Academic Catalogs

Student Life

Academic Honors

The Honors List distinctions are automatically added to a student's transcript when that student fulfills certain GPA criteria (see below). There are no applications to fill out, and no fees to pay for these honors. These semester distinctions are not, however, sufficient to entitle students to the privilege of wearing honors regalia at graduation (see Eligibility for Graduation with Honors).

  • Dean's List Notation: The student completes 12 or more units of GWC coursework with letter grades and earns a semester GPA of 3.50-3.99.
  • Honors List Notation: The student completes 6 - 11.9 units of GWC coursework with letter grades and earns a semester GPA of 3.75-4.0.
  • President's List Notation: The student completes 12 or more units of GWC coursework with letter grades and earns a semester GPA of 4.0.

Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Alpha Gamma Sigma, established in 1922, is California’s Community College Honor Society. The state organization schedules two conferences each year, awards thousands of dollars annually to outstanding AGS honor society members and provides a forum for academic excellence, student success, and community involvement on the California community college campuses.

Eligibility for membership in the Sigma Pi Chapter at Golden West College is based on completing 12 or more graded college units at GWC, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Membership is renewable each semester. Chapter dues and grade verification are required. Permanent membership is awarded to students completing 60 units, with two semesters of membership, and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better. Permanent members receive recognition on their GWC transcript and diploma and at the state level. All graduating AGS members in good standing may wear a gold AGS stole at the GWC graduation ceremony. The Sigma Pi Chapter at Golden West College recognizes academic achievement and promotes scholarship eligibility and transferability to four-year institutions.

Active AGS members practice leadership and organizational skills, initiate service programs for the campus and community, and develop networking, and interpersonal communication skills. Members meet weekly on campus during the fall and spring semesters. There are no scheduled meetings during intersession or summer.

Students must apply for membership during the first ten weeks of the fall or spring semester. AGS membership application forms, dues and grade verifications should be submitted to the GWC Fiscal Services Office.

Associated Students of Golden West College (ASGWC)

(See Campus Life)

Athletic Programs

The athletic program of Golden West College is coordinated by the Athletic Director. Included in the Physical Education complex are the Gymnasium, Cardiovascular/Strength Training Fitness Center, and the Yoga/Pilates Center.

Out­door facilities feature a rubberized all-weather track, football field, baseball stadium, softball stadium, tennis, sand volleyball courts, and soccer fields. The total complex is complemented by an Olympic-sized, 50-meter pool and a rehabilitation pool.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Golden West College is a member of the Orange Empire Conference of the California Community College Athletic Association. Member colleges of the conference are Cypress, Fullerton, Irvine Valley, Orange Coast, Santa Ana, Santiago Canyon, Riverside, Saddleback, and Golden West. The College sponsors a full program of intercollegiate athletic competition.

In football the college is a member of the Southern California Football Association comprised of Southern California Community Colleges.

Men’s sports include football, soccer, basketball, and water polo in the fall; and baseball, basketball, swimming, and volleyball in the spring.

Women’s sports include basketball, water polo, soccer, and volleyball in the fall; and basketball, women’s beach volleyball, swimming, and softball in the spring.

Coed Sports include cross country in the fall and track and field in the spring.

Athletic Eligibility

To be eligible for intercollegiate participation at Golden West College, student athletes must be enrolled in 12 units of course work. To remain eligible in subsequent semesters, they must satisfactorily complete 24 units between seasons of competition of which 18 need to be academic, vocational or remedial, and maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average since the start of the semester/quarter of the first participation. Questions on athletic eligibility should be referred to the Athletic Director.

For additional information on athletic eligibility and athletic teams contact or call (714) 895-8333.

Physical Education and Fitness Programs

To meet the fitness needs and increase awareness of how to live a longer and healthier life, a number of the college’s physical activity facilities are available for use by the surrounding communities.

A variety of cardiovascular conditioning and strength training classes are offered for enrollment. Also there are outdoor sand volleyball, and tennis courts and the running track which are open to the community year-round during the week from dawn till dusk as long as their use does not interfere with regularly scheduled classes and/or competitions.

