Saddleback College

  • 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 to Saddleback College is Irvine Valley College (11.0 miles away).

Top Placements

Saddleback College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 446 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Saddleback College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty446 staff97 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Saddleback College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 45:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Saddleback College diversity score of 0.59 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment20,007 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio45:144:1
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# Full-Time Students6,015 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students13,992 students5,903 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
9%
13%
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% Hispanic
22%
37%
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% Black
2%
7%
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% White
59%
32%
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% Two or more races
4%
3%
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% Non Resident races
-
3%
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% Unknown races
2%
5%
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Diversity Score0.590.73
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College Completion Rate
35%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$40,700$34,600
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,142 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 49% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,702 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,142$1,636
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,702$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid44%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,250$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,164$5,500
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Source: 2016 (or 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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The average community college acceptance rate in California is 86%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.