Orange Coast College

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, Marine Sciences

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 60+, IELTS: Band 5.5+, iTEP: 3.6, PTE Academic: 45+, ELS: Level 109, Step EIKEN: 2, Duolingo: 90+

  • Social Media

Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College (OCC) is one of the largest and most comprehensive community colleges in California. Located in Costa Mesa in Orange County minutes from Disneyland Resort and California's most popular beaches, OCC enrolls more than 24,000 students, comprised on 80 builidings and offers more than 130 majors. 

OCC's strength lies in its students who have moved on to transfer to top universities and successful careers in many professional fields. Hear from our international students to why they chose to attend Orange Coast College!



Orange Coast College will be the first and only community college in Southern California with on campus housing! The residences halls are apartment style living with a total of 800 bed spaces. 


Top 2-Year College for Transfer

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

OCC international students have transferred to nearly 200 universities in the last 2 years. Hear from our former students about their experience transferring to UCLA. 


YouTube Video: Thao Anna Nguyen, Vietnam transferred to the University of California, Berkeley

Championship Winning Community College

  • Current state champions in baseball and tennis. 
  • The only community college that competes in crew and wins 80% of races against top 4-year universities.
  • National titles in cheer and dance.
  • The first community college to qualify to the National Championships in eSports.
  • First community college to win 4-straight national titles in Speech and Debate.
  • First community college to win state titles in computer science competitions.
  • Many of OCC's student athletes are recruited by universities to compete at the highest level of collegiate atheltics, NCAA Division I.

YouTube Video: Gabriele Simonti, Italy transferred to George Washington University on a full NCAA Division Athletic Scholarship. 

OCC is Cutting-Edge, Innovative and Progressive 

  • More than 60 student clubs including student government, cultural clubs, and sports/leisure clubs.
  • 14 academic honors societies.
  • 80 buildings including a planetarium, 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.
  • OCC offers the largest 2-year marine science program in the U.S. including a certificate in aquarium studies. 

YouTube Video: Mya Soe, Myanmar is a marine biology major and student researcher at OCC. 

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, deadlines and cost of attendance visit the International Admissions website.

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 Student Spotlight


Hime Ikehara, Japan, Orange Coast College Global Engagement Center


Nand Javia, India. Transferred to Texas Christian University on a full tuition scholarship worth $200,000. 


Natan Nogueira, Brazil. Transferred to Florida International University with scholarship. 


Aoi Aihara, Japan. Transferred to the University of California, Irvine to pursue a Bachelor's of Arts in Dance. 


Mai Saito, Japan. As a student at OCC, Mai performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and transferred to California State University, Fullerton. 



Orange Coast College

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