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Who May Attend

Students may attend the College if they are:

  • A high school graduate OR
  • A person in possession of a California high school proficiency certificate OR
  • A person 18 years of age or older who can profit from instruction OR
  • A high school student qualifying for Career Advanced Placement (CAP) program OR
  • An international students are eligible for admission under a student visa (F-1); apply through the International Students Center, Santa Ana College campus. 

Nondiscrimination Policy

Santa Ana College provides opportunities for the pursuit of excellence through educational programs and services.  The purpose of these programs and services is to enhance the quality of human life by providing public access to college education without regard to race, ethnic or national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or prior educational status or any other unreasonable basis for discrimination.  Lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in vocation education programs.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Acts

As required under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Rancho Santiago Community College District will make public without student consent only certain directory information.  This information consists of the following:

  • a student's name;
  • city of residence;
  • major field;
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight, height and age if a member of an athletic team;
  • dates of attendance;
  • degree and awards received; and
  • the most recent previous educational institution or agency attended by the student.

Saying NO on the application places a BLOCK on your student records and prevents the release of the above directory information. Saying YES to FERPA allows Admissions staff to verify your class attendance and/or degree to prospective employers.

Matriculation Information

New Student:

You are a new student if you have never enrolled in college credit classes at RSCCD. 

Matriculation consists of a program of assessment, orientation, and academic advisement for students who plan to do any of the following:

  • accumulate 15 units or more
  • enroll in an English or Math course
  • work toward an Associate degree, occupational certificate, transfer program to a four year university, or new career.

To complete placement testing (assessment) you must first file your admission application.

Students who are unsure whether they should complete the matriculation program should contact the Counseling Department at Santa Ana College, (714) 564-6100.

Students with bachelor's degree or higher are exempt from matriculation

Santa Ana College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: