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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.
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.134 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.134 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.133 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities2,259 Graduates
Natural Sciences128 Graduates
Accounting Technician and Bookkeeping112 Graduates
Merchandising and Buying Operations107 Graduates
Aircraft Maintenance96 Graduates
Culinary Arts and Food Service96 Graduates
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Orange Coast College Reviews
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!
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.