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About Mission College

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Welcome to Mission College!

"Empowering every student to find their mission " 

Enrollment (Fall 2019)

Headcount (unduplicated): 7,067
Enrollment (duplicated): 17,210
Credit FTES (estimated): 2,236.9
* 24.6% of students are enrolled full-time (12 units or more)

Performance (Spring 2019)

Success 76.0% (state average: 72.9%)
Retention: 88.6% (state average: 87.6%)

The college average success and retention rates for Spring 2019 were both higher than statewide rates.

  • African-American: 3.3%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.1%
  • Asian: 35.6%
  • Filipino: 9.7%
  • Hispanic: 29.4%
  • Multi-Ethnicity: 4.1%
  • White/Non-Hispanic: 14.6%
  • The majority of our students are female (55.6%)
  • 19 or less: 25.4%
  • 20-24: 28.02%
  • 25-29: 14.4%
  • 30-34: 10.3%
  • 35-39: 6.2%
  • 40-49: 8.1%
  • 50+: 7.6%

Who We Are

Mission College is a public two-year community college located in the City of Santa Clara, and in the heart of the Silicon Valley. See our map.

West Valley (our sister college) and Mission College have been serving our community for decades-- West Valley over a half-century and over 40 years at Mission College. Together, our West Valley-Mission Community College District serves the communities of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and San Jose.

Read about some of our student and staff success stories along with our student's experiences.

Our Mission Statement

Mission College serves the diverse educational needs of our student population by providing equitable access and support towards completing associate degrees and certificates aligned with transfer and career pathways to meet educational and personal goals as well as the workforce demands of the city of Santa Clara and Silicon Valley. 

 Our Value Statements:  At Mission College, we value 

  • Social Justice                    
  • Equity                              
  • Community
  • Integrity
  • Sustainability
  • Excellence
  • Curiosity
  • Inclusivity
  • Innovation

Nondiscrimination - Board Policy 3410

The District is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, physical disability, mental disability, genetic information, ancestry, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, transgender status, parental status, marital status, economic status, military or veteran status, and medical condition consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

The District, and each individual who represents the District, shall provide access to its services, classes, and programs without regard to national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or military and veteran status, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

How much does it cost?

As UC and CSU/Cal State costs continue to rise, local students and families rely on our local community colleges to maintain affordable education and career preparation. Annual tuition fees at Mission College is $1,104. Compare that to: San Jose State ($7,721) or similar Cal States, UC Berkeley ($14,170) or similar UC's or  Santa Clara University ($49,858) or other private four-years. See our fee breakdown here. 

Access to Job Training

West Valley and Mission Colleges provide local students and returning veterans with high quality, affordable education, preparation for university transfer, and specialized job training in fields such as nursing, engineering, and firefighting. Check out our for current jobs to students and our apprenticeship program for other opportunities.

Veteran Services at Mission College

West Valley and Mission Colleges serve a number of veterans each year. At our VALOR Center, we help veterans succeed. Our Colleges must continue to improve veterans’ services returning civilian life with financial aid, registration, and access to affordable education and career training.

What specific repairs we have made

In the last decade Mission College has built a new Student Engagement Center, Viso Sports Complex, and Gillmor Center. We have refurbished our Freeberg Hospitality Management Building and Child Development Centers. This includes repairing/replacing leaky roofs, heating, cooling, plumbing and electricity. Many of our buildings are LED certified as well.

See our latest bond measure history and its construction.

Getting to Campus

Mission College is served by county transit, is close to light rail and easy access to Highways 101, 880, 237 and to the San Jose Mineta International Airport. Click here for transit options.

Student Services

We have a number student services serve first generation or low income students, such as TRIO, CalWorks or EOPS. Services are also available for Dreamers/DACA and disabled students. We also offer career, transfer, counseling  and job help.