West Valley College

West Valley College

West Valley College, or WVC, is a public Community College located on the west side of Silicon Valley in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco, California. It was founded in the year 1963. The college offers more than 15 career programs, professional certificates, and degree programs with excellent preparation for transfers to four-year colleges and universities. The campus is spread across an area of 143 acres.

WVC offers a variety of events and activities for the overall development of the students. The college also has athletic teams that participate in various sports. Some graduates have gone on to become famous personalities such as Doug Capilla, Major League Baseball player; H. Paul Shuch, SETI scientist; and Cung Le, ELITE XC fighter.

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West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Ave
Saratoga , CA 95070-5698
General Phone: (408) 867-2200

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West Valley College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts514women's studies, minority and gender studies, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, social services, anthropology, ...
Design82fashion design, interior design
Business and Management75business, business management, electronic commerce, accounting, small business management, sales and marketing, retail, sales, business and related services ...
Law30legal secretary, legal assistant, court reporting
Medical Support and Technology26medical assistant, orthotist/prosthetist
Science25biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Security and Law Enforcement21criminal justice and police
Engineering Technician19drafting
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17parks and recreation management, health and physical education
Therapy and Counseling12psychology, massage therapy
Media12radio and television, digital communications, advertising, desktop publishing and imaging, animation and special effects
Architecture and Planning10landscape architecture, architectural tech
Office and Administration10data entry, office management, administrative assistant
Photography and Commercial Art5commercial photography, film studies, cinematography, photography
Art Studies5visual and performing arts, art studies
Computer Science and Engineering4computer programming, computer science, web design, computer networking, webmastering
Family and Social Work4child development
Drama and Performing Arts3drama, theatre design
Real Estate and Construction Management0real estate
Mechanics and Repair0communications install and repair
Medical Administration0medical secretary
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy
Construction Trades0apparel and textile manufacture

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year16922
Associate's degree61552
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years7148
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years276

West Valley College Student Body

In 2007-2008, West Valley College had a total enrollment of 11,210 students (5,715 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 50%
Black 4%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 17%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 21%
20-21 15%
22-24 11%
25-29 10%
30-34 7%
35-39 7%
40-49 13%
50-64 9%
65+ 2%

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

State unknown7%

West Valley College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 38 %

West Valley College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Saratoga, 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.

West Valley College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 550
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,700
Books and supplies $ 2,316

Financial Aid:
West Valley College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 133800)

West Valley College Faculty

West Valley College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1930

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year9$84,17918$91,689
All faculty totalcalendar year9$84,17918$91,689

*: 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 year68$73,55686$74,147
All faculty totalacademic year68$73,55686$74,147

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

West Valley College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Other
Basketball Other
Baseball Other
Track Other

West Valley College Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Retailing and Retail Operations
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Manufacture

Fashion/Apparel Design
Interior Design

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

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Court Reporting/Court Reporter
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
Geography, Other
History, General
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

Mechanics And Repair
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Medical/Clinical Assistant

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial Photography
Film/Cinema Studies

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

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

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage
Psychology, General

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What Sets West Valley College Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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% of degrees in liberal arts
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% of degrees in law
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% students 40 years or older
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Top 11%West Valley College % students 40 years or older
Number of degree programs
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Top 11%West Valley College Number of degree programs
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 14%West Valley College % of degrees in drama and performing arts
% of degrees in design
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Top 14%West Valley College % of degrees in design
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 16%West Valley College Salaries of full-time faculty
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 16%West Valley College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
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 Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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