Located on an 82-acre urban campus in the downtown heart of one of the Inland Empire's anchor cities in California, San Bernardino Valley College is a comprehensive public two-year community college. As the original and largest of the two colleges in the San Bernardino Community College District, SBVC serves the academic needs of over 25,000 students every semester with quality education and services that support a diverse community of learners. San Bernardino Valley College has a mission of providing a general education that gives students basic competence in written and spoken English, mathematics, history, government, and a chosen subject area.
As the 25th oldest community college in California, San Bernardino Valley College was first established in 1926 when the campus was split between the nearby San Bernardino High School and Colton High School. Although the college initially consisted of just 140 students and one administrator named George H. Jantzen, SBVC has grown to serve multiple high school districts encompassing nearly 500 square miles throughout the greater metropolitan area. Now in its 88th year, San Bernardino Valley College has been recognized as a regional leader in career and technical education with weekend, online, short-term, and distance learning options.
Fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), San Bernardino Valley College awards Associates of Arts, Associates of Science, and Certificates of Completion in over 80 areas of study relevant to today's job market. Among the most popular programs offered are in nursing, human services, computer information technology, welding, electrical engineering, machinist technology, and radio and television broadcasting. Since the college's curriculum corresponds well to the lower-division requirements of the University of California and California State University systems, many qualified graduates transfer to four-year universities as a junior.
For a variety of special academic and recreational interests, San Bernardino Valley College offers students a diverse selection of more than 30 student organizations on-campus. As a member of the Foothill Conference in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), the SBVC Wolverines field 12 varsity intercollegiate teams for cross country, soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, and track and field. Some of the most notable former Wolverines include actress Julie Sommars, Olympic gold medalist Tyree Washington, songwriter Jimmy Webb, and NFL cornerback Craig Newsome.
Total undergraduate enrollment: 12025
Total institution enrollment: 12025
School type: 2-year public
School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.
San Bernardino Valley College
701 S Mt Vernon Ave
San Bernardino, CA 92410
Male undergraduate population: 45%
Female undergraduate population: 55%
Undergrad visible minorities: No Data
Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's, Two but less than 4 years