Saddleback College

Tel: (949)582-4500
21,014 students
Public institution
Our mission is to provide access to learning opportunities that promote student success; to foster intellectual growth, individual expression, and character development; and to support a dynamic and diverse environment of innovation and collegiality.
School Highlights
Saddleback College serves 21,014 students (38% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 47:1 is higher than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 71%.
Saddleback College is one of 17 community colleges within Orange County, CA.
The nearest community college is Irvine Valley College (11.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 447 teachers has grown by 17% over five years.
College Saddleback College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 447 staff
61 staff
Saddleback College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 21,014 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 47:1 has increased from 45:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.62 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 40% over five years.
Total Enrollment 21,014 students 1,315 students
Saddleback College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 47:1
Saddleback College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 8,037 students
815 students
Saddleback College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 12,977 students
1,061 students
Saddleback College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Saddleback College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Saddleback College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Saddleback College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Saddleback College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Saddleback College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Saddleback College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Saddleback College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Saddleback College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Saddleback College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.62 0.70
Saddleback College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $762 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $4,694 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $762 $5,590
Saddleback College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,694 $10,086
Saddleback College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 38%
Saddleback College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • We are one of California's top community colleges, known for our well-equipped high-tech learning centers and laboratories, challenging academic curricula, strong student support services, and high transfer rate to universities around the country. Our reputation for excellence continues to attract high quality faculty members and administrators from across the United States. At Saddleback College, students are our top priority. Class sizes here are small and students can expect to receive individual attention from their professors. There is a full range of counseling, career planning and job placement services, financial aid programs, as well as assistance for those with learning disabilities and/or physical limitations. We offer on-campus childcare, a fully staffed Health Center and a variety of tutorial programs. In addition, we have extensive programs and services for re-entry men and women, for older adults through our Emeritus Institute, and for professionals in need of continuing educational credits. We are a premier cultural, entertainment and recreational site in South Orange County. Throughout the year, Saddleback College hosts lectures by news makers and scholars, stages theatre productions and concerts, and screens classic and contemporary foreign films. This upcoming year marks the 29th anniversary of our award-winning Saddleback Civic Light Opera program. Our athletic department proudly boasts 19 intercollegiate teams with a solid reputation for success. In the past 3 decades the Gauchos have earned over 120 conference, state and national titles. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges, of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Nearby Schools

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  • Stanbridge College
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  • 235 students | 14.50 Mi17590 Gillette Avenue
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  • Pacific College
    Private for-profit
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  • 21,832 students | 16.50 Mi2701 Fairview Road
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Did You Know?
For Orange County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,144 per year for in-state students and $5,682 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Orange County, CA community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Orange County, CA is Concorde Career College-Garden Grove. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.