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Foothill College

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Regarded as one of the most successful community colleges in the United States, Foothill College is located in Los Altos Hills, California. It was established on January 15, 1957 by its founding Superintended/President, Calvin C. Flint and founding Board of Trustees. The college is part of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and became the first community college in California to offer online courses. Today, the institute offers over 500 online credit courses to students in the Bay Area and throughout the world.


The institute offers a perfect platform for students to complete their first two years of college. The transfer program prepares students to get admission to the university of their choice. Students can enroll to earn a two-year professional or technical program leading to an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) Degree. Students are provided with an option of over 75 associate degree programs and more than 100 certificate programs. It also offers several specialized programs that require less than two years.

The college is composed of several academic divisions which include Adaptive Learning; Biological & Health Sciences; Business & Social Sciences (BSS); Computers, Technology & Information Systems (CTIS); Counseling & Matriculation; Fine Arts & Communication; Language Arts; Learning Resource Center & Library; Non Credit Division; Physical Education & Human Performance; and Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering.

Online Degrees

More than 500 online college credit courses are offered. Students can earn online degrees and certificates such as AA in Anthropology, AA in Art History, AS in Computer Software Development, Oracle Database Administration, and Oracle Database Developer. The college presents a diverse selection of online classes every quarter.

The school is committed to the success of online learning students. It offers a wide range of services to help applicants choose an academic program, proceed through that program, and become involved with the campus activities. Those who cannot come to the campus for counseling, can get help from the online advising forums.

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Each year, the college enrolls more than 18,000 students in its full-time and part-time programs. Students seeking admission must fill out the free online application, available on the school’s website. After this is completed, applicants will be provided with a counseling appointment online. A counseling appointment helps students take the right career decision and meet the college counselors personally. Applicants need to take the math, chemistry and English/ ESL placement tests. Students whose native language is not English must opt for ESL.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid must complete their online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid is offered to needy and deserving students to help them bear the education costs. Financial aid is provided in the form of grants, scholarships, student employment, loans, and a BOG fee waiver.

Loans are the type of financial assistance that needs to be repaid by the students. Some types of loans available are Federal Direct Loan, Federal Direct Plus, and Federal Perkins Loans.

Grants offered to the students include Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Cal Grants, and Chafee Grant.

Federal Work Study (FWS) offers job assistance to the students who are interested in working part-time. Students can earn a part of the educational expenses through the employment programs.

Scholarships offered include the Angel Sierra Memorial Scholarship, APAN Scholarship, California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Scholarship, California Retired Teachers Association – Hilde J. Leopold Memorial Scholarship, Doorway to Success Scholarship, International Scholarship, Judson Allen Memorial Photo Scholarship, Recycled Computers for Students Scholarship, and the Recycled Computers for Students Scholarship.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4447th for the average student loan amount.
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Students here enjoy a diverse and vibrant campus life. There are more than 200 chartered campus clubs and organizations that aim to enrich the academic experience of the students. These organizations mostly focus on student interests in multicultural diversity, career options, crafts, politics, sports, recreation, service and social events. You can either join an existing club or start a new one. Some of the popular on-campus student clubs are Anthropology Club, Drama and Film Society, E.S.L. (English as a Second Language), Foothill American Red Cross, J.I.F.F. (Jews, Israelis and Friends at Foothill), M.S.A. (Muslim Student Association), and Spanish Language & Culture.

As an enrolled student, you will be a part of the Associated Students of Foothill College, also referred to as ASFC. The Campus Council manages the affairs of the AFSC, which is the official name of the student government.

The Office of Student Activities organizes the college events and manages the resource center. It also supervises service and leadership development programs. Members work in coordination with student government (ASFC), faculty, campus staff, academic divisions and other community organizations to present cultural events. It also helps students, campus clubs, and other organizations plans events.

Media and Publications:

KFJC 89.7 FM is the free radio station of the campus. It is licensed to the Trustees of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District; and used as a teaching laboratory for the Fine Arts and Communications Department.

Students can explore a diverse range of publications in a synergistic magazine format. Foothill Fusion is the monthly newsletter and Loop Magazine provides interesting news, updates and information about the college.

Campus Facilities:

The campus is home to several different food services and dining areas such as Fresh & Natural, located in the campus center, and KJ’s Café a la Carte Espresso Bar, located in the East Wing. There are also multiple vending machines situated around the college. Fitness enthusiasts can join health programs at the on-campus fitness center, where classes include Badminton, Cardio Kickboxing, Deep-Water Running, Pilates, Indoor Cycling-Spin, TAG (Thighs, Abs, & Glutes), Weight Training, Walk for Fitness, and Yoga.

Students can even join the Foothill Dance Company to take dance classes in different types of genres such as ballet, ballroom & social dance, jazz, modern dance, and movement for actors. Several on-campus learning resources are available such as the Library, Media Center, Travel Careers Computer Lab, Tutorial Center, Writing Center, Middlefield Campus Computer Lab, NASA Ames Internship Program, Golf Instruction Complex, Dental Health Clinic, and Language & Academic Skills Lab.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The school sponsors both men’s and women’s teams to take part in varsity sports such as basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and water polo. The college’s sports teams are nicknamed the Owls. Foothill College is a member of the NorCal Football Conference and Coast Conference of the California Community College Commission on Athletics.

