The Ohlone Campuses - About Ohlone College

Fremont Campus

The Fremont campus opened in September 1974 and is located on a beautiful 534-acre hillside above southern Alameda County between Highways 680 and 880. With 300 acres reserved for open space, the campus offers a peaceful learning environment for students. Natural features including black oak, chaparral, and seasonal springs dominate the landscape and welcome wildlife alongside the academic environment.

The architecture is designed to complement the hillside surroundings. At the center of the campus are eight of the nine original buildings comprising the academic village (see Fremont Campus Map), with classroom buildings dedicated to music, art, Deaf studies, athletics, and science labs, including the biotechnology laboratory and greenhouse. The central campus also features a student newspaper, cafeteria, and bookstore.

Additions to the Fremont campus are the fine and performing arts center, the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (which opened in 1995); the business and technology center, the Morris and Alvirda Hyman Hall (2002); and the Student Services Center (2009) located at the southern end of the campus where Building 7 was formerly located.

A new core of academic buildings at the Fremont campus will house most of the educational offerings at Ohlone. As a result of the 2012 District Facilities Master Plan it was identified that many of the existing buildings needed to be replaced and allow the campus to become more accessible to students as well as meeting current codes and energy efficiencies. Academic programs that will be included in the new buildings include science, arts, general education (math, English, etc.), and learning resources (tutoring, library, study areas, etc.). The new core buildings will replace Buildings 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8. The project is currently being designed and demolition of the old buildings started in Spring 2015.

Newark Center Campus

The Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology opened in January 2008. Awarded LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest achievable level of sustainability, the campus serves as a model for other colleges to follow. It is a campus that teaches responsible, sustainable resource management both by example and by intentions.

The campus design is tailored to meet the academic and service needs of students on campus, with circulation routes in and around the building to promote student interaction and ease of access.

The building has four wings that come together at a central hub. This feature creates a Campus Commons area with access to the café, computer kiosks, individual and group study areas, and wireless access.

The latest educational technology features and ergonomic furniture are found throughout the colorful learning environments.

The Newark Center offers degree and certificate programs in health sciences, biotechnology, and environmental studies. A variety of courses to meet general education requirements are also offered.

Learning Resource Center (LRC)

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) has two locations, one on each campus.

The Newark LRC is located on the first floor of wing 1 in Room NC1124. The Fremont LRC is located in Hyman Hall, first floor.

The LRCs print and media collections are primarily housed on the Fremont campus and are accessible to Newark campus students and faculty through an inter-campus loan system. Registered students may access the LRCs many electronic resources, including electronic books and periodicals, through the LRC's website. LRCs on both campuses provide group and individual study space, access to personal computers, and wireless Internet service.

Hochler Student Center

The Hochler Student Center in Building 5 on the Fremont campus houses the Ohlone College Bookstore; Cafeteria; facilities for The Monitor, the Ohlone College student newspaper; classrooms; and serves as the hub of student activities.

Building 5 was dedicated to the memory of the Ohlone Trustee Abraham (Abe) Hochler on June 17, 1976. Mr. Hochler had served the Fremont-Newark Community College District as a trustee from July 1, 1966 until April 2, 1976, and is remembered for his exceptional leadership in development and construction of the College. He was a staunch supporter of students during his years of service to the District.

Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts

The Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts was built on the Fremont campus in 1995 to serve student and community needs for a professional performing arts facility. An impressive architectural creation, the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts can be seen on the hills above Fremont from as far away as the San Mateo Bridge.

The Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts boasts state-of-the-art facilities in the areas of radio and television production and broadcast, a dance studio, stages for theatre productions and music performance, as well as a professional art gallery.

The Smith Center has three stages: the Jackson Theatre, a 400-seat proscenium theatre; the NUMMI Studio Theatre, an intimate black box stage with adjustable seating; and the Ohlone College Outdoor Amphitheatre with a breathtaking view of the Bay Area.

