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21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
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De Anza College

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De Anza Community College is located in Cupertino, California. Founded in 1967, the college has expanded over the years and today is an expansive institution built on over 100 acres. The campus is home to over 116 classrooms and lecture halls and over 40 laboratories.

The college employs close to 1,000 part-time and full-time faculty and current student population is over 20,000. In its short history, it has joined the league of leading two-year colleges as its graduates have consistently transferred to leading four-year colleges and universities. The college has articulation agreements with leading universities making it easy for its graduates to transfer to those universities.

In the state of California, De Anza ranks amongst the top two-year colleges that transfer students to California State University and the University of California. Some of the institutions with which the college has articulation arrangements include Stanford, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Columbia.


Academic tracks of study include certificates and associate degrees in very diverse fields. There are over 100 certificate programs and 60 associate degree programs. The college has over a dozen instruction divisions and departments covering areas such as Applied Technologies, Environmental Sciences, Language Arts, Intercultural/International Studies, Library Services and Counseling.

Students getting admission to the Applied Technologies Division get the opportunity to pursue a variety of certificate and associate degree programs in Automotive Technology. This department offers Certificates of proficiency in Automotive Machining and Engine Repair, Automotive Engine Performance and Certificates of Completion in Automotive Air Conditioning and Automotive Inspection and Maintenance. To obtain an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology, a student is required to complete 90 units.

Students pursuing certificate and degree courses in business and computer science are catered for by the college’s Business/Computer Systems Division. The Accounting Department under this division offers various Accounting Certificates (Accounting, Bookkeeping and Taxation) and Associate Degrees. The Computer Applications & Office Systems Department (CAOS) offers certificates and degrees covering areas such as Web Development, Computer Crime Investigation and Small Business Computer Security.

The Disability Support Programs & Services (DSP&S) Division develops programs specifically aimed at students with disabilities. Originally known as the Special Education Division, DSP&S has over endeavored to improve access to quality education and the college’s facilities to students with special needs. Through the division’s Adapted Physical Education (APE) program, special aquatic and physical exercises have been developed to cater for the physically challenged. The Disability Support Services Program provides assistance to students with sensory impairments and, in addition to assisting those with physical challenges also offers assistance to students with psychological problems.

Various programs aimed at the medical profession are available including Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology and Medical Transcription. The list of programs is long making it possible for most students to find a suitable course.

Accreditation is granted by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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The college requires that applicants be at least 18 years at the time of application. In addition, applicants should possess a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.

Students who are at least 18 years old and have not completed high school but wish to join the college could do so by taking college courses. To apply for admission, such a student should obtain a statement from the head of the school last attended indicating the subjects the student needs to take to fulfill high school qualification requirements.

This alternative admission method is governed by the California State Department of Education which recommends that equivalent credits be granted on a ratio of 2:1 (i.e. 2 units completed at college are equivalent to 4 high school semester periods, etc). When a student completes the equivalent courses, transcripts are sent to the high school for approval.

Students attending high school have the chance to take college classes before they graduate. The college offers courses to students who are in 11th and 12th grades and successful applicants can take up to 11 units per year. The courses offered to such students are mainly vocational.

Applications for admission can be filled out online. The college recommends that applications be submitted three months before the beginning of the quarter in which the student wishes to commence studies.

International students seeking admission are required to fill an International Student Application Form which is available online and to prove proficiency in English by taking TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Academic Tests.

Students who fail to obtain admission due to low language proficiency scores are encouraged to re-take the tests or to join some of the ESL language schools with which the college has guaranteed admission agreements. International students should also prove their ability to pay through college by providing recent original bank letters from their sponsors. Applicants pay a non-refundable application fee.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for eligible students. To qualify for aid, the applicant must be a citizen of the U.S. or an eligible non-citizen. The applicant must also show financial need and be enrolled at the college. Financial aid is not available for applicants who have defaulted on other educational loans and those that owe refunds to any financial aid office.

To continue benefiting from financial aid, a student is required to make satisfactory progress. This is measured by the quality of the student’s grades and the student’s ability to complete undertaken courses.

Students applying for aid must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Applicants who fail to meet minimum standard requirements are put on financial aid probation and those who fail to meet set minimum standards at the end of the probationary period are disqualified from receiving aid.

Financial aid takes the form of scholarships, loans, grants, fee waivers and part-time employment. Some of the scholarships available include the Angel Sierra Memorial Scholarship, the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Scholarship for students pursuing Biological and Health Sciences, the Doorway to Success Scholarship, the Judson Allen Memorial Photo Scholarship for Creative/Fine Art students and the Refurbished Computer for Students Scholarship.

