Golden West College

15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA

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Golden West College, located in Huntington Beach (also known as “Surf City”), California, was founded in 1965 to serve the residents of the area by providing workforce development and academic programs. The school serves over 10,000 students a year and is a two year public institution. West coast college is a commuter college, and as such requires students to make their own arrangements for transportation and housing. Golden West College is one of three schools that comprise the Coast Community College District. GWC is dedicated to providing the best educational opportunities for its students through constant review and updates of its programs and facilities.

GWC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, California Board of Registered Nursing, National League for Nursing Accrediting, California State Board of Cosmetology Commission and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

Golden West College offers students academic transfer opportunities as well as career and technical training programs. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of a four year education at low cost, the apply for transfer to four year institutions to pursue completion of their bachelor's degrees. As different schools have different transfer requirements, students should meet with their academic counselor to develop the best curriculum to facilitate transfer to their desired school.

Career and technical training programs provide students with the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as contributing professionals in specialized fields. Students will learn through a combination of practical labs and traditional classroom education. Programs will take between one and two years to complete, resulting  in an associate degree which demonstrates the student's competency and ability to immediately pursue entry-level work post-graduation.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
An students who is over 18 years of age or has earned a high school diploma or equivalent will be admitted to Golden West College. Students who wish to enroll must complete the application for admission, which should be submitted prior to the deadline for the chosen semester. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor prior to enrollment to discuss goals and choose a program and curriculum. Registration takes place shortly before the start of each semester.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance must obtain a Federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report from which will be used to determine need, eligibility for programs, and financial awards. Students may be required to provide additional information prior to the disbursement of funds to ensure accuracy of the information provided.

Golden West College participates in intercollegiate athletics through the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and the Southern California Football Association (CFA) and is a member of the Orange Empire Conference (OEC). Students participating in intercollegiate athletics are provided a forum for healthy competition that allows one to enjoy the camaraderie of pursuing the same goal, developing bonds of friendship and teamwork, and developing skills such as discipline and teamwork which may be applied to one's daily life. Students will also be able to experience personal and group success, enjoying the fruits of their hard work in front of friends and family.

Athletic programs at GWC:

  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Cross Country
  • Football (Men Only)
  • Soccer
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,100. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
    • Out-of-State: $5,500-$6,653
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $230-$280 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid65%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships65%$5,202
Receiving Student Loans2%$4,188

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Golden West College may provide services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in Orange County and the community colleges in California as a whole.

 Golden West CollegeOrange CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate30.0%29.4%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate14.0%15.2%13.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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