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CABRILLO COLLEGE, APTOS, CALIFORNIA

Aptos, CaliforniaLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1959Established Year
  11836Enrollment

Cabrillo College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Sonal Vaid Sonal Vaid
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Regarded as one of the top community colleges because of its success in the area of transfer and career education, Cabrillo College provides students with certificate and associate degrees in over 70 areas of study. 

Cabrillo College is a fully accredited community college located in Aptos, California. The college was founded in the year 1959 with a freshmen enrollment of about 400 students. Since then the college has been contributing to the academic, personal, and career growth of its students who want to study in the USA

Cabrillo College is unique in providing equitable support, access, and opportunities for historically underrepresented and emerging student populations. It seeks to fill the educational needs of every segment of the community. Today, Cabrillo College is home to about 11,703 students with 68 international students. 

Among 115 public community colleges in California, Cabrillo College is one of the top contributors of transfer students who enroll at various top universities in the USA. For Fall 2018, Cabrillo College contributed to 283 transfer students to the University of California.

Rankings

  • Cabrillo college rank#1 in transfers to UCSC and hundreds of students are transferred to top-ranking universities each year.
  • Cabrillo College is ranked 353 in the list of the best community colleges in the USA.
  • Cabrillo College is ranked 35 in the list of best community colleges in California. 

Highlights

Year of Establishment1959
LocationAptos, California
Type of CollegePublic
Campus settingSuburban
Total Enrollment (Fall 2018)11,703
Application portalOnline
Application fee60 USD (for international students)
Intake sessionsSpring and fall sessions
Student: faculty ratio21: 1
Standardized test scoresNot required
English Language proficiency testsTOEFL, IELTS, ELS, MLS
Websitecabrillo.edu

Cabrillo College Programs

Cabrillo College offers students with several programs at the undergraduate level. The highest degree offered at Cabrillo College is Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degree. The college also offers certificate programs in the same fields of study.

The college aims to prepare the students for high wage, high skill, and high demand jobs. The hands-on experience is unique to Cabrillo College and is achieved through work-based learning opportunities.

Most popular majors offered at the college include General Studies and Humanities, Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Health Professions and Related Programs.

Campus and Housing Facilities

Cabrillo College has a main campus located on the central coast of California and another center at the Watsonville. The campus is located 90 miles south of San Francisco and 35 miles north of Monterey. Santa Cruz County boasts a rich cultural life and numerous recreational opportunities

  • Cabrillo College has a well-equipped library called Robert E. Swenson Library which provides books, DVDs, citation guides and other resources for the convenience of the students.
  • Cabrillo College has an awe-inspiring Intercollegiate athletic program that offers a variety of sports for the students to take part in.

Like many other community colleges in the country, Cabrillo College does not provide any on-campus residence for its students. It can be expensive to find residence near the college, however, the international office helps students find affordable residences for students who want to enroll at the college.

Students can look for other affordable student housing options such as homestays, shared or rented apartments, etc. 

Application Process

Application: The application process of Cabrillo college is made simple and can be done by just filling out a google form which will act as an application form. 

Application Fee: For international students, a 60 USD non-refundable application fee is applicable and can be paid by check or money order made out to Cabrillo College.

Application Deadlines:

Intake semesterDeadlines
Fall sessionJuly 1
Spring sessionDecember 1

*However, international students are advised to apply a month before these deadlines.

Admission Requirements: 

  • Completed application form and payment of non-refundable application fee.
  • Academic transcripts from school, college or other educational institution attended. The transcripts must have an English translation and must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service. 
  • English Language proficiency- Cabrillo college requires all non-native English speakers to submit proof of English Proficiency. The accepted tests and minimum score requirements are as follows:
ExamMinimum Required Scores
TOEFL480(PBT)
54(IBT)
IELTS5.5

MLS or ELS school English proficiency certification is also accepted.

  • Financial verification: Students should demonstrate the availability of 19,056 USD in the form of affidavit bank statement or letter from a bank official.
  • International Affidavits of Application and Finances which needs to be downloaded, filled and submitted. 
  • Copy of passport 

Students who are accepted in Cabrillo college are sent form I-20, an acceptance letter, and information package within two weeks of their application submission online and other required documents through the mail.

Cost of Attendance

The tuition fee charged according to the number of units the student is enrolled in. There is also a slight disparity in the tuition fee charged per unit based on if the student is from the state, out of the state or an international student. 

The fee charged for International students per unit are tabularized below:

ExpenseFee
International Student Tuition per unit313 USD
Health Services Fee21 USD
Student Center Fee5 USD
Student Representation Fee1 USD
Student Activity Card10 USD
Transportation Fee39 USD
Total per unit389 USD

The table below shows the estimated annual expenses for an international student that they have to incur at Cabrillo College. The tuition fee mentioned is for a minimum of 12 units per semester.

