Mt. San Jacinto College

Mt. San Jacinto College
Mt. San Jacinto College
Msjc logo.svg
Established 1962
Type Public Community College
President Dr. Roger Schultz
Undergraduates 26,000
Location San Jacinto, California, USA
Menifee, California, USA
Banning, California, USA
, California, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors      Black
Mascot Eagle

Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) is a community college in Riverside County, California, United States. MSJC consists of two large campuses: one located in San Jacinto (San Jacinto Campus) and one in Menifee (Menifee Valley Campus). In addition, classes are offered at a campus in Banning (San Gorgonio Pass Campus) and a smaller facility located in Temecula (Temecula Education Complex). Classes are also held at numerous satellite locations, such as local high schools. Many courses are also offered online.



The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District was formed in 1962 by a vote of the citizens in Banning, Beaumont, Hemet and San Jacinto.

The college enrolled its first students in the fall of 1963, holding classes in rented facilities in the San Gorgonio Pass and San Jacinto Valley. The San Jacinto Campus was opened in 1965 with two buildings and has grown into a comprehensive college campus serving the needs of students and the community. In 1975, the residents of Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Perris and adjacent areas voted to join the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District, increasing the college’s area to the present 1700 square miles. Although the boundaries have remained stable since 1975, the District has changed dramatically, especially since the 1980s. In recent years, unprecedented population growth has fostered the highest rate of enrollment increase of all 111 California community colleges.

In response to this intense growth, Mt. San Jacinto College opened its Menifee Valley Campus in October 1990. By the end of its first year, there were 2,100 students attending classes at the new campus. Today the campus serves more than 7,000 students each semester.

With the rapid growth in enrollment being experienced at both campuses, the District has engaged in extensive planning and development to ensure state-of-the-art learning environments for Mt. San Jacinto College students. The San Jacinto Campus has been master-planned and essentially will be rebuilt over the next 15 to 20 years to accommodate 12,000 to 15,000 students. In the fall of 1993, the Alice P. Cutting Business & Technology Center opened to students with new laboratories for Business, Computer Information Science, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Photography. In the fall of 1995, a state-of-the-art music building opened on the San Jacinto Campus. The 1995-96 year saw a vast increase in classroom space on the Menifee Valley Campus with the opening of the Allied Health and Fine Arts buildings.

The master plan for the Menifee Valley Campus will ultimately provide for 15,000 to 20,000 students. A new Learning Resource Center on this campus opened during the Spring 2006. The construction of two new childcare centers in 2002 paved the way for a major expansion of the Child Development and Teacher Training Center at MSJC.

On May 19, 2011 groundbreaking began for a new Social Sciences and Humanities building on the Menifee Valley Campus. The state approved funding for the project in 2008, but funding was delayed because of California’s budget crisis. Funding was appropriated again in 2010 after the state was able to sell bonds. This new building will allow MSJC to move some classes that are currently held in aging portables into the new facility with state-of-the-art equipment. MVC Building I is expected to open its doors to students by Fall 2012. [1]

Student body

Student Ethnicity 2007-08[2]
MSJC Riverside Co. California CCs California
Hispanic 28.9% 42.2% 29.4% 35.9%
White 45.1% 44.1% 34.3% 43.1%
Asian 6.9% 5.4% 15.6% 12.4%
African American 7.2% 6.6% 7.5% 6.7%
Native American 0.8% 1.4% 0.8% 1.2%
Pacific Islander 1.4% 0.3% 0.7% 0.4%
Unknown/Other 9.2% N/A 11.7% N/A

The student body totaled 16,200 in the spring 2011 semester, which represented a 7% drop in enrollment. In the 2007-2008 academic year, the student population was 62% women and 38% men.[3] For comparison, California community colleges statewide have an average student population of 55% women and 45% men.

The majority of students at MSJC are under 25 years old. From 2004 to 2009, the number of MSJC students under the age of 25 rose from 53% to 57%. In the same time period, the percentage of people in all other age ranges fell steadily. Overall, MSJC has a younger student body than other California community colleges, with 57% of students under 25 compared to 51% statewide.[2]

In the 2008-09 school year, 1,117 MSJC students received associate's degrees or certification of some kind. The same year, 512 students (approximately 6% of the entire student body) transferred to a University of California or California State University campus. This represented an increase in the number of students transferring, but a disproportionate increase in total enrollment meant that a smaller percentage of students transferred than during the previous year.[4]


Mt. San Jacinto College offers Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees in a variety of disciplines. It also offers coursework required to complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). Many MSJC students choose to transfer to UC, CSU and out-of-state campuses after completing two years of study.[5]

Honors Enrichment Program

MSJC's Honors Enrichment Program offers accelerated coursework for high-achieving students. The requirements for admission to the Honors Program include a minimum 3.3 GPA, 12 units completed, instructor recommendations and a letter to the Honors Program Advisory Committee. According to the Honors Enrichment Program website, almost 100 classes can be taken with extended Honors coursework.[6] In order to complete the Honors Program, students must take four Honors classes, as well as an additional non-transferable Honors Seminar. Students often present research papers completed for this class at the Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference. At the 9th annual HTCC Conference in 2009, MSJC had the largest number of students presenting papers of any community college in California.[7] The Honors Program also offers Transfer Admission Priority certification to UCLA upon completion of the required classes. Students who graduate from this program routinely transfer to universities like UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego.

