Mission College

3000 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Tel: (408)988-2200
9,084 students
Public institution
At Mission College, we have excellent transfer programs and general education courses that will promote your journey to four year institutions and prepare you for higher level learning whether it is the California State System, the University System or a Private University. We also have exemplary signature programs that help to prepare you for the workforce in many areas: Nursing, Fire Technology, Hospitality Management, and many others. Mission can provide classes that will catch you up in math, English, ESL or other areas that provide foundational skills to serve you in any future courses. Our faculty is among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere. The staff at Mission College is uniquely poised to help and guide your path to the future.
School Highlights:
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Mission College serves 9,084 students (27.00% of students are full-time).
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The college's student:teacher ratio of 42:1 is lower than the community college average of 45:1.
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Minority enrollment is 82% of the student body (majority Asian), which is more than the state average of 71%.
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Mission College is one of 9 community colleges within Santa Clara County, CA.
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The nearest community college is Heald College-San Jose (4.91 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 218 teachers has declined by 31% over five years.
Mission 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 218 staff
61 staff
Mission College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 9,084 teachers has declined by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 42:1 has increased from 31:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.66 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 29% over five years.
Total Enrollment 9,084 students 1,296 students
Mission College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 42:1
Mission College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 2,453 students
815 students
Mission College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 6,631 students
1,025 students
Mission College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Mission College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Mission College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
Mission College Hawaiian (2008-2013)
% Hispanic
Mission College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Mission College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Mission College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Mission College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Mission College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Mission College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Mission 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. 0.66 0.53
Mission College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,174 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 $6,070 is less than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,174 $5,694
Mission College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,070 $10,252
Mission College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 63%
Mission College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Mission College is an open access community college serving the ever-changing educational and economic development needs of Santa Clara, Silicon Valley, and the larger community. Seeking to develop community leaders and global stewards in a competitive world economy, the college provides transfer, degree, and certificate programs in lower division arts and sciences; community, career, and vocational education; and educational opportunities in basic skills and English as a Second Language. To accomplish its mission, the college provides the most advanced academic and technological resources, comprehensive student services, and enriching aesthetic experiences to help students succeed and to participate responsibly in a democratic society. Each semester over 10,000 students enroll in over 1,300 day, evening, and weekend classes at Mission College. The educational opportunities at Mission College are extensive. Students can fulfill lower division general education and major requirements for a university baccalaureate degree, obtain an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, complete a career program leading to employment, upgrade skills for career advancement, or take classes for personal satisfaction and growth. Mission College enrolls 11,000 students each year. Of these, approximately 80% are ethnic minorities. The average student age is 30 and a significant number are working adults attending college part time. Mission is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and has working partnerships with high tech companies such as Intel and Cisco Systems. Mission is part of the West Valley-Mission Community College District, a multi-college district based in Saratoga, California. The mission of the West Valley-Mission Community College District is to be responsive to the educational needs of an ever-changing community and to provide higher education to all persons who can benefit from such activity. The District recognized its responsibility to maintain academic excellence, nurture individual development and enrich the community. In keeping with this mission, the District will be sensitive to the needs of people and committed to action focused on the future.

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Did You Know?
For Santa Clara County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,331 per year for in-state students and $6,425 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.
Santa Clara County, CA 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 0.65, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Santa Clara County, CA is San Jose City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.