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Monterey, CA 93940-4799
p. 831-646-4000
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Monterey Peninsula College

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Monterey Peninsula College was founded in 1947 in Monterey, California. Since its inception, the college has been committed to promoting excellence and discipline in the formation of integral professionals in all divisions and course programs. Furthermore, the college is committed to providing its student body with the best resources and facilities. Monterey Peninsula College encourages its graduates to transfer to four-year universities.

Monterey Peninsula offers various associate’s degrees and certificates in fields that include Business, Life Science, and Creative Arts. Certificate programs provide students who do not wish to pursue further university studies adequate instruction to be successful throughout their professional careers.

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Monterey Peninsula College exercises an open admission policy, which means that any individual who is over 18 years of age an can benefit from instruction. The college does not impose a tough or highly selective admissions process for applicants. Instead, the admissions process is simple and accessible to all prospective students. Applicants must simply fill out the application form that the college issues.

Admission is also open for high school students interested in taking some college credits so that they can get ahead in their studies before graduating high school. This requires a special application process to be followed. Additional information regarding the actual admissions process or any other special admission process can be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office, which can also provide valuable information regarding deadlines.

Financial Aid

College can be expensive, but at Monterey Peninsula College the Financial Aid Office works to get resources that can help make college affordable for students. The college offers financial aid to all students who apply in the form of grants, loans, and part-time employment. These offers are also available for students who are already enrolled and attending classes at Monterey Peninsula. It is important for students to know that financial aid is given based on a set of criteria that consider need, merit, and academic excellence.

Students with remarkable academic or athletic talents can apply to receive scholarships. Fee waivers may apply, but be advised that this is a privilege extended only to residents of the state of California. Also, financial aid is conditioned to satisfactory academic progress, so be sure to study hard and get good grades in order to continue receiving aid.

Finally, financial aid applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid office, which will process all applications in the order in which they are received. Deadlines are also important. The college accepts applications for grants and scholarships by no later than March; student loan applications are accepted through June.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5024th for the average student loan amount.
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Monterey Peninsula College is located on a 97-acre campus. Since its foundation in 1947, the college has seen its campus reinvented time and time again. Over the years, the student body has grown and with this growth has come the need to invest in infrastructure so that all students in all programs have the adequate resources and facilities to get the best possible education. Today the campus possesses facilities with state-of-the-art technology, including a renovated Plant Services building and Library and Technology Center and the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing (established in 1983; remodeled in 1999). Apart from these facilities, the college is home to several buildings and centers where students from all programs have access to computer labs, engineering labs, library material, and more.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Monterey Peninsula College offers intercollegiate teams in a total of twelve sports for men and women. Males are welcome to try out for track, basketball, baseball, football, golf and soccer. Females are welcome to try out for basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, track, and soccer. The college teams all participate in the Coast Conference, giving the school the privilege to recruit high school students with exceptional athletic skills. Recruited students are often granted scholarships.

Additional School Information

Several student groups and organizations (other than athletic teams) are sponsored at Monterey Peninsula College, which enables students to have fun while pursuing their interests and studying. These clubs and organizations are also fundamental in helping students develop social skills as well as leadership in multiple areas, including problem solving skills. Apart from these clubs, other activities such as plays, musical presentations, art expositions, barbecues, and various contests and fairs are conducted year round. The idea is for students to have fun while they study, and to transform young teenagers into fully grown, mature, and integral adults.


  • Monterey Peninsula College. 2011 – 2012 Catalogue. Monterey: Monterey Peninsula College, 2010. Print.
  • www.mpc.edu/.web

Information Summary

Ranks 286th in California and 2949th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

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

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 140 0.50
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 6 0.02
Robbery 40 0.14
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 229 0.81
Larceny 920 3.27
Vehicle theft 41 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Monterey, CA 93940-4799
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population32,840 (32,026 urban / 814 rural)
Households13,900 (2.16 people per house)
Median Household Income$50,274
Families7,382 (2.82 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium 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 SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District620

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4341st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $5,400
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $66 $66 $66
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $225
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 $2,880 $2,880 $7,176
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,898 $20,898 $25,194
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,200 $7,200 $11,496

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $918 $1,170 $918 $1,170 $5,142 $5,466
  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 $14,536 $12,249
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,060 $4,419
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,186 $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 733rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,921 ($82,960 male / $78,771 female)
Number of FT Faculty 107 (53 male / 54 female)
Number of PT Faculty 385
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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