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San Bruno, CA 94066-1698
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Skyline College

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Inaugurated in 1969, Skyline College is one of the three community colleges that belong to the San Mateo County Community College District. It is located west of Skyline Boulevard in the town of San Bruno. Focusing on offering students high-quality programs, Skyline College has managed to rise to prominence over the years as being a high-class community college. Its students can aspire to transfer after their two years of study to some of the most important universities in California, such as Stanford, Berkeley, and UCLA.

Students interested in two-year degrees can graduate with either an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree; 43 certificate programs are also available (going from Cosmetology to Information Technology).

The college itself is divided into nine divisions, ranging from business to physical education, and each one has achieved high levels of excellence that have earned Skyline accreditations by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and by the Office of Private Postsecondary Education.

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Unique Programs

Students who attend Skyline College get the opportunity of securing a college transfer to a high-level university, be it in California or anywhere else in the United States. For those interested in pursuing university studies in the state of California, Skyline does offer a Transfer Admission Guarantees Program; this program provides guaranteed admission to California State University and the University of California. Finally, there is also an Honor Transfer Program that strives to get the best students transferred to some of the best universities in the country, including Stanford and Berkeley.


Skyline College allows anyone interested in pursuing a college education to apply for admission; the application process is not selective, but rather based on merit and on availability (which means that applications are processed and students are enrolled on a first-come first-served basis). Other than this, there are no excessive requirements that must be met; as long as the applicant has a high school diploma or an equivalent to it, he or she may fill out the application form and begin enrollment in Skyline.

Be advised that there are certain courses that do require special application requirements and special dates for applying; these include automotive technology, respiratory therapy, and cosmetology. Generally, the college handles two terms, summer and fall; summer classes generally begin around mid-June, whereas fall classes begin around mid-August.

Financial Aid

Skyline College is interested in providing high-quality education to all enrolled students, but it is aware that this education is unaffordable to some students. Therefore, the college is big on financial aid, whether it is to cover tuition, books, supplies, etc. In helping students cover their collegiate costs Skyline offers a variety of aid programs, including grants, free waivers, scholarships, loans, and study programs. The college’s Financial Aid Office is always open for any and all students who need help in securing the financial resources they need to pay for their college education.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5814th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in California.


Skyline College competes as member of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). The college competes as a member of the Coast Conference in various sports including men’s soccer, women’s soccer, wrestling, baseball, women’s badminton, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball.

Throughout the years, the different athletic teams competing in representation of the school have managed to win conference and state championships; the most successful athletic competitions in which Skyline have competed are track and field (winning state championships in 1977 and 1984) and men’s basketball (winning state championships 1977 and 1982). The college prides itself in its athletic programs, all of which compete under the Trojan’s banner; the school mascot is the Trojan, so the teams are generally referred to as Skyline Trojans.

Local Community

Given that the college is close to so many Californian towns, students can engage in all kinds of recreational activities in any one of them; they get an opportunity of sensing what California is all about.


Skyline College has a number of respectable and successful alumni including the following:

  • Golda Gacutan – paralegal, lawyer.
  • Michael Guingona – lawyer, local television personality.
  • James Lim – General Manager of the Maxwell Hotel in San Francisco
  • Mark Simon – journalist, columnist; named columnist of the year twice while working for the San Francisco Chronicle.


  • About Skyline, http://www.skylinecollege.edu/aboutskyline/, web, 25 July, 2011
  • Alumni, http://www.skylinecollege.edu/highschool/alumni/transferhallfame/index.html, web, 25 July, 2011
  • Apply now, http://www.skylinecollege.edu/general/admissions/apply.html#regdates, web, 25 July, 2011
  • Athletics, http://www.skylinecollege.edu/programsofstudy/physedAthlDance/index.html, web, 25 July 2011
  • Financial Aid, http://www.skylinecollege.edu/general/finaid/index.html, web, 25 July 2011
  • Skyline College. Catalogue: 2010 – 2011. San Bruno: Skyline College, 2010. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 113th in California and 1750th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 2 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 45 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 8 0.02
Robbery 33 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 109 0.26
Larceny 674 1.62
Vehicle theft 134 0.32

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near San Bruno, CA 94066-1698
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population39,546 (39,546 urban / N/A rural)
Households14,494 (2.71 people per house)
Median Household Income$61,939
Families9,756 (3.29 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 offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District614

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4685th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,380 $1,380 $1,380
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $67 $67 $67
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 $3,085 $3,085 $3,085
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,487 $18,487 $18,487
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,729 $7,729 $7,729

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,111(N/C) $1,111(N/C) $1,111(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,638(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,160(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,242(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,644(N/C)

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)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 575th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $83,467 ($83,209 male / $84,102 female)
Number of FT Faculty 131 (69 male / 62 female)
Number of PT Faculty 367
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $3,872,930

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