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Solano Community College

Solano Community College Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)

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One of the more than 100 campuses that make up California’s two-year college system, Solano Community College is a mid-sized public school of over 10,000 students. The multi-location campus is located in the northern part of the state, between San Francisco and Sacramento.

The school places a primary focus on meeting the needs of returning and non-traditional learners, with special emphasis on scheduling flexibility that allows its many students to maintain employment while seeking a degree. Thus it serves a wide variety of students in Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville, Vallejo, and Winters counties, as well as military personnel on Travis Air Force Base.


SCC offers an array of associate’s degrees and certificate programs. All tracks are divided among six schools: School of Career Technical Education & Business, School of Health Sciences, School of Human Performance & Development, School of Liberal Arts, School of Mathematics & Science, and School of Social & Behavioral Sciences. Especially popular courses of study include journalism, marketing, management, automotive technology, ethnic studies, fine arts, and water and wastewater technology. The college cooperates with UC Davis to run a nursing student exchange program with Jinggangshan University in the Jiangxi province in China.

Special options include includes day, evening and weekend classes, multiple locations, distance learning, home study, and television-based classes. In addition, features like short-term classes, flexible entry and exit formats, and special interest workshops and seminars add value for busy students and professionals seeking to update their skill sets.

Accreditation is granted by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges,

Most Popular Fields of Study


In keeping with its mission to offer educational alternatives to a broad cross-section of the local population, the college has an open admissions policy, allowing virtually every student who enrolls a chance to initiate and complete a degree program.

However, there are still a number of pre-admission requirements that prospective students must attend to before enrolling. These include proof of age, high school diploma or equivalency, assessment of readiness and ability to benefit from college-level instruction, a clearly defined educational goal, and assessment for placement in the proper core curriculum classes. Some programs, such as nursing, may have further specific requirements—prospective students should check with their department before enrolling.

Although the rolling deadline system and frequent class start times make it easy for students to apply at their convenience, officials suggest beginning the admissions process well in advance to ensure that all requirements are dealt with before classes begin.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office offers an array of fiscal options to its students. In addition to the standard options of grants, loans, need- and merit-based scholarships, and work-study jobs, students at the college also have access to a number of special programs geared toward California residents, including a fee-waiver program that allows low income students to reduce or even eliminate most of the tuition costs associated with attending the school. The financial aid process involves submitting a completed FAFSA form and other supporting documentation, and although the school accepts financial aid materials throughout most of the year, the financial aid office reminds students that applications received before the early-March priority deadline are most likely to receive the most substantial and comprehensive aid packages.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3978th for the average student loan amount.
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The student body is a large and demographically diverse group. Although the school offers no on-campus housing, an array of on-campus groups, events, and activities lends the campus a cohesive feel. High-tech amenities such as widely available Internet access and state-of-the-art learning labs prepare students for today’s fast-paced business environment.

Several student publications, an active theater group, and dozens of clubs and service groups round out the campus’ recreational offerings. Clubs include such diverse options as African American Male Scholars, Gamer’s Club, Horticulture Club, Paintball Club, Theatre Club, and Women’s Empowerment Council.

The college runs children’s programs for children aged one to five, including preschool programs for the older years. These programs both provide an on-campus source of childcare for students with children, they also provide an excellent learning environment for students in early childhood education fields.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Many students are actively involved in the school’s athletics program, as both participants and enthusiastic fans. Teams include football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, women’s soccer, water polo, softball, baseball, and swimming. The Falcons football team has been particularly successful in recent years, earning two Bowl berths and winning a Bay Valley Championship in 2005. The teams are affiliated with the Bay Valley Conference and the California Community College Athletic Association


Notable alumni include:

  • Professional football players Mike Gibson and Rudy Sylvan
  • Film director Joe Carnahan
  • Professional baseball player Tug McGraw
  • Professional basketball player Bakari Hendrix
  • Musicians Sylvester Stewart and Johnny Colla

Information Summary

Ranks 156th in California and 2020th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 136th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 4 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 251 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.00
Forcible Rape 21 0.02
Robbery 148 0.14
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 572 0.54
Larceny 2,055 1.93
Vehicle theft 347 0.33

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 District603

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3983rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,380 $1,380 $7,350
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $36 $36 $36
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $245
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 $3,126 $3,126 $9,096
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,882 $18,882 $24,852
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,722 $7,722 $13,692

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,116 $1,416 $1,116 $1,416 $7,026 $7,326
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,666
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $10,960
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,059 $4,488
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,185 $4,605

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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 144 284 239 11 484 209 1,462
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 7 6 2 18
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 2 3 2 9
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 1 1
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 1 3
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 2 3
Art/Art Studies, General 2 2 5
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 1 1 2
Banking and Financial Support Services 1 1
Biological and Physical Sciences 10 50 68 7 88 39 283
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 1 4
Biomedical Technology/Technician 5 3 9 3 20
Business Administration and Management, General 7 20 5 35 11 84
Chemistry, General 1 2 3 1 1 8
Child Care Provider/Assistant 5 5 1 13 3 28
Commercial and Advertising Art 2 1 3 3 9
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 1 1
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 2 1 4
Corrections 12 13 3 10 38
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 2 5 2 15 3 27
Criminal Justice/Police Science 13 17 4 23 58
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 2 1 1 3 1 9
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 3 3
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 3
English Language and Literature, General 2 3 5
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 2 1 1 4 9 17
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Forensic Science and Technology 1 2 3
French Language and Literature 1 1 3
German Language and Literature 2 1 1 4
History, General 1 2 2 5
Human Services, General 15 4 3 5 7 34
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 3 13 15 18 13 66
Interior Design
International Relations and Affairs
Journalism 1 1
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 39 105 83 2 157 91 512
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Mathematics, General 1 1 9 4 1 17
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 2 2
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 6 2 4 10 2 27
Music, General 1 1
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant 2 1 3
Physical Fitness Technician 1 1 1 3
Physics, General 1 5 7
Political Science and Government, General 1 1
Psychology, General 4 8 4 10 2 31
Radio and Television 1 1 3 5
Real Estate 3 4
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 7 5 1 16 3 37
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 1 1
Sociology 2 3 2 3 1 11
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 2 4
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 1 2 1 8
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 1
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician 4 1 11 6 22
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 1 1 2
Welding Technology/Welder 1 1 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 771st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,194 ($79,860 male / $77,055 female)
Number of FT Faculty 149 (65 male / 84 female)
Number of PT Faculty 394
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $6,742,274

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