Mission College

  • 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 8,435 students (25% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 41:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 81% of the student body (majority Asian), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Mission College is one of 8 community colleges within Santa Clara County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Mission College is San Jose City College (6.0 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 208 teachers has declined by 29% over five years.
Mission College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty208 staff97 staff
Mission College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Mission College has declined by 15% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 41:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Mission College diversity score of 0.72 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 9% over five years.
Total Enrollment8,435 students7,516 students
Mission College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio41:144:1
Mission College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,095 students1,613 students
Mission College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students6,340 students5,903 students
Mission College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Mission College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Mission College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2008)
% Asian
Mission College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Mission College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Mission College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Mission College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Mission College Hawaiian (2011-2012)
% Two or more races
Mission College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
Mission College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Mission College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.720.73
Mission College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Mission College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$40,600$34,600
Mission College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,174 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 $6,070 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,174$1,636
Mission College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,070$6,797
Mission College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid60%78%
Mission College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$6,062$9,500
Mission College Median debt for students who have completed (2013-2014)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,500
Mission College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) 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.

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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.