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8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX

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San Jacinto College, formerly known as San Jacinto Community College, is a two-year institute of higher learning with campuses in Houston and Pasadena, Texas. San Jacinto College also offers an online campus for distance learning or hybrid combinations comprised of online and onsite Known by students and the local community as "San Jac," the school offers more than 140 associate's degrees and professional certificates, as well as continuing education credits for professional development.

Students at San Jac can choose to attend traditional 16-week semesters, or shorter 8- and 12-week terms. San Jac offers "minimester" courses and weekend courses, with classes starting year-round, for students on the fast track.

Students hoping to transfer to a four-year institution in Texas to complete a bachelor's degree can enroll in the "Transfer 101" program, which provides a program for completing all transfer requirements for guaranteed admission. Students aiming to transfer to universities outside of Texas can get guidance on which courses to complete for successful transfer.

History

San Jacinto College was founded in 1960, as East Harris County Union Junior College. In 1961, there were 876 students enrolled in the college at its original location in Pasadena, Texas. Over time, the college expanded to include three campuses, seven extension centers, and distance learning through online programs.  The name of the college changed several times over the years, most recently changing from San Jacinto Community College to San Jacinto College.

Academics

A variety of academic calendars are available as options for students at San Jacinto College, with a traditional semester format available in fall, spring and summer. There are also shorter "minimester" courses available in accelerated 8-week or 12-week terms.

Colleges and Schools

As a two-year college, San Jacinto College is not divided into colleges or schools, but into areas of study. Areas of study at San Jac include:

  • Arts & Design
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Craft Trades
  • Culinary
  • General Education
  • Education
  • Health Science
  • Human Services
  • Law & Public Safety
  • Science & Engineering

Student Life

Students at San Jacinto College can benefit from a variety of student services provided on each campus, including tutoring and advising in the Student Success Centers, career assessment testing, assistance with resumes and job interviewing skills, assistance with enrollment, childcare, and a Special Populations Office, which provides assistance to students with disabilities or special needs.

San Jac students who are seeking more involvement on campus can choose from a wide variety of student clubs and organizations to join. There are social and professional networking groups, cultural and religious organizations, and groups committed to public service and leadership.

There are also competitive intramural athletics groups, as well as many concerts, plays and festivals to enjoy. San Jac produces and award-winning weekly newspaper that keeps students updated on the latest activities on campus.

Athletics

The San Jac "Ravens" athletic teams have won championships in several of the intercollegiate sports they compete in, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

San Jacinto College is comprised of three campuses and seven extension centers in East Harris County, Texas. The three main campuses of San Jac are:

  • North Campus (Houston, TX)
  • Central Campus (Pasadena, TX)
  • South Campus (Houston, TX)

Community Life

San Jacinto College has been serving the communities of East Harris County, Texas for nearly 50 years. The school's service areas include Channelview, Deer Park, Galena Park, La Porte, Pasadena, Sheldon, Humble, Pearland, and Clear Creek. San Jacinto College is committed to providing workforce training to the community through its Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) Division.

See how San Jacinto College ranks among other Texas community colleges based on transfer-out rates to other colleges and 4-year universities.

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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 $6,100. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. 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: $1,000-$1,200
    • Out-of-State: $3,200-$3,859
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $43-$52 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $130-$160 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 Aid54%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships45%$5,452
Receiving Student Loans8%$3,238

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 10%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, San Jacinto College may offer services like:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care

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 Harris County and community colleges in Texas as a whole.

 San JacHarris CountyTexas
Graduation Rate11.4%15.1%15.5%
Transfer-out Rate26.9%27.7%24.7%

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Many students from San Jacinto College may transfer-out and continue their education at the following four-year colleges & universities:

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

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.,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (A, C)
  • System, Networking, and Lan or Wan Management (A, C)
  • Computer Programming (A, C)
  • Computer and Information Systems Security (A, C)

Construction Trades

  • Electrical and Power Transmission Installation (A, C)

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) (A, C)
  • Instrumentation Technology (A, C)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology (A, C)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (A, C)

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures (A)

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

  • Cosmetology (A, C)
  • Facial Treatment Specialist (C)
  • Culinary Arts (A, C)
  • Cosmetology, Barber and Nail Instructor (A, C)
  • Restaurant, Culinary and Catering Management (A, C)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production

Psychology

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

  • Chemical Technology (A, C)

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Airline Pilot and Flight Crew (A, C)
  • Aviation and Airway Management (A, C)

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (A)
  • Music (A)
  • Interior Design (A, C)
  • Drama (A)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (A, C)
  • Film Studies (A)

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