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Fast Facts

Foothill 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.

College President

Dr. Kristina Whalen, President

Degree & Certificate Programs

We currently offer a total of 210 degrees and certificates for the 2024-2025 academic year.


Associate in Arts: 26
Associate in Science:  28
Associate in Arts for Transfer: 20
Associate in Science for Transfer: 10
Bachelor of Science: 2 (Dental Hygiene and Respiratory Care)


Certificate of Achievement: 97
Certificate of Proficiency: 10
Certificate of Specialization: 0
Career Certificate: 4
Skills Certificate: 1
Noncredit Certificate: 12

Updated July 15, 2024

Average Class Size

24 Students

Source: (Fall 2023)


Foothill serves northern Santa Clara County, educating more than 13,000 students at our main Los Altos Hills and Sunnyvale Center campuses, online and at many community and industry sites each quarter (based on Fall 2023 student headcount of 13,689 (+2% change from prior year) and 2022-2023 annual 9,223 FTES (-2% change from prior year).


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Faculty & Staff Total: 635
Administrators: 16
Academic, Full-Time Tenured/Tenure Track: 166
Academic, Temporary: 323
Classified Staff: 130

Source: (Fall 2023)

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. Interested in renting one of our facilities? Contact our Facilities Rental Office.

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, Research & Service Leadership Symposium, Commencement and Heritage Month Celebrations: Latinx (October), Native American  (November), Jewish (January),  Black History (February), Women’s History  (March), Asian Pacific Islander (May), and LGBTQ (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 Owls Athletics

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.

Our accreditation was reaffirmed in January 2018 after the completion of a comprehensive self-study in August of 2017 and site evaluation team visit on October 9-13, 2017.

Goal Setting DATA 2021-2022

Statistics & Characteristics

2022-23 & Fall 2023

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Program Statistics


Male and female graduates

Degrees & Certificates Awarded
Total: 1,813*
Bachelor of Science: 54
Associate Degrees: 324
Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT): 467
Technical/Occupational Certificates: 968
*Total includes BS, AA, AS, AA-T, AS-T,  and CA only.


Total: 762
University of California: 296
California State University: 345
Private & Out-of-State Colleges & Universities: 121

Financial Aid
Students Receiving Financial Aid: 5,054
Total Financial Aid Disbursed: $15,934,451

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Instructional Modality**

  • Face-to-Face: 32%
  • Online: 59%
  • Hybrid: 8%

**May not sum to 100% due to rounding.

Student Characteristics***

(Fall 2023)

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Asian: 28%
Black: 4%
Filipinx: 4%
Latinx: 29%
Native American: 1%
Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 26%


24 & Younger: 62%
25 or Older: 38%

Female: 54%
Male: 42%
Non-Binary: <1%

Enrollment Status
Full-Time: 28%
Part-Time: 72%

International Students
All Visa Types: 649
F1 Visas: 396

**Student characteristics does not include Apprenticeship, and may not sum to 100% due to rounding and unrecorded values.
Data Information

Provided by Institutional Research and Planning