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Santiago Canyon College Ranked Fifth Best Medium-Sized Community College by Education Reference Desk

(Orange, CA) Education Reference Desk recently ranked Santiago Canyon College (SCC) the fifth best medium-sized school in the state in its most recent rankings of California’s top community colleges.

Data was gathered from and rankings were determined by graduation and transfer rates of all students in attendance. Medium schools are defined as having an enrolled student body of between 5,000 and 14,999 students.“What an honor to be named as one of the top 10 medium-sized community colleges within the state of California,” said Dr. John C. Hernandez, Ph.D., president, Santiago Canyon College, “particularly because the rankings are based on such student outcomes as graduation and transfer rates. This is a testament to our commitment to student success and demonstrates an alignment with the statewide Vision for Success.”

Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College (ACCJC), SCC offers certificate and degree and transfer programs at an affordable rate. In-state tuition is approximately $1,142, with out-of-state students spending approximately $7,262 a year. Students receive financial aid and advising services, in addition to access to a language lab, math success center, writing center and supplemental instruction to assist with student success. In 2017-2018, SCC awarded a total of 1,465 associates degrees and 1,799 credit and noncredit certificates. In that same year, 1,584 former SCC students transferred to a four-year university. In addition to being named the fifth best medium-sized college, SCC has previously placed in the top 50 community colleges within the United States by College Choice.

About Education Reference Desk
Education Reference Desk ( reviews publicly available data to produce independent ranking assessments of various educational programs, in addition to student guides and resources. The site is regularly updated by a committed team of writers and researchers, who produce college rankings and resources that help prospective and current college students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

About Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves more than 17,000 credit and noncredit students each semester. In 2017, SCC was ranked #13 among the 50 Best Community Colleges in the U.S. by College Choice and is currently ranked #3 in California by a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult - and senior - in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District

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