Santiago Canyon College

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $5,000—$10,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Setting


  • Type of Housing


  • Social Media


College Profile and Location

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is one of the newest and fastest-growing community colleges in southern California. SCC is located in the city of Orange, which has been named one of the 50 Safest College Towns in America by The SafeWise Report. The college serves over 10,000 students from Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park and throughout Orange County. Situated at the intersection of Chapman and Jamboree, SCC is easily accessible from several freeways. SCC is a diverse learning community dedicated to intellectual and personal growth. SCC offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes university transfer, associate degree and certificate programs, and has been named one of the Top 10 Community Colleges of the Greater Los Angeles Area for Transfer by EDsmart. At SCC, we encourage students to plan, implement, and evaluate their educational progress through meaningful reflection and interaction with both the college and community.

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Campus Life

The SCC International Student Association organizes extracurricular activities such as out-of-town trips and holiday parties that promote diversity and increase awareness of the campus and the community. Students can also participate in Associated Student Government, the Student Leadership Institute, athletics and many other educational and social activities sponsored by the Student Life & Leadership office.

Transfer Guarantee Programs

SCC currently has guaranteed or priority admission agreements with 52 universities across the nation, including 6 UCs, all 23 CSUs, Arizona State University, 9 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, plus numerous private universities. 

These admissions programs offer guaranteed or priority admission if specific requirements are met.  Many programs require a separate and/or early application. International students MUST have a 3.37 GPA to apply. Some examples are:

University of California (UC) Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Program

Through the TAG program Santiago Canyon College students can ensure their admission to one of 6 UC campuses. Interested students must meet campus-specific requirements to qualify for a UC TAG and submit a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) application. For more information, please contact the SCC Transfer Center.

  • Six University of California campuses offer Transfer Admission Guarantees (Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz)
  • Interested students must meet campus specific requirements

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Transfer Alliance Program (TAP)

  • Priority consideration is given based on completion of SCC’s Honors Program

English Language Program (ELP)

International students may directly enroll for only ELP classes. We do issue ELP specific F-1 I-20’s.  SCC’s English Language Program (ELP) is an intensive English program that prepares students for study at U.S. colleges and universities. The program is designed for students who have some knowledge of English. ELP, which is both TOEFL-preparatory and academically oriented, conducts sessions throughout the year. Each session consists of 20-24 hours of instruction per week.


SCC does not have on campus housing. Students may request placement with an American host family through the Santiago Canyon College International Student Home Stay Program, or ask for assistance in locating an apartment or other housing in the surrounding area of the college. Students can also participate in Associated Student Government, the Student Leadership Institute, athletics and many other educational and social activities sponsored by the Student Life & Leadership office.


Estimated College Annual Expenses Estimated English Language Program Per Semester
Tuition plus Health Insurance $8,352.00 Tuition plus Health Insurance $4,194.00
Room and Board $12,000.00 Room and Board $6,000.00
Incidentals, Books & Supplies $1,223.00 Incidentals, Books & Supplies $192.50
TOTAL $21,575.00 TOTAL $10,386.50
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Santiago Canyon College

Santiago Canyon College
8045 E. Chapaman Ave
Orange CA 92869
P: 714-628-5050
2yr/Community College
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