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New Students

New students can fall into two different categories based on previous enrollment, first-time at OCC and first-time college students. For guidance on how to become a student at OCC, choose which best defines you at this point.

What is a first-time student at OCC?

A first-time student at OCC is someone who previously attended another institution and is now continuing or starting a new journey here at OCC. Please follow the steps below.

What is a first-time college student?

A first-time college student is anyone who has never attended a higher education institution as a college student and will be attending OCC for the first-time. The Future Pirate Registration page will guide you through the steps of becoming a first-time college student.

Important Information:

If you meet any of the following criteria, you DO NOT need to submit an application to Orange Coast College for Fall 2020:

  • Current students at Golden West College, Coastline College, or Orange Coast College (current students can register at all three colleges).
  • Students who submitted an application to Golden West College or Coastline College for Fall 2020, Summer 2020, and/or Spring 2020. 
  • Students who submitted an application to Golden West College or Coastline College for Fall 2019 and registered for classes.

Students with a registration appointment for the Fall 2020 term can register for classes at all three colleges.

Steps to Getting Started

Complete the following steps to become a student at OCC and be eligible for priority registration.


Contact us at or call our Answer Center at (714) 432-5072.

**Orange Coast College utilizes a priority registration system that is in compliance with the California Education California, Title 5 Code of Regulations for Community Colleges and SB 1456. OCC has three levels of priority registration. In order to register in the first level priority registration group, students must meet ALL of the State mandated requirements.