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Welcome to Mission College

Empowering every student to find their mission.

Enrollment (Fall 2022)

Headcount (unduplicated): 5,863
Credit FTES (estimated): 1,990.75

* 22.2% of students are enrolled full-time (12 units or more)

Student Success/Retention

Success 75.19% (state average: 70.9%)
Retention: 86.17% (state average: 86.9%)

  • African-American: 3.67%
  • Asian: 29.98%
  • Filipino: 8.02%
  • Hispanic: 34.27%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.43%
  • Multi-Ethnicity: 5.87%
  • White/Non-Hispanic: 15.8%
  • Unknown: 2.44%
  • The majority of our students are female (55.01%)
  • 19 or less: 29.75%
  • 20-24: 27.78%
  • 25-29: 13.42%
  • 30-34: 8.63%
  • 35-39: 6.28%
  • 40-49: 7.98%
  • 50+: 6.00%

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.

Student Success Stories

Hear from our students and staff members about they became successful.

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.
Vision and Values

Empowering every student to find their mission.


At Mission, students are the highest priority. We value:

  • Social Justice
  • Equity
  • Community
  • Integrity
  • Sustainability
  • Excellence
  • Curiosity
  • Inclusivity
  • Innovation
Nondiscrimination Board Policy

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.

Cost to Enroll

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. 

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 Career Center for current jobs to students and our Apprenticeship Program for other opportunities.

Veteran Services

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.

Facility Improvement

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.

Student Services

We have a number of student services that serve first generation or low income students, such as TRIO, CalWorks, or EOPS. Services are also available for undocumented students and students with disabilities. We also offer career, transfer, counseling help.

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. See public transit options.

Learning Outcomes
Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Students completing degree programs at Mission College will achieve the following Institutional Learning Outcomes:

Effective Communication

Students will successfully engage in verbal and non-verbal expression through written, oral, signed, and/or artistic communication of ideas and concepts.

Personal Development and Ethical Responsibility

Students will apply techniques for physical and mental development that include the application of ethical principles to personal, academic, and professional matters.

Critical Inquiry

Students will apply principles of scientific and critical inquiry, including quantitative and qualitative techniques for the analysis of relevant questions, problems, or issues.

Community and Citizenship

Students will analyze the interconnectivity between social, political, economic, and ecological systems to effectively live and work in diverse communities.

Information and Technology Literacy

Students will apply current techniques, skills, and tools to responsibly access, analyze, and effectively use information, technology, and media.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Degree and certificate program completers will achieve the Program Learning Outcomes specific to their program of study. These outcomes are listed under each degree and certificate in this catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

In every course, students achieve a specific set of outcomes. These outcomes are provided to students on the syllabus the first day of class.

Service Area Outcomes (SAOs)

Each of our student services area have service area outcomes. These outcomes are listed under each service in the catalog.