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San Bernardino Valley College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about San Bernardino Valley College. Read about its admission requirements, financial aid and associate's degree and certificate programs to make an informed education decision.

About San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) is a 2-year public school located in Southern California. The college began accepting students in 1926 and used classroom spaces in San Bernardino High School and Colton High School in its first year. Since 2000, more than a dozen new buildings have opened as the campus continues to grow. SBVC has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges since 1952. The college also has accreditation with the National League for Nursing and the California State Board of Registered Nursing.


San Bernardino Valley College offers a selection of over 50 associate's degrees and 80 certificates. During the 2010-2011 school year, 265 associate's degrees were earned within the liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities programs. Health professions and related programs were the second most popular majors, with roughly 190 students earning about 105 degrees and 85 certificates.

The campus offers a range of facilities to students, including a library, planetarium, auditorium, observatory, art gallery, Greek theatre and child development center. In 20 of the school's certificate programs and 15 of its associate's programs, at least 50% of the coursework is available online. Evening and weekend classes are also available.


SBVC accepts students over the age of 18 who hold a high school diploma or equivalent. A dual enrollment program is available for individuals still attending high school. All applications are submitted online.

Once an application has been processed, completion of an online orientation session and placement testing are required. Counselors are available to help new students examine educational goals and choose their classes accordingly. Counseling appointments are encouraged but not required. Registration for classes opens on different dates for different student categories.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs differ based on residency. During the Fall 2012 semester, California residents paid $46 per unit of study and out-of-state students paid $162 per unit. Additional mandatory fees included a campus center fee, health and accident fee and transportation fee. Parking fees were determined on a daily, semester or annual basis.

The following types of financial aid are offered by San Bernardino Valley College - the BOG Waiver (Board of Governors Tuition Fee Waiver), grants, federal work study, loans and scholarships. The BOG waiver requires submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and certain qualifying conditions for lower-income households. Scholarships are available to students who have completed at least 12 units of study with a minimum 2.0 GPA. The San Bernardino Valley College Foundation scholarship application is offered online from early October to mid-January; over 100 different types of scholarships are available.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's degrees, certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsized city*
Student Body 12,380 undergraduates in Fall 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Programs of Study 136 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 30 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (227)
Less than 4-year certificate: Child Care Provider/Assistant (5)
Less than 2-year certificate: Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician (38)
Less than 1-year certificate: Criminal Justice/Police Science (22)*
Graduation Rates For students who began in Fall 2007:
3% within two years
13% within three years
19% within four years*
Admission Rate Open admission policy*
Entering Class Size 1,994 students in Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates From Fall 2010 to Fall 2011, 63% of full-time students and 46% of part-time students*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Decision Notification Date New applications usually processed within 1 business day**
Tuition $795 for in-state students and $5,450 for out-of-state students per year (2011-2012, including fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving it) In 2010: Federal grants (62%), state and local grants (82%), institutional scholarships (2%)*
Percent of New Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010: 83%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **San Bernardino Valley College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 701 South Mount Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92410
  • Phone: (909) 384-4401
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