Saddleback College


Saddleback College, often referred to as Saddleback, is a community college in the United States. As the oldest and southern-most institution governed by the South Orange County Community College District, it awards associate’s degrees and academic certificates with more than 100 programs. As part of the California Community College system, it has about 41,126 students at present.

The college was founded in 1968. With rich academic traditions and strong reputation, it has made itself an ideal place for students seeking certificate and associate degrees, transferring to four-year colleges or universities, or pursuing life-long learning opportunities. Its campus is located in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California, housing a range of academic and residential buildings and facilities.

The college offers certificates and associate degrees, providing educational opportunities and support services to the local community. As the largest member of the South Orange County Community College District, it offers a wide range of programs as options for students to choose from for their preparation for later study, career and further development.

The mission of Saddleback College is:

Saddleback College enriches its students and the south Orange County community by providing a comprehensive array of high-quality courses and programs that foster student learning and success in the attainment of academic degrees and career technical certificates, transfer to four-year institutions, improvement of basic skills, and lifelong learning.


Saddleback College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), the branch of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


The college comprises 11 academic divisions:

  1. Advanced technology and applied science
  2. Business science, economic workforce development
  3. Counseling services and special programs
  4. Emeritus Institute
  5. Fine arts and media technology
  6. Health sciences and human services
  7. Kinesiology and athletics
  8. Liberal arts
  9. Mathematics, science, and engineering
  10. Online education and learning resources
  11. Social and behavioral science

At Saddleback College, a Veterans Education Transition Services (VETS) Center offers a program to help veterans transition to the classroom. Professional guidance is given on how to enroll at colleges, and register for classes.


Admission to Saddleback College is open to anyone with high school diploma or has a high school equivalency certificate or is over 18 years old and shows evidence of capability to benefit from instruction.


Tuitions and fees vary among different programs, which may include application fee, health fee, capital outlay fee, instructional materials fee, enrollment fee, tuitions, and parking fees.

Several types of financial aids are offered at Saddleback as assistance for students to finish their study without bothered by the financial difficulties, including scholarships, grants, student employment, enrollment fee waivers, and loans.

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