The Louie-Meager Art Gallery displays a wide range of professional art exhibits from Skateboard Art to Kinetic Neon Sculpture.

The Television facilities provide staging, shooting, post-production, and broadcast of news and entertainment programming.

KOHL Radio is a popular Bay Area top-40 station broadcasting on 89.3 FM.

The Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts is the largest performing arts theatre in the southern end of the East Bay. Each season Smith Center Presents! offers professional artist performances; a children's theatre series; Louie-Meager Art Gallery Exhibits; and the Ohlone Music, Theatre, and Dance Department performances. In addition, it is the primary performance site for the Fremont Symphony Orchestra.

Ohlone Network Television (ONTV)

With two fully equipped studios and control room, Ohlone College’s Broadcasting Department offers students instruction for a career in television from instructors who have spent their careers working in commercial television news and entertainment.

Students use professional grade Sony DV Cam and Beta Cam cameras and AVID digital editing equipment. The department’s AVID Xpress Elite Non-Linear Editing Suite and multiple AVID DV Editing Bays give students the chance to receive extensive hands-on editing time and to develop editing skills that are in short supply in the broadcast industry. The Broadcasting Department’s Live News Production class produces a weekly newscast throughout most of the academic year, broadcast live over ONTV Channel 28 in the cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City. A Producing and Directing Live Television class is also offered for students interested in the technical side of broadcasting, as well as a Live Production Crew class in which students cover live theatre, sporting, and political events.

Radio Station KOHL

KOHL FM 89.3 is a commercial broadcast training program focusing on the business of radio broadcasting. KOHL is a 24-hour operation with on-air staff primarily provided by students in a controlled and formatted broadcast lab environment. The station’s operational platform is a computer business software program fully integrated with digital broadcasting equipment considered state-of-the-art in the industry. This rigorous program prepares students for a wide variety of positions including on-air talent, production, programming support, and broadcast sales to meet business and industry standards.

Morris and Alvirda Hyman Center for Business and Technology

The mission of the Morris and Alvirda Hyman Center for Business and Technology (Hyman Hall) on the Fremont campus is to provide quality, cost-effective education and training for the fields of business, computer science, office technology, and software applications. Hyman Hall serves to advance economic development in the greater Fremont-Newark region. Hyman Hall's programs perform three important functions:

  1. Prepare students for entry-level, re-entry, mid-level, or advanced jobs requiring a community college education.
  2. Assist students in preparing to transfer to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions.
  3. Serve as a center for continuing education (upgrading current employees of business, industry, and government).

Programs housed in Hyman Hall include Multimedia and Graphic Arts. Hyman Hall boasts a seven-to-one student per computer ratio and offers the latest technology in multimedia, business, and other applications.

Hyman Hall is a vital economic development asset in the Fremont-Newark region, providing benefits to the entire community. Hyman Hall offers opportunities to prepare for a wide variety of occupational fields. It is also a place where employees can receive continuing education and professional development. By preparing individuals for the workplace and providing continuing education to employees, Hyman Hall is an excellent resource for employers as it offers customized training for companies and organizations.

Ohlone College Center for Deaf Studies

Ohlone College has one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in California designed to meet the academic and vocational needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Ohlone College Deaf Studies programs are unique in that there are both self contained and mainstreamed classes. Classes taught in ASL include developmental English and math, Deaf education, Deaf culture, personal development, and career awareness. Students may work toward a certificate or associate degree or may fulfill requirements needed to transfer to baccalaureate institutions such as Gallaudet University; National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology; California State University, Northridge; or other universities.

As an important complementary program, Ohlone has one of the largest and most comprehensive ASL/Deaf Studies associate degree and certificate programs available in the United States. In addition, Ohlone has nationally recognized Interpreter Preparation associate degree and certificate programs.

The large Deaf and ASL student populations at Ohlone allow for a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including special interest clubs on campus. There are many activities for students within the local and Bay Area Deaf communities as well. The close proximity of the Ohlone College Center for Deaf Studies to the California School for the Deaf in Fremont provides unique collaborative opportunities for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing students.

