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 7,619 students (33% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 63% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 77%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 507 teachers has grown by 52% over five years.
West Valley College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty507 staff308 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of West Valley College has declined by 15% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 39:1 over five years.
The West Valley College diversity score of 0.73 is more than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment7,619 students8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio15:124:1
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# Full-Time Students2,510 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students5,109 students6,350 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
20%
12%
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% Hispanic
30%
47%
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% Black
2%
6%
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% White
37%
23%
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% Two or more races
7%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
3%
6%
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Diversity Score0.730.70
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College Completion Rate
36%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,700$34,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,186 is less than the state average of $1,997. 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 $7,123. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,186$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees$4,978$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid65%79%
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Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2007)$3,500$6,125
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,521$6,000
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Source: 2020 (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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For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,997 per year for in-state students and $7,123 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $21,060 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 0.70, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.