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In 1915, Santa Ana Junior College opened its doors to 26 students as a department of Santa Ana High School. It was the second junior college founded in Orange County, behind Fullerton College, and the fourth oldest in all of California.

Santa Ana College (SAC) is known for its academic programs as well as top-ranked student services. Students can enroll for full semester, mini-semester (GR8 Weeks), weekend and online classes. A wide variety of courses are available in business, math and sciences, arts and humanities, and career and vocational education. SAC offers over 300 subjects leading to the associate degree in science or arts or vocational certificate of competency.

For the past six consecutive years, Santa Ana College has been recognized by Community College Week as one of the top associate degree producers nationally for minority students. The college is ranked 20th among the top 100 associate degree producers for “total minority” students in the nation.


  • SAC ranks 20th among the top 100 associate degree producers for “total minority” students in the nation, according to Community College Week.
  • SAC’s Distance Education Program now offers students the opportunity to earn their associate degree entirely online.
  • The SAC Foundation awarded more than $742,000 for the 2012-2013 academic year in scholarships, program funding, departmental, faculty and student support via book grants, Innovation Grants for Faculty and Staff, as well as Greatest Needs Funds.
  • Hundreds of international students from more than 40 countries attend college through the International Student Program.

Programs and Services

While Santa Ana College offers numerous concentrations or majors leading to the associate degree in science or arts, it also offers off-site programs for students seeking basic skills and technology proficiency so they can pursue other goals.

​Quick Facts

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Fall 2013 Enrollment
Credit: 18,164
Non-Credit: 10,050

Native American: 1%
African American: 2%
Asian: 11%
Latino: 64%
Caucasian: 14%
Filipino: 1%
Other: 1%
Decline to State: 6%

Male: 48%
Female: 52%

Educational Goals
Vocational Certificate: 3%
Employment-related: 11%
AA/Transfer: 64%
Undecided: 14%
Other: 9%

Age of Students
Under 18: 3%
18-19: 23%
20-21: 19%
22-29: 31%
30-39: 12%
40-49: 6%
Over 49: 5%

Full-time faculty: 211
Part-time faculty: 1,266

Academic Achievement
Transfers to four-year colleges/universities: 2,229
Associate degrees and certificates: 2,801

Santa Ana College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: