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Sacramento City College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Sacramento City College

Sacramento City College, or SCC, is a 2-year community college in the Los Rios Community College District, along with three other schools: American River College, Cosumnes River College and Folsom Lake College. SCC is located in the city of Sacramento, CA. It was founded in 1916 and is California's 7th oldest community college.


Courses at SCC span a variety of different subject areas, and students can earn associate's degrees or certificates. The most popular associate's degree programs in 2010-2011, based on program completions, were social sciences, liberal arts and registered nursing. Other available programs include aeronautics, psychology, physical therapy, engineering, dental hygiene, business and biology.

Courses are available at SCC's main campus and at its West Sacramento and Davis Centers. Some courses combine classroom and online experiences; fully online courses are also available. Students attending SCC may also take on-campus and online courses from the other three Los Rios colleges.


The first step in applying to SCC is filling out the application for the Los Rios Community College District, either online or in print. SCC admission is open to applicants who are over 18 or who have a high school degree. High school sophomores who are 16 or older may supplement their secondary education with courses at SCC, with permission from high school officials.

In 2011, 97% of SCC students were California residents, and the gender ratio was 43% male to 57% female. The ethnic breakdown was 27% white, 25% Hispanic, 20% Asian, 11% African American and 1% American Indian. In that same year, 74% of students attended part time, while 26% attended full time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of 2012, California residents pay an enrollment fee of $45 per unit. Out-of-state students pay a tuition rate of $254 per unit. Various other fees may apply, including a transit pass, student representation fee and parking fees. In 2011-2012, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimated that the cost of books and supplies for a full-time student was about $1,656. The total estimated expense for a full-time student in 2011-2012 was $17,550 for California residents living off campus; $6,948 for California residents living with family; and $22,896 for non-residents of California living independently off campus.

In 2010-2011, the college did not give out any grants or scholarships to incoming, full-time students. Students primarily received aid through federal, state and local grants or scholarships. In 2010-2011, 55% of incoming, full-time students received federal grants, with an average award of $4,336; 72% received state or local grants and scholarships, with an average award of $957. Students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for fee waivers through the State of California. Only 7% of SCC students held federal student loans in 2010-2011.

School Type 2-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's degrees and certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar 2 Semesters and a summer session*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 24,106 in fall 2011**
Student Housing No on-campus housing is available**
Divisions 10 divisions*
Student-Faculty Ratio 29 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Associate's degrees in 2010-2011: social sciences (302), liberal studies (184) and registered nursing (98)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Of full-time students who began in 2008, 20% graduated within 150% of the normal time for their program**
Admission Rate Open admissions**
Entering Class Size 4,106 first-time students in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates From fall 2010-fall 2011, 67% of full-time students and 26% of part-time students**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions. Final date to enroll for fall term is September 9*
Tuition (Fall 2012) $46 per unit for residents of California, $254 for non-residents of California*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For beginning full-time students in 2010-2011: federal grants (55%), state or local scholarships/grants (72%) and federal student loans (8%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 74% of beginning full-time students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Sacramento City College, **NCES - College Navigator, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95822
  • Phone: (916) 558-2111
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