NAPA Valley College: Narrative Description

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2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy.
Napa, CA 94558-6236
Tel: (707)253-3000; Admissions: (707)253-3000; Fax: (707)253-3064; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of California Community College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1942. Setting: 188-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Francisco. Total enrollment: 7,053. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 3,300 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 2,004 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 5,049 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 12 states and territories, 1% Native American, 20% Hispanic, 8% black, 18% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 44% 25 or older. Retention: 66% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission except for allied health programs. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required for some: high school transcript. Placement: SAT I or ACT required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $3432 full-time, $143 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $432 full-time, $18 per unit part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Hispano-Americano Club, African-American Club, Environmental Action Coalition, International Student Club, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: Black History Month, Cinco de Mayo, Native American Pow Wow. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Napa Valley College Library plus 1 other with 42,000 books, 250 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 90 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 63,000. The town of Napa, in the southern wine district, is the center of a fruit and nut raising region as well as the southeastern entrance to the Redwood Empire. Located in the Napa Valley area, there are numerous wineries, most of which are open to the public for tours. The climate is delightful. Buses and trains serve the area. Napa has churches of all denominations, hospitals, clinics, and libraries. Recreation includes parks, picnic grounds, swimming pools, and golf courses.