Santa Rosa Junior College

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About the institution

Founded in 1918, Santa Rosa Junior College is one of the oldest publicly-funded community colleges in California. The main campus is in Santa Rosa, approximately 85 kilometers north of San Francisco. SRJC, with its ivy covered brick buildings, towering oak trees, flower gardens, and manicured lawns, is one of the most beautiful campuses in the California Community Colleges system. In addition to a safe, welcoming environment, SRJC offers state-of-the art classroom facilities and laboratories, a 148 hectare farm, a Planetarium, an Art Gallery, and the Santa Rosa Junior College Museum.

SRJC offers over 100 majors. In addition to offering programs in business, computer studies, digital media, nursing, and science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), SRJC is proud to be training future winemakers, chefs and concierges to showcase their talents in numerous fine restaurants, hotels, and wineries throughout Sonoma County and worldwide.

The friendly and dedicated staff at SRJC is happy to assist international students with priority registration, university transfer, employment and scholarship opportunities, housing nearby, academic counseling and more. Many international students from SRJC have successfully transferred to top ranked universities, including UC Berkeley, Cornell University, and UCLA.


Student demographics

SRJC’s total student body population of 28,000 includes 225 international students representing 60 different countries.


ESL program and/or support services

SRJC is proud to be a host institution for ELS Language Centers.  Students who need beginning/intermediate level ESL courses can begin their studies at ELS and then easily transfer to SRJC.


Student Housing options

Although SRJC does not have on campus dormitories, the SRJC staff will provide assistance with locating apartments and host families in the area.


Admission requirements for first year and transfer students

Application Checklist:

  1. International Student Academic Program Application
  2. Guarantee of Financial Support and supporting bank documents
  3. Proof of English Proficiency
  4. Copies of High School Diploma or Certificate of graduation
  5. Copy of Passport
  6. Transfer Students attending a high school or college in the U.S. must submit official transcripts and current class schedule.


International Student visas issued



Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Estimated Student Expenses for Academic Year

SRJC Tuition Fees (based on 24 units per year @ $376 per unit): $9,095

(Tuition and fees are subject to change)

Living Expenses (housing/room and board): $13,000

Books & Supplies: $1,700

Miscellaneous costs (transportation, personal expenses, clothing): $1,700

Mandatory Health Insurance 1,500

Total Expenses $26,995

After international students have completed 12-units of credit courses, they may apply for scholarships using the same criteria as all other students at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The SRJC Foundation has ranked No. 1 in the United States among the top 1,500 Community Colleges for fundraising. The SRJC Foundation receives donations from individuals, community groups, and organizations to provide over 700 scholarships for full-time students who will continue their education at SRJC or will transfer from SRJC to a four-year institution.


Internship opportunities

The Career Center, the offices of Work Experience and Student Employment, and the International Student Program work together to help international students explore occupations, prepare for careers and find employment. Many international students work on campus and some take advantage of off campus Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) opportunities.


Student activities and campus life

SRJC’s vibrant community offers a wide variety of activities. Below are a few examples.

On campus: Sports, theater, film, art exhibits, music, visits from university representatives, fashion shows, planetarium shows, dance shows, banquets, festivals, celebrations, guest speakers, book fairs, job fairs, 50+ clubs; including an international student club


Surrounding area: With the Pacific Ocean to the West, the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the East, and several parks, lakes and rivers nearby, sailing, hiking, water skiing, snow skiing, surfing, rafting, kayaking and cycling are all easily accessible. San Francisco is easy to get to by public transportation where students can go shopping, ride a cable car, visit museums, attend festivals, experience Fisherman’s Wharf and so much more.