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About Saddleback College

Saddleback College has been the first choice for higher education and training in South Orange County since 1968.  Our more than 500,000 alumni can attest to the quality of our academic and career training programs that enable students to successfully achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals.  Our rich academic traditions and strong reputation make Saddleback College an ideal place for students seeking associate degrees and certificates, transferring to four-year colleges and universities, preparing for the workforce, or pursuing lifelong learning opportunities.

Saddleback College is fully accredited, offering over 270 associate degrees, certificates, and occupational skills awards in 190 program areas taught by a faculty renowned for its expertise, experience, and commitment to student success. Study abroad, cooperative work experience, online learning, and honors are just some of the additional programs we offer for a well-rounded educational experience.

Transfer Success

Of the 114 California Community Colleges, Saddleback College ranks 8th in transfers to the University of California and 17th in transfers to the California State University.  Of the nine community colleges in Orange County, Saddleback College ranks first in transfers to UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, San Diego State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, USC, and ASU and ranks second to UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego.

Career Technical Education

Saddleback College offers Career Technical Education (CTE) programs that provide students with entry-level and advanced knowledge and skills critical for success in the work place. We offer a wide variety of CTE programs, certificates, and courses that may be all you need to get started down a rewarding career path.

Campus Life

Saddleback College offers a vibrant student life, with an active student government, more than 50 campus clubs, champion athletic teams, eclectic arts scene, and diverse cultural events.

Support Services

Prospective students, current students, and graduates enjoy excellent support services at Saddleback College. A full range of counseling, career planning and job placement services, and assistance for students with learning and physical disabilities are available daily.  On-campus childcare, fully-staffed health center, financial aid, and services for  re-entry men and women are available.  We are especially proud of the support services provided to veterans. Our Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) center has resources and counselors to support students and their families transitioning from the military to college and civilian life.


Saddleback College has hundreds of student athletes who compete on nine men’s and 11 women’s teams. The Gauchos are truly outstanding, having won three national championships, 24 state championships, 45 regional titles, and 155 conference titles. Our student athletes not only succeed on the field, they excel in the classroom as well. For the fall 2009 semester, nearly half of all student athletes made the Athletic Honor Roll—completing 2-or-more units with a 3.00 or higher grade point average and 83% of the sophomore athletes transfer to a four-year college or university.


For those interested in the arts, Saddleback College offers one of the most comprehensive and progressive programs in the nation including art, cinema-television-radio, music, photography, speech, and theatre. We boast state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and feature an on-campus television station (Channel 39), award winning radio station (KSBR 88.5 FM(link is external)), and internet radio station ( is external)) where students gain hands-on experience. Our 400-seat McKinney Theatre provides the largest performance space in the area, featuring recently upgraded state-of-the-industry lighting and sound technology.

Foundation and Alumni

The Saddleback College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that enhances the quality of higher education by gaining financial support for academic, athletic, and cultural programs of Saddleback College. Guided by a group of dedicated community leaders, the foundation initiates and coordinates college and community fund-raising in support of the college and students.  Saddleback College also values its more than 500,000 alumni who are important resources for the college and students.  By joining the Saddleback College Alumni Association, students are not only forming lifelong bonds with their alma mater, they are connecting with thousands of fellow graduates who can help provide professional and social networking opportunities.

So whether you are seeking associate degrees and certificates, transferring to four-year colleges and universities, preparing for the workforce, or pursuing lifelong learning opportunities, we are happy you have made Saddleback College your first choice in higher education and we look forward to seeing you on campus!

Counseling Services

How to Prepare for Your Counseling Appointment

  • You will get a reminder about your counseling appointment the day before.
  • At the time of your appointment you will see a call come to your phone, the number may be blocked, please know that it is your counselor calling you, and you should accept the call.
  • If you do not pick up the call at your scheduled time, we will move on to the next student.
  • Once the counselor initially talks with you, they will determine the best way to support you through Zoom, or Cranium Cafe for your counseling appointment.
  • Have your laptop or PC ready for the appointment, and your questions written down to ask your counselor.
  • If you don’t have computer access, we can still help you by phone!
  • In your counseling appointment we are ready to help you with academic, career, and personal counseling. We can approve your educational plan (MAP), help you with a financial aid plan, discuss academic probation, and help you with questions you may have about certificates, two-years degrees, and transfers, most importantly, we can listen.

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