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Students who wish to attend college—whether for career training, personal growth or university transfer—may want to consider attending Santa Ana College (SAC). SAC is a great choice for all students seeking personal and career advancement.

Santa Ana College is an institution that is known for its excellence and is repeatedly ranked a top leader for the amount of students who transfer to a university every year. SAC is a first choice when it concerns career training in high-demand fields such as fire technology and nursing. If a student is simply seeking to hone his or her skills, Santa Ana College can also help them with that as well.

Santa Ana College’s mission is to be a partner and leader in meeting the academic, cultural, economic, workforce and technological development needs of its diverse community. SAC trains students for employment, transfers, careers and lifetime academic pursuits in a vibrant learning atmosphere. The school also makes every effort to be an engaged institution that is differentiated by its academic success and by its exceptionally close relations with its community.


Santa Ana Junior College opened its doors to 25 students in 1915 as a Santa Ana High School department. It was Orange County’s second community college, located at the back of Fullerton College, and is California’s 4th oldest community college. In 1933, the Santa Ana High School building was damaged by an earthquake; this prompted the campus move to a new location on North Main Street, where it remained before it moved again in 1947. In 1945, a bond issue was passed, thus making way for the development of a 48 acre land, which is the institution’s present location.

SAC hosts the Middle College High School; this is Santa Ana Unified School District’s small alternative high school where students can earn both their high school diploma and their associate of arts degree at once.

The college bought properties on Martha Lane in the late 1970s; the properties were located south of the first campus – the land is now a part of the institution’s parking lot. The original location’s adjacent property has witnessed further development and annexation in recent years. Santiago Canyon College was created as Santa Ana College’s satellite campus in Orange, California in 1985. The growth of Santiago Canyon soon made it become a separate institution from SAC, though both institutions are a part of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.


Degrees and Certificates Offered

Santa Ana College provides a variety of courses which will culminate in an Associate of Science or Arts degree and for transfers to university. SAC’s occupational programs and its certificate courses are designed to train students for numerous professional careers. Santa Ana College’s programs are structured by divisions and a lot of departments are in every division.

At Santa Ana College, students can earn associates, certificates and certificate of achievement in Accounting, Art, Management, Manufacturing Technology, Criminal Justice, Computer Information Systems and many other areas.


Santa Ana College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges. The Accrediting Commission of Schools & Colleges also accredits SAC and Santiago Canyon College. The Accrediting Commission of Schools & Colleges is an accreditation agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation.

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The Santa Ana College application procedure is fairly simple. New applicants MUST fill out an admission application (which can be done through SAC’s website). Applicants who submit their application online will get a confirmation e-mail in two business days along with a second e-mail that contains general registration details.

In order to submit application online, applicants are required to have an email address. The institution also recommends that applicants check their e-mail account frequently so to avoid missing out on vital registration and admissions information. Applicants who do not have an e-mail address will be issued one by CCCApply at the time of their application.

Please Note: Registration permits for candidates will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

International applicants with an F-1 student visa are required to apply through Santa Ana College’s International Student Center, where they will receive forms and instructions.

Financial Aid

Santa Ana College is an institution dedicated to offering assistance to students in need of financial help. SAC has an array of financial aid programs committed to reducing or even eliminating financial obstructions to help students receive a quality college education. A lot of these programs offer direct financial assistance, and several offer self-help opportunities.

Santa Ana’s Financial Aid offices offer fee waivers, student loans, federal and state grants, along with student employment opportunities. Fee waivers, grants and scholarships are FREE funds awarded to eligible students to assist them pay tuition costs and living expenses. Loans and employment opportunities offer students an avenue to assist themselves financially.

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Santa Ana College’s Office of Student Life offers superb leadership opportunities to its students. The institution’s ASG (Associated Student Government) and the ICC (Inter-Club Council) are both known to sponsor a number of academic, social and cultural events. The ASG offers multi-cultural programs, health awareness events, book drives, panel discussions, holiday programs, services and BBQs for the Santa Ana College community. The events are made possible through the student services sticker sales.

