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Saddleback College Overview

Saddleback College is a public institution situated in Mission Viejo, California. Mission Viejo is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Saddleback College Known For?

6,868 Undergraduate Awards
  • The undergraduate certificate is the highest award offered at Saddleback College.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 27% of the faculty were full-time.

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Saddleback College Rankings

Saddleback College landed the #442 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. Saddleback College also holds the #45 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Saddleback College has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#132 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#166 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Saddleback College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular History Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Health Sciences & Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Liberal Arts General Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Mental & Social Health Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Best Allied Health Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Saddleback College?

Location of Saddleback College

Contact details for Saddleback College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 28000 Marguerite Pky, Mission Viejo, CA 92692-3635
Phone: 949-582-4500
Website: www.saddleback.edu

How Do I Get Into Saddleback College?

You can apply to Saddleback College online at: www.saddleback.edu/admissions/new-students/

As long as you submit the requested materials to Saddleback College when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford Saddleback College?

1% Take Out Loans
12.1% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Saddleback College, approximately 1% of students took out student loans averaging $4,350 a year. That adds up to $17,400 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Saddleback College is 12.1%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Saddleback College Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,638 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,709 undergraduate students at Saddleback College, with 5,638 being full-time and 14,071 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Saddleback College

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,638 full-time undergraduates at Saddleback College, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Saddleback College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Saddleback College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Saddleback College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 452
Black or African American 117
Hispanic or Latino 1,582
White 2,640
International Students 120
Other Races/Ethnicities 727

Over 55 countries are represented at Saddleback College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Qatar, China, and Japan.

Online Learning at Saddleback College

5,475 Took All Classes Online
10,539 Took At Least One Class Online
13.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 10,539 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Saddleback College has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 163rd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Saddleback College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Saddleback College was 13.5%. This is the #1,127 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Saddleback College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Saddleback College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health & Medical Administrative Services 19%
Health Professions 29%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Saddleback College ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Saddleback College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Health & Medical Administrative Services #137
Health Professions #381

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Saddleback College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1,247 2,230 3,477
Business Administration & Management 33 303 0 336
Health Sciences & Services 4 248 0 252
Cosmetology 155 0 95 250
Human Development & Family Studies 140 34 34 208
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 189 16 0 205
Nursing 0 101 100 201
Allied Health Professions 129 7 42 178
General Psychology 0 142 0 142
Communication & Media Studies 0 127 0 127
Real Estate 89 19 3 111
Design & Applied Arts 41 13 33 87
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 74 0 6 80
Economics 0 75 0 75
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 23 22 7 52
Sociology 0 51 0 51
General English Literature 0 47 0 47
History 0 46 0 46
Mental & Social Health Services 0 13 32 45
Chemistry 0 43 0 43
Mathematics 0 41 0 41
Biological & Physical Science 0 39 0 39
Accounting 26 12 0 38
General Social Sciences 0 38 0 38
Fine & Studio Arts 0 38 0 38
Health & Physical Education 21 16 0 37
Political Science & Government 0 37 0 37
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 14 7 11 32
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 26 6 0 32
Culinary Arts 20 4 7 31
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 14 12 0 26
American Sign Language 16 9 0 25
Horticulture 16 8 0 24
Romance Languages 0 24 0 24
Computer Science 0 23 0 23
Human Services 8 4 11 23
Physics 0 22 0 22
General Biology 0 20 0 20
General Sales & Marketing 9 7 0 16
Textile & Apparel Studies 1 8 7 16
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 12 4 16
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 7 8 15
General Physical Sciences 0 14 0 14
Anthropology 0 14 0 14
General Business/Commerce 2 11 0 13
Journalism 0 13 0 13
Computer Programming 8 5 0 13
Natural Resources Conservation 2 8 3 13
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 7 6 0 13
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 13 0 13
Business Support & Assistant Services 10 1 0 11
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 10 1 0 11
Computer Software & Applications 10 1 0 11
Industrial Production Technology 1 3 7 11
Geography & Cartography 0 11 0 11
Computer Systems Networking 6 4 0 10
Building Management & Inspection 8 2 0 10
Entrepreneurial Studies 5 3 0 8
General Engineering 0 8 0 8
Audiovisual Communications 6 0 0 6
International Business 4 1 0 5
Music 0 5 0 5
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 4 0 4
Taxation 2 1 0 3
East Asian Languages 0 3 0 3
Philosophy 0 3 0 3
Drama & Theater Arts 0 3 0 3
Data Entry 2 0 0 2
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 2 0 2
Marine Transportation 1 1 0 2
Dance 0 2 0 2
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 1 1
Environmental Control Technology 1 0 0 1
Germanic Languages 0 1 0 1
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 1 0 1
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 1 1
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0
Special Education 0 0 0 0
Teaching Assistants 0 0 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 0
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,133 3,093 2,642 6,868

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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