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Orange Coast College

United States
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Student population Large (More than 10,000)
International students 10%
Institution type Public

About Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College (OCC) is 2-year Community College fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a regional accrediting organization in the US. It is one of the largest community colleges in the US enrolling 25,000 students each semester from more than 70 countries. OCC offers 130 academic and career programs, leading to Associate of Arts and Science Degrees, Certificates of Achievement, and Transfer pathways to 4-year universities/colleges.

Orange Coast College was recently named “Top Community College in Southern California” based on transfer rates and student retention. Our international students have been offered admission and scholarships to some of the most selective institutions across the US, including the Ivy League.

Campus information

Orange Coast College sits on 164 acres (0.7 km2) with 78 buildings total. Popular facilities include: 

Art Center
This state-of-the-art facility houses the Visual Arts Departments including Art, Digital Media Arts & Design, Film / Video and Photography. The Art Center also houses the Visual and Performing Arts Division Offices and includes a gallery for students called the Student Project Space. 

Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion
OCC’s new galleries are state-of-the-art and rank among the finest in the nation. Our security, lighting and digital sound systems meet National Museum Standards for operation and security. The lights in the Doyle Arts Pavilion can be set in 2,700 different configurations. The Arts Pavilion consists of a Main Art Gallery, and the Young Artists Gallery. 

Robert B. Moore Theatre
OCC’s largest performing space is the Robert B. Moore Theatre. This beautiful, recently renovated theatre was designed by the world famous architect, Richard Neutra. It is a 916 seat theatre capable of full scale Broadway type shows, dance concerts, and symphony orchestras. The Theatre Department performs special productions, such as a yearly Shakespeare performance, sell out children's theatre productions and summer musicals.

OCC’s library comprises over 100,000 books, periodicals, and videos. Among the numerous services offered include computer labs, media viewing stations, photocopiers and scanners, microfilm readers, group study rooms, and instruction and research help. 

Student Center and Cafeteria
The Student Center and Cafeteria produce a high volume of meals and wide-selection of cuisine for the students on campus. OCC’s Culinary Arts program runs “Captain’s Table”, an on-campus 5-course prix fixe restaurant open to the public at an affordable price

Orange Coast College is located in Orange County in the city of Costa Mesa approximately 45 miles/70 km. south of Los Angeles and 80 miles/130 km. north of San Diego. Orange County is one of the sunniest, most ethnically diverse, and safest communities in Southern California. It is home to famous attractions and landmarks such as Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm; Laguna, Newport and Huntington Beach; and highly-ranked four-year Universities. 


Orange Coast College currently does not offer on-campus student housing. Instead, students have access to online housing listings, homestay programs with local families, and a roommate matching program through Camden Apartments, an apartment complex within short-walking distance of the campus. 

Courses available 10

Applied and Pure Sciences 1 Business and Management 3 Computer Science and IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 4 Education and Teaching 1 Hotel Management & Hospitality 1 Mass Communication & Media 2


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