Bakersfield College

About The Kern Promise

Welcome to the Kern Promise!

The Kern Transfer Promise is a commitment to help students complete their Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) within two instructional years through structured support and priority access to courses. Upon successful completion of The Kern Promise and an Associate Degree for Transfer, students will be guaranteed junior standing admission at one of the 23 campuses of the California State University system.

The Kern Promise focuses on a shared responsibility model where the student works with a Completion Coaching Team to chart and follow the path to success. As part of the Promise, each student will receive guaranteed priority registration for a full-time schedule and specialized academic and advising support for the next two years. In turn, each Promise student is required to maintain good academic standing and commit to program requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

  • First time college student
  • Graduating from a Kern County high school in 2018 and apply to join the program during the year of graduation
  • Declared an Associate Degree for Transfer Pathway
  • Eligible for enrollment in college level English (ENGL B1A) and Math (Based on declared major)
  • Ability to attend full-time (30 units per year)
  • An incoming cumulative (9th - 11th grade) GPA of 2.6

Contact Us

For more info, please call: (661) 395-4950

Deadline Extended!

Apply Now

The Kern Promise 2018-2019 application will open on November 1, 2017 and close on January 15, 2018.

Please visit our Information for Students page, speak with your high school counselor about your interest in the program, or contact our office with any questions regarding eligibility!


Participating Institutions

Kern High School District Logo

Cal State Bakersfield Logo     Bakersfield College Logo

Kern Promise Photo Gallery

On April 28, 2017, in front of 1100 high school students, dignitaries from around Kern County pledged their support for The Kern Promise at the Bakersfield College Outdoor Theatre. Here are some photos from the event:

Kern Community College District