De Anza College, established in 1967 by the Foothills-De Anza Community College District, occupies a 112-acre site in Cupertino in the heart of Silicon Valley, just 45 miles south of San Francisco. Cupertino is also home to Apple, Symantec, Sun, Hewlett-Packard and many other high-technology firms.
The college is well known for its animation program, which was listed as one of the top 15 degreed animation programs on the country, according to Animation Magazine. Athletic programs include basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo, baseball, football, softball and track and field.
The college was named after Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza.
Students can attend classes during the day, evening or on weekends. In addition to traditional lecture courses, the college offers distance learning classes, an honors program, interdisciplinary courses, open entry and exit laboratories and courses that rely on collaborative learning.