The San Francisco Bay Area Location

Foothill College is located in a dynamic, multi-cultural and inspirational area of the western United States — the San Francisco Bay Area.
Inspiration to explore
The Foothill campus is surrounded by the rolling foothills and magnificent vistas of Los Altos Hills, right in the heart of the world-renowned Silicon Valley — 45 minutes south of San Francisco and 20 minutes west of San Jose, the 10th largest city in the US. Our students get a chance to explore the best of both worlds: the cosmopolitan atmosphere of San Francisco, the second most densely populated city in the U.S. and often called one of the most beautiful in the world; and the intellectual spirit of San Jose, the safest big city in America and the world capital of computer technology.
Click on the expandable links below to read about some of the highlights of
our unique location:

We're in the heart of the Silicon Valley

Get inspired to explore the invigorating spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation of the surrounding Silicon Valley! Ever heard of Yahoo!, Google and Apple? They are right here in the valley within a 15-minute drive from Foothill College. This is where the computer mouse was created, the first Macintosh was designed and the Yahoo! search engine started. In fact, Silicon Valley is comprised of hundreds of hi-tech companies, such as Cisco Systems, Intuit, Intel, Sun Microsystems, Adobe and even eBay and Facebook, that continue the tradition of ground-breaking innovation by creating many of today's most essential technologies.   Amazing, but true: there are more than 6,000 technology companies in the valley — the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world.   Foothill College students benefit tremendously from our proximity to the valley through cutting-edge educational programs in computer and IT fields (such as enterprise networking, bioinformatics, software development, etc.), internships, and mentorship by Silicon Valley professionals that participate in class and campus activities.  

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Proximity to world-class universities

Schools with international reputations, such as Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, University of San Francisco and Academy of Art University, surround Foothill College. The Bay Area is comprised of more than 35 colleges and universities providing world-class educational and research facilities and some of the nation's top programs in many fields. Foothill has an outstanding reputation and transfer agreements with many of the region's universities, such as Santa Clara, San Jose State University, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State, Mills College, and more.   Highest safety rankings
The communities surrounding Foothill College consistently receive some of the highest rankings for safety. San Jose has held the distinction of being the safest big city in the United States for many years out of all the cities with population of more than 500,000.  

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Explore the sights of America

Located within a 3- to 5-hour drive are such jewels of America as Yosemite National Park, Los Angeles and Hollywood, warm beaches of Southern California, Napa Valley, majestic beaches of the Monterey coast and world-class skiing at Lake Tahoe.   "The sheltered valleys of the coastal ranges in the Bay Area, perfect for vineyards, have given the state a rich array of wineries to explore, and the extensive coastline is ideal for relaxing on pristine beaches or birdwatching. There are scores of old and fascinating towns, and visitors can ski or hike among the lofty summits of the Sierra Nevada," 1 all within a few hours of Foothill College.   1. San Francisco & Northern California Eyewitness Travel Guide

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Statement about 120-day suspension of refugee programs and a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. (PDF)
140 FHDA international students accepted to UCLA, 94 to UC Berkeley, 344 to UC San Diego, 385 to UC Davis for Fall 2015; 72 to USC for Fall 2014! Our students were also accepted to MIT, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Purdue, NYU, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and more!

International student featured in International Educator magazine article on 2+2 transfer success

Received Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce in 2012

Find out more about our Transfer Agreements(pdf).

Foothill is now an
iTEP Test Center.
Instead of TOEFL/IELTS,
Take iTEP for admission.