "George Zeber Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 21, 2012.

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