Palo Verde College

Tel: (760)921-5500
  • Palo Verde College is a California community college that provides an exemplary learning environment with high quality educational programs and services. It promotes student success, lifelong learning and community development. Our goal is to create better futures for our students and our communities.
School Highlights
  • Palo Verde College serves 3,446 students (16% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Palo Verde College is one of 9 community colleges within Riverside County, CA.
  • The nearest community college is San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield (4.30 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 42 teachers has declined by 43% over five years.
Palo Verde College (CA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 42 staff 86 staff
Palo Verde College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,446 has grown by 64% over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.69 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,446 students 7,105 students
Palo Verde College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 82:1 44:1
Palo Verde College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 537 students 1,483 students
Palo Verde College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 2,909 students 5,622 students
Palo Verde College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Palo Verde College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Palo Verde College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Palo Verde College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Palo Verde College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Palo Verde College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Palo Verde College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
- -
Palo Verde College Hawaiian (2009-2011)
% Two or more races
Palo Verde College More (2010-2016)
Palo Verde College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.69 0.73
Palo Verde College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Palo Verde College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $29,900 -
Palo Verde College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,288 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,364 is more than the state average of $6,773. The out-state tuition has grown by 630% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,288 $1,636
Palo Verde College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,364 $6,773
Palo Verde College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 87% 78%
Palo Verde College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates - -
Median Debt for Dropouts - -
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Palo Verde College is one of California's smaller community colleges. Students at Palo Verde College have all the advantages of a comprehensive community college and of a small college that is able to provide its students with personalized services. Palo Verde College is located along the Colorado River in the fertile Palo Verde Valley, 165 miles west ofPhoenix, 110 miles east of Palm Springs, and 100 miles north of Yuma. Its service area includes approximately 20,556 people, 12,456 of whom reside in Blythe.The charm of Southern California agricultural life permeates the valley. Tourism is a major industry,boosted by temperate winters and summers built around river water sports. Palo Verde College is dedicated to learning, to reflection, to personal growth. People of all ages and backgrounds attend from early morning to late evening and weekends to take advantage of a wide varietyof course offerings. The College has a reputation for quality and a readiness to respond quickly and appropriately to all community educational needs. The college was founded on September 15, 1947, six miles northwest of Blythe on the site of the former Morton Air Academy. Palo Verde College opened its doors as a junior college within the Palo Verde Unified School District. Seventeen students enrolled. By 1950, enrollment had reached 250. In September 1958, the College moved into a beautiful Spanish styled building on East Hobsonway. Athletics came into prominence. The Pirates won three conference championships in football and three in baseball. By 1966, the student body numbered 472. Palo Verde College moved to the Chanslorway campus in September, 1967. On July 1, 1973, the College separated from the Unified School District. The instructional program expanded to include vocational/technical, developmental, and continuing education courses. In August, 2001 the college began classes on its new, 200-acre campus. By Spring 2003, more than 2,000 students were enrolled in classes. Students attend Palo Verde College in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution, to acquire entry level job skills, or to increase their vocational competency for personal enrichment. Palo Verde College is pleased with the prestige its faculty and graduates have received. The continued success of the College depends upon superior teaching, and faculty members are selected with this in mind. Palo Verde College is a Public Community College Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, The Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Did You Know?
For Riverside County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,658 per year for in-state students and $8,418 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Riverside County, CA community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.65, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Riverside County, CA is Mt San Jacinto Community College District. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.