Academic Catalog


A Message from the President

Welcome to Foothill College! 

We—the faculty, staff and administration—are committed to continuing the tradition of excellence, equity, and innovation that has brought Foothill College national acclaim. We believe in and practice our core values of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, transparency, forgiveness, and sustainability every day. When you enroll at Foothill College, you enroll in a campus community that puts students first.  

We pride ourselves in preparing students for university transfer or a more immediate career in the workforce to meet the changing demands of our surrounding communities.  We will meet you where you are in your life and support your academic and personal development no matter your situation.  We have extensive support services for students experiencing college for the first time. We offer extensive financial aid and opportunities, including free tuition and scholarships. We have peer-to-peer tutoring because we believe that our students are our best ambassadors and often mentors of other students, particularly new ones.   

We are nationally recognized for our excellent academic and career technical education programs, including a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene, innovative apprenticeship partnerships, and career programs that are lauded for earning graduates a living wage upon completion. Foothill is among the top transfer institutions in California and recently was identified in the Chronicle of Higher Education as the No. 1 public two-year college in the nation for graduating first-time, degree-seeking students within three years. 

As a Foothill College student, you will find your avenues to success are wide open. We have a dynamic faculty and staff, and we offer more than 30 career programs and 70 majors. Our average class size is small, and our students benefit from a highly personalized educational experience. You can earn an associate degree or transfer to a four-year university, or both. In addition, we offer 40 associate degrees totally online!  We also offer post-baccalaureate certificates for students who want to maintain academic currency in a particular field. 

Foothill's transfer students include Regents Scholars, the University of California's highest honor for transfer students. Foothill students transfer to all the major campuses of the University of California and California State University systems. Students from the Foothill Honors Institute have demonstrated success in transferring to schools with highly competitive admissions, including UCLA, UC Berkeley's prestigious Haas School of Business, and Stanford. In addition, we encourage our students to seek acceptance at private colleges and universities where financial aid is readily available. 

Graduates of our health care programs consistently place above the 90th percentile in their state or national registry examinations. Students who complete our intensive career programs place in the top five percent on nationwide skill examinations. 

We are here to help you achieve your goals—to put the keys to your success in your hands. With us, you will find a community that is diverse, celebrates equity and achievement, and knows you by name. 

We wish you the very best in your journey with us! 

Bernadine Chuck Fong, Ph.D.

Acting President, Foothill College


Foothill College is a public, two-year college and part of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Main Campus
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022-4599

Sunnyvale Center
1070 Innovation Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1200


Foothill College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Foothill College’s accreditation was reaffirmed in January of 2018 by ACCJC after the completion of a comprehensive self-study in August 2017 and site evaluation team visit in October 2017. Learn more at

Foothill College is also accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Medical Association Council on Medical Education, and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

This Catalog is Your Key to Success

The information you need to succeed as a Foothill College student is in this catalog. The following pages contain a wealth of information about courses, campus resources, student services, program descriptions, degree requirements, and college policies and procedures.

Use the catalog to:

  • Plan your educational program;
  • Review Foothill College policies and procedures;
  • Learn about course and degree requirements; and
  • Find important dates, phone numbers and locations.

Whether you want university-transfer preparation, career-training programs, basic skills improvement or professional development, you’ll find that Foothill College is a lively center for outstanding instruction and enriching student activities. Lives change in powerful ways at Foothill College.

At Foothill, we also have fun. From student clubs and social events to intercollegiate athletics and performing arts, Foothill offers you the total college experience.

Our students, faculty and staff come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. These traits, combined with our majestic campus, make Foothill a leader in providing students with a comprehensive, high-quality education.

Rules & Policies May Change

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District and Foothill College have made every reasonable effort to determine that information in this catalog is accurate. Changes may result from California legislature statutes or rules and policies adopted by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees, chancellor or institutional designee. Courses and programs offered, together with other matters contained herein, are subject to change without notice by the administration of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District or Foothill College for reasons related to student enrollment, level of financial support, or for any other reason, at the discretion of the district and college. The district and college further reserve the right to add, amend or repeal any of its rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

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