Foothill College

California - United States



Founding Date: Jan. 15, 1957
First Classes Offered: 
Sept. 15, 1958
Foothill College Opening: 
Sept. 5, 1961

Campus Size: 122 acres

Architectural Awards

American Institute of Architects; Honor Award, 1962, Award of Merit, 1963, Special Commendation 1980. Progressive Architecture Magazine; Design Award.


Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Foothill is also accredited by the American Dental Association Council of Dental Education, American Medical Association Council of Medical Education and Federal Aviation Administration.
Average class size: 27 Students


18,036 (Fall Quarter 2009)

Full-Time Employees: 352
Associate Degree Programs: 79
Specialty Certificate Programs: 107

Learning Resources

Library, Media Center, Travel Careers Computer Lab, IDEA Lab, Math Center, Tutorial Center, Middlefield Campus Computer Lab, Golf Instruction Complex, Krause Center for Innovation, Dental Health Clinic & 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 & Azumaya Meditation Pavilion, Olympic-Size Swimming Pool, Softball/Soccer Field, Robert C. Smithwick Theater, Dental Health Clinic, Football Stadium and All-Weather Track. For fine arts facilities and theaters facilities rental information contact Kay Thornton at (650) 949-7252.

Our Mission

Foothill College offers educational excellence to diverse students seeking transfer, career preparation and enhancement, and basic skills mastery. We are committed to innovation, ongoing improvement, accessibility and serving our community.

Our Vision

Foothill College envisions itself as a community of scholars where a diverse population of students, faculty and staff intersect and are engaged in the search for truth and meaning. We recognize that by necessity this search must be informed by a multiplicity of disciplinary modes of inquiry. In order to ensure that every student has the opportunity to share in this vision, Foothill College commits itself to providing students with the necessary student support services, outstanding instruction, and opportunities for leadership both within and outside the classroom. By enacting this vision, the college ensures that it remains the distinctive and innovative institution it has been since its inception.

Our Values

Honesty, Integrity, Trust, Openness, Transparency, Forgiveness, Sustainability

Our Purpose

To provide access to educational opportunity for all with innovation and distinction.

Foothill College offers:

an associate in arts or associate in science degree, or specialty certificate;

preparation for transfer to another college, university or post secondary institution;

career education, training, and services;

basic skills, English as a Second Language (ESL), leadership skills and student development; and

student support services to promote student success.

Foothill's success is measured by the following quality indicators:

Access: Educational Opportunity for All

Student Success: Completion of Student Goals

Pedagogy, Scholarship, and Support of Learning

Climate for Learning

Fiscal and Enrollment Stability

Reputation: Innovation and Distinctiveness


  • Biological & Health Sciences
  • Business & Social Sciences (BSS)
  • Counseling & Student Services
  • Fine Arts & Communication
  • Instructional Services & Libraries
  • Language Arts
  • Kinesiology & Athletics
  • Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering (PSME)

English Requirements

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is the most widely accepted English language test in the world. Foothill College requires one of the following minimum TOEFL scores for admission:

500 PBT (paper based), or

61 IBT (Internet based)

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. Close to 8,000 education institutions, faculties, government agencies and professional organisations around the world recognize IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English. Foothill College requires a minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.0 or higher for admission.


Scholarships are available based on merit. For further information please contact university. 

Tution Fee

Description Living with no/low,
Rent and No Dependents
All Others
Tuition and Fees* $1,500  $1,500 
Books and Supplies $1,746 $1,746
Room and Board $4,644 $11,646
Transportation $1,278 $1,278
Personal/Miscellaneous $3,132 3,132
TOTAL: $12,300 $19,302


Less Than Halftime

Tuition and Fees $646
Books and Supplies $1746
Transportation $1278
TOTAL $3678
Add for NR tuition $2637
TOTAL $6315