Students will be glad to know that there are a variety of opportunities, programs, contests and discounts. In order to get more information concerning Student Activities, Inter-Club Council and Student Government, students should contact SAC’s Student Life office.

Dining Services

SAC Dining Services is known for offering innovative and exciting dining services program for the whole Santa Ana College community. Students will find nourishing food, honest values and a comfortable environment in which they can take pleasure in it all. Students can select from numerous restaurants in the campus center.

Students will find that dining on campus will provide them with the social experience that is vital to enjoy life on campus. It will also provide students with the chance to gather with their friends, hang out, take study breaks, relax and loosen up after a hard day of attending lectures and taking part in campus activities. Students can dine in one of the many SAC dining services locations and enjoy the palate-pleasing food, convenience, comfort, and inviting environment specially designed for them.

Students can check the Santa Ana College dining services’ website for menu changes, announcements and new offerings. SAC dining services even offesr a student catering program and have added pioneering retail brands along with the thrilling Balance Mind, Body & Soul dietary program. Dining Services personnel are interested in knowing exactly what students think and welcome any comments and concerns.

Game Room

The student lounge/game room at Santa Ana College is known as “The Spot." It is situated at the SAC Johnson Center. At “The Spot,” students listen to music, socialize, hang out, relax and play games. Students can also go to The Spot in order to get information about college and community programs.

The game room is a place for students to meet new people, have fun, stay abreast of school happenings and unwind.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Students who do not only wish to stay in shape but also show their competitive side by participating in sporting activities will be glad to know that Santa Ana College offers both men and women the opportunity to participate in inter-collegiate athletic sports such as cross country, football, water polo, soccer, golf, basketball, baseball, volleyball, wrestling, swimming, and softball.

SAC also offers an appealing tradition with a recognized nationwide reputation, excellent instruction and coaching, and also provides a superb assistance in transferring its students to 4-year universities and colleges that offer athletic scholarships. Every prospective student-athlete who has question regarding eligibility for inter-collegiate athletics is advised to contact Santa Ana College’s Athletic Director.


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  • Additional School Information

    Santa Ana College offers Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) which offers students with verified disabilities reasonable accommodations and teaching support services. Program services at SAC are particularly designed to make sure that students regardless of their disabilities have an equal chance to take part and succeed in college activities and programs.

    Please Note: Students will be responsible for requesting for DSPS services and they will also be responsible for presenting correct disability confirmation from an authorized professional.

    In order to apply for Disabled Students Programs & Services, students are required to meet with a DSPS expert in order to fill out a program application and have his or her needs evaluated. It is also important to note that the kind of assistance that will be provided to each student will actually be determined separately – this will depend on the nature and the seriousness of the student’s disability.


    • Santa Ana College Catalog. ”Catalog and Announcement of Courses”. 2010-2011.
    • Vault, Career Intelligence. ”Santa Ana College”. 2011.
    • Santa Ana College website ”About SAC”. 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 186th in California and 2191st overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 2 0.01
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape N/A N/A
    Robbery 3 0.01
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 4 0.01
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 4 0.01
    Arrest 3 0.01

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 647 0.20
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 13 0.00
    Forcible Rape 62 0.02
    Robbery 591 0.18
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 1,067 0.32
    Larceny 4,222 1.29
    Vehicle theft 1,286 0.39

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Santa Ana, CA 92706-3398
    Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
    Total Population37,871 (37,871 urban / N/A rural)
    Households9,534 (3.92 people per house)
    Median Household Income$45,435
    Families7,739 (4.19 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
    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 offeringAssociate's degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District646

    Special Learning Opportunities

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

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 4382nd for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $5,136
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $38 $38 $38
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $214
    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 $2,852 $2,852 $6,884
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,287 $18,287 $22,319
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,127 $7,127 $11,159

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $898 $1,142 $898 $1,142 $4,834 $4,910
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
    On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
    On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,600(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,400(N/C)
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,400(N/C)

    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 231st for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $98,943 ($98,489 male / $90,659 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 217 (100 male / 117 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 842
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
    Total Benefits $3,863,851

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