Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Pky
Mission Viejo, CA 92692-3635
Tel: (949)582-4500
  • 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 18 community colleges within Orange County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Saddleback College is Irvine Valley College (11.0 miles away).

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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
Saddleback College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Saddleback College has declined by 9% 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 grown by 13% over five years.
Total Enrollment20,007 students7,516 students
Saddleback College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio45:144:1
Saddleback College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students6,015 students1,613 students
Saddleback College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students13,992 students5,903 students
Saddleback College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Saddleback College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Saddleback College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2010)
% Asian
Saddleback College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Saddleback College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Saddleback College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Saddleback College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Saddleback College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Saddleback College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
Saddleback College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.590.73
Saddleback College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Saddleback College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$40,700$34,900
Saddleback College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Saddleback College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,702$6,797
Saddleback College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid44%78%
Saddleback College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,250$9,500
Saddleback College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,164$5,500
Saddleback College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
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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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,157 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. 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.