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College of the Redwoods is affiliated with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).


College of the Redwoods is a public community college located on the north coast of California. Serving Del Norte and Humboldt counties, parts of western Trinity County, and coastal Mendocino County, CR has one of the largest service areas in California. Home to nearly 280,000 residents, the district covers almost 10,000 square miles. With a population of more than 27,000, Eureka is the largest city in the service area and is home to CR's largest campus. Eureka's nearest metropolitan neighbors are more than 260 miles to the south (San Francisco) and 420 miles to the north (Portland, Oregon).


Devoted to the success of each of its students, College of the Redwoods offers over 1,000 different classes. These courses and programs cover a broad range of topics and subjects in everything from plant science, bookkeeping, computer science, woodworking, and dental assisting, to game art and animation, early childhood education, restaurant management, manufacturing technology, and nursing. The College offers A.S. and A.A. degrees, as well as numerous certificate options.

Statistical Information

2012-2013 2013-2014
Headcount 7,644 7,494
Full-time Equivalent
Students (FTES)
4,204 4,337
Degrees Awarded 420 382
Certificates Awarded 211 146
Student Demographics (2013-2014)
Female 55%
Male 45%
Average Age 27
African American 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 9%
Asian 4%
Caucasian 62%
Hispanic 15%
Pacific Islander 2%



The Redwoods Community College District (RCCD) was formed on January 14, 1964, by an election of Humboldt County voters. A bond issue of $3,600,000 was passed for initial construction of what is now the district's Eureka main campus.

From 1965 to 1967, the district offered courses and programs on the campus of Eureka High School. Initially, 45 degree and certificate programs were offered, 15 of which were technical or vocational.

More than 1,800 students registered at the college in 1965-1966. The initial staff of the college consisted of an estimated 31 full-time faculty and 85 part-time faculty and administrative support staff.

In May 1975, the residents of coastal Mendocino voted for annexation into the RCCD. In July 1978, Del Norte County also joined the district. The district is governed by a nine-member elected board, representing specific areas within this large and dispersed district. CR is a multisite, single-college district offering instruction at the Eureka main campus, the Mendocino Coast Education Center in Fort Bragg, the Del Norte Education Center in Crescent City, the Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site in Hoopa, the Arcata Instructional Site in Arcata, and the Eureka Downtown Instructional Site in downtown Eureka (nine miles from the main Eureka campus).