Cabrillo College

6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA

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Cabrillo College, located in Aptos, California, was established in 1959 as Cabrillo Junior College and began operations with a freshman class of 400 students. The school is named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the Portuguese explorer who was first to map the coast of California. Cabrillo College strives to meet all the needs of the community and is known as a college that cares about people. Cabrillo College is continually evolving, adding programs and renovating facilities as needed to meet can predict community needs and expectations. The school currently enrolls over 17,000 students, and continues to grow.


Cabrillo College offers over 70 programs of study to meet the needs of its large student body. The school offers transfer programs, designed to meet requirements necessary for transfer to a four year institution. Additionally, the school also provides technical and vocational training for more career oriented students looking to enter the job market as trained professionals as soon as possible. The programs offered will result in a diploma, certificate or associate degree depending on which program was taken. The school also offers adult education, continuing education, and community classes for individuals wishing to increase their skill base or return to school.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

As a community college, Cabrillo College has an open enrollment policy allowing students to apply online or in person in order to obtain admittance. New students will be required to take a placement exam and attend student orientation prior to registering for classes. It is also important for students to meet with academic counselors to outline and determine which classes need to be taken in order to meet the needs of an academic program.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and employment. Eligibility is determined through the student aid report obtained as a result of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students should adhere to the listed deadlines for both admissions applications and financial aid, in order to avoid the possibility of missing out on aid awards for a semester or year.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $1,300-$1,500
    • Out-of-State: $5,600-$6,754
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $250-$300 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid68%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships66%$4,529
Receiving Student Loans2%$5,765

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Cabrillo College may provide services to students like:

  • Distance learning
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for this school, versus those community colleges in California, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 Cabrillo CollegeSanta Cruz CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate27.4%-24.3%
Transfer-out Rate16.2%-13.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1969)
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1972)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

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