ExpensesSpring semesterFall semesterTotal
Tuition, fees & books4,0004,0008,000
Housing, Personal & health insurance5,5285,52811,056
Total9,5289,52819,056

Scholarships and Financial Aid Options

Cabrillo College offers a wide range of aids to help the students financially. Students are required to apply for FAFSA to be eligible for the various financial aid options.

Some of them are as follows:

  • Cabrillo College Promise: Cabrillo college promises to provide free tuition to first-year senior graduates from Cabrillo college district area excluding the financial struggle part. College eliminates the tuition fee from the student bill every third week of the semester which allows the college to analyze the performance.
  • Scholarships: Scholarship provided by the college can be broadly classified as Cabrillo college general scholarships, Cabrillo college high school scholarships, and Cabrillo college department scholarships. Some of the scholarships that the students can avail are listed below:
  • LastPass STEM Scholarship- 10,000 USD
  • Computer Science and related STEM Scholarships- 1,000 USD
  • University Tutor Monthly Scholarship- 1,000 USD
  • Better together STEM scholarship: 1,000-10,000 USD etc.

International students cannot be financially assisted by Cabrillo College. They can, however, apply for private international scholarships offered by private organizations, institutions, corporations, etc. International students are advised to explore various financial aid options to be able to support their studies in the USA.

  • Education Loans: Students applying for a loan must submit an education plan after getting counseled by the authority.

Work-Study

Cabrillo College offers work-study opportunities for its students and hires students on a first come first serve basis. USICIS Authorization required for international students to fill in these positions. Students are awarded a fee based on the number of hours they work. 

The average annual award amounts to about 5,000 USD. Students on an F-1 visa to the USA can work for 19.5 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semester and 39.5 hours during the Summer semester. 

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Cabrillo College Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population17517
FAFSA Code001124
Accreditation ACS WASC
Average Cost of Attendance$4,000 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio2 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Attendance Cost

$4,000

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$4,000 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,746 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$12,352 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$4,194 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$4,311 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$4,194 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Program Wise Accreditations
Medicine ProgramsJoint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Dentistry ProgramsAmerican Dental Association

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
718024524728-
+1-831-479-6201
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Main Campus, 6500 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003
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Book Store

Cabrillo College Bookstore0.08 Km
Outside-In Kids1.62 Km
LowBrow Fine Art Gallery & Design2.79 Km
Free to Ride Surf Shop2.83 Km
Avalon Visions2.85 Km
Wonderland Toys & Classroom Resources3.46 Km
Friends of the Capitola Library Bookstore3.92 Km
Frenchy's Adult Sex Toy Store4.52 Km
Grey Bears Book Store4.63 Km
Cook's Bookcase7.55 Km
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Shopping Mall

Aptos center1.57 Km
Aptos Center Shopping Center1.59 Km
Aptos Village Square Shopping Center2.21 Km
The Aptos Village2.52 Km
La Capitola Plaza Shopping Center2.59 Km
Upper Village Shopping Center2.63 Km
41st Avenue Executive Plaza3.69 Km
Capitola Mall3.92 Km
King's Plaza Shopping Center4 Km
Begonia Plaza4.05 Km
Sunglass Hut4.05 Km
Proactiv Kiosk4.08 Km
El Rancho Shopping Center4.68 Km
zapperconnect5.39 Km
Shops At Seascape Village5.9 Km
Shadowbrook Shopping Center6.05 Km
Santa Cruz Women's Health Center, Live Oak6.39 Km
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Restaurant

Manuel's Mexican Restaurant2.02 Km
Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria2.64 Km
Aptos St. BBQ2.67 Km
Zelda's on the Beach2.97 Km
Margaritaville2.98 Km
Shadowbrook Restaurant3.09 Km
Wharf House Restaurant3.25 Km
Mangiamo Pizza3.59 Km
Bittersweet Bistro3.64 Km
Subway4.08 Km
Subway Restaurants4.08 Km
Chaminade Resort & Spa5.35 Km
Sanderlings Restaurant6.02 Km
Crow's Nest Restaurant7.29 Km
Aldo's Harbor Restaurant7.38 Km
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Super Market

Nob Hill Foods2.84 Km
Deluxe Foods of Aptos3.58 Km
Whole Foods Market3.72 Km
New Leaf Community Markets3.99 Km
Lucky4.02 Km
Target Grocery4.12 Km
Live Oak Supermarket5.33 Km
National Stock Sign5.96 Km
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Airport

Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital Heliport5.05 Km
Alta Vista Heliport5.96 Km

*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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