Student groups

Cultural activities

Art gallery

MSJC's art gallery, located on the San Jacinto Campus, holds art exhibitions and shows films about art. It showcases work by students and local artists, as well as work by internationally recognized artists. The art gallery is a popular fixture on campus, receiving several hundred visitors every month. Past exhibitions have included works by artists such as Nicholas Spindler, Herbert Olds, and Chuck Huang. Film screenings are usually free and open to the general public.[8][9]

Performing arts

There are a plethora of musical, theatrical, and dance performances on both the Menifee Valley Campus and the San Jacinto Campus each semester. The performing arts departments publish brochures each academic year to inform students of upcoming productions.[10]

World cinema

World cinema screenings are held regularly at the Menifee Valley Campus. Films from around the world are shown at the Learning Resource Center. Films are selected with emphasis on the languages that are taught at MSJC, such as French and Spanish. In previous semesters, films such as Un coeur en hiver, Allá en el Rancho Grande, and Maria Full of Grace have been shown.

Phi Theta Kappa

MSJC is home to the Beta Delta Omega (ΒΔΩ) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges. An invitation for membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to students who meet the requirements; however, students who have not been invited can still apply. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and at least 12 semester units of coursework completed. Phi Theta Kappa members have access to a multitude of scholarships, the opportunity to wear PTK regalia at graduation, and the chance to be published in Nota Bene, Phi Theta Kappa's honors anthology.[11]

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is responsible for organizing college events and activities. Membership in the SGA allows MSJC students to vote in campus elections, hold office in student organizations, and participate in college activities. Discounts are offered on and off campus for students who hold current SGA stickers. Campus clubs are managed by the Inter-Club Council (ICC).[12]


MSJC has many student clubs. These include:

  • The American Association of University Women (AAUW), which participates in community services and encourages equality and education for women.
  • Amnesty International.
  • The Asian Pacific Islanders Club.
  • The Atheist Club.
  • The Business Club, which caters to students majoring in business.
  • The CARE Club.
  • The Ceramics Club.
  • The Challenge Club.
  • Chaste Women of God.
  • The Child Development & Education Club.
  • Christians on Campus.
  • The Communications Studies Club.
  • FAVE (Film, Animation, and Video Entertainment).
  • The MSJC Gay-Straight Alliance.
  • The Heart of Art Club.
  • Mu Alpha Theta, the national mathematics honor society for high schools and two-year colleges.
  • The Political Science Club.
  • The Puente Club.
  • The Random Acts of Movement Club, which aims to generate interest in the subject of dance.[13]
  • Spoons & Sporks, which is dedicated to informing students about nutrition and healthy eating.
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
  • The Transfer Club.
  • The Upward Bound Club.


MSJC's athletics program offers ten sports. Men's sports include football, baseball, basketball, golf, and tennis, while women's sports include softball, soccer, and volleyball along with basketball, golf, and tennis. The official colors of MSJC are black and red, and the school's mascot is the eagle. Sports teams are invariably known as MSJC Eagles. Unfortunately, the growth of MSJC's athletics program has been somewhat hampered by lack of facilities. To remedy this, the college intends to construct a new softball field at the Menifee campus and a new track at the San Jacinto campus sometime in the future.[9][14]

Campus facilities


The One Stop Eagle Shop Bookstore has locations on the San Jacinto Campus and the Menifee Valley Campus. The store offers textbooks, supplies, and MSJC apparel, serving more than 18,000 students annually. Both locations offer online ordering. Currently, there are no bookstore facilities at the San Gorgonio Pass Campus or the Temecula Education Complex.[9]

Child Development and Education Centers

Child Development and Education Centers, found on both campuses, serve a dual role. They provide childcare for student parents and MSJC employees, as well as offering parenting classes to parents and community members. Many families are able to use this service for free or at a reduced rate. The Centers also function as the lab component for classes in the Child Development and Nursing Departments.[9]

