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About Butte College

Butte College serves 13,000 students each semester and is a regionally accredited community college located just 75 miles north of Sacramento, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The Main Campus is a designated wildlife refuge, and rests on 928 acres making it one of the largest community college campuses in California.

Butte College offers a quality education where students can choose from over 160 academic programs. The College also offers degrees with guaranteed transfer to California State Universities—with over 25 Associate in Arts for Transfer and Associate in Science for Transfer degrees. Butte College has the highest transfer rate to CSU, Chico, and many of our alumni have successful careers in fire, nursing, law enforcement, welding, business, computer science and more. With its exceptional instructional programs and impressive technology, the College has earned an excellent reputation for high quality general and transfer education and career and technical skills preparation.

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The College's Mission Statement

Butte College provides quality education, services, and workforce training to students who aspire to become productive members of a diverse, sustainable, and global society. We prepare our students for life-long learning through the mastery of basic skills, the achievement of degrees and certificates, and the pursuit of career and transfer pathways.

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A National Leader in Sustainability

Butte College has a long history of sustainability.

In 2011, Butte College became the first college to become 'grid positive,' meaning that the College had the capacity to generate enough electricity from its solar arrays to fully offset its electricity cost.

The College is home to 25,000 solar panels and has the ability to generate 6.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year or 4.5 megawatts DC – enough to power over 920 homes.

The College is a national leader for community colleges in sustainability due to student engagement both at the college and in the community, infusion of sustainability into the curriculum, workforce development focused on green jobs, LEED certified buildings, sustainable land use management, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Helping Students Succeed

The Butte College Foundation is a non-profit, 501(C)(3) charitable organization and serves as the fundraising arm for Butte College. Donations to the Foundation help support Butte College students and programs. Scholarships can be named in honor of a loved one to leave a lasting legacy. For more information, contact the Foundation at 530-895-2359 or visit

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