Fast Facts

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West Valley College is a public California Community College offering exceptional preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, dynamic career programs for today’s job market, AA/AS degree programs, and professional certificates. Our beautiful Saratoga campus is tucked into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the southwest corner of Silicon Valley, just south of San Jose and 50 miles south of San Francisco. In the 2019-20 academic year we are celebrating 55 years of providing academic excellence to our students.

Campus: 143 acres
Student Population: 7,842 (credit and non-credit, Fall 2021)
Full-time faculty: 158
Associate faculty: 379
Associate Degree Programs: 58
Certificate Programs: 91
Associate Degrees for Transfer: 30


West Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

We offer flexible course options including online and distance learning combined with many levels of support such as financial assistance, educational planning, personal counseling, child care and learning skills programs provide every student the opportunity for the highest academic and personal success.

Facts for Parents

It’s time. The person you’ve helped shape into a young adult is ready to explore a world beyond the nest. At West Valley, that world is filled with instructors who love what they do, staff who go out of their way to help your student – all for a price you can afford.

Last Updated 10/14/21