Cabrillo College

Tel: (831)479-6100
12,611 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 12,611 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 39:1 is lower than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 50% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 71%.
Cabrillo College is the only community colleges within Santa Cruz County, CA.
The nearest community college is Carrington College California-San Jose (18.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 324 teachers has declined by 38% over five years.
College Cabrillo College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
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 324 staff
61 staff
Cabrillo College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 12,611 has declined by 20% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 39:1 has increased from 31:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.61 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment 12,611 students 1,315 students
Cabrillo College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 39:1
Cabrillo College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 4,089 students
815 students
Cabrillo College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 8,522 students
1,061 students
Cabrillo College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Cabrillo College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Cabrillo College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Cabrillo College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Cabrillo College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Cabrillo College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Cabrillo College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Cabrillo College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Cabrillo College Unknown (2006-2013)
Cabrillo College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
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. 0.61 0.70
Cabrillo College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,358 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 75% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,698 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,358 $5,590
Cabrillo College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,698 $10,086
Cabrillo College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 66%
Cabrillo College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (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.

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,038 per year for in-state students and $7,390 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,252 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 0.52. 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.