• 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 11,396 students (31% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 11,396 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,176
  • Out-state tuition: $5,472
  • Student:teacher ratio: 25:1
  • Minority enrollment: 72%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Golden West College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 461 teachers has grown by 92% over five years.
Golden West College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
461 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Golden West College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has decreased from 26:1 over five years.
The Golden West College diversity score of 0.73 is more than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
11,396 students
5,216 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
25:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,505 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
7,891 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
755 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,505 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
7,891 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
30%
14%
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% Hispanic
31%
45%
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% Black
2%
5%
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% White
28%
26%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
3%
3%
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% Unknown races
1%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.73
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
6.83%
4.57%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.92%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,600
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,176 is less than the state average of $1,246. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,472 is less than the state average of $6,603. The out-state tuition has declined by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,176
$1,246
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,472
$6,603
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
85%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,000
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$6,239
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Golden West College cost?

Golden West College's tuition is approximately $1,176 for In-State students and $5,472 for Out-State students.

What is Golden West College's ranking?

Golden West College ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Least expensive tuition.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 11,396 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,176
  • Out-state tuition: $5,472
  • Student:teacher ratio: 25:1
  • Minority enrollment: 72%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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