• Empire College, located in Santa Rosa, California, is just one hour north of the San Francisco Bay Area in the heart of the wine-growing region of Sonoma County. On January 4, 2000, Empire opened the doors of its new 55,000 sq. ft. campus, which also houses two Sonoma County Superior Courts, at 3035 Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa.

School Highlights

Empire College serves 241 students (83% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 4:1 is lower than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 241 students
  • Student:teacher ratio: 4:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

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

Category
Attribute
Completion Rates

School Overview

The teacher population of 59 teachers has grown by 145% over five years.
Empire College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private for-profit
Public
Total Faculty
59 staff
308 staff
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Number of Programs Offered
20
11

Student Body

The student population of Empire College has declined by 44% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 4:1 has decreased from 6:1 over five years.
The Empire College diversity score of 0.60 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
241 students
7,899 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
201 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
40 students
6,239 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Empire College.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
285 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
147 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
54 students
54 students
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CA All Graduation Breakdown
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
19 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
21 students
10 students
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CA All Part Time Graduation Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
4%
n/a
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% Asian
2%
14%
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% Hispanic
34%
45%
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% Black
3%
5%
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% White
53%
26%
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% Hawaiian
1%
n/a
% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
3%
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% Unknown races
1%
3%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in CA.
Diversity Score
0.60
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
79%
28%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Empire College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of CA by year, with the latest 2014-15 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
1.09%
1.92%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,000
$34,700
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Empire College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of CA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
81%
86%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Empire College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$13,655
$10,500
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Empire College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,334
$6,239
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Empire College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Since it was founded in 1961, the School of Business has dedicated its resources to providing quality career education that gives graduates an advantage in the job market. Over the past five years, Empire graduates have been placed in over 1500 companies, earning a combined income of more than $200,000,000! For the past 33 years, Empire College School of Law has been providing a rigorous and quality evening Juris Doctor education for students wishing to pursue a career in the field of law. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our graduates including members of the judiciary in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Merced Counties. The college offers total of 25 career training programs, including five Specialized Associate Degree programs in Accounting, Administrative Specialist, Computer/Information Technology, Medical Assistant, and Legal Assistant. In addition, Empire College works with rehabilitation specialists and injured workers to customize programs under California's Workers Compensation training voucher system. Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing, Legal Assisting/Paralegal, Legal Secretary, Accounting Essentials, Computerized Business Skills, and Hospitality programs are offered in the evening. In addition, for those wanting a class on a particular software package, individual computer classes in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint) and more are offered at night. The School of Business is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). In addition, the college is both a Microsoft IT Academy and a Security Certified Program Training Partner.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Empire College's ranking?

Empire College ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Highest completion rates.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 241 students
  • Student:teacher ratio: 4:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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