The program is staffed by full-time and part-time instructors, all educated and certified in the area of education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. Counselors for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students provide assistance with registration; personal, academic, and social concerns; and educational, vocational, and career guidance. Counselors are available to assist students with any of these educational plans. The Language & Culture Center for Deaf Studies is located in Building 6, second and third floors on the Fremont campus. Registration information and appointments with a counselor may be obtained by calling Video Phone (510) 344-5700 or Voice (510) 659-6269.

Gallaudet University Regional Center

Since its founding in 1864, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. has been a symbol of achievements and abilities of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and has provided leadership, inspiration, and exemplary programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people all over the world. For some time the University has been expanding its scope of services beyond the traditional four-year liberal arts and practical sciences degree. This expansion is in response to the changing needs of society.

The Gallaudet University Regional Center - West opened in October 1983. The Center serves twelve western states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming and works in cooperation with the College of Professional Studies and Outreach at Gallaudet University.

The Center provides information, training, services, and resources to address the educational and vocational needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people from birth through post-secondary employment, their families, and the professionals who work with them. The Center has a library of books and videotapes for loan. Upon request the Regional Center will assist local communities with planning and coordinating educational programs, workshops, and seminars for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, their families, and professionals who work with them. The Center will utilize resource persons from Gallaudet University as well as appropriate resource persons from schools for the Deaf, colleges and universities, and state and local agencies.

Additional information about the Gallaudet University Regional Center may be obtained by calling Voice (510) 659-6268 or Video Phone (510) 344-5594; by sending a fax to (510) 659-6033; or by sending an email to

Campus Tours

The Ohlone College Peer Mentors program offers tours of both the Fremont and Newark campuses. Tours are given by Peer Mentors, current Ohlone College students, and provide prospective students with general information about college resources and programs. To schedule a tour please complete a Campus Tour Request Form, which is available on the Peer Mentors website.

Tours of the Fremont campus typically last one hour, and tours of the Newark campus last approximately 30 minutes. Comfortable shoes should be worn as the tours involve a great deal of walking. Please contact the Peer Mentor Office at (510) 979-7563 if accommodations (such as a wheelchair or an ASL interpreter) are needed for the tour. If the tour involves more than ten people or if a customized tour is desired, please contact the Peer Mentor Office by emailing or by calling the Peer Mentor Program Advisor at (510) 659-6005.

Community Education

Community Education classes are designed to meet the not-for-credit education needs of individuals in the Tri-Cities area. No tests or exams are required. Classes provide skills, knowledge, and hands-on activities appropriate to the content. Students can improve job skills, prepare for promotion, or explore new careers by taking not-for-credit workshops. Many classes are available online.

The Ohlone for Kids program has special classes designed for students going into grades 4-11. Students practice critical thinking skills and enjoy a variety of activities including arts, computers, math, reading, and writing.

The Community Education program is self-supporting and receives no taxpayer funding. Visit the Community Education website or call (510) 979-7590 for information.

Study Abroad Program

For over 20 years the Study Abroad Program has been part of the instructional offerings at Ohlone. Throughout this time, Ohlone has offered students the opportunity to study and travel in a wide variety of countries. The Study Abroad Program has included programs offered by the Art, Business, English, Language Arts, Music, and Theatre and Dance departments. Ohlone students have studied art in Italy, French in Paris, and business in Shanghai; attended theatre in London; cruised the Nile River in Egypt; performed in Europe and Asia; and spent semesters abroad in Stratford-upon-Avon, England and Sydney, Australia.

Students may receive information about financial aid for use in Study Abroad by contacting the Ohlone College Financial Aid Office at (510) 659-6150. Students who are interested in studying abroad may contact the Study Abroad Coordinator. Please also visit the Study Abroad website for information on upcoming trips.

(Source: Ohlone College Catalog, 2015-2016.)