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
- Attainment of 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 under provisions of the Education Code, sections 76001 or 76001.5, and in accordance with the District’s policy 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 or courses 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. Visit the OCC website for more information.
International students who are, or intend to be, under F-1 visa status should visit the Global Engagement Center website for entrance requirements at www.orangecoastcollege.edu/student_services/gec/intl-students.
An application for admission is required for all students. Application forms may be accessed through the OCC website at www.orangecoastcollege.edu. International students should contact the Global Engagement Center regarding admission to the College at (714) 432-5940, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at www.orangecoastcollege.edu/student_services/gec.
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.