Learning Resource Center

MSJC has Learning Resource Center (LRC) locations on both the San Jacinto Campus and the Menifee Campus. Both LRCs provide free tutoring for all MSJC students, regardless of academic discipline or skill level. Tutoring is provided on a walk-in basis. In addition, each campus has a Writing Center and a Math Center in the LRC to provide one-on-one support for students struggling in these areas. The MSJC Writing Center also provides workshops, handouts and guides, and online writing support. Tutoring at the LRC is performed by professional tutors, peer tutors, and faculty. The San Jacinto LRC alone assists over 4,000 students per year.[9]

Supplemental Instruction

In addition to tutoring at the LRC, MSJC offers Supplemental Instruction (SI) for students in historically difficult courses. Supplemental Instruction Leaders (SILs) provide free one-hour study sessions before or after class, giving students the tools to understand the information they have been given in class. SILs also attend classes to ensure that they are familiar with the material. All students in courses with assigned SILs are encouraged to attend SI meetings, although attendance is voluntary. Since its introduction in Fall 2006, MSJC's SI program at the Menifee Valley Campus has tallied 3,700 student contact hours.[15]


The San Jacinto Campus library is known as the Milo P. Johnson Library and is named after MSJC's founding president. It offers a large collection of materials in a variety of formats; in addition, it boasts one-on-one reference assistance, library instruction sessions, textbooks on reserve, and space for students to study. Both the San Jacinto Campus library and the Menifee Valley Campus library have ample online resources. Online access to e-books and multiple periodical databases such as EBSCOhost and ProQuest is available through the MSJC library website. This collection of online materials supplements the smaller range of print materials available at the Menifee Valley Campus library.[9]

Board of Trustees

  • Eugene V. Kadow, President – Trustee Area 1
  • Dorothy McGargill – Trustee Area 2
  • Gwendolyn Schlange, Clerk – Trustee Area 3
  • Ann Motte – Trustee Area 4
  • Joan F. Sparkman – Trustee Area 5

MSJC Trustee boundaries can be found here.


Notable faculty



  • Mark Ellison, associate faculty in automotive technology specializing in California’s inspection and maintenance program (vehicle smog check), and heating/air conditioning.

Life Sciences

  • Roy Mason, an NSF fellow and associate professor of biology, is a population and community biologist who specializes in animal behavior and population genetics.[17]
  • Nick Reeves, who studied genetic mutations in Drosophila melanogaster while at UCSD, is currently an associate professor of biology at MSJC.[18][19]


  • Yvonne Atkinson, associate professor of English, is a noted African-American literature scholar and President of The Toni Morrison Society.[20]
  • Rickianne Rycraft, associate professor of English, is a founding editor of the online literary arts journal Serving House Journal.[21] According to the biography provided in the journal, she "has published stories, essays, reviews, and interviews in a number of journals and anthologies, including PIF Magazine, VerbSap, Perigee, The MacGuffin and Calyx. [She is] winner of an Eric Hoffer Best New Writing Editor’s Choice Award for 2008 and a Special Mention for the 2010 Pushcart Prize."
  • Michelle Pagni Stewart, an American Indian and children's literature scholar, currently serves as professor of English.[22]


Notable programs

  • Allied Health and Nursing programs offer coursework leading to certification in vocational and registered nursing, diagnostic medical sonography, and alcohol and drug studies.[24] MSJC partners with local hospitals, emergency response service providers, and local clinics to provide experience and training for students in these programs.[9]
  • MSJC's Automotive Technology program features a collaboration with Honda and local Honda dealerships—the Honda Pact Fast Track Program—which provides training and internships, a program with local high schools, and $1,000,000 worth of cars to work with.[9]
  • The Study Abroad Program allows students to travel to Spain (in the Spring semester) and London (in the Fall Semester).[25]

Notable students

  • Christie Hemme, American actress, singer, model, professional wrestling valet and former professional wrestler. Hemme appeared on the April 2005 cover of Playboy magazine, and is currently signed to TNA as a backstage interviewer.
  • Harold Williams, 2004 Seattle Mariner's Draft Pick (left-handed pitcher round 38, pick 1143).
  • Karli Kosman, quarterfinalist on Jeopardy! College Championship in Season 20 (November 10, 2003 – November 21, 2003), held at Payne Whitney Gymnasium on the Yale University campus.
  • Donald Andrus Westbrook III, who received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship[26] and went on to UC Berkeley, attended MSJC from 2001 to 2004.
  • Jamaal Tinsley, NBA basketball player, played for MSJC from 1997 to 1999.
  • Mike Anderson, Baltimore Ravens running back, played football for MSJC.


The college police chief was arrested on December 2, 2009 and charged with eight felonies. The charges ranged from perjury and bribery to embezzlement by a public officer. Many of the allegations involved the police chief accepting kickbacks from a towing company and illegally arresting a college employee.[27] He pleaded guilty on June 23, 2010.[28]


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