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 3,854 students (15% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is higher than the state community college average of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 74% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is equal to the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 3,854 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,288
  • Out-state tuition: $7,364
  • Student:teacher ratio: 29:1
  • Minority enrollment: 74%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 131 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Palo Verde 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
131 staff
312 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Palo Verde College has declined by 15% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 29:1 has decreased from 35:1 over five years.
The Palo Verde College diversity score of 0.61 is less than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has declined by 13% over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,854 students
7,900 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
29:1
21:1
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# Full-Time Students
572 students
1,661 students
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# Part-Time Students
3,282 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
169 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
572 students
1,646 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
3,282 students
6,288 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
n/a
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% Asian
2%
13%
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% Hispanic
54%
45%
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% Black
12%
5%
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% White
26%
26%
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% Two or more races
2%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
3%
% Unknown races
2%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.61
0.71
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
35%
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)
$29,900
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,288 is less than the state average of $1,993. 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 $7,120. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,288
$1,993
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,364
$7,120
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
90%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
n/a
$10,500
Median Debt for Dropouts
n/a
$6,239
Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Palo Verde College cost?
Palo Verde College's tuition is approximately $1,288 for In-State students and $7,364 for Out-State students.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 3,854 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,288
  • Out-state tuition: $7,364
  • Student:teacher ratio: 29:1
  • Minority enrollment: 74%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Riverside County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. 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.

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