Golden West College

  • 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 12,394 students (35% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 62% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Golden West College is one of 17 community colleges within Orange County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Golden West College is Coastline Community College (4.6 miles away).

Top Placements

Golden West College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 240 teachers has declined by 23% over five years.
Golden West College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty240 staff97 staff
Golden West College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Golden West College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The Golden West College diversity score of 0.72 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment12,394 students7,516 students
Golden West College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio52:144:1
Golden West College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students4,394 students1,613 students
Golden West College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students8,000 students5,903 students
Golden West College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Golden West College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Golden West College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Golden West College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Golden West College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Golden West College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Golden West College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Golden West College Hawaiian (2011-2012)
% Two or more races
Golden West College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
Golden West College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Golden West College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.720.73
Golden West College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Golden West College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,600$34,600
Golden West College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,176 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,472 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,176$1,636
Golden West College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,472$6,797
Golden West College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid67%78%
Golden West College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$5,500$9,500
Golden West College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,750$5,500
Golden West College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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 California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,157 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.