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Foothills College, located in Los Altos Hills, California, was founded in 1957 to provide resident in the South Bay educational opportunities. The school is a member of the California Community Colleges System which operates the state's two year institutions throughout the various counties and districts. Foothill College is one of the two colleges that comprise the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, the other being De Anza College. The school has recently undergone a large renovation in order to improve and expand facilities in order to meet the needs of the 18,000 students that enroll annually. Since 2003 nearly every building on campus has undergone improvements, and the school has add3ed several new facilities as well.
Students at Foothills College will choose from a variety of programs, enrolling in the one that meets their needs, either through academic transfer opportunities or career training. An academic transfer program will have the student complete the first two years of a four year education at the college, followed by applying to a four year institution in order to complete the final two year and earn their bachelor's degree. Agreements with the California State University System and the University of California System guarantees admission to students who meet the academic criterion for admission put forth by those systems. Students who wish to enroll at an out of state or private school will encounter varying admissions requirements and as a result should meet with a counselor to discuss those schools' admissions requirements and develop a curriculum that best fulfills them.
Career training programs are designed to impart theoretical and practical education by educating students in the methods and techniques used in their area of study and the associated work involved. Students will learn how to apply learned skills to a real world setting through the use of controlled environments, allowing them to develop and advance their skills and abilities and gaining the experience that is beneficial for future employment. Most programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a certificate or degree that demonstrates competency in the area studies and allows for the pursuit of job opportunities at the entry level.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Foothills College is a public two year institution with an open enrollment policy that allows any student that wishes to enroll to do so by meeting the minimum requirements for admission, completing and submitting an application, and the payment of tuition. Students should also supply previous transcripts if available and take a placement exam which may be bypassed through the submission of one's standardized test scores. Students are also encouraged to participate in new student orientation to familiarize themselves with the campus and to meet with a counselor to discuss program enrollment and curriculum.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Individuals requiring financial assistance are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information provided from which will be used by the school's financial aid department to determine a student's financial needs and aid program eligibility when constructing the student's financial aid packet. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year. Students receiving aid may be chosen at random to provide additional tax information to be compared to the information provided on one's FAFSA in order to verify its accuracy.
The Foothills College Owls participate in intercollegiate athletics the through the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) which promoted competition among the 108 community colleges that comprise the CCCS. Intercollegiate athletics area fun extracurricular activity that promoted good health, teamwork, discipline, and leadership, all qualities that can be applied to one's personal and professional life. Student interested in participating may contact the athletic department to obtain the necessary forms and tryout dates.
Athletic programs offered:
- Water Polo
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. 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: $1,400-$1,700
- Out-of-State: $6,200-$7,452
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $31-$37 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $140-$170 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||28%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||26%||$3,439|
|Receiving Student Loans||5%||$5,363|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 16%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Foothill College may offer student services like:
- Online classes
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
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 Foothill College compares against other community colleges in Santa Clara and community colleges in California as a whole.
|Foothill College||Santa Clara||California|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1962)
- Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1966)
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1969)
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,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
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