Orange Coast College
Global Engagement Center

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $5,000—$10,000 Year

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Film Studies, Hospitality and Tourism, Architecture

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment

  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 60+, IELTS: Band 5.5+, iTEP: 3.6

  • Social Media

Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College (OCC) is a 2-year California community college with it's 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.

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).


  • 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 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.

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.

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 details on how to apply as an international student visit the International Admissions website

Application Deadlines

Summer 2018: Friday, April 27 (applicants abroad), Friday, June 1 (transfer students in the U.S.)

Fall 2018: Friday, July 13  (applicants abroad), Friday, August 27 (transfer students in the U.S.)

Spring 2019: Friday, December 14 (applicants abroad), Friday, January 18 (transfer students in the U.S.)

Estimated Annual Expenses

Tuition + Health and Enrollment Fee $7,608
Room and Board $10,400
Incidentals, Books & Supplies $1,600
Medical Insurance $1,320
Total $21,052

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 visit

OCC International Students

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Haruno Hiroshima, Japan, Transferred to UCLA, Fall 2017

“My professors were always helpful especially with improving my English ability which helped me get accepted to the University of my dreams”

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Cherng Chyn Loh, Malaysia, Transferred to UC Berkeley, Fall 2017

“I chose OCC because of its low tuition cost but in the end, I got a really good value education”.

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Shulammite Hung, Malaysia, Transferred to Arizona State University, Spring 2018

“I like the fact that there are a lot of international students at OCC which makes me feel more comfortable to learn English.”

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Enzo Flores, Brazil, transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

"I chose Orange Coast College because of the reputation of the film program and its high transfer rates to the universities I desire and the convenient location in Orange County, allowing 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."

Orange Coast

Orange Coast College
Global Engagement Center

2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa CA 92626
P: (714) 432-5940

2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa CA 92626
P: +17144325940
For more information: Orange Coast College
Global Engagement Center