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Imperial Valley College is located in Imperial County in California. The college was founded in 1962. It currently enrolls a total of nearly seven thousand students each year. The campus is located on a property of one hundred and sixty acres. The college began in 1922 as a junior college and because of a lack of attendance the neighboring location was closed, increasing attendance to Imperial Valley College— which was then referred to as Central Junior College. The college’s name was officially changed in 1951.

Interestingly, the first day of classes was held on a 160-acre plot at the intersection of highway 111 and Aten Road roughly 50 years ago. The college campus was approved by the state department of education on July 10, 1959, followed by the election of the members of the committee.


The programs of study at the Imperial Valley College include majors and certificate courses. Some of the notable ones are alcohol and drug studies, behavioral science, business management and computer information systems. The college is accredited by the commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, California Association of Drug and Alcohol Educators, California Board of Registered Nursing, California Board of Vocational and Nurse and Psychiatric Examiners, California Department of Education, Child and Adult Care Food Program and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Unique Programs

The EOPS (Extended Opportunities Programs and Services Program) held at the Imperial Valley College is funded by the state of California and is dominated by a group of professionals. Eligibility to the program depends on a number of factors such as residency, enrollment and grades.

The technology training center at Imperial Valley College is structured to familiarize faculty and staff with the latest in computer technology and hosts a number of workshops to support their endeavor. The center also provides technical support for hardware in the classrooms and state of the art technical training.

The counseling department aims at providing new students with the intuition they need to acquaint and succeed through their college years.


Imperial Valley College welcomes high schools graduates or anyone over the age of eighteen. Select students under the age of 18 that excel in their current academics and are in grades kindergarten to 12 may also be eligible to enroll. New students or anyone that has not attended the first three terms must complete the simplified admission process, while those that have attended the first two weeks of classes should simply skip to step two.

Applicants can use the computers in the Casbah Room on campus to complete the registration process or do it on any computer with internet access. Once your online application is received, the process takes approximately two working days, after which an email is sent out confirming your status or requesting additional information. International students must submit their online application along with an international student package, while special students need to complete the K-12 Concurrent Enrollment form.

Financial Aid

Imperial Valley College offers a host of work study scholarships, grants and fee waivers, but does not participate in federal loan programs. These financial aid programs are designed to assist students with books, fees, tuition, food, transportation, childcare and housing, and are available to both part and full time students. Each year the college awards millions of dollars in grants and scholarships that do not have to be reimbursed, with an addition $3.6 million disbursed to help students with tuition costs and fee waivers. These numbers simply mean that over 80% of students enrolled at the Imperial Valley College receive some form of grant or another, whether it is book vouchers, fee waivers, scholarships or work study.

Some of the financial aid grant programs that can be pursued by students at Imperial Valley College are the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Cal Grants, Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program, and the federal work study program.

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The disabled students program and services program at Imperial Valley College is designed to provide support to those with psychological, learning and physical disabilities, brain injury, developmental delay, visual impairments, health problems and brain injury. Some of the services the department is proud to offer are alternate text production, interpreting, mobility assistance, special parking, adaptive physical education and health and wellness assessments.

The reprograhics center at the Imperial Valley College provides graphic design, photography, desktop publishing and internal duplication services. The center uses the latest in software technology Illustrator, Pagemaker and Corel Draw products.

Student fees provide access to the student health services center, which is partly overlooked by the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District.

The reading and writing room at the Imperial Valley College serves as a great asset for additional classroom instruction and its mission is to help students achieve their educational goals. The programs at the lab include support services, practical exercises, research papers and grammar tutorials.

The workforce developmental center offers a wide range of services to help students pave the path in the workplace. Some of these services include job search assistance, an array of software programs, computer lab with internet access, study materials to include videos, Winway resume program, career assessment tools. Job board, labor assessment data and one stop satellite employment data.

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Local Community

The college offers an array of classes to help blend the community with the college ambience. These courses are supported by student fees and open to the entire community.


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Information Summary

Ranks 116th in California and 1773rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.04
Arrest 2 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 8 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 22 0.15
Larceny 48 0.32
Vehicle theft 18 0.12

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Imperial, CA 92251-0158
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population14,538 (13,455 urban / 1,083 rural)
Households3,033 (3.30 people per house)
Median Household Income$51,008
Families2,519 (3.63 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District651

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4078th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,288 $1,288 $6,888
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $38 $38 $38
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $246
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 $3,036 $3,036 $8,636
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,471 $18,471 $24,071
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,311 $7,311 $12,911

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,038 $1,326 $1,038 $1,326 $7,170 $6,926
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $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 $10,863 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,320 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,320 $4,275

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1978th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,923 ($67,869 male / $61,790 female)
Number of FT Faculty 156 (75 male / 81 female)
Number of PT Faculty 315
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,458,948

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380 E. Aten Road
Imperial, CA 92251-0158
p. 760-352-8320
w. www.imperial.edu

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