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 4,540 students (13% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 63% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 77%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 131 teachers has grown by 77% over five years.
Palo Verde College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty131 staff308 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Palo Verde College has grown by 31% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has decreased from 82:1 over five years.
The Palo Verde College diversity score of 0.70 is equal to the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,540 students8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio35:124:1
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# Full-Time Students586 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students3,954 students6,350 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
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% Asian
5%
12%
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% Hispanic
38%
47%
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% Black
11%
6%
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% White
37%
23%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Unknown races
4%
6%
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Diversity Score0.700.70
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College Completion Rate
39%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,900$34,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,288 is less than the state average of $1,997. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,364 is more than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has grown by 471% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,288$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,364$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid74%79%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2020 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Palo Verde College is Arizona Western College (73.4 miles away).
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    Imperial, CA 92251
    (760) 352-8320
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    Joshua Tree, CA 92252
    (760) 366-3791
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    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    (760) 346-8041
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    Cathedral City, CA 92234
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For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,997 per year for in-state students and $7,123 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $21,060 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 83%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.