Foothill College

Foothill College

Foothill College is a community college located in Los Altos Hills, California. It is a part of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. The college was founded on January 15, 1957 by Founding Superintendent and President Dr. Calvin C. Flint. The campus is spread across an area of 120 acres.

Foothill College offers more than 65 Associate Degree Programs and over 35 certificate programs. The college enrolls more than 18,000 students annually.

Foothill is a member of the Coast Conference of the California Community College Commission on Athletics and the NorCal Football Conference. Their official mascot is an owl. Some of the notable alumni of the college are Chris Robinson, music video director; Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies; and Jon Nakamatsu, famous Japanese-American pianist.

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Foothill College
12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills , CA 94022
General Phone: (650) 949-7777

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Foothill Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Construction Trades260construction, electrician, plumbing
Medical Support and Technology206dental assistant, dental hygienist, pharmacy tech, veterinary assistant, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, sonography and ultrasound tech, radiographer, physician assistant, ...
Liberal Arts188American studies, women's studies, linguistics, Chinese language, Japanese language, Korean language, German language, French language, Spanish language, ...
Production Trades106sheet metal tech
Hospitality80travel services
Business and Management62business management, electronic commerce, accounting, small business management, international business, taxation
Science35biology, biological and biomedical sciences, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Computer Science and Engineering29computer programming, computer science, database administration, computer networking, system administration, webmastering, computer support
Landscaping and Horticulture23applied horticulture
Therapy and Counseling19psychology
Education and Teaching18special ed
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12health and physical education, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Drama and Performing Arts11drama, theatre design
Family and Social Work8child development
Music8music, music management
Photography and Commercial Art7film studies, photography
Science and Laboratory Technician6biology tech
Art Studies5art studies
Design5graphic design
Nursing and Emergency Medicine4EMT paramedic
Real Estate and Construction Management4real estate
Law3legal studies
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy
Office and Administration2administrative assistant
Media1broadcast journalism, radio and television, digital communications
Engineering Technician0engineering technician

Number of programs and degrees for Foothill in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years38114
Associate's degree50374
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years050
Award of less than 1 academic year22633

Foothill Student Body

In 2007-2008, Foothill had a total enrollment of 18,132 students (8,479 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 41%
Black 4%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 24%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 16%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 11%
20-21 10%
22-24 12%
25-29 14%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 9%
50-64 9%
65+ 12%

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

State unknown26%

Foothill Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 44 %

Foothill Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Los Altos Hills, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Foothill Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 830
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 6,770
Books and supplies $ 833

Financial Aid:
Foothill participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 119900)

Foothill Faculty

Foothill has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2724

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year20$97,74034$100,033
All faculty totalcalendar year20$97,74034$100,033

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

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year64$90,06287$89,248
All faculty totalacademic year64$90,06287$89,248

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

Foothill Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
System Administration/Administrator
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Construction Trades
Construction Trades, General
Plumbing Technology/Plumber

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
Geography, Other
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Korean Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Assistant/Technician
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Physician Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Music Management and Merchandising
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Production Trades
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

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

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Remedial classes for students
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checked Option to study abroad
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