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, 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

  • 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. 


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.

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. 


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 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