Palo Verde College

Tel: (760)921-5500
2,735 students
Public institution
Palo Verde College is a California community college that provides an exemplary learning environment with high quality educational programs and services. It promotes student success, lifelong learning and community development. Our goal is to create better futures for our students and our communities.
School Highlights:
Palo Verde College serves 2,735 students (18% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 70:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 63%.
Palo Verde College is one of 9 community colleges within Riverside County, CA.
The nearest community college is San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield (4.3 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 39 teachers has declined by 53% over five years.
Palo Verde 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 39 staff
59 staff
Palo Verde College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,735 teachers has declined by 36% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 70:1 has increased from 49:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.69 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,735 students
1,282 students
Palo Verde College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 70:1
Palo Verde College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
500 students
810 students
Palo Verde College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 2,235 students
1,017 students
Palo Verde College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Palo Verde College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Palo Verde College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Palo Verde College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Palo Verde College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Palo Verde College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Palo Verde College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Palo Verde College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Palo Verde College Unknown (2006-2013)
Palo Verde 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. 0.69 0.53
Palo Verde College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,288 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 76% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $1,288 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 76% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,288 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $1,288 $10,294
Palo Verde College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 88%
Palo Verde College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Palo Verde College is one of California's smaller community colleges. Students at Palo Verde College have all the advantages of a comprehensive community college and of a small college that is able to provide its students with personalized services. Palo Verde College is located along the Colorado River in the fertile Palo Verde Valley, 165 miles west ofPhoenix, 110 miles east of Palm Springs, and 100 miles north of Yuma. Its service area includes approximately 20,556 people, 12,456 of whom reside in Blythe.The charm of Southern California agricultural life permeates the valley. Tourism is a major industry,boosted by temperate winters and summers built around river water sports. Palo Verde College is dedicated to learning, to reflection, to personal growth. People of all ages and backgrounds attend from early morning to late evening and weekends to take advantage of a wide varietyof course offerings. The College has a reputation for quality and a readiness to respond quickly and appropriately to all community educational needs. The college was founded on September 15, 1947, six miles northwest of Blythe on the site of the former Morton Air Academy. Palo Verde College opened its doors as a junior college within the Palo Verde Unified School District. Seventeen students enrolled. By 1950, enrollment had reached 250. In September 1958, the College moved into a beautiful Spanish styled building on East Hobsonway. Athletics came into prominence. The Pirates won three conference championships in football and three in baseball. By 1966, the student body numbered 472. Palo Verde College moved to the Chanslorway campus in September, 1967. On July 1, 1973, the College separated from the Unified School District. The instructional program expanded to include vocational/technical, developmental, and continuing education courses. In August, 2001 the college began classes on its new, 200-acre campus. By Spring 2003, more than 2,000 students were enrolled in classes. Students attend Palo Verde College in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution, to acquire entry level job skills, or to increase their vocational competency for personal enrichment. Palo Verde College is pleased with the prestige its faculty and graduates have received. The continued success of the College depends upon superior teaching, and faculty members are selected with this in mind. Palo Verde College is a Public Community College Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, The Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Did You Know?
For Riverside, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,573 per year for in-state students and $6,787 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.
Riverside, 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 0.48, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Riverside, CA is Palo Verde College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.