Established in 1964, College of the Redwoods' 270-acre campus is on the southernmost edge of Eureka in Humboldt County. Instruction began in 1965 with approximately 1,800 students. Today, enrollment is at more than 40,000. The college is part of the Redwoods Community College District serving residents in the areas of Humboldt County, coastal Mendocino County, Del Norte County and a portion of Trinity County.
The college offers a variety of transfer, vocational and community-based classes, including its well-known fine woodworking program started by master woodworker James Krenov, as well as a police academy, nursing and dental programs, truck driving school, computer information sciences, computer-aided drafting, digital media departments, and the hospitality, restaurant and culinary arts program.
College of the Redwoods is one of the few community college campuses with residence hall living available — a community of 160 students from throughout the country and beyond.
The college is named after the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) trees native to the region.