The State of California has also sponsored various grant programs including the Cal Grants and the Bilingual Teacher Grants which are available to students who are resident in the state. Financially challenged residents of California could also apply for Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) which grants aid up to $600.

Federal grants available for students include the Pell Grant (over $5,000) and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). The latter is awarded to students who meet the eligibility requirements of the Pell grant and whose financial needs are considered exceptional.

The State of California also funds the Board of Governors Fee Waiver which enables institutions to waive enrollment fees charged to qualifying applicants.

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The student population includes students from over 50 countries. To ensure that students from different cultural backgrounds live harmoniously, various events and activities are organized to bring the students together. Events that help expand multiculturalism are organized by the De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB) which also functions as the voice of the students.

This very influential student body has many committees and a remarkable one is the Student Rights and Services Committee which, as the name suggests, is mandated to ensure that students’ rights are respected and that they obtain the services due to them.

While the majority of students are young high school graduates, There are also a sizeable number of veterans who are represented by the De Anza Student Veterans Association. The veterans club assists its members by providing information on veteran benefits and also providing a forum for networking.

Students with special interests have a wide range of club activities to participate in. The college’s Inter Club Council (ICC) coordinates the activities of over 60 clubs and encourages students to create new clubs and organizations. Some clubs are sports-based while others are modeled on specific disciplines. Examples of clubs and organizations include the Badminton Club, the Anthropology Club, the Black Student Union, the Chinese Student Association, the Cheer and Dance Team and the Film Club.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletic department fields 19 sports programs for both male and female students and close to 500 athletes are actively involved in team activities. Some of the teams are soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, badminton, tennis, swimming and a variety of track and field teams.

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Ranks 135th in California and 1921st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 9 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 2 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 23 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 4 0.01
Robbery 18 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 139 0.24
Larceny 555 0.94
Vehicle theft 17 0.03

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Cupertino, CA 95014
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population54,412 (53,917 urban / 495 rural)
Households19,581 (2.76 people per house)
Median Household Income$100,020
Families14,604 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District617

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3895th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,395 $1,395 $7,875
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $147 $147 $147
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $31 $31 $175
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,252 $3,252 $9,732
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,146 $19,146 $25,626
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,671 $7,671 $14,151

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,221 $1,542 $1,221 $1,542 $6,216 $6,357
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,815 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,415 $11,034
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,960 $4,146
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,540 $4,146

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 148 72 433 744 13 533 35 2,060
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 4 2 5 59 18 2 91
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 2 1 4 7
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 39 36 4 66 3 151
Biological and Physical Sciences 15 4 41 103 1 32 2 210
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 17 19
Business Administration and Management, General 16 6 16 43 21 106
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 51 9 40 106 1 50 8 269
Child Care Provider/Assistant 5 2 10 38 9 1 66
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 1 3 5 2 1 5 22
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 5 6
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 5 5 20 13 2 46
Computer Support Specialist 2 3 5
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1 1 4
Corrections 4 3 7
Criminal Justice/Police Science 4 1 9 15
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 1 1 1 3
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 1
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 1
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 1 4 5 11
Drawing 1 1 2
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 2 2 3 8
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 1 5 3 10
English Language and Literature, General 6 2 3 12
Environmental Science 1 3 1 5 10
Graphic Design 1 3 8 3 16
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician 1 2 4 7
Homeland Security 1 3 4
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 16 2 45 48 1 43 1 166
International Relations and Affairs
Journalism 1 5 1 7
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 1 3
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 6 17 27 40 5 99
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 1 3 1 11 1 17
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 4 4 10
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 1 6 4 12
Mathematics, General 1 2 3
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 5 7 4 16
Medical/Clinical Assistant 2 12 30 12 56
Music, General 1 3 4
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 5 6
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 1 2 6 26 12 50
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant 1 2 1 5
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 4 5 1 10
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 3 3
Radio and Television 1 3 1 5
Real Estate 1 2 3
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 6 27 24 1 60
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 6 4 1 12
Sculpture 1 1
Small Business Administration/Management 2 1 1 4
Social Sciences, General 12 23 115 76 5 81 3 335
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 7 9 7 29
Taxation 1 1 2 15 6 2 30
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 3 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 362nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $91,578 ($89,412 male / $86,889 female)
Number of FT Faculty 274 (133 male / 141 female)
Number of PT Faculty 766
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $9,278,259

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