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About Mission College

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Welcome to Mission College!

"Where today’s students meet tomorrow’s opportunity."

Enrollment (Spring 2018)

Headcount (unduplicated): 7,219
Enrollment (duplicated): 17,179
Credit FTES (estimated): 2,330.5
* 23% of our students take 12 or more units a semester

Performance (Fall 2017)

Sucesss 76.1% (state average: 71%)
Retention: 89.1% (state average: 86.6%)

Transfer Report (2017-18)

Transfer to Out of State Colleges: 94
Transfer to a CSU: 339 (194 to SJSU, 54 to CS East Bay)
Transfer to a UC: 63 (16 to UCSC, 12 to UC Davis)

  • African-American: 3.5%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.1%
  • Asian: 36.2%
  • Filipino: 9.7%
  • Hispanic: 28.2%
  • Multi-Ethnicity: 4.0%
  • White/Non-Hispanic: 17.2%
  • The majority of our students are female (55%)
  • 19 or less: 18.9%
  • 20-24: 31.2%
  • 25-29: 16.0%
  • 30-34: 11.0%
  • 35-39: 7.3%
  • 40-49: 7.9%
  • 50+: 7.1%

Who We Are

Mission College is a public two-year community college located in the City of Santa Clara, and in the heart of the Silicon Valley. See our map.

West Valley (our sister college) and Mission College have been serving our community for decades-- West Valley over a half-century and over 40 years at Mission College. Together, our West Valley-Mission Community College District serves the communities of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and San Jose.

Read about some of our student and staff success stories along with our student's experiences.

Mission Statement

Mission College's first priorities are students, their learning and their success.

Our College serves the diverse educational, economic and cultural needs of the student population of Santa Clara, the Silicon Valley and our global community by providing associate degrees, transferable, career and basic-skills courses and programs, as well as opportunities for life-long learning.

Through participatory governance in support of our first priorities, Mission College systematically commits to evaluating and improving educational programs, technological resources and student support services by making informed decisions, allocating resources and establishing institutional policies and procedures.

How much does it cost?

As UC and CSU/Cal State costs continue to rise, local students and families rely on our local community colleges to maintain affordable education and career preparation. Annual tuition fees at Mission College is $1,104. Compare that to: San Jose State ($7,721) or similar Cal States, UC Berkeley ($14,170) or similar UC's or  Santa Clara University ($49,858) or other private four-years. See our fee breakdown here. 

Access to Job Training

West Valley and Mission Colleges provide local students and returning veterans with high quality, affordable education, preparation for university transfer, and specialized job training in fields such as nursing, engineering, and firefighting. To maintain this, many of our classrooms and facilities must be continually updated to address the fast-paced educational and job training needs of the 21st century.

Veteran Services at Mission College

West Valley and Mission Colleges serve a number of veterans each year. At our VALOR Center, we help veterans succeed. Our Colleges must continue to improve veterans’ services returning civilian life with financial aid, registration, and access to affordable education and career training.

What specific repairs we have made

In the last decade Mission College has built a new Student Engagement Center, Viso Sports Complex, and Gillmor Center. We have refurbished our Freeberg Hospitality Management Building and Child Development Centers. This includes repairing/replacing leaky roofs, heating, cooling, plumbing and electricity. Many of our buildings are LED certified as well.

We are updating educational facilities and technology to meed the needs of our students in the 21st century.

Getting to Campus

Mission College is served by county transit, is close to light rail and easy access to Highways 101, 880, 237 and to the San Jose Mineta International Airport. Click here for transit options.

Student Services

We have a number student services serve first generation or low income students, such as TRIO, CalWorks or EOPS. Services are also available for Dreamers/DACA and disabled students. We also offer career, transfer, counseling  and job help.