Why Choose Mt. SAC?
|Mt. SAC is the first college of choice for many of our students and their parents. We consistently produce superstars in academics, athletics, performing arts, and professional disciplines — all of which has earned us the reputation of “College of Champions.” Mt. SAC offers a diverse cultural environment that makes students feel like they belong.
Quality & Value
Mt. SAC offers a quality undergraduate academic or vocational education at affordable rates. The direct cost to you as a full-time student taking 12 units each semester is almost $1,104* for the year. This compares to about $5,500 for tuition at Cal State campuses, $13,200 at UC campuses, and $40,000 for tuition at private universities like USC. That’s an exceptional value considering you’re getting a comparable undergraduate education offered by the higher-priced four-year institutions.
Beyond the cost
savings, Mt. SAC offers value-added support services for students — everything
from financial aid, an array of quality counseling and tutorial
services, advanced “honors” courses,
job placement, opportunities for student leadership, campus
clubs, as well as
athletic and performing
*Based on $46 per unit.
What Students Say
Since 1946, more than one million people have attended Mt.
SAC. Both active students and alumni say they chose Mt. SAC for its outstanding
academic reputation, great faculty, low cost, special programs, and
proximity to home. They also say they would recommend Mt. SAC as their first
choice to friends, especially to high school seniors who are considering four-year
Students particularly like the culturally diverse, friendly campus atmosphere
that makes them feel like they belong. The various activities and opportunities
for involvement also give students a sense of belonging. Working adults either
pursuing second careers or acquiring new skills say Mt. SAC offers the training
they need to get ahead in today’s competitive marketplace. Others in the
community enjoy the scores of recreational and personal development classes that
are available at convenient evening and weekend times for the entire family.
College of Champions
Mt. SAC is
the place for those who want to succeed and excel. Many of our students and faculty
have brought extraordinary distinction to our school in various disciplines,
earning us the reputation as the “College of Champions.” You could
become one of our valued champions. If you’ve
got the dream and the willingness to work hard, we can equip you with the skills
and confidence to rise to the top.
A Word to Parents
Research identifies you as the
most influential factor in a student’s decision about college. That’s
why it’s important you feel confident that Mt. SAC is the right choice,
the smart choice for your son or daughter. Mt. SAC will allow them to start here,
stay near, and go far. Whether they plan to earn a bachelor’s degree or
acquire the skills needed to enter the job market right away, Mt. SAC has the
right program of study. We offer exceptional value at affordable rates. Our educational
programs are first-rate as is our attentive faculty. Our campus provides a safe
environment, and we’re improving the campus with new and upgraded facilities
to promote enhanced teaching and learning.
We've Got It All
As a full-service academic and
vocational institution, Mt. SAC does have it all. Here are some additional reasons
we are the students' first choice, the right choice:
- More than 200 academic
degree and vocational certificate
- Demanding courses taught by an
- Most credit courses are fully transferable to four-year
- Support services that promote student success, including tutorial,
counseling, and technological resources as well as a full-service library.
- Student transfer rates that exceed the state average. Many Mt. SAC students
transfer to prestigious institutions across the nation.
- Affordability! Compare
fees to the hundreds of dollars per unit charged by many universities
for comparable undergraduate courses.
- Millions in financial aid available to
- Top honors in the arts, communications, athletics, science,
technology, business, aviation, agriculture, nursing, and the humanities. We’re
home to the world-renowned Mt. SAC Relays.
- A hip place where you can belong
and make new friends! We’re culturally diverse and offer many activities
and opportunities for involvement.
What Is Your Degree Worth?
While students consider
many things when they choose a college major, they certainly factor into that
decision the future employment prospects and salary potential associated with
various fields of study. The National Association of Colleges and Employers tracks
the starting salaries of new graduates in particular disciplines. Here’s
a sampling of average starting salaries for various college degrees:
- Electrical engineering: $49,946
- Computer science: $47,419
- Accounting: $40,546
- Information sciences: $39,718
- Marketing: $34,628
- History: $32,108
- English: $30,157
- Psychology: $27,454
Of course, starting salaries don’t tell the whole story. You must think
long term and consider other important factors, like career satisfaction
and whether you’re
passionate about a particular major. Mt. SAC’s Career
& Transfer Services and Counseling
Center can help you make this important decision!