Foothill Fast Facts
Founding Date: Jan. 15, 1957
First Classes Offered: Sept. 15, 1958
Foothill College Opening: Sept. 5, 1961
Campus Size: 122 acres
Our main campus is located in the rolling hills of Los Altos Hills. The campus adjoins El Monte Road and Interstate 280, the scenic Junipero Serra Freeway.
Degree & Certificate Programs
We currently offer a total of 181 degrees and certificates for the 2021-2022 academic year.
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Associate in Arts: 26
Associate in Science: 24
Associate in Arts for Transfer: 19
Associate in Science for Transfer: 10
Bachelor of Science: 1 (Dental Hygiene)
Certificate of Achievement: 68
Certificate of Proficiency: 16
Certificate of Specialization: 0
Career Certificate: 7
Skills Certificate: 2
Noncredit Certificate: 8
Updated June 24, 2021
Average Class Size
Foothill serves northern Santa Clara County, educating more than **16,000 students at our main Los Altos Hills and Sunnyvale Center campuses, online and at many community and industry sites each quarter (based on Fall 2020 student headcount of 16,246 (-3% change from prior year) and 2019-2020 annual 11,570 FTES (-4% change from prior year).
Data Source: Student Headcount and Annual FTES data source used local data. Previous Fast Facts relied on the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Management Information Systems Data Mart but these data were not publicly reported for Fall 2020 due to pandemic related issues. Therefore, the 2020 Fast Facts cannot be directly compared to previous years due to differences in methodology
Faculty & Staff Total: 678
Academic, Full-Time Tenured/Tenure Track: 168
Academic, Temporary: 362
Classified Staff: 131
Source: datamart.cccco.edu (Fall 2020)
Library, Teaching & Learning Center, STEM Center, IDEA Lab, Student Resources Center (Disability, Veterans, and Foster Youth Support), Family Engagement Institute, Honors Institute, Transfer Center, Computer Lab, Golf Instruction Complex, Krause Center for Innovation, Dental Health Clinic and the Wellness Center.
Foothill College is a rich community resource offering many outstanding programs and facilities including: Krause Center for Innovation, Japanese Cultural Center, Observatory, Bamboo Garden, Olympic-Size Swimming Pool, Softball/Soccer Field, Robert C. Smithwick Theater, Dental Health Clinic, Football Stadium and All-Weather Track. Interested in renting one of our facilites? Contact our Facilities Rental Office.
Many cultural and community events and student clubs including: Kiwanis Silicon Valley Bowl (December), Transfer Day (October), Career Fair, Club Day, International Students Night, Scholarship Ceremony, Research & Service Leadership Symposium, Commencement and Heritage Month Celebrations: Latinx (October), Native American (November), Jewish (January), Black History (February), Women’s History (March), Asian Pacific Islander (May), and LGBTQ (June).
Foothill College has a comprehensive intercollegiate athletics program. Foothill teams and coaches enjoy a celebrated tradition of success in athletics and academics. Foothill is a member of the Coast Conference of the California Community College Commission on Athletics and NorCal Football Conference. For detailed information, visit Owls Athletics.
American Institute of Architects; Honor Award, 1962, Award of Merit, 1963, Special Commendation 1980. Progressive Architecture Magazine; Design Award.
Foothill College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Our accreditation was reaffirmed in January 2018 after the completion of a comprehensive self-study in August of 2017 and site evaluation team visit on October 9-13, 2017.
Statistics & Characteristics
2019-20 & Fall 2020
Degrees & Certificates Awarded
Bachelor of Science: 60
Associate Degrees: 445
Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT): 675
Technical/Occupational Certificates: 812
*Total includes BS, AA, AS, AA-T, AS-T, and CA only.
University of California: 445
California State University: 546
Private & Out-of-State Colleges & Universities: 216**
**Based on most recent 2019-20 data
Financial AidStudents Receiving Financial Aid: 6,079
Total Financial Aid Disbursed: $15,643,531
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**Distance Education enrollment includes all Spring 2020 sections due to pandemic regulations.
Native American: <1%
Pacific Islander: 1%
24 & Younger: 55%
25 or Older: 45%
Enrollment StatusFull-Time: 29%
International StudentsAll Visa Types: 739
F1 Visas: 490
Data InformationProvided by Institutional Research and Planning