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Step 1--Application

​​​New students (students are considered new students if they've never taken classes at Orange Coast College as a college student) must apply for admission to Orange Coast College.

Apply Early!

You will not be able to begin completing your Enrollment Steps until you have applied, AND received the email from admissions containing your student ID number and instructions. This can take 3-7 business days from the time that you submit your application online.   

Need Help Applying?

Visit the Help Desk in Watson Hall, or contact our Answer Center at (714) 432-5772.​​

​Financial Aid​​ (Highly Recommended)

If you need financial aid, you should check out these resources after you apply.
  • FAFSA:​ ​Star​ting January 2, you may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at
  • DREAM ACT: AB 540 students, complete the Dream Act Application at