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Santiago Canyon College

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About Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is a 2-year public institution located in Orange, California. This southern California school is close to the John Wayne Airport and Disneyland. SCC was founded in 1985 with 2,500 students enrolled on its 30-acre campus. Today, SCC enrolls over 12,000 students and the campus is situated on more than 80 acres. Over the past 10 years the school has built a new student services building, a new library, a science center and a softball complex. A new humanities and social sciences building is expected to be completed in 2013. The school boasts a women's soccer team that won a national championship in 2009.


SCC is organized into three academic divisions: arts, humanities and social science; business and career technical education; and mathematics and sciences. An associate's degree or certificate can be earned in a wide variety liberal arts and transfer programs. The college also offers a number of career skills and personal development courses like ESL. SCC offers both online courses and telecourses in a number of programs. In 2011, the most popular associate's degree programs were humanities and liberal arts and sciences. Those programs accounted for 87% of the associate's degrees awarded that year.

The library at SCC houses about 50,000 print titles and more than 14,000 e-books. The media collection includes 1,000 DVD's and 1,200 music CD's. The library's special collections include various children's literature, play scripts, and a French language collection.


SCC is an open-enrollment institution, and the application process is straightforward. High school graduates or those with a high school equivalency certificate can complete the online school application. Within 5 days, SCC will send the student information on how to log in to the registration system. The applicant then registers for classes through the online system. Students must pay tuition and fees within 3 days of registration. After registration, the student takes a placement test, meets with a counselor and is then ready to begin classes. Credit for AP and CLEP examinations may be given.

In 2011, 78% of the students at SCC were enrolled part-time. The student population was about two-thirds male. About 58% of the students were 24 years old or younger. Hispanics were the largest ethnic group in 2011 representing about 43% of the student body, while Caucasians represented about 39%. Nearly all students were Californians.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The cost of tuition and fees at SCC depends on the student's legal residence. In 2013, California residents are charged an enrollment fee of $46 per unit. Out-of-state residents are charged a tuition fee of $203 per unit. A typical class may be between 1 and 4 units of credit. A full-time student averages about 14 units per semester. In addition, all students must pay a health fee of $19 per semester and a student representation fee of $1 per semester in 2013. A student service fee of $7.50 per semester is optional and covers services like the library, instructional labs, the gym and various student activities. Certain courses may involve additional fees.

In 2013, the cost of books and supplies is estimated at $1,500 per year. Off-campus room and board can cost between $5,700 and $10,600 a year. Other miscellaneous expenses could run about $3,400 per year.

SCC offers various grants, scholarships and loans to help defray the cost of college. Some of these programs are federally sponsored, while some are state or institutional programs. The upcoming priority deadline for filing the financial aid application is March 2, 2013.

School Type 2-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, less than one and less than two year certificate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body 12,372 students, all undergraduate, in 2011**
Student Housing None*
Schools and Programs 3 academic divisions; various programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 40 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies and Humanities (439)
Certificate-less than one year: Engineering (114)
Certificate-less than two year: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (594)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 27% (overall)**
Admission Rate Open enrollment**
First-Year Retention Rates 74% for full-time and 36% for part-time students**
Decision Notification Date Within 5 days of application submission*
Tuition (2013) $46 per unit for CA residents; $203 per unit for non-residents (does not include student fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011:
Grant or scholarship (25%)
Pell Grants (9%)
Federal student loans (2%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 25% in 2011**

Sources: *Santiago Canyon College, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Santiago Canyon College, Admissions & Records Office, E-101, 8045 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92869
  • Telephone: (714) 628-4901
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