• The mission of Ventura College is to offer academic and vocational programs leading to the completion of associate degrees or certificates; to prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities; to provide remediation to those who need to improve their basic skills; to support the state and region�s economic viability through workforce development; and to provide continuing education opportunities that enhance personal growth and life enrichment.

School Highlights

Ventura College serves 11,789 students (29% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is higher than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 11,789 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,388
  • Out-state tuition: $7,050
  • Student:teacher ratio: 27:1
  • Minority enrollment: 75%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 435 teachers has grown by 74% over five years.
Ventura 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
435 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Ventura College has declined by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has decreased from 29:1 over five years.
The Ventura College diversity score of 0.55 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
11,789 students
7,899 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
27:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,383 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
8,406 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
766 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,383 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
8,406 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
4%
14%
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% Hispanic
62%
45%
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% Black
2%
5%
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% White
25%
26%
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
3%
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% Unknown races
2%
3%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in CA.
Diversity Score
0.55
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
38%
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)
$36,400
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,388 is more than the state average of $1,246. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,050 is more than the state average of $6,603. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,388
$1,246
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,050
$6,603
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
93%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$10,573
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,239
$6,239
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Ventura College, an accredited two-year institution of higher education, has been a part of this beautiful seaside community since 1925. It is conveniently located approximately 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. The 112-acre campus, set in the rolling hills of Ventura, has an enrollment of 13,000 students. As one of the oldest of the 109 California Community Colleges, Ventura College has a tradition of helping its students succeed. Whether you are interested in transferring to a four-year institution, achieving your associate's degree or a certificate of completion, improving your career skills or taking classes for fun and enrichment, we are here to be of assistance! To facilitate your progress, we offer a variety of support services including personal, academic and career counseling, tutoring, financial aid, on-site child care, and a center for learning and physically disabled students. The college serves high school graduates and others who are able to benefit from the academic and vocational opportunities it offers. Courses are provided using both traditional and distance learning delivery systems. The faculty and staff of Ventura College are committed to student success and strive to create an environment of continuous improvement through the establishment of measurable and/or observable student learning outcomes that can be used to assess student performance, improve instructional and service delivery, and guide institutional decision-making. Ventura College is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accrediting and the U.S. Department of Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Ventura College cost?

Ventura College's tuition is approximately $1,388 for In-State students and $7,050 for Out-State students.

What schools are Ventura College often compared to?

Ventura Collegeis often viewed alongside schools like Santa Barbara City College by visitors of our site.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 11,789 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,388
  • Out-state tuition: $7,050
  • Student:teacher ratio: 27:1
  • Minority enrollment: 75%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,246 per year for in-state students and $6,603 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $20,540 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 81%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is equal to the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in California is Los Angeles Film School. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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