Mission, Vision and Values

Saddleback College is the largest member of the South Orange County Community College District, and the College offers educational opportunities and support services to a diverse and growing population in southern Orange County.

Saddleback Statement of Mutual Respect and Collegial Behavior 

Our Mission:

Saddleback College enriches its students and the south Orange County community by providing a comprehensive array of high-quality courses and programs that foster student learning and success in the attainment of academic degrees and career technical certificates, transfer to four-year institutions, improvement of basic skills, and lifelong learning.

Our Vision:

Saddleback College will be the first choice of students who seek a dynamic, innovative, and student-centered postsecondary education.

Our Values:

Saddleback College embraces:


We commit to fulfilling our mission to serve the south Orange County community.


We dedicate ourselves to excellence in academics, student support, and community service.


We foster a climate of integrity, honesty, and respect.


We place our highest priority on student learning and delivering comprehensive support for student success.


We strive to develop strong and lasting partnerships among students, faculty, staff, and the community.


We anticipate and welcome change by encouraging innovation and creativity.

Academic Freedom

We endorse academic freedom and the open exchange of ideas.


We promote environmental sustainability and use our resources responsibly to reduce our ecological impact.


We cultivate equity and diversity by embracing all cultures, ideas, and perspectives.

Global Awareness

We recognize the importance of global awareness and prepare our students to live and work in an increasingly interconnected world.