Sports facilities include an Olympic-size swimming pool, softball/soccer field, Robert C. Smithwick theater, football stadium and an all-weather track.

Intramural Sports:

The Intramural Recreation Program offers an excellent opportunity for students to have fun and meet new people while taking part in the recreational activities on the campus. Students can enjoy various activities such as playing arcade games or air hockey, shooting pool, playing checkers or chess, and watching movies on the giant screen TV.

The college also organizes competitive leagues in recreational sports such as flag football, basketball, volleyball, and softball. The Intramural Program also hosts special activities and one day tournaments such as the College Bowl, Foothill Fun Run, and Sports Trivia Tournament. Special trips and outings to places and events like Disneyland and A’s Giants baseball games are also organized by the school.


Students, faculty, and staff celebrate the cultural diversity of the campus community throughout the year, observing all heritage month festivities from January through June. Some of the highlights of these traditional celebrations include art exhibits, literature events, guest speakers, panel discussions, live entertainment, theatre performances, film screenings, and hot-topic workshops. These events are organized by students and funded by the student government (ASFC).

Some of the popular heritage months celebrated are Jewish Heritage Month in January; Black History Month in February; Women’s History Month in March; Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in April; Latino Heritage Month in May; and Gay/Lesbian Heritage Month in June.


Students here have earned reputations in diverse professional fields. Some of the notable alumni of the college are:

  • Chris Robinson, pop music video director
  • Steve Sampson, American soccer player
  • Jon Nakamatsu, Japanese-American pianist
  • Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields
  • Adrienne Barbeau, an actress who appeared in the TV series Maude
  • Gene Block, Chancellor of the University of California Los Angeles

Additional School Information

The Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) is housed on the campus. Their mission is to design and implement innovative professional development and training, with a focus on technology integration and STEM, to maintain the diverse workforce required in the knowledge economy. The important programs offered by KCI are Making Education Relevant and Interactive, and FAME (Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence).


Accreditation is provided by the Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This organization is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Programs in the school are also accredited by other bodies such as the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Medical Association Council on Medical Education, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Information Summary

Ranks 188th in California and 2204th 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 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 33 0.41
Larceny 26 0.32
Vehicle theft 2 0.02

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population18,466 (18,159 urban / 307 rural)
Households6,979 (2.60 people per house)
Median Household Income$145,425
Families5,303 (2.95 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 District618

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3898th 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 $141 $141 $141
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 $3,246 $3,246 $9,726
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,139 $19,139 $25,619
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,664 $7,664 $14,144

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,215 $1,536 $1,215 $1,536 $6,210 $6,351
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,814 $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 $3,933 $4,146
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,539 $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 239 27 184 204 4 375 26 1,110
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 3 5 9 21
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 2
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 1
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 1
Anthropology 1 2 6 1 11
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 21 23
Art/Art Studies, General 1 2 3
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 2 3
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 4 5 9 20
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 2 1 5
Biomedical Technology/Technician
Business Administration and Management, General 13 6 9 10 2 40
Chemistry, General 1 2 4
Child Care Provider/Assistant 2 7 2 6 17
Child Care and Support Services Management
Chinese Language and Literature 2 1 3
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1 6 9
Computer Science 2 1 1 2 6
Computer Support Specialist
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 2 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 2 2
Creative Writing
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 1
Dental Assisting/Assistant 9 10 9 28
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 3 10 7 22
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 3 5 8 16
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Economics, General 4 1 1 2 4 13
Electrician 1 23 6 30
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 5 5
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 3
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
French Language and Literature
Geography 1 1 2
Geography, Other 2 3 6 11
Graphic Design 2 3
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 3 1 1 7
History, General 2 1 2 5
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 3 1 5
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 2
Japanese Language and Literature 3 1 6
Legal Studies, General 1 1 1 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 169 4 35 80 71 2 374
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 3 4
Mathematics, General 3 1 1 1 1 7
Music, General 1 1 3 5 1 11
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 3 3 5 7 18
Philosophy 1 1 2
Photography 1 1 7 1 10
Physician Assistant 1 10 6 1 16 1 37
Physics, General 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 3 1 4
Pre-Engineering 2 2
Psychology, General 2 3 13 4 20 2 47
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 8 10 9 28
Real Estate 2 2
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 1 1 5 9 2 20
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 2 5 9 9 25
Social Sciences, General 17 4 20 6 16 1 71
Sociology 2 4 7 4 6 2 28
Spanish Language and Literature 1 2 3
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 2 10 15
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 1 7 1 4 20
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 1 3
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 6 4 27 1 40
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 1 1
Women's Studies

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 391st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $90,095 ($86,542 male / $87,784 female)
Number of FT Faculty 186 (74 male / 112 female)
Number of PT Faculty 549
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $6,527,975

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