High school students may be eligible for Orange Coast College’s Special Part-Time Program. The Special Part-Time Program is designed for 11th and 12th grade high school students seeking advanced scholastic or vocational coursework not available at the high school. Students interested in attending Orange Coast College under the Special Part-Time Program must submit an Admissions Application online.
Once the application has been processed and an acceptance email received, then the student must submit an Early Start Petition signed by both the high school principal and the parent/guardian. When all the paperwork is completed the student may enroll in the approved classes on or after their registration appointment time if the class is open.
NOTE: All assessment testing, course pre-requisites and necessary qualifications must be met in order to be considered for enrollment as a Special Part-Time Program student. Consult the current class schedule or College Catalog for course pre-requisites and other requirements.
Not all courses offered at Orange Coast College are available for Special Part-Time Program enrollment. Please contact the appropriate Division Offices to verify courses eligible for Special Part-Time Program enrollment.
Academic Requirements for Special Part-Time Program (ESP) Students
Eligible students have the opportunity to enroll in a maximum of six units each semester (3 units max for summer and winter intersession) and earn college credit while still attending high school. Students are expected to meet the same requirements as regular college students and coursework taken appears on the student's college transcript.
Things to consider:
- Students must apply for admission, turn in an Early Start Petition signed by the parent/guardian and the High School principal to the Enrollment Center, located on the 1st floor of Watson Hall at OCC, and meet all prerequisites before they will be permitted to register for classes.
- Enrolling in college courses creates a permanent record (college transcript).
- Students should plan to study a minimum of two hours each week for each hour of class time (unit).
- The University of California recognizes college semester-length courses of 3 semester units as equivalent to 10 credits earned in an eligible one-year high school course. (Exception: The first semester of a college level foreign language course is considered to be equivalent to the first two years of high school foreign language (20 credits).
- Students planning to apply coursework taken at OCC toward college or university admission or progress toward a degree should contact the respective institutions regarding policies involving prior coursework.
Students who are enrolled in the Special Part-Time Program and are designated as California residents (see residency information
) are not required to pay the per unit enrollment fee but are required to pay all other required fees