Mission College (California)

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Mission College
Motto "Where today’s students meet tomorrow’s opportunity"
Type Community college, Public
Established 1967
Chancellor Patrick Schmitt
President Daniel Peck
Vice-Chancellor Edralin Maduli
Students 10,221[1]
Location Santa Clara, California, United States
37°23′28″N 121°58′56″W / 37.3911°N 121.9821°W / 37.3911; -121.9821Coordinates: 37°23′28″N 121°58′56″W / 37.3911°N 121.9821°W / 37.3911; -121.9821
Colors teal, black and white             
Mascot Saints
Affiliations West Valley–Mission Community College District
Website www.missioncollege.org

Mission College is a community college located in Santa Clara, California, and is part of the West Valley–Mission Community College District. Founded in 1967, Mission College's course offerings are broad-based and include computer technology, hospitality management, health occupations, and fire prevention, as well as a large number of transfer degrees.


Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont CA and Mission College (Santa Clara, California) Students at Mission Community College in Santa Clara will be able to receive a four-year Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree from Notre Dame de Namur University, without ever leaving their South Bay campus, the two schools announced.

Under the joint program, NDNU will provide faculty to teach Human Services courses to Mission College students who have completed the requirements for acceptance into the NDNU Human Services program. Mission College will provide the classrooms and other facilities. The joint program was established to provide a seamless transition for Mission College students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services.

In July 2014 Mission College was placed on probation by the regional accrediting agency ACCJC.[2]

Organization and Administration[edit]

Mission College is part of Silicon Valley's West Valley–Mission Community College District, which also administers West Valley College in nearby Saratoga, California. It is part of the California Community Colleges System. The district serves the cities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara, and San Jose. The district's headquarters are on the campus of West Valley College.


Interior of the giant Main Building

Mission College is located within Silicon Valley's "Golden Triangle" business district. The Mercado shopping center is immediately to the South and includes restaurants and a 20-screen movie theater. Facilities of both EMC and McAfee are immediately to the East.

The college originally was focused around a single large structure where most of the classes took place. In 2014, the Gillmor Family Center opened, with state-of-the-art classrooms and labs on three floors. The library, cafeteria, and bookstore are in nearby buildings. A separate building houses the science departments. The Hospitality Management building includes the "Mission Bistro", which serves lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Fall and Spring semesters.


Campus Center

Mission College is reached from the California's Great America exit of U.S. Route 101. There are shuttles that are reachable with walks of a few blocks that connect to the Old Ironsides station of the Santa Clara VTA Light-rail, the Great America station of the Altamont Commuter Express, and the Lawrence station of Caltrain. The VTA bus lines 57[3] and 60[4] stop in the college's front loop.

Student Demographics[edit]

Asian 36% Hispanic 21% White 20% Filipino 9% Unknown 6% African American 4% Two or more races 3% Pacific Islander 1% American Indian/Alaskan Native 0%[5]


Mission College has a variety of clubs: Alpha Gamma Sigma, Associated Student Government, Fire Tech Student Association, The Florets, Future Accountants of America, Kinesiology Club, MC Dance Company, MC Health Occupations Association, Mission Inter-Connect, Muslim Student Association, Puente Club, Umoja Community Club, Veterans with Associates.[6]


Mission College has men's and women's tennis, women's basketball, softball, women's badminton, baseball

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://datamart.cccco.edu/Students/Enrollment_Status.aspx
  2. ^ ACCJC probation letter to Mission College. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.vta.org/routes/rt57
  4. ^ http://www.vta.org/routes/rt60
  5. ^ http://www.missioncollege.org/research/documents/MC_FastFacts_20140910.pdf
  6. ^ http://missioncollege.edu/student_services/asg/clubs.html

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