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About Ventura College

Founded in 1925, Ventura College (VC) was the first college instituted in Ventura County. Today, the school serves as the academic home to roughly 13,750 students and is part of the Ventura County Community College District. Ventura College's 112-acre campus is situated roughly 30 miles south of Santa Barbara and about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. In addition to credit and non-credit educational programs, there are a number of extracurricular activities available throughout the academic year, including over 17 campus clubs.


Ventura College offers approximately 33 different associate's degree programs. Courses are available through 68 departments and range from anthropology and chemistry to dance and theater arts. Certificate and proficiency award programs are offered in about 61 areas of study, such as biotechnology, water science and medical assisting.

Students interested in Web-based education can find a number of fully online and partially online courses available at VC. Available online courses include principles of biology, dance appreciation, life fitness and introductory sociology, among others. Special learning options are also available that include weekend/evening programs and study abroad programs.


Students who are high school graduates or 18 years of age qualify for admission to Ventura College. Because Ventura College, Oxnard College and Moorpark College are all part of the Ventura County Community College District, only one application is required for admission to all three schools. Applicants who have previously applied at any of the three colleges within the prior 12-month period do not need to reapply.

Ventura College also offers special admission opportunities to K-12 students, which lets them earn college credit while completing their regular academic studies. Additionally, VC has transfer guarantee agreements with a number of California-based public universities, including University of California - Santa Barbara and University of California - Davis.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, tuition and fees at Ventura College were $46 per unit for California residents. Non-residents paid $250 per unit, in addition to the $46-per-credit tuition fee. Books and supplies for 2011-2012 were estimated to cost just over $1,600 per academic school year, while room and board costs for the area were just under $11,000.

Financial aid assistance is available to students based on need, and all students can take advantage of free tutoring services. The school also offers scholarships through the VC Foundation. These scholarships are awarded based on several factors, such as academic performance, number of academic units completed and financial need. Additionally, VC participates in Title IV financial aid programs.

School Type Public, 2-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's degree, professional certificates, proficiency awards*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsized city**
Student Body Around 13,750 in 2011**
Student Housing Not available**
Schools and Programs 68 academic departments; about 33 associate's degree and certificate programs in about 61 areas of study*
Student-Faculty Ratio 34:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
<1 year certificate: Child care provider/assistant (22)
1 to <2 year certificate: Liberal arts and sciences, liberal studies (341)
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences, liberal studies (633)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2007:
14% within normal time for program completion
41% within 150% of normal time for program completion
54% within twice as long for program completion**
Admission Rate Open admission policy**
First-Year Retention Rates For undergraduates beginning in fall 2010:
69% (full-time students)
39% (part-time students)**
Undergraduate Application Due Date August 15, regular admission*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2012-2013: $46 per credit for California residents; additional $250 per credit for non-residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Freshmen Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grant aid (41%), state/local grant aid (58%), institutional grant aid (0%), federal loans (4%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid in 2010-2011 62% of first-time freshmen**

Sources: *Ventura College; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, CA 93003
  • Phone: (805) 654-6457
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