Sunnyvale, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

There are more than 20 schools located within 25 miles of Sunnyvale, CA. Review information about the schools in several categories, including student population and lowest cost, to find the school for you.

If you are looking at attending school in the Sunnyvale, CA, area, you may want to consider criteria such as net price, graduation rate, and student body size. We've compiled this information about for the traditional public and private not-for-profit colleges in the Sunnyvale area, based on data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Sunnyvale, California

For students who want to avoid a long commute, there are a number of two and four-year schools within seven miles of downtown Sunnyvale. These include:

  • De Anza College (3.7 miles from downtown)
  • Foothill College (4.3 miles from downtown)
  • Mission College (4.4 miles from downtown)
  • Santa Clara University (5.5 miles from downtown)
  • San Jose City College (6.7 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Sunnyvale, California

According to the NCES, the largest school near Sunnyvale, CA, in 2015 was San Jose State University, with 32,773 enrolled students. The next five largest schools are:

  • De Anza College (22,512 enrolled students)
  • Stanford University (16,980 enrolled students)
  • California State University - East Bay (15,528 enrolled students)
  • Foothill College (15,448 enrolled students)
  • Chabot College (13,457 enrolled students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The net price is a result of subtracting any institutional or government aid an in-state student receives from a school's total estimated cost of attendance for undergraduate students. Net prices at traditional schools in the Sunnyvale area ranged from around $4,800 to $37,200, according to NCES figures from 2014-2015. Here are the five schools with the lowest net price:

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

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A school's graduation rate can give prospective students an idea of how successful that school has been in the past. The NCES calculates overall graduation rates by finding the percentage of students who complete their programs within 150% of the 'normal' time (e.g. three years for an associate degree). The overall largest graduation rates for the top five traditional, not-for-profit schools in the Sunnyvale area ranged from 57% to 94% as of 2015. These schools are:

  • Stanford University (94% graduation rate)
  • Santa Clara University (84% graduation rate)
  • Foothill College (62% graduation rate)
  • De Anza College (62% graduation rate)
  • San Jose State University (57% graduation rate)

Consider the school's location, size, net price and graduation rate to make an informed decision about which school in the Sunnyvale area best fits you.

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