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  1. Professors
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  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Safety
    A-
  5. Student Life
    A+
  6. Location
    A+
Orange Coast is an above-average public college located in Costa Mesa, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,806 undergraduate students. The Orange Coast acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 46% of students, Orange Coast alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,000.
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Athletic Division
CCCAA
Athletic Conference

Orange Coast College Rankings

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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$6,142/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,352/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
51%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
29:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.134 responses
35%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.134 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.133 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    14%
  • On Campus
    83%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,806Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
13,316
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 3 responses
  • Outgoing
    100%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
84%
National
83%

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If you were to tell me a few years ago, that I would be giving my 2-year community college a 5 star rating, I would have called you crazy. But, after spending almost 2 years there, I have yet to have a single bad experience with any faculty or student. All the professors that I had were amazingly passionate about teaching, interesting to listen to, inclusive, and made my learning experience much more enjoyable. It's hard to believe that this place is a no-tuition (with Pirate's Promise Program in place the years I attended) community college. I am eternally grateful to this college for its job in furthering my academic career. 5 stars!
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My 3 years at Orange Coast College have been exceptional. With its diverse class of friendly students, wide array of resources, and caring professors, this is the best community college I have ever attended. As a transfer student who is a communications major, taking courses such as Public Speaking and English 101 pushed me to overcome my fear of talking in front of a live audience and opened up my expressive side as a writer. On top of the outstanding courses this school offers, there are an abundant amount of clubs to get involved in. To get in more touch with my major and the career I want to pursue I joined Sigma Chi Eta, an honors communications society. As a member of this club, I built profound relationships with the professors of the communications department as well as amazing friendships. During my years at Orange Coast College, I was able to develop personal characteristics that I know will help with my readiness to succeed as an upperclassman in University. Go Pirates!
The course structure, professors, and education provided at Orange Coast College is above average for that of a community college. The location, atmosphere, and culture which Orange Coast College possesses is fun, diverse, and unique. My overall experience at Orange Coast College thus far has been better than I expected it to be prior to attending. The quality of instruction you receive in most courses is comparable to a four year university, and the amount of opportunities provided at Orange Coast College is seemingly endless. One area that could use improvement at Orange Coast College is it's management and administration. I believe since Orange Coast College receives such high enrollment (over 20,000), it's core departments (enrollment, registration, financial aid, student services, student equity, etc.) often become overwhelmed during times of heavy student traffic, sometimes making it difficult for students to access the resources they need regarding their attendance at OCC.