West Valley College

14000 Fruitvale Ave
Saratoga, CA 95070-5698
Tel: (408)867-2200
  • 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 is De Anza College (4.00 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 235 teachers has declined by 29% over five years.
West Valley College (CA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 235 staff 86 staff
West Valley College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 9,062 has declined by 21% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 39:1 has increased from 35:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.66 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 9,062 students 7,105 students
West Valley College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 39:1 44:1
West Valley College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 2,799 students 1,483 students
West Valley College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 6,263 students 5,622 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)
% Hawaiian
- -
West Valley College Hawaiian (2009-2011)
% Two or more races
West Valley College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
West Valley College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
West Valley College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.66 0.73
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 -
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 $6,773. 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 $6,773
West Valley College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 44% 78%
West Valley College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $3,500 -
Median Debt for Dropouts $4,350 -
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.

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Did You Know?
For Santa Clara County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,336 per year for in-state students and $6,889 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Santa Clara County, CA community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Santa Clara County, CA is San Jose City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.