For additional information on physical education and programs, contact or call (714) 895-8333

Campus Life

First Floor, Student Services Center


Campus Life strives to maximize personal growth and development in students by providing a variety of opportunities for involvement, service, and leadership in co-curricular, campus, and community activities. In response to the varying needs of the student population, Campus Life recognizes diversity as a core value of our campus community. With an emphasis on academic excellence and student retention, Campus Life supports the academic mission of the college by working to create experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom and encouraging students to actively participate in the greater educational community as part of the college’s fully integrated planning process.

Specific service areas include:

Associated Students of Golden West College (ASGWC)

Members of Student Government share active and vital roles in the governance process at Golden West College. Executive Student Council members are elected by the general student body or appointed when vacancies occur. Student Delegates have the opportunity to join ASGWC at any time throughout the year. ASGWC is comprised of five standing committees: Activities, Finance, Publicity, Student Interest, and Sustainability that assist in the organization and operation of campus programs and events.

Campus Life

Provides a variety of on-campus and off-campus programs, activities, and events for Golden West College students. The office also assists students, faculty, and staff with planning co-curricular campus activities.

College Service Charge & Student Representation Fee

The College Services Charge is $17 per semester (fall/spring) and $10 for the summer session. The College Service Charge provides funding for ASGWC to provide students with a variety of programs and services. Students also receive discounts at local businesses and free entry to athletics and campus life events. The Student Representation Fee is $2 per semester (fall/spring) with one dollar going to the Student Senate for California Community Colleges and one dollar staying at Golden West College to fund student advocacy and representation.

GWC Student Discount Program

Discounts are available to students, faculty, and staff from local shops and restaurants. An extensive list of student discounts can be found on the GWC App or online at


Free printer services are available to departments, programs, and student clubs and organizations. The LED Marquee (located above the Recreational Education building) and the GWC App are available to advertise on-campus events.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a Club is a great way to enrich students' academic experience and meet people with similar interests. GWC has clubs of all types that focus on a variety of topics and interests. To join a Club, attend a meeting, contact the club advisor, join through a current member, or attend Club Expo during the fall or spring semester. Club meeting times can be found on the GWC App. Want to start a new club or organization? The process is easy! Just recruit five (5) other interested students, obtain an advisor, and file a New Club Application.

Student Participation on College Committees

Students are encouraged to serve as student representatives in the participatory governance process at Golden West College.

Student Union

Offers a variety of amenities to students, including the GWC Cafeteria, a lounge area with a large HDTV, wireless internet access, and a free computer café.

Student Union Stage

Available for student forums, community presentations, and small productions.

Community Education And Activities

One aspect of the community college mission is to promote involvement of the community. Golden West College Com­munity Education and Activities strives to identify and meet the needs of the community.

Programs offered through Community Education and Activities are self-supporting and fee-based. Programs include online personal development workshops, online career training programs, retirement seminars, summer reading skills for ages 4-Adult, and summer camps for kids.

Community Education and Activities Programs Refund and Transfer Charges

Refunds must be requested at least three working days prior to the program start date or the printed refund deadline date for selected programs. There will be a $10.00 processing fee per person for each program.

Participants who have registered for a program and request a transfer to another program must pay a $10.00 processing fee per person for each program. Trans­fers are accepted no later than three (3) working days prior to the program start date or the printed refund deadline date for selected programs.

Swap Meet

Community Education and Activities takes pride in its many accomplishments. Among them is the success of the Golden West College Swap Meet which began in the spring of 1979 with a turnout of 100 vendors. The Swap Meet is open Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year and Easter Sunday. Featuring over 650 vendor spaces per day, the Swap Meet provides a great environment for family outings. Admission and parking are free to the public.

Cultural Programs

Art Gallery

The Art Gallery at Golden West College exhibits regional, national, and international art. Gallery exhibits include our annual juried student exhibit and several traditional and contemporary art exhibits throughout the year.


(714) 895-8772

The annual dance concert features GWC students and invited guests. There are additional performances and master classes offered in the GWC studio dance theater and in the community.


(714) 895-8772

On-campus and off-campus concerts are performed each year by the Chamber Choir, Early Music Ensemble, and Symphonic Band.

Theater Productions

The Golden West College Theater Arts Department provides a diversified theater season consisting of Mainstage Theater and Stage West Theater productions. Drama, comedy, and musical productions are offered, with themes from the classical to the contemporary.

For more information about Golden West College’s outstanding Fine and Performing Arts programs, call (714) 895-8772 (Arts and Letters Division Office) or go online to (Performing Arts).