Saddleback College

Saddleback College

Saddleback College is a community college located in Mission Viejo, California. Established in 196, it is a part of the California Community College system and awards associate's degrees and academic certificates in over 75 fields of study. The college has a highly reputed science department that offers programs in nursing, physics, environmental studies, and chemistry. The college enrolls more than 20,000 students each term.

Saddleback College is home to more than 15 intercollegiate athletics teams that participate in some of the most competitive community college conferences in the nation. Their official mascot is Gaucho. Some of the notable alumni of the college are Mike Bullock, writer; Victor Webster, Canadian actor; and Cade Gaspar, Major League Baseball pitcher.

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Saddleback College
28000 Marguerite Pky
Mission Viejo , CA 92692-3635
General Phone: (949) 582-4500

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Saddleback College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts597women's studies, minority and gender studies, foreign language and literature, Japanese language, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, sign language translation, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine277EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Business and Management153business, business management, electronic commerce, accounting, small business management, international business, taxation, sales and marketing, retail, ...
Design75fashion design, interior design, graphic design
Therapy and Counseling74psychology, substance abuse counseling
Science51biology, biological and physical sciences, physical sciences, astronomy, chemistry, geology, oceanography, physics
Family and Social Work39family and consumer science, business and consumer science, food and nutrition, family studies, adult development and aging, child development, human services
Mechanics and Repair31electrical installation and repair, computer repair, automobile mechanics
Computer Science and Engineering31computer programming, systems analyst, computer science, web design, computer graphics, computer networking, webmastering, computer support
Beauty and Cosmetology30cosmetology
Medical Support and Technology22health service and sciences, medical assistant, medical lab tech
Architecture and Planning19architectural tech
Construction Trades18apparel and textiles, apparel and textile marketing, building inspector
Media18journalism, radio and television, graphic communications
Art Studies16visual and performing arts, art studies
Landscaping and Horticulture15applied horticulture, landscaping
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy14health and physical education
Real Estate and Construction Management11real estate
Drama and Performing Arts10dance, drama
Office and Administration9data entry, office management, administrative assistant
Science and Laboratory Technician7science tech
Cooking and Culinary Arts6culinary arts
Conservation and Resource Management4conservation, environmental studies
Engineering Technician3manufacturing tech, drafting
Photography and Commercial Art3cinematography, photography
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy
Hospitality2travel services
Transportation2marine transportation
Education and Teaching1special ed, teacher aide
Security and Law Enforcement1corrections

Number of programs and degrees for Saddleback College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year14230
Associate's degree1,11499
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years13759
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years16617

Saddleback College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Saddleback College had a total enrollment of 18,371 students (12,417 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 2%
Hispanic 14%
Asian 11%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 27%
20-21 18%
22-24 13%
25-29 10%
30-34 5%
35-39 5%
40-49 9%
50-64 7%
65+ 4%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown11%

Saddleback College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 73 %
Part-Time 51 %

Saddleback College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Mission Viejo, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Saddleback College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 594
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,858
Books and supplies $ 1,566

Financial Aid:
Saddleback College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 891800)

Saddleback College Faculty

Saddleback College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2528
Non-tenured and not on tenure track913

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year106$86,711123$87,594
All faculty totalacademic year106$86,711123$87,594

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Saddleback College Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Retailing and Retail Operations
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Graphics
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Apparel and Textiles, General
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General

Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Adult Development and Aging
Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Development
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Services, General

Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Landscaping and Groundskeeping

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
Geography, Other
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General

Graphic Communications, General
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Medical/Clinical Assistant

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Marine Transportation, Other

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