West Valley College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,380
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$6,541
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
7.5%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
7,513
31.7% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
40.3%
261 Graduates

About

West Valley College is a higher education institution located in Santa Clara County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at West Valley College were .

In 2020, 1,037 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at West Valley College. 63.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (462 degrees), 1.58 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (292 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at West Valley College is $1,380, which is $−6,600 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at West Valley College is $1,380, which is $−6,600 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,541.

In 2020, 30% of undergraduate students attending West Valley College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 1% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$1,380
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at West Valley College was $1,380. The cost of tuition at West Valley College is $−6,600 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

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Average Net Price

$6,541
2020 Value
13.3%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 West Valley College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,541. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of West Valley College grew by 13.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,293
Room and Board
$1,854
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at West Valley College was of $13,293 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,854. The cost of room and board did not change between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

30%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
1%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

30% of undergraduate students at West Valley College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 3.23% with respect to 2019, when 31% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
7.5%
2018 Default Rate
3
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at West Valley College was 7.5%, which represents 3 out of the 40 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

West Valley College has a total enrollment of 7,513 students. The full-time enrollment at West Valley College is 2,380 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,133. This means that 31.7% of students enrolled at West Valley College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at West Valley College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 35.4% White, 30.4% Hispanic or Latino, 21.3% Asian, 7.25% Two or More Races, 2.45% Black or African American, 0.24% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.16% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at West Valley College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (19%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (18.9%) and White Female (18.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

31.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at West Valley College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,513 students. The full-time enrollment at West Valley College is 2,380 and the part-time enrollment is 5,133. This means that 31.7% of students enrolled at West Valley College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.4% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at West Valley College was 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (60%), West Valley College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,658
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,281
  3. Asian
    1,598

The enrolled student population at West Valley College is 35.4% White, 30.4% Hispanic or Latino, 21.3% Asian, 7.25% Two or More Races, 2.45% Black or African American, 0.24% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.16% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 44.5% White, 26.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.2% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 168 students (2.24%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 283 more women than men received degrees from West Valley College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at West Valley College is white (462 degrees awarded). There were 1.58 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (292 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at West Valley College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at West Valley College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Social Sciences (128 degrees awarded), Legal (37 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (18 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Valley College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (303,555 people), Other managers (234,576 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (117,973 people), Chief executives & legislators (103,159 people), and Postsecondary teachers (97,926 people).

The most specialized majors at West Valley College are Social Sciences (128 degrees awarded), Legal (37 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (18 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (10 degrees), and Communication Technologies (8 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Valley College are Surgeons, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at West Valley College are Social Sciences (128 degrees awarded), Legal (37 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (18 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (10 degrees), and Communication Technologies (8 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Valley College are Elementary & secondary schools (255,492 people), Legal services (250,708 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (225,484 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (181,813 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (166,397 people).

The most specialized majors at West Valley College are Social Sciences (128 degrees awarded), Legal (37 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (18 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (10 degrees), and Communication Technologies (8 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by West Valley College.
Most Common
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at West Valley College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

377
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
660
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 377 degrees were awarded to men at West Valley College, which is 0.571 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (660).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 92 degrees were awarded to men at West Valley College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.558 times less than the 165 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 165 degrees were awarded to women at West Valley College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.79 times more than the 92 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

12%
100% Completion Time
35%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 12% of students graduating from West Valley College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 35% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 44% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (53.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at West Valley College is Female and White (53.2% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.383% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    462 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    292 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    143 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at West Valley College is white (462 degrees awarded). There were 1.58 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (292 degrees).

0.771% of degree recipients (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    295 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    189 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    167 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at West Valley College is white female (295 degrees awarded). There were 1.56 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino female (189 degrees).

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