• 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 9,792 students (33% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is lower than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 9,792 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,358
  • Out-state tuition: $5,698
  • Student:teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Minority enrollment: 56%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Cabrillo College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 585 teachers has grown by 81% over five years.
Cabrillo College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
585 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Cabrillo College has declined by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has decreased from 19:1 over five years.
The Cabrillo College diversity score of 0.59 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
9,792 students
7,899 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
17:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,201 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
6,591 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
653 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,201 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
6,591 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
3%
14%
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% Hispanic
46%
45%
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% Black
1%
5%
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% White
44%
26%
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
3%
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% Unknown races
1%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.59
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
30%
35%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.92%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$40,500
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,358 is more than the state average of $1,246. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,698 is less than the state average of $6,603. The out-state tuition has declined by 18% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,358
$1,246
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,698
$6,603
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
81%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$13,665
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$9,000
$6,239
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Cabrillo College cost?

Cabrillo College's tuition is approximately $1,358 for In-State students and $5,698 for Out-State students.

What is Cabrillo College's ranking?

Cabrillo College ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Least expensive tuition and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 9,792 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,358
  • Out-state tuition: $5,698
  • Student:teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Minority enrollment: 56%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,246 per year for in-state students and $6,603 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $20,540 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 81%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is equal to the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in California is Los Angeles Film School. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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