Palo Verde College

  • 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 to Palo Verde College is San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield (4.3 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 42 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Palo Verde College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty42 staff97 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Palo Verde College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The Palo Verde College 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 Enrollment3,446 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio82:144:1
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# Full-Time Students537 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students2,909 students5,903 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
-
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% Asian
5%
13%
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% Hispanic
44%
37%
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% Black
18%
7%
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% White
28%
32%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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Diversity Score0.690.73
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College Completion Rate
19%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,900$34,600
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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 $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 630% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,288$1,636
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,364$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid87%78%
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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?
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The average community college acceptance rate in California is 86%. 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.