Geraldine M. Perri, Ph.D.
Welcome to Citrus College! Whether you are a current student searching for information, a prospective student investigating your options, or a community member looking for top-notch entertainment or exciting athletic events, I am pleased that you have visited our website. Please take a moment to explore this valuable resource and discover the many programs, services and amenities that Citrus College has to offer.
As you navigate our website, my hope is that you will get a sense of our institutional commitment to academic excellence and student success. At Citrus College, we understand the power of higher education. College completion unlocks doors and paves the way for a brighter future. Because of this, we are dedicated to providing innovative programs and vital support services that enable our students to transfer to the colleges of their dreams, pursue impressive professional careers, and actively contribute to society.
Our efforts to increase completion rates have been incredibly effective. At our 2015 commencement ceremony, Citrus College broke its own record for the fifth consecutive year when it awarded a total of 2,533 associate degrees. This is the highest number of degrees awarded in institutional history.
Last year, we also saw our highest transfer rates when nearly 1,300 Citrus College students transferred to four-year colleges and universities. And, as if these numbers weren't impressive enough, Citrus College awarded more than 1,200 certificates last year – a 158 percent increase over the previous year!
All of our hard work has not gone unnoticed. In recent months, Citrus College has been recognized as a national leader by several organizations and publications. In March 2016, The Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education ranked Citrus College 12th in the nation in terms of awarding associate degrees to Hispanic students. Several weeks earlier, Citrus College was one of 150 community colleges in the United States to be invited to compete for the prestigious $1 million Aspen Prize for Excellence.
During the fall 2015 semester, the college community was thrilled to learn that Community College Week magazine had included Citrus College on seven of its top 100 degree and certificate producing institution lists for 2015. Of course, the pinnacle of our recent accomplishments was when Citrus College’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in February 2016.
While our website enables you to learn more about Citrus College, I encourage you to experience this dynamic learning environment first-hand. Our dedicated and caring faculty and staff would enjoy speaking with you directly, and they look forward to helping you achieve your educational, career, and personal goals.
On behalf of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff, I welcome you to Citrus College and wish you every success!