Academic Programs at Orange Coast College, California

Orange Coast College, California

Orange Coast College (OCC) is a 2-year California community college with its main campus located in Costa Mesa, and the OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship in Newport Beach. OCC is located in Orange County between Los Angeles and San Diego -- minutes from Disneyland Resort and California's most popular beaches.

OCC is a comprehensive community college offering more than 130 associate degree and certificate programs covering land, air and sea. The most popular programs for international students are Architecture, Business Administration, Computer Science, Culinary Arts, Engineering, Fashion, Film, Theatre, and Travel.

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Orange Coast College, California

Top Transfer Community College

Orange Coast College is consistently the #1 community college in Orange County, and #3 overall for the number of transfer students to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) combined.

Transfer programs include:

  • UC TAG (University of California Transfer Admissions Guarantee)
  • CSU ADT (California State University Associate Degree for Transfer)
  • UCLA TAP (Transfer Alliance Program)
  • Georgetown University Transfer Admission Nominee

OOC international students have transferred to nearly 200 universities across the U.S. including Columbia University, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU) and the University of Southern California (USC).

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Orange Coast College, California


  • Named #1 community college in Southern California, and #2 in the U.S. for value based on data supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • #2 largest host community college for international students in Southern California (IIE Open Doors, 2017). Currently OCC enrolls nearly 1,300 international students from 76 countries.
  • Largest community college marine science program in the U.S.
  • The OCC "Pirates" athletic program has won more than 100 national, state, and conference championships in 15 sports.
  • Winner of several state and national competitions for speech and debate, culinary arts, and interior design.
  • Alumni are leaders in art and design, business, politics, athletics, and the entertainment industry.

Orange Coast College, California

OCC is progressive, offering...

  • More than 60 student clubs including student government, cultural clubs, and sports / leisure clubs
  • 14 academic honors societies
  • 80 buildings, including a planetarium (set to open in Fall 2019), 3-D metal printers, art and design studios, aquariums, computing center, and much more
  • The only community college with a competitive men and women's crew

Orange Coast College, California

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Admission Requirements

  • 18 years of age or proof of high school / secondary completion for applicants under 18 years of age
  • Proof of English Proficiency

For a details on how to apply as an international student, visit the International Admissions website.

Application Deadlines

  Applicants Outside
of the U.S.
Transfer Students
in the U.S.
Summer Late April Early June
Fall Mid July Late August
Spring Mid December Mid January

Estimated Annual Expenses

Tuition + Health and Enrollment Fee* US$7,690.
Room and Board US$10,400.
Incidentals, Books and Supplies US$1,600.
Medical Insurance* US$1,362.
Total US$21,052.

*These fees are subject to change without advance notice. Financial aid is not available to international students. These fees are an estimated yearly cost for attendance based on 12 units per semester for Fall and Spring (24 units total). For more information related to the Enrollment Fees, please refer to the Fee Information Page.

IEC@OCC Intensive English Program

OCC offers a short term-intensive English language program called IEC@OCC. Students who enroll may apply for conditional acceptance to OCC and will be fully admitted after completion of level "Advance B". For the most updated information on sessions dates, deadlines, and cost, please visit

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Meet a few OCC International Students

Orange Coast College, California

My professors were always helpful, especially with improving my English ability which helped me get accepted to the university of my dreams. -- Haruno Hiroshima, Japan; transferred to UCLA, Fall 2017

Orange Coast College, California

I chose OCC because of its low tuition cost but in the end, I got a really good value education. -- Cherng Chyn Loh, Malaysia; transferred to UC Berkeley, Fall 2017

Orange Coast College, California

I like the fact that there are a lot of international students at OCC, which makes me feel more comfortable to learn English. -- Shulammite Hung, Malaysia; transferred to Arizona State University, Spring 2018

Orange Coast College, California

I chose Orange Coast College because of the reputation of the film program, and its high transfer rates to the universities I wanted to attend. OCC's convenient location in Orange County allowed me to visit big cities like Los Angeles, and also to visit my relatives in San Diego. I could not have chosen a better place to start the journey towards my dream. -- Enzo Flores, Brazil; transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City

We look forward to welcoming you to Orange Coast College! To learn more:

Contact Orange Coast!

Orange Coast College
International Center
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa,
California 92628-5005

ph: 714-432-5940
fx: 714-432-5191

Western Association
of Schools and Colleges

Carnegie Classification

Amount Required on I-20:
US$ 19,792.

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