C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Professors
    C-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Safety
    NG
  5. Student Experience
    C
  6. Location
    B
Ventura College is ...
Public
Athletic Division
Other
Athletic Conference
Address
4667 Telegraph Rd
Ventura, CA 93003

Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$4,431/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $2,047/ year
  • $30-48k
    $3,189/ year
  • $49-75k
    $5,076/ year
  • $76-110k
    $6,356/ year
  • $110k+
    $8,849/ year

Academics

Professors
C-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
32:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.79 responses
40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.73 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.73 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,330Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
8%
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After Ventura College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$30,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
30%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
80%
National
83%

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Ventura College Reviews

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Ventura College is a great pick! Its local, not too big, not too small, and offers a very wide range of classes to incoming students of all standings. I enjoyed their Holistic Health programs, which were fun to take while I was earning my AA in Math and Science in my path to PreMed. I would happily go to this school again for its ease of enrollment, and its close proximity--but I would change a few things too. Their parking is horrible, expect and accept that and life will become much easier. Though i live 5 minutes away, I often leave the house up to half an hour early so I can park down the road and walk to my classes. Thankfully, the college is located in a nice area, and I haven't had to worry about an extra 10 or 15 minute walk. I would also strongly encourage any student who is planning to transfer like I am: TALK TO THE TRANSFER CENTER ON CAMPUS! But like Regan says, "Trust but verify". They the councilors will lead many astray; do your own research. Talking to them is helpful, but do not rely on them to get to your dream college.
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Over the past 3 years that I've taken classes at Ventura College, I've had an overall unpleasant experience there. The community college has slowly gotten better over the years by improving its facility by adding buildings and improving Wi-Fi hotspots, but there are a few issues that can't be overlooked. One would be the drinking fountains, the water tastes disgusting. Another would be the Cafeteria. There is no actual cafeteria as you can only buy food from vending machines. Even though food trucks have started to come on campus, it still would be nice to have an actual cafeteria. Lastly would the bookstore. Ever since Barnes & Noble took over the campus bookstore, it's nearly impossible to sell back textbooks.

Another issue would be the professors. My experience with good and bad professors has been about 50-50 so far. Some are extremely capable and fulfill all that a teacher should be, while others are inexperienced in the subject matter, rush through material, or have completely ineffective teaching techniques.

Lastly would be the student atmosphere. The majority of students that attend Ventura College are unmotivated to get the good grades they are completely capable of getting. It seems everyone motivates each other to procrastinate and complain about the professors or assignments. This attitude is only somewhat remedied during finals week when nearly everyone panics and reaches out to other students to get a passing grade.

All these things in addition to homeless people who hang out all across campus to take advantage of the facilities (especially the library) greatly overshadow the few good professors and positive student experiences that one can have at Ventura College.
I have completed the AA for Math/Science and am currently working towards my AA in Holistic Health studies. The programs are well laid out, which is helpful when trying to navigate what classes are required for what program. It is very easy, once you have completed your general education, to get more than one AA. Whether for your own interest, or because it would benefit your career, multiple degrees are nothing to sneeze at. The curriculums for Math/Science were fair, although at times Hefty, I worked 2 jobs and was able to keep a 3.0 GPA without becoming suicidal. The Holistic program is by far easier, but I would suggest taking Holistic classes to anyone, because they help you better yourself, especially while in a high stress environment like college.