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Fast Facts

Foothill College Fast Facts 

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Our Campus

Founding Date:  Jan. 15, 1957
First Classes Offered:  Sept. 15, 1958
Foothill College Opening:  Sept. 5, 1961
Campus Size:  122 acres

Our main campus is located in the rolling hills of Los Altos Hills. The campus adjoins El Monte Road and Interstate 280, the scenic Junipero Serra Freeway.

Architectural Awards

American Institute of Architects; Honor Award, 1962, Award of Merit, 1963, Special Commendation 1980. Progressive Architecture Magazine; Design Award.


Foothill College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Foothill programs are also accredited by the:

Academic Programs

Associate Degree Programs: 79
Specialty Certificate Programs: 107

Average Class Size

27 Students

College President

Thuy Thi Nguyen, J.D


Foothill serves northern Santa Clara County, educating more than 13,000 day and evening students at the main campus, Sunnyvale Center, online and at many community and industry sties each quarter.

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Faculty & Staff Total: 795
Academic, Full-Time Tenured/Tenure Track: 187
Academic, Temporary: 447
Classified Staff: 129

Source: (Fall 2016)

Learning Resources

Library, Teaching & Learning Center, STEM Center, IDEA Lab, Student Resources Center (Disability, Veterans, and Foster Youth Support), Family Engagement Institute, Honors Institute, Transfer Center, Computer Lab, Golf Instruction Complex, Krause Center for Innovation, Dental Health Clinic and the Wellness Center.

Community Resources

Foothill College is a rich community resource offering many outstanding programs and facilities including: Krause Center for Innovation, Japanese Cultural Center, Observatory, Bamboo Garden, Olympic-Size Swimming Pool, Softball/Soccer Field, Robert C. Smithwick Theater, Dental Health Clinic, Football Stadium and All-Weather Track. For fine arts facilities and theaters facilities rental information contact Kay Thornton at 650.949.7252.

College Activities

Many cultural and community events and student clubs including: Kiwanis Silicon Valley Bowl (December), Transfer Day (October), Career Fair, Club Day, International Students Night, Scholarship Ceremony, Commencement and Heritage Month Celebrations: African American Heritage Month (February), Women’s History Month (March), Asian Pacific Islander Month (April), Latino Heritage Month (May) and Gay Lesbian Heritage Month (June).

Owls Athletics

Foothill College has a comprehensive intercollegiate athletics program. Foothill teams and coaches enjoy a celebrated tradition of success in athletics and academics. Foothill is a member of the Coast Conference of the California Community College Commission on Athletics and NorCal Football Conference. For detailed information, visit


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