Ohlone College is a two year, public, not for profit institution of higher learning accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Ohlone awards both Associate degrees and certificates. In addition to overall accreditation, the Physical Therapy and Nursing programs at Ohlone College each holds a specialized accreditation. Ohlone College was founded in 1965 and serves the cities of Fremont, Newark, as well as part of Union City. In 1967, Ohlone College officially earned its name which honors the early Ohlone Indians of the Costanoan Tribe. The mission of Ohlone College is “...to serve the local community by offering instruction for basic skills, career entry, university transfer, economic development, and personal enrichment”. Ohlone aims to do this while providing an environment that promotes student success. The core values of lifelong learning, diversity, high standards, teamwork, innovation and stewardship are held in high regard at Ohlone College.
Ohlone College is located in a rural area of Fremont, California. To provide convenience and ease of access to its students there are two campuses. The Fremont campus is contained within 534 acres on a hillside with seasonal springs and a landscape that welcomes wildlife. It is located just south of historical Mission San Jose. Over by the San Francisco Bay, the Newark campus is located on a 31 acre site. The Newark campus was built with sustainability in mind and was awarded LEED Platinum Certification, meaning it has reached the highest achievable level of sustainability.
Students can complete an Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Science degree, Certificates of Achievement and Certificates of Accomplishment. There are a variety programs that lead to one of the above degrees or certificates with over 100 certificate programs and over 50 programs leading to an Associate degree. Students are also able to gain hands on experience and real life skills through job training, workforce training, professional development, continuing education and enrichment classes. These programs are available to students through the Community Education and Workforce Development programs.
In addition to traditional, face to face classes, Ohlone College offers online classes to help accommodate the busy schedules of its students. The online program utilizes the tools of the Blackboard course management software to provide instructor lead courses without the hassle of commuting to campus. In addition to fully online classes, hybrid classes are also available which combine the convenience of online classes with the interactive characteristics of in class learning. There are 430 faculty members, all of which are instructional faculty teaching the classes at Ohlone College. Students can expect larger class sizes due to a 28:1 student to faculty ratio.
Students interested in applying to Ohlone College should note that there is an open admissions policy and students are accepted based on a rolling admissions schedule. Students are required to complete a placement test prior to registration. Students who enroll at Ohlone College return for a subsequent year at a rate of 78% for full time students and 40% for part time students. About 18% of students transfer out to another institution of higher learning each year, 35% graduate within the “normal” amount of time it is expected to take to complete their program.
There are 10,534 students currently at Ohlone College between the two campuses, of which, 3,687 are students over the age of 24 and considered to be adult learners. About 31% of the students attend class on a full time schedule. Asian students represent 38% of the population at Ohlone College with White students making up the next largest ethnic group with 24%. Hispanic, Native Hawaiian and African American students represent 19%, 1% and 6% of the student population respectively. There is approximately a 50/50 female to male ratio among the students. Students mostly come to Ohlone College from within the state of California at a rate of 91%. Out of state students make up 1% of the student body and international students make up 7% and represent about 30 countries.
The tuition for in state residents comes to $1,162 per academic year and to $6,394 for out of state students. Students can seek help from the on campus financial aid office to assist them in exploring the available tuition payment options and acquiring grants, scholarships and loans. Currently 30% of students at Ohlone College receive grant or scholarship aid resulting in an average aid amount of $2,703. Students also receive loans to help cover the cost of tuition at a rate of about 2% with the average loan amount coming to $6,356.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,687
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