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Palo Verde College is a public community college located in Blythe, California. It is a college dedicated to promoting personal growth via reflection, learning, and recreation. Since its foundation in 1947, the college has built a reputation of quality and readiness, providing high-level education that tends to the changing needs of the community it serves.

Whether you are interested in going to class on campus, distance education, online education, or even interactive TV-education, Palo Verde has offerings under all of these types of study. The college offers a wide variety of certificate programs, associate degrees, and transfer programs for those interested in transferring to a four-year university after completing their first two years of education at Palo Verde.

These programs range from alcohol & drug studies to welding technology, and they are all accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which is the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Palo Verde is a small community college with a student body of little more than 3,000 students. This means that a personalized, high-quality education is preferred over a general, standardized education.

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Unique Programs

Palo Verde stands out from other community colleges in that it offers its students several modalities of study. There are traditional courses that are taken at the campus, but correspondence courses are also available as well as online courses. This means that any student can study from home and get the same kind of education as a student who attends classes on campus. Keeping with its long standing tradition of educational innovation, Palo Verde also offers its students the possibility of TV-education, which basically means that students can watch their classes on television instead of actually having to go to the campus.


Palo Verde College is a community college that exercises an open admission policy. This means that anyone who wishes to attend Palo Verde is more than welcome to do so; all that they need to do is fill out their application form. Admissions are processed in the order in which they are received, and there are really no excessive requirements for acceptance. All that the college requires is that the applicants have completed their high school studies (although special admissions are also processed for high school students who wish to get ahead on their college credits) and that they have sufficient skill to handle college level work.

Paperwork is not a must, but if applicants would like to submit transcripts with their application form, they are welcome to do so too. SAT or ACT scores are not mandatory either. Palo Verde is a small college that works to giving education opportunities to anyone interested. This is why applications are usually processed (and mostly approved) in no more than two business days. In terms of deadlines, it would be best if you applied by no later than May if you are interested in starting during the summer session; if you want to start during fall, make sure that your application is completed by no later than December.

Financial Aid

Attending college can be costly. Palo Verde College is a community college and as such is affordable to many, but not to all. Therefore, the college’s Financial Aid office works toward helping those who cannot afford college to be able to cover the expenses associated with studying at Palo Alto.

There are three kinds of financial aid available for all those who wish to take courses at Palo Alto: scholarships, grants, and work-study. Scholarships and grants are earned on the basis of need, but also on the basis of merit. If you have excellent grades or if you have exceptional talents, you can surely apply for either a scholarship or a grant. If you are not eligible for either, you can always apply for financial aid in the form of work-study. If you apply and get this kind of financial assistance, the college will assist you in finding a suitable job so that you can continue studying while at the same time making some money to cover your expenses.

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Palo Verde was originally founded in 1947 in southern California. Over its history, the college has moved several times to different campuses, the last of which was the Blythe campus, which has been home of Palo Verde since 2001. As well, the college added a center to provide additional facilities for all students to be able to receive instruction. This center is called the Needles Center and was founded in 1999 on the Needles High School campus. In 2009 it was moved to the Claypool and Company Building on Broadway, which by that time was already completely remodeled.

It was decided in 2009 that a Fine and Performing Arts Center would be built. Once completed, it will be endowed with classrooms and laboratories for studio art, music, jewelry, and quilting courses. It will also have a 400-seat theater with additional facilities for students interesting in pursuing studies in theater arts and other kinds of performing arts.

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Additional School Information

Palo Verde College tries to enable its students to pursue whatever interests they might have, especially in what has to do with developing their skills to their full potential. The college sponsors a wide variety of student groups. As well, given the college’s privileged location in the heart of southern California, students can engage in all kinds of off-campus recreational activities and water sports.


  • Admissions, http://www.paloverde.edu/index.php?module=ContentExpress&file=index&func=display&ceid=159&meid=201, web, 26 July 2011
  • Financial Aid, http://www.paloverde.edu/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display&ceid=85, web, 26 July 2011
  • Palo Verde College. College Catalogue and Announcement of Courses. Blythe: Palo Verde College, 2011. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 236th in California and 2527th 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 N/A N/A
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 55 0.26
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.01
Forcible Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 10 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 272 1.29
Larceny 403 1.91
Vehicle theft 20 0.09

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Blythe, CA 92225
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population24,641 (19,742 urban / 4,899 rural)
Households5,547 (2.91 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,092
Families4,017 (3.44 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall 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 District636

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4687th 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 $1,288
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $46
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 $2,998 $2,998 $2,998
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,236 $17,236 $17,236
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,486 $10,486 $10,486

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,008 $1,288 $1,008 $1,288 $1,008 $1,288
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,632 $1,656
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,008 $10,944
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,024 $2,832
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,824 $7,832

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 927th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,116 ($77,263 male / $72,815 female)
Number of FT Faculty 27 (20 male / 7 female)
Number of PT Faculty 62
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $724,274

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