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Welcome to Golden West College

Located in the coastal community of Huntington Beach, also known as "Surf City," Golden West College is regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses in Southern California. GWC is a two-year, medium sized, college serving just over 10,000 students on a 122-acre campus.

GWC offers an Associate in Arts (AA) degree, a strong university transfer program, career/technical education, general education, community services, and student support services.  It provides a safe and secure location, a multicultural environment, and an active student body.

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 is an open-access institution. As such, all students are admissible if they have a high school diploma, or equivalent, or are at least 18 years of age.

We are a commuter campus and do not have dormitories. It will be your responsibility to find housing. To assist you, the GWC Student Activities Office provides a housing-referral board, which lists available housing.

Golden West College is part of the Coast Community College District, a multi-college district that includes Orange Coast College and Coastline Community College.

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The Coast Community College District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

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We look forward to helping you discover "Oceans of Opportunity" here at Golden West College.


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