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Santa Rosa Junior College, founded in 1918, is the tenth oldest of California’s 112 publicly funded two-year colleges. From its initial freshman class of 19 students, the Sonoma County Junior College District has become one of the largest single college districts in the United States.

With 15 major high school districts within its borders, the District encompasses more than 1,600 square miles from the southern border of Mendocino County to the northern tip of Marin County. The District is bounded to the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by Napa and Lake counties.

The District operates two campuses in Sonoma County: a 100+ acre campus in the heart of Santa Rosa and a 40-acre campus in Petaluma. SRJC also operates a regional Public Safety Training Center in Windsor, a 365-acre farm near Forestville, and a Culinary Arts Center. Each semester classes are offered at dozens of locations throughout the District as well as robust programs in London, Spain, and Italy. SRJC employs nearly 3,250 full and part-time faculty and staff.

The College offers a strong General Education program for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and more than 160 career skills certificate programs that prepare students for the workforce. SRJC’s basic skills program prepares students for college level courses. The College grants both Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees. SRJC is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

More than 35,000 students enroll at SRJC each semester at all of its locations, with an annual headcount of approximately 57,000. The College attracts students from throughout the state and from more than 16 countries around the world. In its 93-year history, SRJC has had only four Presidents: Floyd P. Bailey (1921- 1957), Randolph Newman (1957-1970), Roy Mikalson (1971-1990) and the current retiring President, Dr. Robert F. Agrella.

SRJC’s Mission

The Mission of the Sonoma County Junior College District is to promote student learning throughout our diverse communities by increasing the knowledge, improving the skills, and enhancing the lives of those who participate in our programs and enroll in our courses. This Mission affirms the District’s responsibility to provide the following:

  • Lower division academic education to support transfer to four-year institutions
  • Career and technical education to support economic development and job growth
  • Basic skills to include English language skills acquisition
  • Student and academic support services to improve student success and student retention

The Service Region

Santa Rosa Junior College is located approximately 50 miles north of San Francisco and serves all of Sonoma County and portions of Marin and Mendocino Counties.  Exquisite landscapes offer recreational activities close to vineyards, lakes, rivers, and the Pacific coastline. Renowned for its wine industry and tourist attractions, Sonoma County has traditionally drawn many talented citizens to its substantial urban amenities of fine schools and colleges, business centers, hospitals, and performing arts centers.  The region offers a delightful mix of urban and rural living environments.