Cabrillo College

Tel: (831)479-6100
  • 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 13,594 students (34% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 42:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Cabrillo College is the only community colleges within Santa Cruz County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Cabrillo College is Carrington College-San Jose (18.9 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 322 teachers has declined by 31% over five years.
Cabrillo College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty322 staff97 staff
Cabrillo College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Cabrillo College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 42:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Cabrillo College diversity score of 0.60 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 13% over five years.
Total Enrollment13,594 students7,516 students
Cabrillo College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio42:144:1
Cabrillo College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students4,560 students1,613 students
Cabrillo College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students9,034 students5,903 students
Cabrillo College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Cabrillo College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Cabrillo College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2011)
% Asian
Cabrillo College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Cabrillo College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Cabrillo College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Cabrillo College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Cabrillo College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Cabrillo College Non Resident (2013-2016)
% Unknown races
Cabrillo College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.600.73
Cabrillo College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Cabrillo College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$40,500$34,900
Cabrillo College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,358 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,698 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,358$1,636
Cabrillo College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,698$6,797
Cabrillo College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid66%78%
Cabrillo College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$9,500
Cabrillo College Median debt for students who have completed (2008-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,614$5,500
Cabrillo College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Carrington College-San Jose
    Private, for profit
    805 students | 18.90 Mi6201 San Ignacio Ave.
    San Jose CA  95119
  • 5,531 students | 19.60 Mi5055 Santa Teresa Blvd
    Gilroy CA  95020
  • 9,062 students | 19.90 Mi14000 Fruitvale Ave
    Saratoga CA  95070
  • 9,072 students | 22.70 Mi2100 Moorpark Ave
    San Jose CA  95128
  • 9,133 students | 23.30 Mi3095 Yerba Buena Rd
    San Jose CA  95135
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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,157 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 score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.