Golden West College

Tel: (714)892-7711
12,493 students
Public institution
The mission of Golden West College is to support students' goals and interests in higher education, develop their employment skills, prepare them to be productive citizens, and respond to community needs by providing a range and variety of educational programs; two year degrees; transfer preparation; career and technical training, and remedial activities. We encourage all members of our learning communities to grow to their maximum potential as they contribute to the well-being of our diverse society.
School Highlights
Golden West College serves 12,493 students (37% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 69% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 71%.
Golden West College is one of 17 community colleges within Orange County, CA.
The nearest community college is Coastline Community College (4.60 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 226 teachers has declined by 28% over five years.
College Golden West College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 226 staff
61 staff
Golden West College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 12,493 has declined by 10% over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.74 is more than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 60% over five years.
Total Enrollment 12,493 students 1,315 students
Golden West College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 4,610 students
815 students
Golden West College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 7,883 students
1,061 students
Golden West College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Golden West College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Golden West College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Golden West College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Golden West College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Golden West College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Golden West College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Golden West College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Golden West College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Golden West College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.74 0.70
Golden West College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,176 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 71% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,208 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,176 $5,590
Golden West College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,208 $10,086
Golden West College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 62%
Golden West College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Golden West College is part of the California Community College system and was founded in 1965. On 120 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, GWC serves 13,000 students and is considered a medium-size, two-year college. GWC provides an Associate degree in most subjects, a strong university transfer program, in addition to a wide variety of short-term vocational [Certificate] options-- offering over 60 major areas. It provides a safe and secure location, a multicultural environment, an active student body and is proud of its newly developed honors program. 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 College is committed to excellence and endeavors to provide an optimum teaching and learning environment. This will be demonstrated by innovation which embraces demographic and technological changes. Golden West College is fortunate to be located in one of the safest cities in the country. Our educational philosophy is founded on ethical conduct and teamwork. To ensure institutional excellence, we continually challenge, test, reevaluate and raise our standards. As an educational organization, we have high expectations and believe that our success depends upon the combined capability and contribution of faculty, staff, students and members of our community. Golden West College offers many Career Certificate programs that prepare students by providing them with the entry or advanced level knowledge and skills critical for successful employment. Our Career Certificate programs are taught by highly qualified faculty who are dedicated to the students they serve and provide them with the best education possible. The Performing Arts Department, a part of the Creative Arts Division at Golden West College, provides an excellent education for students of Dance Multi Media, Music, and Theater. You will be taught by instructors who are highly regarded professionals in their fields.

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Did You Know?
For Orange County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,144 per year for in-state students and $5,682 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Orange County, CA community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Orange County, CA is Concorde Career College-Garden Grove. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.