Golden West College

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $10,000 — $15,000 Year

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Liberal Arts, Business Administration, STEM

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment

  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 5.5+, TOEFL: 61+, PTE Academic: 45+, Step EIKEN: Pre-1, iTEP: 3.5, Duolingo: 90+

  • Social Media

Golden West College – You Are Welcome Here!

  • "GWC has taught me to dream big and follow my dream, even it sounds impossible, I dream it anyway because if plan A doesn't work, there are still 25 letters in the alphabet." ~ Oliver Tran, Vietnam
  • "My experience at GWC was wonderful. I experienced a diverse student body, impressive faculty, and the academic environment was always friendly and helpful." ~Jefery Kusnadi, Indonesia
Located in the coastal community of Huntington Beach in Southern California, Golden West College (GWC) is a medium-size, two-year public college serving over 10,000 students. GWC offers excellent academic and career focused programs in STEM, Business, Arts and many more.

Opportunities at GWC

  • Associate in Arts Degrees (AA)
  • Associate in Science Degrees (AS)
  • An Outstanding University Transfer Program – UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) and Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) for CSU campuses
  • Short-Term Certificates are available in over 35 career programs including: Accounting, Automotive Technology, Business Administration, Cosmetology, Computer Science, Design, Digital Media, and many more.

Pathway to Success

Save money on the first two years of your Bachelor's degree. Prepare to transfer to the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), or other prestigious four-year universities. GWC’s transfer rate to California State University is higher than the state and county average.


  • UC Irvine (UCI)
  • UC Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • UC Berkeley


  • CSU Long Beach (CSULB)
  • CSU Fullerton (CSUF)
  • CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)

GWC Student Spotlight

Jasmin Davari, Germany

Ngoc La, Vietnam


Meet Our Faculty

Michelle Palma
Professor, Geography

Mike Russell
Professor, Automotive Technology


Student Life at GWC

  • Championship Athletics - Over 89 State Championships won!
  • A Safe, Friendly and Multicultural Community — Huntington Beach is consistently ranked among the safest cities in the U.S.
  • Easy Access to Amazing Recreation Activities — 5 miles from Huntington Beach shoreline and 11 miles from Disneyland!

Apply to GWC!

Admission Requirements

  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of Sufficient Funds
  • High school graduation OR be at least 18 years old
Golden West College

International Student Program
15744 Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach CA 92647-2748
P: 714.895.8146
For more information: Golden West College