Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, CA

Located in Walnut, California, Mt. San Antonio College offers three associate degrees, two professional certificate programs, and a partnership with a university to obtain a bachelor’s degree. A pilot certificate is not required for graduation, but it is desirable for career advancement.

Program Highlights

Mt. San Antonio College is an FAA-approved Part 141 pilot school and flight operations are housed at Brackett Airport (KPOC). This is also where all academic classes will be held.

Programs Mt. San Antonio College offers include:

  • Associate of Science
    • Aviation Science
    • Commercial Flight
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Bachelor of Science
    • Aviation Management
  • Certificate
    • Dispatch
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The college has an on-campus partnership with Southern Illinois University, and through it students can earn a Bachelor of Science in aviation management.

Most classes required in the degree plan are available online.

Mt. San Antonio College is part of Region 2 of National Intercollegiate Flying Association.


Mt. San Antonio College has a very competitive tuition for in- and out-of-state students. At $46 per credit hour for instate students, a full load of classes will only run about $2,200. A full schedule for out-of-state students will be more than double that, but still much lower than some colleges, at $5,000 a semester. This is base tuition and does not include flight training fees.

An average cost from zero hours to CFI at Mt. San Antonio College is about $65,000.

Through workshop events, internships, and scholarships, 70 percent of students pay next to nothing per credit hour. The college also accepts veteran’s benefits.

The school works with many aviation universities, so students who are interested can transfer their credits to receive a bachelor’s degree. Those include:

● Cal State University, Los Angeles
● California Baptist University, Riverside
● Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-LA
● San Diego Christian College
● San Jose State University

Fleet and Facilities

Mt. San Antonio College has a small but traditional fleet of aircraft that includes:

● Cessna C150/52s
● Cessna C172s
● Piper Arrows
● American Champion Citabrias

Acceptance into and enrolling in the aeronautics department classes does not guarantee membership into the flight training program.

Mt. San Antonio College is FAA Part 141-approved. Graduates of the flight program may be eligible for a restricted ATP certificate.

Campus Life

The school has a dynamic student body with more than 50 clubs, an active student government, and full event calendar. Some engaging student clubs are:

● Filmmakers Club
● Programming Club
● Caduceus Club

The school also has many different competitive athletic teams that have been nationally recognized and ranked.

On-campus housing and dining is available for all students.

The Bottom Line

Mt. San Antonio College may be a small school but it makes up for it in big connections. A flight program with competitive tuition puts Mt. San Antonio College as a contender for many students, making the program very competitive. For those looking for traditional college experience, Mt. San Antonio College can provide clubs, athletics, and access to internships.

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Other Information

  • In-State Tuition (Per Year) $4,000
  • Out-of-State Tuition (Per Year)$10,000
  • Flight Cost $65,000
  • In-State Total Estimated Program Cost$81,000
  • Out-of-State Total Estimated Program Cost$105,000
  • NIFA (Y/N)Yes
  • NIFA Region2

Mt. San Antonio College Score

Overall: 38 out of a possible 50 points in Colleges

Points Earned

5 out of 10 in Industry Partners

9 out of 10 in Value

8 out of 10 in Fleet

7 out of 10 in Campus Life

9 out of 10 in Facilities and Location

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