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Mt San Antonio College

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Mt. San Antonio College, located in Walnut, Calif., is one of the state’s many community colleges. Mt. SAC, as it is known among students, serves nearly 20 communities and a million residents in the San Gabriel Valley.

The school opened its 400-acre campus in 1946 with an initial enrollment of 635 students. Today, enrollment has reached 40,000 students and the college offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs. The school offers a comprehensive list of subjects for students to study, and they have several unique programs that other schools do not have, such as aviation management and histotechnology. Students can also enroll in online learning, hybrid courses, or distance learning if their schedules do not allow time for regular classes. This school is dedicated to helping its students grow and succeed.


There are eight different academic divisions and departments: Arts, Business, Continuing Education, Humanities and Social Services, Natural Science, Library and Learning Resources, Physical Education, and Technology and Health. Students can earn an associate of arts degree or an associate of science degree, depending on their major.

The Arts Division offers a fine arts and performing arts program that has received local, state, national and international recognition. Degrees and courses are offered in a range of disciplines, including theater arts and music. Classes and public performances are conducted in the college’s Sophia B. Clarke Performing Arts Center. The Business Divisions offers 30 Associate degrees and more than 80 certificates. The Humanities and Social Sciences Division, the largest division on campus, offer a broad selection of general education courses in art history, communications, language arts (English, American Sign Language, and foreign languages), literature, history, geography, journalism, political science, philosophy, psychology, education, and sociology. Humanities and Social Sciences is also home to the Honors and Study Abroad programs. The Humanities Division also provides tutoring, the Writing Center, and the Speech & Sign Center.

The Division of Technology and Health offers 13 areas of study, including aeronautics transportation, aircraft maintenance, electronics and computer technology, manufacturing technology, public service, medical services, mental health, nursing, and respiratory therapy.

An Associate in Science Degree is offered in Radio Broadcasting, which emphasizes radio on-air performance skills and prepares students for an entry-level job in the radio broadcasting Industry, including disc jockey, news anchor, sportscaster and commercial voice-over actor.

Online Classes

A number of online classes are offered that are delivered primarily via the Internet and have few or no meetings on campus. Students can also participate in hybrid classes, which are partly delivered via the Internet but can include required on-campus meetings.

Study Abroad and Honors Programs

The college participates in the Southern California Foothills Consortium for Study Abroad. In the fall semester, the college is offering students the chance to study in London, England, a semester-long program at Citrus College in that city.

The Honors Program meets the needs of students with a strong academic records, offering honors sections of general education courses, seminar-style classes, and special projects and activities. Honors courses strengthen students’ college transcripts and increase their chances of transferring to four-year institutions.

Other Programs

The college also offers the ACES Program, which is funded by a $220,000 annual grant from the U.S. Department of Education. ACES assists low-income students, disabled students, and students who are the first in their family to attend college to obtain an Associates degree and transfer from Mt. San Antonio College to a four-year institution. ACES services include individualized academic, transfer, career and financial aid counseling, tutoring and guided study groups. cultural enrichment activities, referrals to college and community resources, a state of the art computer lab, and mentoring.

The continuing education program serves more than 58,000 students a year and offers 11 free non-credit programs, including a Child Development Careers program, an English as a Second Language program, and WIN, a program designed to assist student-athletes in maintaining their academic eligibility and preparing to transfer to a four-year university. The WIN program services 400 to 650 student athletes a year.

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Anyone over the age of 18 can apply for admission by completing the online application and submitting officials transcripts from any high schools, colleges, or trade schools attended.

The school also offers a College Starter program to high school juniors and seniors interested in taking advanced scholastic or vocational work at the college.

Students must take course placement tests at the Assessment Center before registering for classes because many classes have skill prerequisites that must be met by incoming students. All new students and first-time transfer students must attend an orientation before registering for classes unless exempted.

Financial Aid

A variety of federal, state and private financial aid programs are offered, including aid from the Mt. SAC Foundation. Grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and loans are all available. All students may be eligible for some form of assistance based on their financial need. Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

The Scholarship Program offers nearly $250,000 in scholarships to students each academic year. Students apply for scholarships in the spring, for use during the following academic year.

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Mt. SAC is a community college, so students commute and no housing is available on campus. But the Associated Students organization keeps a log of available housing and rental properties in the surrounding region. Students looking for rentals or roommates can have their information listed by the Student Life Center.

There are 40 student clubs and organizations on campus, including an active Student Government, a flying team, a Taiwanese student association, a Muslim Students Association, Meals for Mankind, a Japanese Pop Culture Club, an International Students Club, an Italian Club, Honors Ambassadors, and Future Teachers of America. There is a student-run newspaper, The Mountaineer, which also has an online edition. And the campus radio station, KSAK, won three Golden Mike awards at the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California’s annual awards ceremony in January 2011.

There are plenty of campus events as well, including an annual Athletics Fair and BBQ, movie days, ping pong tournaments, blood drives, concerts, and an annual Culture Fair.

The Student Center is a focal point for activities and programs, social functions, lectures, and club meetings. The Center has study lounges, TV lounges and free wireless Internet. A variety of games can also be checked out at the Student Center, including table tennis equipment, chess boards, and Trivial Pursuit games.

A number of restaurants and coffee shops are open on campus, including the Campus Cafe, a sit-down restaurant serving three meals a day; the Common Grounds Coffee House, which serves Starbucks beverages; and Mountie Grill, a fast food burger place. Students can also pick up snacks and supplies at five campus convenience stores.

The Mt. SAC campus also has a Wellness Center for students, which houses exercise equipment including treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, stairmasters, rowing machines, exercise balls, and strength training equipment. And the aerobics studio at the Center can accommodate 50, offering classes such as yoga, step, kickboxing, and cardio dance. The Wellness Center offers three-, six- and 12-month memberships, along with discounted semester rates.

The college also has a popular Performing Arts Series, which includes four theater productions each year, two dance concerts, wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, jazz band concerts, and performances by its chamber choir and concert choir.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Over the past seven years, the Mounties have captured four second place, one fourth place, one sixth place and one championship in the annual National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators Cup, a national community college athletic program. Since 2000, the school’s teams also have won 22 state California Community College Athletic Association championships.

Athletic facilities include Hilmer Lodge Stadium, home to the college’s football and track and field programs. The stadium seats 13,000. The Marie T. Mills Aquatic Center, which houses a 50 meter, 25-yard Olympic sized swimming pool and is home to the swimming, diving, and water polo teams. The college also has a wellness center, a cross country course, tennis courts and a softball stadium.

Information Summary

Ranks 123rd in California and 1819th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 1 0.00
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.02
Arrest 16 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 28 0.09
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 8 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 107 0.36
Larceny 211 0.71
Vehicle theft 36 0.12

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Walnut, CA 91789-1399
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population45,106 (45,025 urban / 81 rural)
Households12,986 (3.46 people per house)
Median Household Income$73,943
Families11,499 (3.65 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District639

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3978th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,288 $1,288 $7,364
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $58 $58 $58
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $217
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,056 $3,056 $9,132
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,168 $17,168 $23,244
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,900 $5,900 $11,976

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $914 $1,164 $914 $1,164 $6,050 $6,060
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,980(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,862 $2,844
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,862 $2,844

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 344th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $92,626 ($91,096 male / $90,693 female)
Number of FT Faculty 404 (195 male / 209 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,259
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $15,698,500

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