University description (as per official university website)
History of Ohlone College
Established in 1965, Ohlone College serves the cities of Newark, Fremont, and part of Union City located in the southeast area (East Bay Area) of the San Francisco Bay area, California (Campus and Area Maps). Ohlone is part of the Ohlone Community College District.
The Fremont campus is located on Mission Boulevard off Highway 680 on a beautiful 534-acre hillside site just south of historical Mission San Jose. The Newark campus is located on Cherry Street west of Highway 880 on a 31-acre site adjacent to the San Francisco Bay.
Officially named Ohlone College on June 18, 1967, the institution honors the early Ohlone Indians of the Costanoan tribe [external link], who inhabited the Fremont and Newark area. Long before the local Indians were named Costanoans by the Spanish priests, they were known by a neighboring Miwuk tribe as the Ohlones or “people of the West.” Distinguished by peaceful pursuits, especially in agriculture, they held profound reverence for the earth, believing it was theirs for living and not for the taking. They aided the Franciscan Fathers in building the Mission San Jose de Guadalupe [external link] in the late 18th century and prospered until 1806-1833 when a series of epidemics virtually destroyed the tribe. Some descendants, however, still reside in the Fremont-Newark area.
Ohlone Community College District opened its doors in September 1967. The 2006-2007 academic year maked the 40th anniversary of serving the Tri-cities community with higher education opportunities. Classes were first held at a temporary site in the former Serra Center Home for Girls on Washington Boulevard in Fremont. A year later, the Huddleson Ranch property, located in the Mission foothills just south of old Mission San Jose, was selected as the permanent campus site.
We know your decision to attend this College will prove to be a rewarding one. Our office is proud of Ohlone College and of our graduates. We will do our utmost to help you keep your financial concerns manageable and to achieve your educational goals.
Financial aid procedures, since they distribute tax payers' dollars, are complex and demanding. Timely and responsible delivery of your financial aid requires a close partnership between you, the applicant, this office and several other entities. This website is a guide to your role and will assure smooth and speedy service for you and less frustration for all of us.
Did You Know?
The new Student Services Center on Ohlone's Fremont campus is open for the Fall 2009 semester! It is a one-stop shop where students can get assistance with admission, counseling, financial aid, health care, and other student services.
We pledge ourselves to provide you with equitable treatment under the law, honest answers and an open door to your questions. If at any time you feel we are not honoring these commitments with courtesy and professionalism, contact the Director of Financial Aid.