Santa Ana College

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School Overview

Santa Anna College is a community college located in Orange County, California. The school offers Associate’s degrees in Arts and Sciences and technical training in various vocations.

One of the college’s specialized programs is media production, providing training in film production and television and radio broadcasting. Through the Digital Media Center (DMC), Santa Anna College broadcasts two student-produced weekly news programs, Around and About Orange County News (AAOC) and Noticiero Latino del Condado de Orange (NLCO), which is the first Spanish language newscast produced by a community college in the United States.

The campus also includes the Tessmann Planetarium, which is the largest planetarium in Orange County, both in terms of seating capacity and the diameter of the dome (30 feet).

General Information

Admission Office

1530 West 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 564-6042
Fax: (714) 564-6455

Contact: Mark Liang
Interim Director, Admissions and Records
Main Address

1530 West 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706-3398
(714) 564-6000


Total undergrads: 31,727
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,934
Degree-seeking undergrads: 13,409


Urban setting
Large city (250,000 – 499,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No
Admissions Policies/Requirements

A note about the college’s admission requirements: All students 18 years and older who can benefit from instruction are admitted.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $508 $508 $652 $658 +0.92%
Books and Supplies $1,332 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $1,840 $2,008 $2,152 $2,158 +0.28%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 762 57%
Grant or scholarship aid 762 57% $2,031,890 $2,667
• Federal grants 433 32% $1,393,100 $3,217
• Pell grants 433 32% $1,301,825 $3,007
• Other federal grants 152 11% $91,275 $600
Institutional scholarships or grants 758 56% $638,790 $843
Institutional grants or scholarships 0 0% $0
Student loan financial aid 22 2% $102,450 $4,657
• Federal student loans 22 2% $102,450 $4,657
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1315 1094
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 1
American/united States Studies/civilization
Ethnic Studies 1
Women’s Studies
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 7
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 7
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 123 88
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping 12 35
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Programs 4 5
Business Administration and Management 98 16
International Business/trade/commerce 4 14
Office Management and Supervision 7
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations 5 6
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 4
Small Business Administration/management 1
Communication and Journalism Programs 4 10
Advertising 2
Broadcast Journalism 1 1
Radio and Television 2 7
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 2 13
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 3
Prepress/desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 2 9
Recording Arts Technology/technician 1
Computing and Information Sciences 5 17
Computer Graphics 1 1
Computer Programming/programmer 2
Computer Science 1
Computer Support Specialist 3
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 3
Data Modeling/warehousing and Database Administration 5
Information Technology 3 3
Web Page, Digital/multimedia and Information Resources Design
Education 1
Special Education and Teaching
Teacher Assistant/aide 1
Engineering 2 2
Pre-engineering 2 2
Engineering Technology 4 20
Architectural Drafting and Architectural Cad/cadd 1
Drafting and Design Technology/technician 2 16
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 1 4
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2 2
American Sign Language (asl) 2
Foreign Languages and Literatures 2
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 216 73
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 25 1
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other 1
Medical/clinical Assistant 10 36
Occupational Therapist Assistant 45
Pharmacy Technician/assistant 5 36
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 130
History 3
History 3
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 116 120
Corrections 13
Criminal Justice/police Science 19
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/technician 97 107
Legal and Law Studies 26 20
Legal Assistant/paralegal 26 20
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 667 597
Humanities/humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 667 597
Library Science 6 7
Library and Archives Assisting 6 7
Mathematics and Statistics 3
Mathematics 3
Mechanics and Repairers 2 40
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 1 31
Diesel Mechanics Technology/technician 2
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/technician 1 7
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 23
Biological and Physical Sciences 23
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 1
Health and Physical Education/fitness 1
Physical Sciences 25
Chemistry 18
Geology and Earth Science
Physics 7
Precision Production Trades 3 56
Machine Tool Technology/machinist 2 51
Welding Technology/welder 1 5
Psychology 16
Psychology 16
Social Sciences 28
Anthropology 1
Economics 11
Geography 3
Political Science and Government 5
Social Sciences
Sociology 8
Visual and Performing Arts 7 1
Art/art Studies 4
Design and Visual Communications 1
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
Fashion/apparel Design
Graphic Design 1
Music 2
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology
Work and Family Studies 23 27
Apparel and Textile Manufacture
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management 2 2
Child Care Provider/assistant 21 25
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies A
Ethnic Studies A
Ethnic Studies – General A
Hispanic-American Studies A
Women’s Studies A

Arts, Visual & Performing
Arts – General A,C
Commercial/Advertising Art A
Dance A,C
Drama/Theater Arts A
Fashion Design A,C
Music – General A
Photography A,C

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting A,C
Business Administration/Management A,C
Entrepreneurial Studies A,C
Fashion Merchandising A,C
Insurance/Risk Management A,C
International Business A
Management Science A
Marketing Management A,C
Real Estate A,C
Tourism/Travel Services A

Communications & Journalism
Advertising A,C
Broadcast Journalism A,C
Communications/Rhetoric A,C
Journalism A,C

Communications Technologies
Animation/Special Effects C

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Graphics C
Computer Science A,C
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,C
Data Processing Technology A,C

Early Childhood Education A,C

Engineering – General A

Engineering Technologies
Drafting and Design Technology A,C

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General A

Family & Consumer Sciences
Family/Community Services A
Foods/Nutrition Studies A,C

Foreign Language & Literature
Foreign Language & Literature – General A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Medical Assistance A,C
Nursing (RN) A
Occupational Therapy Assistance A
Pharmacy Assistance A,C

History – General A

Law & Legal Studies
Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Library Science
Library Assistance A

Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Automotive Technology A,C
Diesel Mechanics A,C

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences A

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy A

Physical Sciences
Chemistry A
Geology A
Physics A

Precision Production Trades
Welding Technology A,C

Psychology – General A

Security & Protective Services
Fire Protection/Safety Technology A
Fire Science/Firefighting A
Fire Services Administration A
Police Science A,C

Social Sciences
Anthropology A
Economics A
Geography A
Political Science/Government A
Social Sciences – General A
Sociology A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Santa Ana College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (714) 564-6000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1530 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706-3398
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 27,052
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 35 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 20,427 (76% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,160
Out-of-state Tuition: $8,360
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 89%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $4,397

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Santa Ana College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Santa Ana College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 127
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 54
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 41
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 113
Construction Trades 1
Education 31
Engineering 11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 75
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 65
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 42
Health Professions and Related Programs 261
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 52
Legal Professions and Studies 41
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22
Library Science 11
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 43
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 52
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 3
Precision Production 32
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 26
Visual and Performing Arts 119
Grand total 97781

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Santa Ana College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $1,160
Out-of-state $8,360
Books and supplies $1,972

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,533 89%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,530 89% $4,397
Student loan aid 14 1% $4,204

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 11,426 40% $2,487
Federal student loans 147 1% $6,283

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Santa Ana College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Santa Ana College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Santa Ana College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 27,052
Undergraduate enrollment 27,052
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Santa Ana College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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