Mission Viejo, CA
Saddleback College


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Recent Reviews

MARK
What is your overall opinion of this school?

If you would have asked me three years ago if I thought that in three years I would be writing to a college scholarship board...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

If you would have asked me three years ago if I thought that in three years I would be writing to a college scholarship board for additional funding to help me continue on towards my goal of finishing out my Associates Degree and moving on towards my Bachelors and then on to my Masters, I would have laughed at you and asked you for some change. You see, three years ago, I was homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol. Three years ago, I had no hope and was just literally “waiting to die”. Three years ago, I was contemplating suicide and in and out of psychiatric hospitals, until one day. That one day, I met a doctor that helped me understand that I had a chemical imbalance in my brain, and that she may be able to help me if I gave her a chance. As I had given up on everything else in my life, I had nothing to lose. I was diagnosed with a Bi-Polar and Schizophrenic disorder, and this illness was explained to me in a way that made sense. I was able to start on a new journey in my life with the help of a caring doctor and the belief in new ways to treat what I had been struggling with my entire life. Within weeks, I became more lucid, and life started to make sense again. My life started to matter again and the sky was blue again. I knew that if I could find this help, others could as well and that I owed it to those others that suffer these same ailments to reach out and help them as my doctor helped me. My goals are simple: keep studying, keep believing and keep helping. This is why I am continuing with my Associates, Bachelors and eventually a Masters or even a Doctorate, so I can pay my debt forward and help anyone that may ask it of me. I am currently studying here at San Bernardino Valley College to secure my general education requirements while completing my certificate in Substance Use Disorder Counseling. My final destination of a graduate degree in Psychology and Addiction Studies may be lofty, but I believe in my journey and I need you to believe in my journey as well. Your help with my financial needs by offering scholarship funding while I continue on towards additional Deans Honors, as I have received in each of my previous three semesters, will enable me to concentrate on being in the top of my class for the rest of my time here at Valley. As the governing committee of our scholarship board, you have the opportunity to help me fulfill my dream of becoming the best in my field and to help others in need. By providing me with additional funds through the scholarship foundation, you will enable me to keep moving forward with my education. I thank you in advance for your support in this endeavor, and please accept my promise to you to never stop striving for excellence. Sincerely, Mark E. Hinojos

michael
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Saddleback college has a nursing program that is one of the top in South Orange County. It has a great reputation among all ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Saddleback college has a nursing program that is one of the top in South Orange County. It has a great reputation among all of the local hospitals. Saddleback has a large campus with tons of updated buildings and wonderful resources. The campus is clean and the faculty are friendly and knowledgeable.

Shivani
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I think Saddleback College is a great 2-year community college. This school is dedicated to helping students reach their goal...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think Saddleback College is a great 2-year community college. This school is dedicated to helping students reach their goals of transferring to a 4-year University. I love how dedicated the counselors are to students' needs. This school wants to provide the best learning environment for students and that is why this school has continually upgraded its facilities so that we, students, can learn from the best professors while using new equipment. I love this community college and it is very affordable for all.

Sunshine
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I believe that professors value the kind of education students receive from this school. The willingness to help any student ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I believe that professors value the kind of education students receive from this school. The willingness to help any student that is struggling is unquestionable. I do recommend building a parking structure for this campus, we've spent thousands of dollars on building new classrooms and renovating our outdated buildings but I think building a parking structure would benefit students the most as during 8am-12pm there is absolutely no chance of finding a parking unless you show up to school an hour early from when your class start. Majority of students work part time or full time and there is nothing worst than coming to school only to find out you will be late from class on a daily basis due to lack of parking spots.

ayanna
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Saddleback College is a good school. As a community college they have events that connect people. There are often things happ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Saddleback College is a good school. As a community college they have events that connect people. There are often things happening on campus. Saddleback college provides opportunities to connect the community. Overall I have had a positive experience; and would recommend this school.

Justin
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Saddleback college is one of the best community colleges I've seen. It is very veteran friendly and the teachers here are out...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Saddleback college is one of the best community colleges I've seen. It is very veteran friendly and the teachers here are outstanding. Most teachers have office hours and are available after class as well. The financial aid department is one of the best and they are all about helping students afford college.

Kiana
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have gone to several schools getting my undergrad courses filled & Saddleback has been my favorite. I actually left CSUSM's...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have gone to several schools getting my undergrad courses filled & Saddleback has been my favorite. I actually left CSUSM's pre-nursing program in favor of the one here because of the overall high cost of transportation there along with the higher tuition and lack of classes. An important aspect to consider when applying to schools is the availability of classes for your major; even though the tuition is likely higher at universities, I have found that people have a harder time getting into classes for "impacted programs" than they do at Saddleback and other CCs. The campus is easy to navigate, but parking is a hassle so arriving early is important! I mostly am involved in the science area of the school and the students and faculty in this building are generally helpful & great to work with! I would recommend coming here before going to a university, especially if money is an issue. You get a high quality education with knowledgeable professors & a supportive comradery with other students if you feel like branching out.

Osvaldo
Misconception about saddleback community college and community colleges in general.

Saddleback community college is a very well known community college in my town. Most students after high school tend to go t...

Misconception about saddleback community college and community colleges in general.

Saddleback community college is a very well known community college in my town. Most students after high school tend to go to a 4 year university after high school and the ones that don't are often faced with no other choice but to go to saddleback or any other community college. In my town saddleback dos t really have a positive reputation for itself because of all the down talk on it. Truth of the matter is most of the down talk comes from students who in there mind think they are to good to be at a community college, when in reality they are not. I myself had a chance to go to a 4 year university straight out of high school, but I chose not to because of my financial circumstances. At first yes I will admit I was a bit disappointed in myself and even felt like I was going to amount to nothing in my life. As I started becoming more and more familiar with the college I began to realize that this decision has possibly been the best one I have ever made so far. Why? Because as any good student would do I began to really see what this school had to offer and what tools I can use to further pursue my education. I ended up finding out that saddleback community college was the number 1 transfer community college in Southern California which reassured me that I would be able to transfer to my dream college with out a problem. On campus I started to familiarize myself with the many programs and activities the college has to offer. As of today I work at saddleback college, I am a student ambassador for the financial Aid office on campus which had by far been one of the best jobs I've had so far because I've been able t understand my finances a lot more and how there are SO MANY ways to help pay for college! I mean there are 25,000 students at saddleback and last year only 700 applied for scholarships, but only 400 actually received scholarships, and of those 400 students they all got to share $750,000 it just blows my mind how very little student are informed about all the different type of aid one student can receive. So with all that being said I couldn't be more happy with the decision of going to saddleback, because I personally struggle to pay for college and going here has only saved me a tremendous amount of money and I've acquired a great job in the mean time were I can help out my community of fellow students who are in the same situation and build a better reputation for saddleback but it all starts with changing one mind. One mind at a time i know I can change the way people look at saddleback and not just make it the #1 transfer community college in Southern California but make it the #1 community college in all of the United Sates of America. I go to saddleback to get stuff done, minimize the distractions, while still having fun and enjoying life. That's my mindset. Saddleback is a great college. Thank you, Osvaldo Perez

Kyra
Good for getting started...

Good for transitioning to university.

Good for getting started...

Good for transitioning to university.

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