Situated on a 153-acre suburban campus in the rolling tree-dotted hills of the incorporated city of Santa Clarita in the northern region of Los Angeles County in California, the College of the Canyons is a comprehensive public two-year community college with more than 51,000 students. Along with the main Valencia campus, the college recently opened its satellite Canyon Country campus on a 70-acre site in Santa Clarita in 2007 with a state-of-the-art Applied Technology Education Center to provide quality education in variety of the high-demand sustainable green technology fields.
In the once sleepy whistle-stop town of Newhall along Southern Pacific Railroad's line from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the college was first established in 1969 at temporary quarters on the campus of William S. Hart High School. Within just one year, the college purchased its permanent campus site along the eastern side of Interstate 5 to create its current site. Over the years as the College of the Canyons has evolved, educational facilities have been built to ensure they blend with the natural attributes of the location and provide a relaxed physical environment for optimal learning experiences.
The College of the Canyons is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to offer 69 associate degree programs and 82 certificate programs in a range of special interests. Among the most popular degrees at the college are radio production, biotechnology, paralegal studies, television production, theatre arts, video game animation, fire control technology, industrial manufacturing, nursing, and child development.
With a vibrant campus life in a diverse community of students, the College of the Canyons is home to over 25 student recognized organizations, including the renowned Speech Team that has been recognized nationally at six consecutive Phi Rho Pi National Tournaments for all three major areas of speech competition. Nicknamed the Cougars, the college also competes in the Western State Conference of the CCCAA with 12 varsity teams in football, soccer, volleyball, cross country running, golf, softball, baseball, basketball, ice hockey swimming, and track and field. Among the most notable former Cougars are professional golfer Brian Vranesh, politican Carl E. Seel, and former American football player Aaron Mitchell.
Total undergraduate enrollment: 10528
Total institution enrollment: 10528
School type: 2-year public
School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.
College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Male undergraduate population: 47%
Female undergraduate population: 53%
Undergrad visible minorities: No Data
Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's