Orange Coast College

2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA

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Orange Coast College (OCC) is a two-year community college located near the coastline south of Los Angeles, in Costa Mesa, California. OCC has more than 130 academic and career training programs that lead to a certificate of achievement or an associate's degree. OCC prepares a significant number of its students for successful transfer into the University of California and California State University systems, as well as private colleges and universities nationwide.

OCC has state-of-the art classrooms with the latest technology, and the OCC faculty provides different teaching methods for different learning styles, as well as various lectures and labs. OCC offers both on campus and online classes.

Career and certificate programs at OCC range from accounting to airline service careers, aviation pilot training to jewelry design or Web design, computer programming to dental assisting, from early childhood education to emergency medical technician, and hotel management to professional mariner training, welding, and many more.


Orange Coast College was established in 1948 with 500 students enrolled. Over the years, it has grown into one of the nation's largest community colleges, with thousands of students enrolled each semester.


The academic calendar for Orange Coast College follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks in length. OCC's summer session offers six and eight-week classes, which begin in June. A short winter intersession is also sometimes offered.

Colleges and Schools

The academic study areas at Orange Coast College are grouped into divisions, rather than into colleges and schools. The OCC academic divisions are:

  • Business & Computing
  • Consumer & Health Sciences
  • Counseling Services
  • Literature & Languages
  • Mathematics & Sciences
  • Physical Education & Athletics
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Technology
  • Visual & Performing Arts

Student Life

Many student clubs are available at the OCC campus, as well as leadership opportunities through student government. The latest news and events on campus can be found in the "Coast Report," the student newspaper. Intramural and intercollegiate sports are available.

Student services and amenities at OCC include an assessment center, children's center, bookstore, counseling, special services for people with disabilities, student health, computing, a veterans office, student success center, and more.

There is no on-campus housing available, but several dining options are available.


The OCC school colors are blue, white and orange (gold). The school mascot is the pirate.


The Orange Coast College "Pirates" athletics teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

OCC has recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art, two-story Fitness Complex that boasts a multipurpose room/gymnasium, training facility for sports medicine, equipment and cardio rooms, fitness studios and classrooms.

Community Life

Orange Coast College is located near the beautiful beaches and harbors of Orange County in Southern California, and has a large community sailing program.

The Recycling Center located on the OCC campus accepts donated recyclables from the community, and donates profits to scholarships for OCC students.

Many of the facilities on the OCC campus may be rented to community groups for events.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,500. 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: $6,500-$7,805
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $270-$330 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 Aid55%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships54%$5,190
Receiving Student Loans2%$3,998

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Orange Coast College may provide services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day 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 community colleges in California as a whole.

 Orange Coast CollegeOrange CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate37.1%29.4%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate16.1%15.2%13.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1963)
  • Dietetic Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1971)
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1974)

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

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

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

Precision Production


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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