Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Pky
Mission Viejo, CA 92692-3635
Tel: (949)582-4500
20,007 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 20,007 students (30% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 45:1 is higher than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 41% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • 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 446 teachers has grown by 7% over five years.
Saddleback College (CA) Community College Avg.
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 446 staff 78 staff
Saddleback College Total Faculty (2007-2015)

Student Body

  • The student population of 20,007 has declined by 9% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 45:1 has decreased from 47:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.59 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment 20,007 students 2,419 students
Saddleback College Total Enrollment (2007-2015)
Student : Teacher Ratio 45:1 44:1
Saddleback College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2015)
# Full-Time Students 6,015 students 1,297 students
Saddleback College Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
# Part-Time Students 13,992 students 5,258 students
Saddleback College Part-Time Students (2007-2015)
Saddleback College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Saddleback College Asian (2007-2015)
% Hispanic
Saddleback College Hispanic (2007-2015)
% Black
Saddleback College Black (2007-2015)
% White
Saddleback College White (2007-2015)
% Two or more races
Saddleback College More (2010-2015)
% Unknown races
Saddleback College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.59 0.73
Saddleback College Diversity Score (2007-2015)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $762 is less than the state average of $1,220. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,694 is less than the state average of $6,184. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $762 $1,220
Saddleback College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,694 $6,184
Saddleback College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 44% 81%
Saddleback College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Source: 2015 (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.

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Did You Know?
For Orange County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,142 per year for in-state students and $5,204 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 0.66, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Orange County, CA is Career Networks Institute. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.