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.
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
Areas of Emphasis
Certificates of Achievement Offered
Certificates of Specialization Offered
California Resident Tuition
International Student Tuition
Credit, Resident, Full-Time Equivalent Students
Part Time Faculty
Part-Time (<12 units) Full-Time (12+ units)
20-24 years old
25-39 years old
40 or more years of age
Two or More Races
Total Amount of Financial Aid Awarded to Students