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Why Choose OCC

International Student Friendly

With nearly 1,300 international students from more than 75 countries, Orange Coast College is the #1 community college in Orange County and #2 overall in Southern California for the enrollment of international students (IIE Open Doors, 2017). The OCC Global Engagement Center is committed to your success and here to serve you throughout your entire enrollment at our college.


Academic Programs and Facilities

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. 


Affordable Tuition

By completing the lower division courses at Orange Coast College, many students have the opportunity to save more than 50% in tuition and fees prior to transferring to any 4-year university.


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


International Student Friendly

OCC offers a wide range of programs and services supporting international students, including our department, the Global Engagement Center.

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. Our international students have also been offered admissions and scholarships to some of the top universities in the world - including Columbia University, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), John Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU), Purdue University, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), University of Toronto, and the University of Southern California (USC).


Strong Rankings

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.


Popular 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, South Coast Plaza, and popular beaches such as Huntington, Newport, and Laguna.



"I love OCC because the faculty are friendly and have high cross-cultural understanding… OCC provides numerous resources to ensure my academic success… Also, I can go to the beach easily…"

Taipei, Taiwan
Transferred to UCLA – Fall 2016
 Communication Studies

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