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
Address:1530 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706-3398
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:28,260
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:35 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:24,384 (86% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$1,142
Out-of-state Tuition:$7,262
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:80%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,368

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Santa Ana College Programs

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services107
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs54
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services113
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields64
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences45
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics32
Health Professions and Related Programs26
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service52
Legal Professions and Studies11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Library Science11
Mathematics and Statistics11
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians33
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies52
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences3
Precision Production22
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Social Sciences26
Visual and Performing Arts89
Grand total7977

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,790

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,14180%
Grant or scholarship aid1,14080%$4,368
Student loan aid91%$5,182

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid11,90040%$2,135
Federal student loans2021%$6,015

Admissions & Enrollment

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Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

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 2017

Total Enrollment28,260
Undergraduate enrollment28,260
Graduate enrollment0

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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