Santa Ana College (SAC)

1530 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA

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Santa Ana College (SAC) is one of the larger community colleges in California, offering Associate's Degrees, professional career training, and higher education for students planning to transfer to four-year universities. SAC boasts an award-winning faculty and provides a high-quality education at an affordable price.  Academic and vocational study areas at SAC include business, science, technology, athletics, arts and entertainment.  Smaller classes at SAC allow for individualized attention.

Students enrolled in one of SAC's occupational/vocational programs have opportunities to participate in field experiences through the college's Service Learning Center.

SAC Mission

The mission of Santa Ana College is to be a leader and partner in meeting the intellectual, cultural, technological, workforce and economic development needs of our diverse community. Santa Ana College prepares students for transfer, employment, careers and lifelong intellectual pursuit in a dynamic learning environment.


Santa Ana College was founded in 1921.

SAC had many Japanese American students through the early 1940s, and as part of the "California Nisei College Diploma Project, SAC is currently seeking information about its Japanese Americans students who were forced to interrupt their studies during World War II, when many of them were forced to enter internment camps. These students or their families will receive honorary diplomas at the SAC 2011 spring commencement.


Santa Ana College follows the semester calendar, with a fall, spring and summer semester.  In addition to regularly scheduled on-campus classes each semester, there are "special interest schedules" that include 8-week classes, honors classes, online/TV classes, weekend classes, and Public Service Institute (PSI) Seminars.

Colleges and Schools

Because Santa Ana is a two-year community college, rather than schools or colleges, it has departments.  The SAC academic and vocational education departments are:

  • Academic Computing Center
  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Auto Technology/Diesel
  • Anthropology/Sociology/Women's Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Administration 
  • Business Applications 
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Academies
  • Dance
  • Distance Education
  • Economics
  • Electronics Technology
  • Engineering
  • English/ESL
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Family & Consumer Studies
  • Fashion Design & Merchandising
  • Fire Technology
  • Earth Science/Geology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Human Development
  • International Business
  • Internet Courses
  • Journalism
  • Legal Assistant
  • Library Technology
  • Life Sciences (see Biology)
  • Management/Marketing
  • Machine Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Paralegal
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Reading
  • Speech
  • Speech Language Pathology Assistant
  • Television Courses
  • TV/Video Communications
  • Theatre Arts
  • Women's Studies

Student Life

SAC offers many student services, as well as opportunities for leadership and extracurricular activities.  Student services include academic advising, counseling, a student development program, citizenship services, student organizations, a college bookstore, and more.


The Santa Ana College athletics program includes many intercollegiate sports.  The Santa Ana "Dons" compete in the following sports:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

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

Community Life

Santa Ana College is part of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, with a main office in Santa Ana, CA.  The college district dedicates efforts to researching the local community to gain a better understanding of its constituents.  These efforts help with educational planning and the services offered to students and the community.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,000. 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 estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
    • Out-of-State: $6,900-$8,237
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $290-$340 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 Aid82%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships82%$4,346
Receiving Student Loans1%$3,556

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Santa Ana College may offer student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • 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 Orange County and the community colleges in California as a whole.

 SACOrange CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate23.0%29.4%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate8.4%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 1994)
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  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1998)

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,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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