West Valley College

14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA

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West Valley College breeds success. The college seeks to offer one-on-one interaction between students and faculty. Many students have been successful. Last year 571 students transferred to the University of California and California State University. Additionally, 552 students were awarded Associate degrees. Tuition at West Valley College is $46 per unit for California residents.

The college host students from 25 countries that will become future global leaders. Classes are offered on a 143 acre campus in Saratoga, California which is at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Student enrollment is currently over 11,000. There are 166 full-time professors and 275 associate faculty members. Currently, there are 58 associate degree programs offered as well as 91 certificate programs. West Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

West Valley College is an excellent place to start a new career. No matter if you just finished high school or are looking to start a second career, West Valley College offers a career program right for you. Programs are offered in Administration of Justice, Business, Child Studies, Community Education, Computer Application Programs, Computer Arts, Animation, Computer Information Systems, Court Reporting, Interior Design, Geospatial Technology, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, and Park Management.

Athletic competition helps to create all-around individuals that succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Sports breed a strong work ethic through practice. West Valley College offers baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,600. 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

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
    • Out-of-State: $4,900-$5,875
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $200-$240 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 Aid41%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships40%$4,161

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, West Valley College may offer services including:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • 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 West Valley College compares against other community colleges in Santa Clara County and community colleges in California as a whole.

 West Valley CollegeSanta Clara CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate28.3%36.6%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate19.7%14.7%13.8%

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,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



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

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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