Orange Coast College: Narrative Description

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2701 Fairview Rd., PO Box 5005
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-5005
Tel: (714)432-0202
Admissions: (714)432-5788
Fax: (714)432-5072
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Coast Community College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1947. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $5.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $104,225. Educational spending 2003-04: $1752 per student. Total enrollment: 22,520. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. Full-time: 9,046 students, 48% women, 52% men. Part-time: 13,474 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 76 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 17% Hispanic, 2% black, 25% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 34% 25 or older, 9% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters plus summer session. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Golden West College, Coastline Community College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: Common Application. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $5215 full-time, $146 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $728 full-time, $26 per unit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 55 open to all. Most popular organizations: Vietnamese Student Association, International Club, Adventurist Souls, Muslim Student Association. Major annual events: Club Rush, Senior Day, Coast Days. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Norman E. Watson Library with 84,447 books, 8,276 microform titles, 420 serials, 2,510 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $702,946. 1,515 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Costa Mesa, three miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and Highway 101-A, is at the edge of Newport Beach. The city has a moderate climate - mild winters, and cool summer breezes from the ocean. Orange County's economy is derived from defense manufacture, electronics, light industry, housing, business, agriculture, and tourism. The campus is located within 15 minutes of the Orange County Performing Arts Center; Irvine Industrial Center (home of many high-tech industries); South Coast Plaza (one of the nation's largest shopping malls); and the University of California at Irvine (a major educational and research institution). The Los Angeles Museum, Pasadena Art Gallery, and the Griffith Park Observatory and planetarium are 50 miles away. The mountains and the desert are an easy two-hour drive. Recreational activities locally are boating, fishing, and all forms of water sports to be found on its beaches, canals, and waterways. Part-time employment is available.

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