Santa Clara Colleges Offering Certificate Programs

While there are few schools in Santa Clara, CA, there are 24 colleges and other postsecondary institutions offering certificate programs located within a 25-mile radius. Analyze several evaluation criteria that may assist in the college selection process.

There are 24 schools located in and around Santa Clara, California, that offer certificate programs. These include mostly two-year public and private institutions offering undergraduate education. To help in the selection process, data is presented from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) including factors such as proximity to Santa Clara, student population, cost, and graduation rate.

Schools Near Santa Clara

The location of a school may determine one's living arrangements, transportation requirements, and even the convenience of extracurricular or work opportunities. The schools that are most centrally located to downtown Santa Clara are presented below.

  • Mission College (0.2 miles from downtown)
  • Santa Clara University (0.9 miles from downtown)
  • San Jose City College (2.8 miles from downtown)
  • De Anza College (5.6 miles from downtown)
  • West Valley College (6.7 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools in Santa Clara

The largest schools in Santa Clara are 2-year public schools. Large schools may have more academic and extracurricular offerings, though often with the price of higher student-to-faculty ratios (larger classrooms).

  • De Anza College (23,104 total students)
  • Foothill College (15,030 total students)
  • Chabot College (13,047 total students)
  • Ohlone College (11,318 total students)
  • Evergreen Valley College (9,133 total students)

Lowest Net Price

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the following colleges have the lowest in-district or in-state net prices in the Santa Clara area. These figures are based on a school's total cost of attendance minus an average amount of awarded financial aid. The total cost of attendance in these cases take into account 2014-2015 tuition rates, fees, textbooks, room and board and other educational expenses.

  • College of San Mateo ($4,800)
  • Foothill College ($5,929)
  • Canada College ($6,165)
  • De Anza College ($6,506)
  • Chabot College ($6,811)

Graduation Rate

Graduation rates can offer a clue of how academically effective institutions are for their students; higher percentages suggest that schools may be providing a greater level of educational quality. Based on full-time undergrads who completed degrees within 150% of normal time, the schools that follow have the highest graduation rates of the group (NCES).

  • Santa Clara University (84% graduation rate)
  • Foothill College (62% graduation rate)
  • De Anza College (62% graduation rate)
  • Ohlone College (34% graduation rate)
  • West Valley College (31% graduation rate)

After acquiring detailed data on important evaluation factors, prospective students in Santa Clara are ready to choose and pursue a certificate program.

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