Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Pky, Mission Viejo, CA

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Saddleback College is a two-year community college located in South Orange County, California. It offers lifelong learning, academic transfer programs, associate degree and certificate programs and career training. There are more than 300 academic programs at the associate degree level, and more than 190 occupational skills programs that prepare students to join the workforce.

Academic study areas include everything from accounting, acting and musical theatre, to economics and education, and nursing or nutrition to oceanography or psychology.

Saddleback College also offers online learning and study abroad programs. Its successful transfer program for students transferring to the University of California or California State University systems ranks high. Universities and colleges that Saddleback students transfer to include UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and San Diego State University, among others.

Saddleback College offers a comprehensive selection of arts programs, where students can choose from degrees in music, photography, art, cinema-television-radio, speech and theatre. There is an on-campus television station, radio station, and 400-seat theatre (McKinney Theatre) - all offering state-of-the-art facilities.


Saddleback College was founded in 1968 in Mission Viejo, California.


The academic calendar for Saddleback College follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

As a two-year community college, the academic units for Saddleback College are divided into departments and divisions, rather than into colleges and schools.

Student Life

Students at Saddleback College can choose from more than 50 student clubs and organizations, or enjoy some of the many sports events, cultural activities or campus arts and entertainment.

Student services include advising, counseling, career planning, job placement services, on-campus childcare, a health center, re-entry services, veterans educational services, and more.


Saddleback College is the "home of the Gauchos"(college mascot). The official school colors are cardinal red and gold, with white as an accent color.


The Saddleback College "Gauchos" athletic teams have won three national championships, 24 state championships, and many regional and conference titles. The "Gauchos" compete in 20 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Online courses and programs are available through Saddleback College, but there is only one campus location, and it is in Mission Viejo, California.

Community Life

Saddleback College offers a Community Education program with classes that complement the academic curriculum. These are short-term, non-credit classes. Community Education classes are geared for both children and adults in response to a community need. Classes for the community include dance, music, sports, arts, reading and writing, among others.

The Saddleback College Emeritus Institute is a community program that offers courses in subjects geared towards older adults, or senior citizens. These courses are offered at community centers throughout Orange County.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,500. 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

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $1,300-$1,500
    • Out-of-State: $5,700-$6,854
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $200-$240 per credit 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 Aid44%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships44%$3,926
Receiving Student Loans2%$4,846

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Saddleback College may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in Orange County and community colleges in California as a whole.

 Saddleback CollegeOrange CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate34.8%29.4%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate16.0%15.2%13.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1987)
    • Find all the other nursing programs in California

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 (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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