Academic Catalogs

Admissions Eligibility

Admission to OCC is granted to those applicants who meet one of the following requirements:

  • High school graduation
  • Certificate of Proficiency or a G.E.D. from the State of California
  • 18 years of age and who, in the judgment of College officials, are capable of profiting from instruction at the College
  • Enrollment in the 9th through 12th grade, and recommendation for advanced academic or vocational college-level study

Students enrolled as 9th through 12th-grade students may enroll for courses at Orange Coast College as special part-time students under provisions of the Education Code, sections 76001 or 76001.5, and in accordance with the District’s policy (BP 5010AP 5010) and the following guidelines:

  • Students must be enrolled as 9th through 12th-grade students at their schools
  • The course is an advanced academic or vocational experience for the student and not available at their regular school
  • Students must have the "Dual Enrollment Form" completed, signed by the parent and high school principal or designee, recommending a specific course(s) and submit the completed "Dual Enrollment Form" to the Enrollment Center for processing. Students must meet any and all prerequisite and co-requisite course requirements prior to enrollment.  Please visit the OCC website for more information. 

Students enrolled in an Adult Education Program administered by a school district or noncredit program administered by a Community College district that are pursuing a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate, and receive the recommendation of the administrator of the student's Adult Education Program or administrator of the noncredit program of attendance, are eligible to attend Orange Coast College as special part-time students under these provisions approved by SB-554. 

Special part-time students may enroll in a maximum of 11.5 units per term (6 units max in Summer session) 

International students who are, or intend to be, under F-1 visa status should visit the Global Engagement Center website for entrance requirements at Global Engagement Center International Admissions. Students with B1 or B2 visa status are not eligible to enroll in a course of study, but may enroll into non-credit courses.


An application for admission is required for all students. Application forms may be accessed through the OCC website at International students should contact the Global Engagement Center regarding admission to the College at (714) 432-5940, or by email at, or at Global Engagement Center International Admissions.

Acceptance of Transfer Credit/Transcripts from Other Colleges

Students who have completed coursework, especially English and/or mathematics, at another regionally accredited college or university should submit their transcripts for evaluation to the Enrollment Services Office, located on the first floor of Watson Hall. Official College transcripts from accredited institutions are required in order for the student to receive credit toward the associate degree, certificates of achievement, transfer certification, all awards/credit, and advisement. For the purposes of this catalog, “accredited institutions” means those institutions accredited by one of the six U.S. regional accrediting associations. The six regional associations are:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Commissions on Institutions of Higher Education
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools, Commission on Higher Schools
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities and Accrediting Commission for Junior Colleges

OCC reserves the right to evaluate work completed at other colleges in accordance with campus policies.

Official student transcripts of record from other institutions become the property of OCC. Students with transcripts from countries outside the United States must first submit their transcripts to an evaluation service. Please contact the Counseling Office, located on the third floor of Watson Hall, for information regarding these services.