University description (as per official university website)
Orange Coast College, located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern Californiaís beautiful beaches, was founded in 1948 with an opening day enrollment of 500 students. In the years since, it has grown into one of the nationís largest -- and finest -- community colleges, enrolling more than 25,000 students each semester. Featuring exceptional facilities and the latest in computer and high-tech equipment, OCC offers more than 130 academic and career programs, including one of the nationís largest and most acclaimed public nautical programs. Nearly half the students on campus are enrolled in one of OCC's career and technical programs.
Furthermore, Orange Coast College ranks first out of Orange County's nine community colleges in the number of students it transfers to the University of California and California State University systems. Over the past decade, nearly 16,000 OCC students have transferred to UC and CSU campuses. Additionally, many Orange Coast students go on to transfer to private colleges and universities within California and across the nation.
Orange Coast College offers fall, spring, and summer classes. The fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks in length. Fall classes begin in August,with late-starting classes commencing in September and October. Spring classes begin in January, with late starting classes commencing in February and March. OCC's summer session offers six and eight-week classes which begin in June.
The college is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The primary mission of all educational institutions is learning. Orange Coast College recognizes that there are many activities and programs, outside of the classroom which enhance the learning process. Consequently, numerous student services have been established to help students move toward the attainment of their goals.
Students at Orange Coast College come from a diversity of backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles. The personal circumstances of many often include financial, physical and/or learning constraints that make attending college difficult. The variety and comprehensive nature of student services at Orange Coast College is intended to support a multitude of concerns for a large student population. All students are encouraged to explore the services available.
Memorable college experiences often include more than classroom instruction. To this end student activities and co-curricular programs are an integral part of Orange Coast College. These activities expand learning and living skills. The Student Services Staff and the Associated Students coordinate these programs. Examples of activities offered throughout the year are lecture series, Awareness Days, clubs, Coast Days, athletics, forensics, leadership opportunities and many more.