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Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College is a community college located at the eastern border of Orange, California at Chapman and Jamboree. It opened in 1985 as the Orange Campus branch to nearby Santa Ana College. In July 1997 the name of the Orange Campus was changed to Santiago Canyon College.


8045 E Chapman


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Mission Statement
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is a diverse learning community dedicated to intellectual and personal growth. Our purpose is to foster a learning environment that helps students develop knowledge and understanding, critical thinking, sound decision making, cultural awareness, effective communication skills, and a commitment to local and global citizenship. Santiago Canyon College offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes university transfer, associate degree and certificate programs. In addition, we provide community services, career education, continuing education, basic skills development, and a range of support services for full and part-time students, including those with family and career responsibilities. At SCC we encourage students to plan, implement, and evaluate their educational progress through meaningful reflection and interaction with both the college and community.
Navy Blue And Gold
Orange Empire

College History


n 1980, Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) purchased 30 acres from The Irvine Company to build a college campus in East Orange that would meet the current and future educational needs of this rapidly growing community. In the fall of 1985, the RSCCD Orange Campus began its first semester, offering a variety of general education, transfer and vocational education courses to more than 2,500 students. By 1996, enrollment at the Orange Campus had more than doubled. In May 1996, the RSCCD Board of Trustees continued its vision to develop a separate college to serve the residents of East Orange and voted to become a multi-college district; in July 1997, the Board voted unanimously to change the name of the Orange Campus to Santiago Canyon College. In January 2000, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges awarded Santiago Canyon College full accreditation as an independent college. In fall 2000, with the donation of an 11.9-acre parcel from The Irvine Company, the college campus grew from 52 to 64 acres. In November 2002, voters in the college district voted to approve Measure E, a $337 million bond measure to provide for renovation and new construction at both Santiago Canyon and Santa Ana colleges. The college district used Measure E funds in April 2003 to purchase an 18.77-acre parcel (at the corner of Chapman and Jamboree) from The Irvine Company, bringing the college campus to 82 acres. In March 2004, the college district board of trustees approved Santiago Canyon College�s revised facilities master plan. The master plan guides the placement of all new buildings, facilities, parking, and open spaces on the college campus. In September 2004, the college celebrated the opening of the student services and instruction building. In the fall of 2006, a grand opening ceremony was held for the new library. The SCC softball complex opened on January 28, 2009. The complex features a state-of-the-art team room, enclosed and lighted batting cages, storage rooms and a top-of-the-line netting system. The facility is also among the first in Southern California to incorporate artificial field turf. In December 2009, the SCC Women�s Soccer team won the state and national championships. The Science Center, which was constructed using a combination of state and bond funds, opened for classes in fall 2010.

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Santiago Canyon College is an innovative learning community dedicated to intellectual and personal growth.� Our purpose is to foster student success and to help students achieve these core outcomes: to learn, to act, to communicate and to think critically.� We are committed to maintaining standards of excellence and providing accessible, transferable, and engaging education to a diverse community.� (Approved by RSCCD Board of Trustees, 9-23-13)