Empire College

  • 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 400 students (94% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is lower than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 55% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 75%.

Top Rankings

Empire College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 24 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Empire College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate'sAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate for-profitPublic
Total Faculty24 staff149 staff
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Number of Programs Offered2611

Student Body

The student population of Empire College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has increased from 11:1 over five years.
The Empire College diversity score of 0.65 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 15% over five years.
Total Enrollment400 students8,598 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio17:145:1
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# Full-Time Students375 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students25 students6,583 students
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# Undergraduate Students309 students2,001 students
# Graduate Students66 students80 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
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% Asian
3%
12%
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% Hispanic
38%
43%
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% Black
4%
7%
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% White
45%
25%
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% Hawaiian
2%
-
% Two or more races
2%
4%
% Non Resident races
2%
4%
% Unknown races
2%
4%
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Diversity Score0.650.73
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College Completion Rate
79%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,000$34,600
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%76%
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 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates$14,167$10,063
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 2017-18 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,109$5,751
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Source: 2019 (or latest year available) 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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Empire College is Santa Rosa Junior College (1.1 miles away).
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    Kentfield, CA 94904
    (415) 457-8811
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    San Pablo, CA 94806
    (510) 235-7800
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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,458 per year for in-state students and $6,710 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,155 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 equal to the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in California is Coastline Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.