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Solano Community College

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About Solano Community College

Solano Community College is 2-year public institution that was founded in 1945, though it was originally called Vallejo Junior College. It is located in Fairfield, California, about an hour southwest of Sacramento and an hour northeast of San Francisco. It serves a range of communities, including Dixon, Fairfield, Benicia, Suisun, Winters, Vacaville and Vallejo.


Solano Community College offers more than 50 certificates and more than 80 associate's degrees through its 4 academic schools: the School of Human Performance and Development, the School of Career Technical Education and Business, the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Sciences. Special-interest classes, called Vista workshops, are also available for the local community, though they do not award credits.

Solano Community College utilizes Learning Communities, in which the same group of students are enrolled in a group of related classes; integrated courses are a series of classes that share instruction on the same theme, while clustered courses have related but separate coursework. Solano Community College also offers study-abroad and traveling programs; previous opportunities offered include an immersion in France and photography programs in Argentina, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Peru and New York City.

Solano Community College also offers the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program, which provides support and services to students of these majors and opportunities for internships, research, workshops, counseling and leadership development. The Puente Program assists underserved students in seeking a 4-year education through English instruction, and the school also offers counseling and community mentorship services.


In order to attend Solano Community College, students must first submit an online application. There is no general application deadline. Students should send previous transcripts if they are seeking exemption from any prerequisites. All students must take assessment testing before registering for classes. Solano Community College has an open admissions policy, which means all applicants are eligible to attend if they have a high school diploma or its equivalent or if they are over 18 and would benefit from higher education.

In Fall 2011, 66% of students attended part-time and 34% attended full-time. The student body had a gender ratio of 40% male to 60% female, and the ethnic breakdown was 30% white, 19% Hispanic, 16% African American, 15% of unknown race or ethnicity, 13% Asian and 1% Pacific Islander. In Fall 2010, 100% of incoming students were residents of California.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of 2012, the enrollment fee at Solano Community College is $46 per unit. Non-residents of California must pay an additional $189 per unit. Fees include a health fee of $13 per semester, a parking fee of $20 per semester, a one-time student ID card fee of $5 and a student center fee of $1 per unit. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the estimated total expenses of a full-time, in-state student living without family in 2011-2012 were $17,694.

The 3 main sources of financial aid at Solano Community College are grants, loans and federal work-study. This school also offers a variety of scholarships, including merit, ethnicity, program-of-study and women's scholarships. In 2010-2011, 12% of incoming, full-time students received institutional aid, and the average amount awarded was $929.

School Type 2-year public**
Degrees Offered Certificates and associate's degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Rural**
Student Body 11,029 in Fall 2011**
Student Housing None**
Schools and Programs 4 schools offering more than 130 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 28 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less-than-1-year certificate: Human services, general (26)
1-2-year certificate: Cosmetology/cosmetologist (24)
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (249)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students starting Fall 2007:
8% in normal time
21% in normal time
30% in normal time**
Admission Rate Open admissions**
Entering Class Size 2,251 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 71% of full-time students, 43% of part-time students (2010-2011)**
Application Due Date No general application deadline*
Tuition (2012) $46 per unit for state residents; additional $189 per unit for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For incoming, full-time students in 2010-2011: federal grants (33%), state/local scholarships or grants (54%), institutional scholarships or grants (12%) and federal student loans (4%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 55% of incoming, full-time students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Solano Community College, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Solano Community College, Admissions and Records Office, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, CA 94534
  • Phone: (707) 864-7171
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