Academic Catalog


A Message from the President

Welcome to Foothill College! 

I commend you for your commitment to your education during these challenging times. You’ve chosen to pursue your goals at a college that is nationally recognized for educational excellence and innovation. Many of our programs are among the highest-ranked in the nation. This is due to our dedicated faculty and staff and the extraordinary students who graduate each year. 

Foothill College is more than academics. We recently completed our Strategic Vision for Equity, which lays out our college’s plan to dismantle oppressive systems (structural, cultural and individual) and create a college where success is not predictable by race. All our work across the college, from the classroom to student services, is in service of that vision.  

Service leadership is one component of that plan. Service leadership at Foothill College helps students find their own voice and vision and build essential lifelong skills. Students are encouraged to get involved on campus, whether through student government or one of our many student clubs.  

I hope you will get involved on campus and find your voice at Foothill College.  

As your college president, I am eager to meet you in person, virtually, and via social media. 

Thuy Thi Nguyen, J.D.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi


A public, two-year college 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.

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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