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Cabrillo College

Aptos, California, United States
Cabrillo College is a dynamic, diverse and responsive educational community dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic, career, and personal development goals. 

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (1)
Social Sciences (1)



The name “Cabrillo” held special significance. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was a Portuguese ship pilot who, in 1542, led the first European expedition to explore the uncharted coast of California. While his sense of exploration and discovery applied to the New World, the Cabrillo founders hoped that students would undertake a similar searching for their own new world of personal achievement.


Cabrillo College is passionate about developing critical thinking, honing oral and written communication and enhancing global awareness, while cultivating personal and professional responsibility in our students. Exploration, innovation, creativity, and implementation of a variety of teaching methods, including technology literacy, are hallmarks of our approach to learning.

 We help students of varying skill levels achieve their potential, and consider everyone in the college part of a community of learners who are treated with dignity and respect. Cabrillo College supports a climate of diversity, self-empowerment and sustainability, with a strong sense of social justice.


The Planning and Research Office (PRO) is responsible for the following:

  • Coordinating planning activities such as the College Strategic Plan and environmental scanning for Education Master Planning
  • Facilitating Accreditation and Student Learning Outcomes reporting
  • Reviewing and providing mandatory reports to national, state, community organizations, and internal offices at Cabrillo
  • Conducting research studies on the efficacy of innovations
  • Supporting grant activities including acquistion and reporting
  • Providing operational support to campus offices and departments


The staff at the Career Center offers support for students in determining where their interests lie, what their abilities are and what work would provide a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

Students will find assistance in investigating different career possibilities, and with center guidance, will be able to plan a career, get specialized training, or plan an academic, transfer or occupational program at Cabrillo. The Career Center offers career counseling, classes in career planning, career assessment and a career resource library.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Student services

Whatever your background or experience is, we have many different services that are tailored to ensure your success here at Cabrillo College.

  • Accessibility Support Center 
  • Assistive Technology
  • CalWORKs
  • Childcare
  • Community Resources
  • Learning Communities Center
  • Veterans' Services

Housing services

Because Santa Cruz is such a beautiful place to live, housing can be expensive and difficult to find. International Students can obtain housing information through the following services:

  • Students, who do not participate in the International Student Homestay Program, are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. Renting a studio (small one-room apartment) or sharing an apartment with other students might cost you between $500 and $1000 per month

Library services

 We have a large online database collection for student research, a core book collection covering all campus instruction areas, a large course reserve collection of textbooks and materials required for many classes, lots of individual and group study spaces, a growing collection of artworks, and friendly librarians available to help with your information needs.

ICT services

  • Hawknet is a free wireless internet service provided by Cabrillo College to its staff and students.
  • Wireless access is available on every floor in buildings A and B at the Watsonville Center.

Medical services

Student Health Services provides students with confidential medical services, crisis and short-term personal counseling, and referrals to community resources. Appointments can be made for acute illnesses and well care (including physical assessments and immunizations), routine laboratory tests, women's and men's reproductive health needs, and personal counseling.

Student Life

Campus life

Cabrillo College is located in Aptos; a small coastal community situated near the center of Santa Cruz County. From Santa Cruz, it is only 60 km to San Jose, Monterey or Carmel and approximately 120 km to San Francisco. In addition, Lake Tahoe is only four hours away and Calistoga and the Napa wine country are approximately three hours from us.

Wooded mountains, a spectacular coastline and accessible beaches surround Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is also a part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and offers fantastic opportunities for scuba diving, sea kayaking, sailing and surfing. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offers the only major seaside amusement park on the entire West Coast.

Sports facilities

Cabrillo College is one of the one hundred and five colleges that make up the California Community College Athletic Association and is a member of the seventeen college Coast Athletic Conference.

Cabrillo offers a comprehensive athletic program that includes: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, football, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s water polo, that meets the interests of it’s students.

Cabrillo College is dedicated to providing its student athletes with the opportunity to experience the valuable lessons associated with structured athletic participation.

Student clubs

  • Bike Cooperative
  • Black Student Union
  • Organization of Latino Americans
  • Leading Out (LGBTQ)
  • Technology Committee
  • etc.


Cabrillo College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Aptos, California, United States


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