About Golden West

Welcome to Golden West College
Located in the coastal community of Huntington Beach, also known as “Surf City,” Golden West College is regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses in Southern California. GWC is a two-year, medium sized, college serving just over 10,000 students on a 122-acre campus.

GWC offers an Associate in Arts (AA) degree, a strong university transfer program, career/technical education, general education, community services, and student support services. It provides a safe and secure location, a multicultural environment, and an active student body.

The college is highly regarded for academic quality and innovation. In its earliest years, the college was recognized for its pioneering leadership in designing learning-centered programs and services for its student body and continues in that tradition to this day.

Golden West is an open-access institution. As such, all students are admissible if they have a high school diploma, or equivalent, or are at least 18 years of age.

We are a commuter campus and do not have dormitories. It will be your responsibility to find housing. To assist you, the GWC Student Activities Office provides a housing-referral board, which lists available housing.

Golden West College is part of the Coast Community College District, a multi-college district that includes Orange Coast College and Coastline Community College.

Non-Discrimination Statement
The Coast Community College District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.
GWC Alma Mater Song
My heart grows fond of green and gold
Good times we spend and joys we hold
Our teams are strong
Our spirits high with rustler’s pride
We conquer or die
Golden West we hold you dear
Our lives, our future shall stand without fear
Strive with courage with truth and light
Glory and knowledge shine forth with your might
We look forward to helping you discover “Oceans of Opportunity” here at Golden West College.
We look forward to helping you discover “Oceans of Opportunity” here at Golden West College.
Institution Characteristics
Founded
Description
Located
Degrees Offered
Majors Available
Areas of Emphasis
Certificates of Achievement Offered
Certificates of Specialization Offered
California Resident Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
International Student Tuition
Credit, Resident, Full-Time Equivalent Students
Founded
1996
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Description
Public, 2-year, commuter, semester term, (no on-campus housing)
Located
Huntington Beach, CA
Degrees Offered
Associates of Arts (AA)
Majors Available
40
Areas of Emphasis
8
Certificates of Achievement Offered
26
Certificates of Specialization Offered
11
California Resident Tuition
$46 per unit
Out-of-State Tuition
$200 per unit
International Student Tuition
$231 per unit
Credit, Resident, Full-Time Equivalent Students
$231 per unit
2013 Fall Golden West Staffing
Full Time Faculty
Part Time Faculty
Managers
Classified Staff
Full Time Faculty
126
Part Time Faculty
386
Managers
33
Classified Staff
172
2013-2014 Student Characteristics
Total Enrollment Annual Unduplicated Headcount
Part-Time (<12 units) Full-Time (12+ units)
Total Enrollment Annual Unduplicated Headcount
17,161
Part-Time (<12 units)
42%
Full-Time (12+ units)
58%
Gender
Female
Male
Unreported
Female
52%
Male
47%
Unreported
1%
Age
Under 20 years old
20-24 years old
25-39 years old
40 or more years of age
Under 20 years old
28%
20-24 years old
41%
25-39 years old
24%
40 or more years of age
7%
Ethnicity
African American
Asian
Hispanic
White Non-Hispanic
Two or More Races
Other
African American
2%
Asian
27%
Hispanic
30%
White Non-Hispanic
32%
Two or More Races
5%
Other
5%
Program Awards
Degrees Awarded
Certificates Awarded
Degrees Awarded
881
Certificates Awarded
851
Transfers
to CSU
to UC
to CSU
732
to UC
128
Financial Aid
Number of Students Receiving Financial Aid
Total Amount of Financial Aid Awarded to Students
Number of Students Receiving Financial Aid
9,847
Total Amount of Financial Aid Awarded to Students
$7,139,652