Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, CA

Brief Description

In the suburban setting of Costa Mesa, Orange Coast College is located just minutes from the gorgeous beaches of Orange County and 20 minutes from Disneyland. Although the college was first established in 1948 with an opening day enrollment of only 500 students, OCC has since grown into one of the state's largest community colleges with more than 29,000 students enrolling each semester. More than 97 percent of incoming students are residents of California. Currently, the college ranks as the 1st community college in Orange County for the number of students transferring to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems after graduation. Over just the past decade, more than 16,000 graduates from OCC have furthered their education at four-year California institutions.

Through some of the finest facilities outfitted with high-tech computer equipment, Orange Coast College offers over 130 academic and vocational programs accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In particular, OCC is noted for being home to one of the largest and most acclaimed public nautical programs in the United States at the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship. Offering training in all aspects of sailing, the School enrolls 5,000 students of diverse ages and backgrounds to its classes, seminars, and voyages.

Although there is no on-campus housing available on campus, Orange Coast College still has many active student clubs, competitive sports teams, and a highly involved Student Government representing the student body. Also known as Pirate Pulse, OCC has distributed nearly 5,000 copies of the Coast Report newspaper throughout campus each Wednesday since 1948. Orange Coast College Pirate Athletics offers intercollegiate teams through the Orange Empire Conference for baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.

The OCC mission is to provide affordable quality higher education in licensed trades and skilled professions, as well as transferable lower-division courses for students who plan to achieve a bachelor's degree or beyond in the California public university system. Out of more than 5,000 community colleges in the United States, Orange Coast College ranks as the 65th in awarding the most associate's degrees. Notable past Pirates include comedian Blake Anderson, NFL player Eddie Johnson, reality show personality Audrina Patridge, model Kenda Perez, fashion designer Paul Frank, and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Timmons.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 23315

Total institution enrollment: 23315

School type: 2-year public

School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.

Campus Location

Main Address

Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


(714) 432-5072


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 47%

Female undergraduate population: 53%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's, Two but less than 4 years

Accounting And Finance
Advertising And Marketing
Aeronautical And Aerospace Engineering Technician
Aircraft Mechanic / Technician Airframe
Aircraft Mechanic / Technician Powerplant
Aircraft Pilot And Navigator Professional
Architectural Engineering Technology / Technician
Aviation Systems / Avionics Maintenance Technician
Business Administration And Management
Cardiovascular Technology / Technician
Child Care And Guidance Workers And Management
Civil Engineering / Civil Technology Technician
Commercial Photography
Computer And Information Sciences Other
Computer Programming
Computer Typography And Composition Equipment
Construction / Building Technology / Technician
Dental Assistant
Dietician Assistant
Drafting General
Electrical / Electronics Equipment Installer
Electrocardiograph Technology / Technician
Fashion And Fabric Consultant
Flight Attendant
General Buying Operations
General Retailing / Wholesaling Operations
General Selling Skills And Sales Operations
Graphic Design Commercial Art And Illustration
Health And Physical Education General
Health Unit Coordinator / Ward Clerk
Heating / Air Conditioning Refrigeration
Home Furnishings / Equipment Installers
Institutional Food Services Administration
Institutional Food Workers And Administration
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Machine Shop Assistant
Medical Assistant
Medical Radiologic Technology / Technician
Music Other
Nuclear Medical Technology / Technician
Ornamental Horticulture Operations And Management
Radio And Television Broadcasting Technology
Respiratory Therapy Technician
Visual And Performing Arts Other
Welder / Welding Technologist