News Release

SCC Ranked Among Best Colleges in CA


Santiago Canyon College Ranked #13th Among Best Community

Colleges in California for 2024 lists SCC among state leaders in retention, completion/graduation and earnings of former students. 
ORANGE, Calif. – Santiago Canyon College (SCC) begins the Spring 2024 semester as one of the highest-ranked community colleges in California. 
Independent college ranking research outlet ranked SCC as the 13th-best out of 116 community colleges throughout the state for 2024 and the sixth-best community college in Southern California. 

Among its reasons for SCC's ranking, cited the college's retention rate, completion/graduation rate, the ongoing success of transfer or graduation rate, as well as the strong rate of employment and salary upon program completion. recognized SCC as a “student-focused college that has thrived in the tight-knit community of which it is a part of. … SCC offers flexible online courses as well that change student experience but still receive plenty of support and guidance from intelligent, caring faculty." 
The recognition comes on the heels of recent 2024 rankings from, which ranked SCC #8, (#13) and (#16) in California.  

SCC is also ranked #13 in the United States and #3 in California in's most current ranking and #7 in California in's most current rankings.  
"These rankings demonstrate what we see happening on our campus every day, where in partnership with the Orange community, we are working to fulfill our mission of life-changing scholarship, leading to living wage careers and transfers to top UCs, CSUs and private institutions," said SCC President Dr. Jeannie G. Kim. “I am particularly proud to see Santiago Hawks once again recognized for remaining accessible and affordable to our students. We are passionately public and we will continue to make a significant impact on the people of our community and beyond." 
To learn more about SCC, visit Questions about this press release can be directed to Eugene W. Fields, public information officer at or 714.628.5936.    


About Santiago Canyon College  
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is one of two colleges in the Rancho Santiago Community College District , serving approximately 28,000 students annually. Accredited in 2000, this dynamic and award-winning institution is located in the city of Orange and provides an array of educational opportunities to more than 195,000 residents comprising the community. SCC offers 221 degree and certificate programs (including 28 associate degrees for transfer). SCC has been ranked among the “50 Best Community Colleges" in the U.S. by College Choice, recognized multiple times by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of “The Great Colleges to Work For," received Gold-level status as a Military Friendly School®, and boasts award-winning, dedicated faculty, high-quality and student-centered education, and has an excellent university transfer rate supported by transfer-guarantee programs.  ​


Contact: Eugene Fields

Phone: 714-628-5936