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Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP)

​The Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP) was originally designed for members of historically underrepresented groups (African-American, Native-American, and Latino/Hispanic). TOP's goal is to recruit, retain, and transfer qualifying students to a four-year institution. We are committed to providing TOP students with a support system that will enhance their experience at Orange Coast College.  


In order to be a TOP student, applicants must be 2019 graduating high school seniors and have an interest in transferring to a four-year institution.


The requirements, resources and support services offered are aimed specifically to meet the needs of first-generation college students.


The Transfer Opportunity Program recruits 2019 graduating high school seniors prior to their fall 2019 semester enrollment at OCC.


Steps to apply to be in TOP:

Step 1 Apply to OCC

Step 2 Complete OCC's online orientation

Step 3 Receive placement for math & English


Students interested in TOP will need to schedule a TOP Orientation.

Completion of Steps 1-3 is required to sign-up for a TOP orientation.


TOP Deadline to complete all steps:

Thursday, March 28, 2019

TOP Orientations will be held April 1-5, 2019


  • Attend a TOP orientation and complete a Student Educational Plan with a TOP Counselor
  • Enroll and sucessfully complete a TOP designated Counseling A105 (grade C or better) during first fall semester

  • Enroll and successfully complete a TOP designated Counseling A199 (grade P) during first spring semester


1.  TOP Orientation – students will receive assistance with course selection and registration, counseling, and create a Student Educational Plan. This orientation will cover topics vital to student success.  

2.  Continued Academic Support – is provided throughout a student's time at Orange Coast to aid with their academic and career development. Each student's performance is monitored to assure success by the following:

    • Counseling 105 - This course provides students with an overview of the transfer process and the basic study skills needed to achieve academic success and to transfer. This course is a requirement for all entering TOP students and is UC and CSU transferrable.
    • Spring Counseling Class – This course is designed to help TOP students develop the skills necessary to navigate the transfer process. Topics include academic planning from a transfer perspective, overview of potentially complex transfer issues, and transfer admissions representative speakers. Currently known as Counseling A199.
    • Counseling and Peer Mentoring - Appointments with trained counselors are available for TOP students needing personal and career counseling. Counselors and peer mentors are available on a walk-in basis.

3. University Campus Tours -TOP students are regularly given the opportunity to visit and tour four-year college and university campuses. Transportation to and from these events is provided.


4. TOP Information Network - TOP provides students with transfer information through various online, email, and telephone media. TOP also provides information on other academic, social, and cultural events.



TOP Center - TOP students can utilize our comfortable work space for:

  • quiet and group study
  • computer stations
  • a place to connect with other TOP students
  • multicultural library


Interested in TOP?

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