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De Anza College Overview
De Anza College offers a broad range of academic and career programs, cultural activities, sports and social events to about 20,000 students each quarter. Students can choose from 71 associate degrees and 95 certificate programs. More than 50,000 friends and neighbors participate in De Anza’s Community Education programs each year, including the Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College Planetarium, noncredit Short Courses and the De Anza College Academy for youth..
Students attending De Anza enjoy the full college experience. They can join a club or start a new one; walk through time at the California History Center; visit the stars at the Planetarium; explore the diversified ecosystems of the Cheeseman Environmental Study Area; or participate on or root
for a sports team – there are 17 to choose from. An education at De Anza isn’t just about books and tests; students also discover a diversity of people representing cultures from around the world and learn how to become fully engaged, politically aware citizens. The college’s Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action helps to advance this goal.
Learning at De Anza College takes place in state-of-the-art facilities, many funded through voter-approved Measures E and C construction bonds. The college is committed to environmental sustainability in building design and operations.
De Anza consistently ranks at or near the top among California community colleges in the number of transfers to CSU and UC. De Anza’s top transfer institutions include UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis and UC San Diego as well as San José State University and San Francisco State University.
Mission Statement
De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.
De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained within the college’s Institutional Core Competencies:
• Communication and expression
• Information literacy
• Physical/mental wellness and personal responsibility
• Civic capacity for global, cultural, social and environmental justice
• Critical thinking

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