|Fullerton Junior College (1913-72)|
|Type||Public Community College|
|North Orange County Community College District|
|Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges |
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
|Budget||$87 million |
|President||Dr. Greg Schulz |
|Students||21,017 (Spring 2019) |
|Campus||Metropolitan, 83 acres (33.6 ha)|
|Colors||Blue and Gold |
|Orange Empire Conference |
California Community College Athletic Association
Southern California Football Association
|Mascot||Buzzy the Hornet |
Fullerton College is a public community college in Fullerton, California. The college is one of 112 in the California Community Colleges System and belongs to the North Orange County Community College District. Established in 1913, it is the oldest community college in continuous operation in California.
In April 1913, the governing board of Fullerton Union High School approved a motion to establish a two-year postgraduate course of study at the high school. At this time, Fullerton was primarily an agricultural community, which specialized in the production of citrus produce. Delbert Brunton, who was the Fullerton High principal, established the new Fullerton Junior College to provide such postgraduate study.
Twenty-six freshman students enrolled in the first year, and the school had a curriculum of 10 courses. "In 1922 the college was reorganized as an independent junior college district. After holding classes on the Fullerton Union High School campus for its first 23 years, the college began moving to its own fourteen-acre campus next door in 1936."[better source needed]
In 2002, North Orange County voters passed a $239 million facilities bond measure, of which nearly $135 million was allotted to Fullerton College. It was used for renovation of current campus facilities and also to construct new facilities. On June 13, 2005, the new library inside of the LLRC was opened, and a formal dedication occurred on October 28, 2005. A bond measure that passed in 2014 will award the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) $574 million to fund construction and renovation projects for the next 25 years.[better source needed]
The college is located in the city of Fullerton, California, in northern Orange County. The campus is within walking distance of the downtown section.
The Fullerton College library first opened in 1913, in a small section of the Fullerton High School Library. It moved into the high school gymnasium in 1929 and to a small space in the new science building in 1938. A specialized facility was constructed in 1957 and named the William T. Boyce Library in 1962 in honor of William T. Boyce, who served as dean and president from 1918-1951. A new library was constructed and opened on June 13, 2005, and formally dedicated on October 28, 2005.[better source needed]
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The Fullerton College Gallery Program is an educational institution that encourages interdisciplinary exploration of art ideas and experience. The mission of the Gallery Program is to create an environment where the largest possible share of its diverse constituencies can study and learn from a direct experience with works of art.
The Fullerton College Art Department hosts a yearly artist in residence (AIR) program, which was started in 1972 with a visit from painter Wayne Thiebaud. August 2013 marked the 100th fall semester of the AIR program. It was celebrated with the first exhibit of the entire AIR art collection at the Fullerton College Art Gallery.
The students of Fullerton College have established a student body association named Associated Students of Fullerton College. The association is required by law to "encourage students to participate in the governance of the college".
Associated Students of Fullerton College is a voting member of a statewide community college student organization named Student Senate for California Community Colleges. The statewide Student Senate is authorized by law "to advocate before the Legislature and other state and local governmental entities".
Fullerton College is one of the state's highest ranked transfer institutions in terms of total numbers of students who transfer to University of California (UCs) and California State University (CSUs) campuses combined. Of the 109 California Community Colleges, it currently ranks 7th in terms of total numbers of students who transferred to either a UC or CSU, 1st in the state in terms of numbers of students who transfer to the CSU system and is in the top ten California community colleges in terms of overall transfers to the University of Southern California (USC).
The college athletics teams are nicknamed the Hornets.