2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Top Ranked (2023): View Rankings
  • Orange Coast College enhances student learning by providing exemplary programs leading to the Associate of Arts degree, transfer to other institutions of higher education, occupational certificates, and continuous workforce improvement, as well as quality instruction in basic skills and English as a Second Language. Additionally, the college is a partner in contributing to the economic vitality of the community and to serving the community`s diverse needs for lifelong learning.

School Highlights

Orange Coast College serves 18,125 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is same as the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 70% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 18,125 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,288
  • Out-state tuition: $7,728
  • Student:teacher ratio: 22:1
  • Minority enrollment: 70%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Orange Coast College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 836 teachers has grown by 103% over five years.
Orange Coast 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
836 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Orange Coast College has declined by 18% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five years.
The Orange Coast College diversity score of 0.76 is more than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
18,125 students
7,899 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
22:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
6,488 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
11,637 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
126 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
6,488 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
11,637 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
800 students
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
25%
14%
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% Hispanic
29%
45%
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% Black
1%
5%
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% White
30%
26%
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
9%
3%
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% Unknown races
n/a
3%
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Diversity Score
0.76
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
42%
35%
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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)
$41,600
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,288 is more than the state average of $1,246. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,728 is more than the state average of $6,603. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,288
$1,246
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,728
$6,603
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
64%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,000
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,950
$6,239
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%

Sports

Total Sports Offered
15 sports
Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Orange Coast College, located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California's beautiful beaches, was founded in 1948 with an opening day enrollment of 500 students. In the years since, it has grown into one of the nation's largest and finest community colleges, enrolling more than 28,000 students each semester. Featuring exceptional facilities and the latest in computer and high-tech equipment, OCC offers more than 130 academic and career programs, including one of the nation's largest and most acclaimed public nautical programs. Nearly half the students on campus are enrolled in one of OCC's career and technical programs. Orange Coast College ranks first out of Orange Counties nine community colleges in the number of students it transfers to the University of California and California State University systems. Over the past decade, nearly 16,000 OCC students have transferred to UC and CSU campuses. OCC is a leader in transferring students to four-year universities, and nearly half of our students are enrolled in two-year career and technical programs. Orange Coast is well known for rigorously preparing students for successful transfer to the University of California, California State University, and other four-year colleges and universities. Orange Coast College enhances student learning by providing exemplary programs leading to the Associate of Arts degree, transfer to other institutions of higher education, occupational certificates, and continuous workforce improvement, as well as quality instruction in basic skills and English as a Second Language. Additionally, the college is a partner in contributing to the economic vitality of the community and to serving the community's diverse needs for lifelong learning. Just minutes from Southern California's beautiful beaches, Orange Coast College ranks as one of America's largest single-campus community colleges. More than 27,000 students enroll in classes on our beautiful 164-acre campus each semester. The college is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Orange Coast College cost?

Orange Coast College's tuition is approximately $1,288 for In-State students and $7,728 for Out-State students.

What sports does Orange Coast College offer?

Orange Coast College offers 15 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Water Polo.

What is Orange Coast College's ranking?

Orange Coast College ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Largest student body and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 18,125 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,288
  • Out-state tuition: $7,728
  • Student:teacher ratio: 22:1
  • Minority enrollment: 70%
  • Source: Verified school update

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Did You Know?

For Orange County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,182 per year for in-state students and $6,344 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Orange County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.74, which is higher than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in Orange County, CA is South Coast College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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