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The Peralta Community Colleges is a district made out of 4 California Community Colleges, one of which is the College of Alameda (COA). The district has been established since 1964 and is the considered foundation of higher public education around the Oakland area.

Their vision is that COA a very diverse and supportive community of people seeking knowledge. The College of Alameda has made a commitment towards establishing a very ethical and creative environment to help develop students into critical thinkers and citizens of the world.

The Spanish land of Rancho San Antonio was historically granted to a Spanish sergeant and the name Peralta in particular is a reflection of one of the six cities comprising the college district. In general, residents from the neighboring towns of Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont and Alameda are served and there are over 6300 enrolled students. The entire student population is undertaking undergraduate studies, and based upon the population it’s considered a fairly large school.

There's a special Student Services division at College of Alameda which is an established academic support network providing services to ensure the excellence and success of their students. Student Services currently offers help with articulation agreements and guaranteed transfers to 4 year universities, financial aid, health services, transfer programs, etc.

The tuition fee is $46 per semester unit for all Californian residents. International and out-of-state students are also welcome however; the tuition is set at an additional $4,560.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,300. 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

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
    • Out-of-State: $5,700-$6,797
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $240-$280 per 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 Aid74%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships73%$4,187
Student Loans (Federal)1%$5,095

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 6%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, College of Alameda may provide student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how College of Alameda compares against other community colleges in Alameda County and community colleges in California as a whole.

 COAAlameda CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate19.7%20.7%22.8%
Transfer-out Rate9.2%14.2%14.2%

Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities

The list of schools below are popular among students transferring out of College of Alameda. Visit the following school profiles to get admissions information, including admissions requirements and contact information:

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1965)

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 (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

  • Home Construction and Inspection (C)

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles (A, C)

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Administrative Assistant (C)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Psychology

Social Sciences

Other Community Colleges Nearby

The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to College of Alameda.