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Monterey Bay Area

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View from our Campus

There are few locations more compelling to earn your degree or certificate than in the Monterey Bay Area of California. Our main campus is in Aptos, a small beach community near the center of Santa Cruz County.

Residents enjoy a Mediterranean climate amid redwood forests, sparkling beaches and rich farmland. Local cultural highlights include performing arts events, museums and galleries that showcase the work of artists in every medium. Annual events celebrate the area’s ethnic and cultural diversity, and our agricultural roots are honored weekly on campus at our Saturday morning Cabrillo Farmers Market.

Santa Cruz County is located along the coast of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and offers fantastic opportunities for surfing, scuba diving, sea kayaking and sailing. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the only major seaside amusement park on the entire West Coast. Dare to ride the Giant Dipper Rollercoaster, or take a spin on one of the oldest carousels still remaining where you can literally go for the brass ring.

Near and not-so-far

  • Cabrillo is about 60 km/37 miles from San Jose, Monterey or Carmel and about 120 km/75 miles from San Francisco.
  • We’re only four hours away from national landmarks Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.
  • The world’s most innovative tech companies—such as Google, Apple, Yahoo!, HP, Adobe and Cisco Systems—are a short drive away in Silicon Valley.
  • For nature lovers, you can visit the nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium or hike through Nisene Marks State Park, next door to Cabrillo’s Aptos campus.

What We Offer

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Discover Your Passion Here

We're proud of the fact that breakthroughs happen at Cabrillo. We've had so many students discover theirs here.  Read more >

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Our Faculty and Staff

Among the strengths of Cabrillo College is our ability to attract and support excellent faculty and staff. Read more >

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Campus Life

The more you are actively involved in campus life, the greater success you’ll have in college, no matter what your goals.  Read more >

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Job Skills

There are a lot of reasons to come to Cabrillo. Whatever your educational goal, we can help.  Read more >

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Monterey Bay Area

There are few locations more beautiful or compelling to earn your degree or certificate than in the Monterey Bay Area of California.  Read more >

Students Speak Out

What students say about Cabrillo College:


"Both the small class sizes and diverse student body have helped me decide that Cabrillo College is where I want to continue my education!"-Katie
Communication Studies


"The classes and teachers here at Cabrillo are very engaging and not afraid to tackle tough concepts!"-Santiago


"In addition to a wide range of green classes available, Cabrillo College has a variety of professors with vital real world experience."-Kyle


"I really enjoy the campus, particularly the Cabrillo Gallery. This makes it feel not just like a school, but also a nice place to spend your time."-Shawn


"Cabrillo College and the Honors Program have successfully helped prepare me for my Fall transfer to SF State. "-Casey


"Cabrillo is a great place to start. The flexibility of class schedules has allowed me to work while attending college."-Michael
Early Childhood Education


"I love the new photography lab and the various student services available here at Cabrillo!"-Rachel
Art Photography


"In addition to a great campus environment, Cabrillo College is home to an exceptional culinary program."-Anthony,
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Mngmnt


"The teachers at Cabrillo are very informed and can often help you with career opportunities in your field."-Charlotte


"I am impressed by Cabrillo College’s affordability and the learning resources available such as the Math Learning Center and the Writing Center."-Dustin


"I really enjoy the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Cabrillo."-Tori


"In addition to a wide range of green classes available, Cabrillo College has a variety of professors with vital real world experience."-Rory
Construction & Energy Management


"What I love about Cabrillo College is the central location and small class sizes!"-Milo

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