Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) is known for academic excellence, superb faculty and staff, comprehensive student services and beautiful facilities. At 100 years old, this beloved community institution enrolls approximately 26,000 students each semester. Approximately 40% of all local high school graduates attend SRJC to reach their career goals through quality, affordable higher education in Sonoma County.
SRJC is dedicated to making higher education accessible to all and removing barriers to our students’ success. Student life is vibrant, with over 40 clubs, conference-winning athletic teams, nationally ranked speech and debate teams, and outstanding theatre arts, music and dance programs. The College has a growing international program, enriching our students and community. SRJC offers over 112 majors and more than 136 certificates.
SRJC was founded in 1918 and is the 11th oldest among California’s 114 community colleges. The College includes an oak-filled 100-acre campus in the heart of Santa Rosa, a modern 40-acre campus on Petaluma’s east side, the 365-acre Shone Farm near Forestville, the Public Safety Training Center in Windsor, and the Southwest Center in Santa Rosa. SRJC also includes a student-run restaurant and bakery in the B. Robert Burdo Culinary Center. The College was fully re-accredited in 2015.
Nearly 80% of SRJC applicants to the University of California system (UC) are accepted, the third highest acceptance rate from California Community College applicants. We also have an excellent acceptance rate at California State University (CSU) campuses.
Top transfer destinations for SRJC students include UC Davis, Sonoma State University and San Francisco State University. Our graduates also attend UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell University, Harvard University, and many other top four-year institutions.
In 2014, Sonoma County voters supported the passage of Measure H, a $410 million bond to build and renovate aging facilities and to upgrade technology at SRJC. The College is now in the process of renovating and upgrading facilities, improving sustainability with solar carports, and making extensive improvements that will address overcrowding and better prepare students to attend four-year universities and succeed in 21st-century careers.
A 2014 economic impact study by Economic Modeling Specialists International found that SRJC generates $1.6 billion in annual increased economic activity in Sonoma County and provides a strong return on investment for students, taxpayers and the community as a whole. For every dollar that individual students invested in SRJC, they received a cumulative return of $2.50 in higher future wages. In addition, SRJC had the highest taxpayer return, 14.8%, of 15 California community colleges that the researchers studied.