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MORE THAN 10 PERCENT OF OCC'S FALL STUDENTS ALSO ATTEND ANOTHER COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY
Tuesday, December 10, 2002

More than 10 percent of Orange Coast College's 29,000 fall semester students are concurrently enrolled at another college or university.

A total of 3,090 students are enrolled at OCC and another institution this fall, according to figures released Tuesday (Dec. 10) by the college's Admissions and Records Office.

The largest number of students -- 812 -- are concurrently enrolled at OCC and at its sister campus, Golden West College, in Huntington Beach. A total of 670 Orange Coast students are concurrently enrolled at the college's other sister institution, Coastline Community College, in Fountain Valley.

Three hundred and seven OCC students are enrolled at Santa Ana College.

"That's a relatively large number of students, and I was a bit surprised to find out that we had so many students at Santa Ana," said OCC administrative dean of Admissions and Records, Nancy L. Kidder.

"It's obvious why we share so many students with our sister campuses, Golden West and Coastline. We're all in the Coast Community College District, and we make it convenient for our students to take classes at one or more of our campuses."

A total of 243 students attend both OCC and Irvine Valley College.

Perhaps geographical proximity plays a role in why colleges share students. OCC and Santa Ana are seven miles apart on Fairview Road. Driving time is just 15 minutes. OCC and Golden West are slightly over nine miles apart, and Orange Coast and Irvine Valley are 12 miles apart.

Many students are simultaneously attending Orange Coast College and four-year
universities. A total of 155 students are concurrently enrolled at OCC and UC Irvine; 148 at Orange Coast and California State University, Long Beach; and 147 at OCC and California State University, Fullerton. Thirty-seven are attending OCC and Chapman University; 10 are attending OCC and UC Santa Barbara; and nine are attending Orange Coast and UCLA.

A total of 107 students are attending OCC and Saddleback College. Sixty-eight are concurrently enrolled at OCC and Fullerton College, and 59 are attending OCC and Cypress College.

One student is attending OCC and the University of Massachusetts. OCC also has one student each at the University of Utah, Portland State University and the University of Wyoming.

Orange Coast College is annually one of the nation's leaders in transferring students to four-year colleges and universities. Last year, OCC ranked number two out of the state's 108 community colleges in the total number of students it transferred to the University of California and California State University systems, combined. It was number one in transfers to the CSU system alone.

OCC is the number one transfer institution to UC Irvine and California State University, Long Beach. The college ranks second in transfers to California State University, Fullerton, and third in transfers to UCLA.