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 7,823 students (33% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is lower than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 63% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 75%.

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 stayed relatively flat 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 staff134 staff
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Student Body

The student population of West Valley College has declined by 13% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has decreased from 35:1 over five years.
The West Valley College diversity score of 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 12% over five years.
Total Enrollment7,823 students5,275 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio33:145:1
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# Full-Time Students2,614 students1,894 students
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# Part-Time Students5,209 students6,252 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
22%
12%
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% Hispanic
25%
43%
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% Black
2%
7%
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% White
37%
25%
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% Two or more races
6%
4%
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% Non Resident races
6%
4%
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% Unknown races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score0.740.73
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College Completion Rate
32%
31%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,700$34,600
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $1,186 is less than the state average of $1,458. 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 $6,710. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,186$1,458
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Out-State Tuition Fees$4,978$6,710
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid64%77%
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Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2007)$3,500$6,625
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,750$5,751
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Source: 2019 (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.

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,458 per year for in-state students and $6,710 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,032 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 0.73, which is equal to the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in California is California College San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.