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1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA

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Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, California is one of the largest of California's two-year community colleges.  It is comprised of a single campus, located in the San Gabriel Valley, and serves communities east of Los Angeles. Mt. SAC offers over 200 degree and certificate programs.

Over the years, students and faculty of Mt. SAC have received awards of distinction for their academic and professional accomplishments.  Recent awards won by Mt. SAC students have included the 2010 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the Guistwhite Scholarship, gold medals from SkillsUSA for vocational students, honors in national speech championships, national titles in men's football and soccer, "Outstanding Performance Award" for the Mt. SAC vocal jazz ensemble, and more.

History

Mt. SAC was founded in 1945 as "Eastern Los Angeles County Community College." It was later renamed for the snow-capped mountain that is visible in the distance from the campus (commonly known by locals as "Mt. Baldy").  Mt. SAC's 421-acre campus was once part of the La Puente Rancho.  There was an army hospital on the site during World War II, which later became a Navy hospital. In 1946, this facility opened as Mt. San Antonio College.

The area around Mt. SAC was not yet populated, and was accessed by dirt roads that ran through grasslands and fields of cactus.  The local area began to develop as Mt. SAC grew in size.  The city of Walnut, California sprung up around the Mt. SAC campus, and the college district now includes cities such as Baldwin Park, Covina, Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights, Irwindale, La Puente, Pomona, West Covina, and more.

Academics

The Mt. SAC academic calendar follows the semester system, with fall and spring semesters running 16 weeks.  There is a shorter, 5-week winter "intersession" and a summer "intersession."

Colleges and Schools

Mt. SAC has Divisions and Departments, rather than schools, and they are:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Continuing Education
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Library & Learning Resources
  • Physical Education
  • Technology & Health

Students at Mt. SAC may pursue professional certificates, Associate's degree programs, distance or online learning, and courses for transfer to a four-year university. Mt. SAC offers "Career Clusters" for students who want to focus their study plan via courses linked to a profession or vocation. Career Cluster course plans may be followed to earn a degree or certificate, or to transfer to a four-year university program for advanced study.

The Mt. SAC Career Clusters are:

  • Agricultural Cluster
  • Business & Computer Cluster
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Cluster
  • Health Sciences Cluster
  • Media & Design Cluster
  • PE / Kinesiology Cluster
  • Public Safety & Counseling Cluster
  • Science Cluster
  • Teacher Preparation Cluster
  • Technology Cluster

Student Life

Mt. San Antonio College has a Student Life Office available to all students, which provides activities and services that make life on the Mt. SAC campus as rewarding as possible.  There are 40 clubs and organizations to join, many social activities and events, as well as leadership opportunities.  Mt. SAC also offers its students many services and amenities such as a Student Center, Career Placement Services, housing and rental information to help find housing in the surrounding community, and more.

Athletics

The Mt. SAC "Mounties" athletics teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, and they have won national championships in several sports.  The Mt. SAC Athletics Department has captured nearly 50 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championships in recent years, as well as several NATYCAA honors.

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheer & Dance
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cheer & Dance
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

Mt. SAC is located in the San Gabriel Valley, an area of diverse cultures, thriving businesses, and centers for science and the arts.  Students at Mt. SAC will have access to local sites and organizations such as The Huntington, Caltech University, City of Hope, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, among others.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $860-$1,000
    • Out-of-State: $6,000-$7,200
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $250-$300 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid62%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships62%$4,329
Receiving Student Loans1%$3,934

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 12%.

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Student Services

To help students and alumni, Mt San Antonio College may provide student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how Mt. SAC compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Los Angeles County and community colleges in California in total.

 Mt. SACLos Angeles CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate24.8%20.1%22.8%
Transfer-out Rate11.7%12.6%14.2%

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Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1971)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Agriculture Operations

  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping (C)
  • Horticulture (A, C)
  • Horse Husbandry, Equine Science and Management (A)
  • Turf Management (C)
  • Plant Nursery Operations and Management (C)
  • Animal Husbandry and Production (A)

Architecture

  • Architectural Technology (A, C)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

  • Photographic and Film Technology (A, C)
  • Animation (A, C)

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

  • Home Construction and Inspection (A, C)

Education

  • Teacher Assistant (A)

Engineering Technology

  • Water Quality Abd Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technician (C)
  • Refrigeration Technology (A, C)
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) (A, C)

English Language and Literature

  • English Language and Literature, Letters (A)

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Child Care Provider (A, C)
  • Apparel and Textile Marketing Management (A, C)
  • Child Care (C)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation (A, C)

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences (A)

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

  • Aircraft Powerplant Technology (C)
  • Aircraft Mechanic (A, C)
  • Electrical Equipment Installation and Repair (A, C)
  • Industrial Electronics Technology (C)
  • Computer Installation and Repair Technology (C)

Personal and Culinary Services

  • Restaurant, Culinary and Catering Management (C)

Precision Production

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

  • Fire Protection and Safety Technology (A, C)
  • Police Science (A, C)
  • Corrections (A, C)

Social Sciences

  • Social Sciences (A)

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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