Irvine Valley College (IVC) began as Saddleback College North Campus in 1979, then became an independent institution six years later. The campus is only ten miles away from the beach, a significant inducement to many students who want to maximize their blend of affordable education and play.
Students come here to earn associate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, business sciences, social sciences, and technologies. Some end up transferring their degree to a four-year institution, while others enter the workforce. Some students come here to learn a particular skill or two for career certification or advancement, and there are still more classes to suit the needs of community members who want to take a class for fun.
The school also recognizes that many of their students have multiple commitments in their lives or other circumstances that require support. Support services on campus include academic counseling, transfer assistance, career counseling, English and math tutoring, subsidized child care, subsidized health care, low-income assistance, and supportive services for disabled students.