Foothill College: Narrative Description

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12345 El Monte Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022-4599
Tel: (650)949-7777
Admissions: (650)949-7326
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Foothill-DeAnza Community College District. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1958. Setting: 122-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Jose. Total enrollment: 17,406. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 38:1. 5,284 applied, 100% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 35% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Students come from 51 states and territories, 101 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 2% black, 26% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 57% 25 or older. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at DeAnza College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for dental hygiene, allied health programs. Option: electronic application. Recommended: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 9/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $4500 full-time, $100 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $832 full-time, $17 per unit part-time, $22.50 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Most popular organizations: Alpha Gamma Sigma, student government. Major annual events: Career Day, Club Day, Transfer Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Hubert H. Semans Library with 70,000 books, 450 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

This is a suburban area with temperate climate averaging 50 to 80 degrees. Los Altos Hills is strictly residential but all recreational and commercial facilities and services may be found in the neighboring cities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale.

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