Cabrillo College

Tel: (831)479-6100
13,594 students
Public institution
The mission of Cabrillo College is to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.
School Highlights
Cabrillo College serves 13,594 students (34% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 42:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
Cabrillo College is the only community colleges within Santa Cruz County, CA.
The nearest community college is Carrington College-San Jose (18.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 322 teachers has declined by 36% over five years.
College Cabrillo College (CA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 322 staff
78 staff

Student Body

The student population of 13,594 has declined by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 42:1 has increased from 32:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.60 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 13,594 students 2,419 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 42:1
# Full-Time Students 4,560 students
1,297 students
# Part-Time Students 9,034 students
5,258 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
% Non Resident races
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.60 0.73

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $1,350 is more than the state average of $1,220. The in-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,662 is less than the state average of $6,184. The out-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,350 $1,220
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,662 $6,184
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 66%
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Cabrillo College is one of 109 public California community colleges. Situated on the Monterey Bay in the county of Santa Cruz, California, Cabrillo College is one of the most highly regarded community colleges in the state for its success in the area of transfer and career education and currently serves over 13,000 students. Classes are conveniently offered at several locations including the main campus in Aptos at 6500 Soquel Drive; the Cabrillo College Watsonville Center, located at 318 Union Street in downtown Watsonville; and at several locations in downtown Santa Cruz. Cabrillo's career education is closely connected to the nearby Silicon Valley business environment as well as that of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Cabrillo College offers a variety of programs that lead to Skills Certificates, Certificates of Proficiency, and A.S. Degrees. In addition, Cabrillo College offers basic skills courses and courses for business, professional and personal development. A variety of not-for-credit classes are available on a fee basis through the Community Education Department. Cabrillo focuses on student-centered learning and has a tradition of collegial governance. Currently, facility planning and major construction is under way on campus for a new Student Services Complex, Arts Education facilities and a Health Care Education Center. Cabrillo College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Carrington College-San Jose
    Private for-profit
    805 students | 18.90 Mi6201 San Ignacio Ave.
    San Jose CA 95119
  • 5,531 students | 19.60 Mi5055 Santa Teresa Blvd
    Gilroy CA 95020
  • 9,062 students | 19.90 Mi14000 Fruitvale Ave
    Saratoga CA 95070
  • 9,072 students | 22.70 Mi2100 Moorpark Ave
    San Jose CA 95128
  • 9,133 students | 23.30 Mi3095 Yerba Buena Rd
    San Jose CA 95135
Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,220 per year for in-state students and $6,184 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,796 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in California is Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-San Francisco. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.