West Valley College

  • West Valley College is a public community college whose primary purpose is to facilitate successful learning. It is committed to the education of the individual along with fostering the economic development of the communities it serves. West Valley College provides students with opportunities to participate in a wide spectrum of educational experiences designed to fulfill their academic and career needs. Encouraged to seek knowledge and wisdom as lifelong learners, our students are motivated to expand their human potential, enrich the quality of their lives, and develop the job skills and other competencies necessary to function in contemporary society.
School Highlights
  • West Valley College serves 9,062 students (31% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 39:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • West Valley College is one of 8 community colleges within Santa Clara County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to West Valley College is De Anza College (4.0 miles away).

Top Placements

West Valley College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 235 teachers has declined by 30% over five years.
West Valley College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty235 staff97 staff
West Valley College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of West Valley College has declined by 11% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 39:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The West Valley College diversity score of 0.66 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 21% over five years.
Total Enrollment9,062 students7,516 students
West Valley College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio39:144:1
West Valley College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,799 students1,613 students
West Valley College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students6,263 students5,903 students
West Valley College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
West Valley College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
West Valley College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2011)
% Asian
West Valley College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
West Valley College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
West Valley College Black (2007-2016)
% White
West Valley College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
West Valley College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
West Valley College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
West Valley College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.660.73
West Valley College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
West Valley College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,700$34,600
West Valley College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,186 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,978 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has declined by 18% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,186$1,636
West Valley College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$4,978$6,797
West Valley College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid44%78%
West Valley College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2007)$3,500$6,625
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,350$5,500
West Valley College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • West Valley College is a public California Community College located on the west side of Silicon Valley, in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, 50 miles south of San Francisco. Continuing a nearly 40 year tradition, West Valley College offers 18 dynamic career programs, professional certificates, and degree programs with exceptional preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Flexible course options including online and distance learning combined with many levels of support such as financial assistance, educational planning, personal counseling, child care and learning skills programs provide every student the opportunity for the highest academic and personal success. West Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to West Valley College is De Anza College (4.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 23,104 students | 4.00 Mi21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
    Cupertino CA  95014
  • 9,072 students | 5.90 Mi2100 Moorpark Ave
    San Jose CA  95128
  • 8,435 students | 8.80 Mi3000 Mission College Blvd
    Santa Clara CA  95054
  • 15,030 students | 9.00 Mi12345 El Monte Rd
    Los Altos CA  94022
  • Carrington College-San Jose
    Private, for profit
    805 students | 13.30 Mi6201 San Ignacio Ave.
    San Jose CA  95119
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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,157 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. 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.