University description (as per official university website)
ABOUT MT. SAC
Mt. San Antonio College is among the largest of California's 110 community colleges. Located in the city of Walnut, Mt. SAC serves nearly 20 communities and a million residents in the bustling San Gabriel Valley. Since the College opened its doors in 1946, Mt. SAC has provided quality and affordable educational opportunities to more than a million students of all ages. Today, the College offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs and has earned statewide and national distinction in a number of disciplines. Our alumni have distinguished themselves in both the private and public sectors.
Here you can learn more about Mt. SAC, its history, mission, the College leadership and administration, and major departments as well as the College’s financial profile and statistics about the campus, students, staff, and research results.
The Mt. San Antonio Community College District was created in December, 1945 when voters of four local high school districts approved the formation of a community college district. Initially named Eastern Los Angeles County Community College, the institution was later renamed after Mt. San Antonio, the imposing, snow-capped mountain (popularly known as Mt. Baldy), prominently visible in the distance above the campus.
The 421 acre College site was originally part of the 48,000 acre La Puente Rancho. During World War II, the facility was converted into an army hospital and later a Navy hospital.
Mt. SAC opened in the Fall of 1946 with 635 students occupying a few Spanish-tiled buildings and temporary Navy barracks clustered below the San Jose Hills. Walnut, not yet an incorporated city, consisted of very little except dirt roads, cacti, and grasslands covered in the spring with wild mustard grass.
Quite naturally, the growth of Mt. SAC has mirrored that of the local area. From its humble beginnings with an initial enrollment of 635 students, the college now serves nearly 40,000 men and women from diverse backgrounds and generations. The College District boundries encompass the communities of Baldwin Park, Bassett, Charter Oak, Covina, Diamond Bar, the southern portion of Glendora, Hacienda Heights, City of Industry, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Pomona, Rowland Heights, San Dimas, Valinda, Walnut, and West Covina.
Mt. SAC has emerged as a leader in education not only in the San Gabriel Valley, but in the state. It is the largest, single-campus community college district in California.
Mt. SAC offers a full array of financial aid programs, grants, workstudy, loans and scholarships to full-time and part-time students. Most financial aid resources are intended to supplement, not replace, the financial resources of the family. We have financial aid available to help you with the cost of education, which includes fees, books, supplies, food, housing, transportation and childcare.
The Financial Aid Office is committed to helping students who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Although the primary responsibility for meeting college costs rests with the student and his/her family, we recognize that many families have limited resources and are unable to meet the cost of a college education. Our programs are designed to meet these needs. We evaluate the family's financial ability to pay for educational costs in order to distribute limited resources in a fair and equitable manner.