Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College

Named after the explorer Juan Cabrillo, Cabrillo College is a public community college established in 1959. The college offers enrollment to over 16,000 students. Its main campus is in Aptos, California, but there are several branches in downtown Santa Cruz and the San Lorenzo Valley. Apart from these, the other locations include:

  • Cabrillo College Watsonville Center
  • Cabrillo College Scotts Valley Center

Cabrillo College offers over 80 majors, degrees and certificate programs to its students. These include courses on business, professional and personal development, skills certificates and A.S. degrees. Additionally, distance education programs are also offered for the benefit of remote students.

The Cabrillo College team goes by the name Seahawks and there are separate baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and swimming, diving and water polo teams. The alumni consists of famous personalities like the actress Camryn Manheim, the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ward Bushee and several athletes such as Brendan Ayanbadejo, Obafemi Ayanbadejo and Sherman Cocroft.

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Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Dr
Aptos , CA 95003
General Phone: (831) 479-6100

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Cabrillo College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts451American studies, area studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, ...
Family and Social Work92child development, human services
Business and Management84business, electronic commerce, accounting
Medical Support and Technology72dental hygienist, medical assistant, electrocardiograph tech, radiographer, medical lab tech, phlebotomy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine70EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Computer Science and Engineering65computer programming, computer science, web design, database administration, computer graphics, computer networking, system administration
Security and Law Enforcement34corrections, criminal justice and police, corrections and criminal justice, fire-fighting
Education and Teaching27health teaching
Construction Trades25building inspector, construction manager
Science24biology, biological and physical sciences, astronomy, chemistry, geology, physics
Engineering21engineering, archeology
Office and Administration18administrative assistant
Landscaping and Horticulture14applied horticulture, landscaping, plant nursery
Media12journalism, digital communications, animation and special effects
Cooking and Culinary Arts12culinary arts
Art Studies12art studies
Medical Administration10medical secretary
Real Estate and Construction Management9real estate
Therapy and Counseling9psychology
Production Trades5welding
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy
Engineering Technician3engineering technology, manufacturing tech, drafting, architectural drafting, civil drafting
Drama and Performing Arts2dance, drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0health and physical education
Photography and Commercial Art0photography

Number of programs and degrees for Cabrillo College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year19635
Associate's degree84963
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years4218

Cabrillo College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cabrillo College had a total enrollment of 15,114 students (8,338 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 61%
Black 1%
Hispanic 24%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 19%
20-21 14%
22-24 13%
25-29 11%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 11%
50-64 11%
65+ 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown10%

Cabrillo College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 45 %

Cabrillo College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Cabrillo College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 604
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,628
Books and supplies $ 1,566

Financial Aid:
Cabrillo College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 112400)

Cabrillo College Faculty

Cabrillo College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2727
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1623

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year113$69,872142$65,699
All faculty totalacademic year113$69,872142$65,699

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cabrillo College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Graphics
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
System Administration/Administrator
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Construction Trades
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Health Teacher Education

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering Technology, General
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Human Services, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Nursery Operations and Management

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area Studies, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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