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Cabrillo College Data & Information Overview

71 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
9% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Cabrillo College Ranked?

#928 Best Colleges in Nation
#118 Best Colleges in CA
Human Development & Family Studies Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Cabrillo College was awarded 71 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is human development & family studies.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Cabrillo College as #928 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Cabrillo College held the #1,300 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Cabrillo College is also ranked #118 out of 168 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cabrillo College?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

As long as you meet basic requirements, you should not have any trouble getting into Cabrillo College since the school has an open admissions policy. Still, be sure to submit any requested materials and that your application is completed in full.

Learn more about Cabrillo College admissions.

Cabrillo College Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
44% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, Cabrillo College is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Cabrillo College is 44%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  44 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cabrillo College

72% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Cabrillo College is 72%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  72 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Cabrillo College.

Cabrillo College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,201 Full-Time Undergraduates
60.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
57.7% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,792 undergraduates at Cabrillo College with 3,201 being full-time and 6,591 being part-time.

How Much Does Cabrillo College Cost?

$11,130 Net Price
$21,000 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Cabrillo College is $11,130. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cabrillo College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,823 $11,412 $13,406 $16,070 $18,875

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Cabrillo College, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

The student loan default rate at Cabrillo College is 8.9%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Cabrillo College Graduates Make?

$40,236 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Cabrillo College with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $40,236 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Cabrillo College make the most money.

Location of Cabrillo College

California State
3,201 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in Aptos, California, Cabrillo College is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Aptos makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for Cabrillo College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: 831-479-6100

Cabrillo College Majors

56 Majors With Completions
1,732 Undergraduate Degrees
Learn more about the majors offered at Cabrillo College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Cabrillo College

88% Take At Least One Class Online
60% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 7,981 students took at least one online class at Cabrillo College. This is an increase from the 5,142 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 7,981 5,479
2019-2020 5,142 1,073
2018-2019 5,140 1,097
2017-2018 4,947 1,044
2016-2017 4,635 1,102

Learn more about online learning at Cabrillo College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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