Canada College

Tel: (650)306-3100
6,658 students
Public institution
Canada College provides students with an opportunity to transfer to four-year universities, earn professional certificates, or improve basic academic skills. Canada is a comprehensive college that offers courses, degrees and certificates in many subject areas. The local community provides the resources that keep classes small and permit us to provide the personal touch to promote student success. We are here to serve the community’s academic and workforce training needs. Canada offers bachelor’s degrees in an array of programs through the first University Center developed in California. More than 1,000 students are on campus earning four-year degrees in nursing, business administration, allied health, child and adolescent development, art, psychology in this unique program initially funded by the California Legislature. This institution of higher learning opens doors for adult learners looking for a career change or advancement in your existing career. You can pursue a career in medical assisting, radiologic technology, multimedia, early-childhood education, fashion design, interior design, human services, accounting, business technology, and many other fields that are described on this site.
School Highlights:
Canada College serves 6,658 students (20.61% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 49:1 is higher than the community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 71%.
Canada College is one of 3 community colleges within San Mateo County, CA.
The nearest community college is College of San Mateo (7.30 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 135 teachers has declined by 8% over five years.
College Canada 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 135 staff
61 staff
Canada College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 6,658 teachers has grown by 15% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 49:1 has increased from 38:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.65 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 25% over five years.
Total Enrollment 6,658 students 1,296 students
Canada College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 49:1
Canada College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 1,372 students
810 students
Canada College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 5,286 students
1,036 students
Canada College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Canada College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Canada College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
Canada College Hawaiian (2008-2013)
% Hispanic
Canada College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Canada College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Canada College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Canada College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Canada College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Canada College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Canada 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. 0.65 0.53
Canada College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,344 is less than the state average of $5,650. The in-state tuition has grown by 72% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,420 is less than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has grown by 979% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,344 $5,694
Canada College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,420 $10,252
Canada College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 57%
Canada College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

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