28000 Marguerite Pky
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Top Ranked (2023): View Rankings
  • 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 18,984 students (30% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is higher than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 18,984 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,142
  • Out-state tuition: $5,702
  • Student:teacher ratio: 24:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Saddleback College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 805 teachers has grown by 80% over five years.
Saddleback College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
805 staff
308 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 24:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Saddleback College diversity score of 0.64 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
18,984 students
5,216 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
24:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
5,621 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
13,363 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
126 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
5,621 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
13,363 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
10%
14%
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% Hispanic
25%
45%
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% Black
2%
5%
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% White
53%
26%
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
3%
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% Unknown races
4%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.64
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
9.54%
4.57%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.92%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$40,700
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,142 is less than the state average of $1,246. The in-state tuition has declined by 14% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,702 is less than the state average of $6,603. The out-state tuition has declined by 46% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,142
$1,246
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,702
$6,603
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
46%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,500
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,500
$6,239
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Saddleback College cost?

Saddleback College's tuition is approximately $1,142 for In-State students and $5,702 for Out-State students.

What is Saddleback College's ranking?

Saddleback College ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Least expensive tuition, Largest student body and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 18,984 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,142
  • Out-state tuition: $5,702
  • Student:teacher ratio: 24:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Orange County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.74, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Orange County, CA is South Coast College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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