Mission College

3000 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Top Ranked (2024): View Rankings
  • At Mission College, we have excellent transfer programs and general education courses that will promote your journey to four year institutions and prepare you for higher level learning whether it is the California State System, the University System or a Private University. We also have exemplary signature programs that help to prepare you for the workforce in many areas: Nursing, Fire Technology, Hospitality Management, and many others. Mission can provide classes that will catch you up in math, English, ESL or other areas that provide foundational skills to serve you in any future courses. Our faculty is among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere. The staff at Mission College is uniquely poised to help and guide your path to the future.

School Highlights

Mission College serves 6,504 students (24% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the state community college average of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 84% of the student body (majority Asian), which is more than the state average of 75%.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 6,504 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,174
  • Out-state tuition: $6,070
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 84%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 441 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Mission 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
441 staff
312 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Mission College has declined by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 16:1 over five years.
The Mission College diversity score of 0.73 is more than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,504 students
7,900 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
21:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,565 students
1,661 students
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# Part-Time Students
4,939 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
410 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,565 students
1,646 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,939 students
6,312 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
39%
13%
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% Hispanic
30%
45%
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% Black
3%
5%
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% White
16%
25%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
5%
3%
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% Unknown races
1%
5%
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Diversity Score
0.73
0.71
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
44%
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)
$40,600
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,174 is less than the state average of $2,083. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,070 is less than the state average of $7,122. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,174
$2,083
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,070
$7,122
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
69%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$8,779
$10,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$7,125
$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

  • Mission College is an open access community college serving the ever-changing educational and economic development needs of Santa Clara, Silicon Valley, and the larger community. Seeking to develop community leaders and global stewards in a competitive world economy, the college provides transfer, degree, and certificate programs in lower division arts and sciences; community, career, and vocational education; and educational opportunities in basic skills and English as a Second Language. To accomplish its mission, the college provides the most advanced academic and technological resources, comprehensive student services, and enriching aesthetic experiences to help students succeed and to participate responsibly in a democratic society. Each semester over 10,000 students enroll in over 1,300 day, evening, and weekend classes at Mission College. The educational opportunities at Mission College are extensive. Students can fulfill lower division general education and major requirements for a university baccalaureate degree, obtain an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, complete a career program leading to employment, upgrade skills for career advancement, or take classes for personal satisfaction and growth. Mission College enrolls 11,000 students each year. Of these, approximately 80% are ethnic minorities. The average student age is 30 and a significant number are working adults attending college part time. Mission is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and has working partnerships with high tech companies such as Intel and Cisco Systems. Mission is part of the West Valley-Mission Community College District, a multi-college district based in Saratoga, California. The mission of the West Valley-Mission Community College District is to be responsive to the educational needs of an ever-changing community and to provide higher education to all persons who can benefit from such activity. The District recognized its responsibility to maintain academic excellence, nurture individual development and enrich the community. In keeping with this mission, the District will be sensitive to the needs of people and committed to action focused on the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Mission College cost?
Mission College's tuition is approximately $1,174 for In-State students and $6,070 for Out-State students.
What is Mission College's ranking?
Mission College ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 6,504 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,174
  • Out-state tuition: $6,070
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 84%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For Santa Clara County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,336 per year for in-state students and $6,889 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Santa Clara County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.69, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Santa Clara County, CA is Foothill College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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