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Why Choose OCC


1) International Student Friendly

The OCC Global Engagement Center supports nearly 1,300 students from more than 70 countries.

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2) Comprehensive Programs 

OCC offers 130 programs leading to associate's degrees, certificates, and transferring to 4-year universities. Our most popular majors include Architecture, Business, Culinary Arts, Economics, Engineering, Fashion, Film and Video, and Marine Sciences. 

Student Profile: Aoi Aihara, Japan, Major: Dance

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3) Transfer Success 

OCC is consistently #1 in Orange County and #3 overall for the number of transfer students to University of California (UC) -including UCLA, UC Berkeley, and the California State University (CSU) campuses combined. Our international students have transferred to nearly 200 universities in the last 2 years.

Student Profile: Haruno Hiroshima, Japan, Transferred to UCLA

"My professors were always helpful especially with improving my English ability which helped me get accepted to my dream university."

View our transfer agreements.

4) Location in Southern California

Our campus is located the city of Costa Mesa near the coastline of Orange County (OC) named one of the safest and most desirable communities in Southern California. OCC is minutes from Disneyland Resort, Huntington Beach also known as Surf City, USA and one of the largest shopping malls in California, South Coast Plaza.

Student Profile: Natan Nogueira, Brazil, Major: Business Administration

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5) Nationally Recognized

OCC was named #1 for community college in Southern California and #2 in the U.S. by and #2 community college in California by based on strong transfer rates and high student retention.


6) Affordable Tuition

By starting your undergraduate degree Orange Coast College, you can save more than 50% in tuition and fees prior to transferring to any 4-year university. View detailed tuition information*.


7) Intensive English Language Program 

OCC offers short term English language courses. For more information about the program, cost of attendance and how to apply visit

*Information regarding admissions, including the cost of attendance can change without prior notice.