Mendocino College, founded in 1973, is in Ukiah and is part of the Mendocino-Lake Community College District. The 127-acre campus enrolls about 5,155 students, employs 55 full-time and 200 adjunct faculty members.
The district was formed in 1972 by a vote of the citizens of the Anderson Valley, Laytonville, Potter Valley, Round Valley, Ukiah and Willits Unified School Districts. Planning for the development of the initial offerings of the College occurred in 1973, with the first classes offered the same year.
Expansion of the district to include the Lake County Districts of Upper Lake, Kelseyville and Lakeport occurred by vote in 1974. The new District boundaries, established in 1975, encompass 3,200 square miles of service area. In 1981 the name of the district became Mendocino-Lake Community College District to better reflect the geographical area served.