Enrollment Information

Enrollment Services

HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm |
Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm | Closed Weekends and Holidays
Phone: (714) 892-7711

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendars for  2017 – 2018

Spring Semester 2017

January 9 – Early Start (Special Programs) Classes Begin
January 29 – Residency Determination Date
January 30 – Regular Classes Begin (16 and 8-Week Classes)
February 17
– Lincoln’s Day (Campus Closed)
February 20 – Washington’s Day (Campus Closed)
March 27 – April 2 – Spring Recess (Campus Closed)
April 1 – Filing Deadline for Spring Graduation
April 3 – Second Eight-Week Classes Begin
May 2 – Scholarships and Awards Night
May 25 – Commencement
May 28 – Last Day of Spring Semester
May 29 – Memorial Day (Campus Closed)

Summer Session 2017

June 12 – First Day of Summer Session

June 26 – 2nd Session Begins
July 4 – Independence Day (Campus Closed)
August 18 – Last day of summer session

Fall Semester 2017

August 28 – First day of Fall semester

October 23 – 2nd 8-week classes begin
November 10 – Holiday (Campus Closed)
November 23-26 – Holiday (Campus Closed)
December 16 – Last day of semester

Winter Intersession 2018

January 2 – Intersession begins
January 26 – Intersession ends

Spring Semester 2018

January 29 – Spring Semester begins
February 16-19 – Holiday (Campus Closed)
March 26 – April 1 – Spring Break
April 2 – 2nd 8-week classes begin
May 27 Spring semester ends

All dates and hours of operation are subject to change without notice.

Deadlines for refunds, fee cancellations, registration, and withdrawals are different for each course.

For specific course deadlines, please refer to one of the following:

Student Class Program/Web Schedule Bill (Available via MyGWC)

Academic Calendar – Available online at www.goldenwestcollege.edu/admissions/academic_calendar.html

If a holiday falls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes will not meet. If a holiday falls on Monday, Saturday and Sunday classes will meet. Final examinations are held during regular class meeting times during the last week of the semester.

Short term classes (any course other than 16wk which would include Winter Intersession Courses and Summer Courses)

  • 10% of the course – Last day to drop for a refund
  • 20% of the course – Last day to drop and not receive a “W”
  • 75% of the course – Last day to drop a course and receive a “W”

Students must officially withdraw from classes either online or in person by the specific deadline for each class. Refer to the Student Class Program/Web Schedule Bill on the Student tab of the MyGWC portal page as drop dates may vary from class to class. It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from classes and to verify all withdrawals by printing the Student Class Program.

For all sessions

  • If a holiday falls on Friday, then Saturday and Sunday classes will not meet.
  • If a holiday falls on Monday, then Saturday and Sunday classes will meet.
  • If a holiday falls on Monday and Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes will not meet.
  • Final exams are held during regular class meeting time during the last week of the semester.
Class Cancellation

College reserves the right to cancel classes. All classes offered are based upon sufficient enrollment to economically warrant them. Classes may be cancelled as a result of low enrollment, State legislation, and financial considerations. When classes are cancelled due to low enrollment, every attempt will be made to help students adjust their academic schedules.

Academic Year
Academic Year

The academic year is divided into four sessions: fall semester, extending from August through December; Intersession, the month of January; spring semester, from February through May; and summer session, from approximately June through mid-August.

Courses offered during these sessions are similar in scope and maintain equivalent standards. Students may enroll concurrently at Golden West College, Orange Coast College, and Coastline Community College, in both day and evening classes. A separate application is required at each campus. Coordination of programs by these sister institutions provides a broad range of complementary offerings.

Days, Evenings, and Weekends: Classes are taught from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays. Many classes qualifying for the Associate in Arts degree and some Certificates of Achievement may be earned during evening and weekend hours as well as during the day.

Intersession: A 4-week session that focuses on transfer courses.

Summer Session: Comprehensive programs are offered at Golden West College, Orange Coast College, and Coastline Community College, days, evenings, and weekends. Summer session affords new and continuing students opportunity to:

  • Explore areas of special interest independent of their normal two-semester program.
  • Accelerate their degree programs through a full year of study
Admission Cycle

Golden West College begins the admission cycle for the fall semester and summer session on the preceding April 1, and for the spring semester the preceding October 1. All questions regarding admission procedures will be handled by the Enrollment Center located in the Administration Building.

Open Enrollment Policy

It is the policy of the Coast Community College District that, unless specifically exempted by statute, every course section or class, the attendance of which is to be reported for state aid, wherever offered and maintained by the District, shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been admitted to the college(s) and who meets such prerequisites as may be established pursuant to Section 58106 of Title 5 of the California Administrative Code.


We are here to help. The Enrollment Center is located in the Administration Building.

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 8 am to 12 noon
Closed Weekends and Holidays

15744 Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647-3103

Phone: (714) 895-8306

Enrollment Center Forms

Link to the Enrollment Center Forms page

Enrollment Exemptions

Students may be exempted from assessment, advisement/orientation and counseling if they meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Completed an A.A. degree or higher at an accredited United States college or university. (college transcript required)
  2. Concurrently enrolled K-12th grade school student attending with the recommendation of the school principal.
  3. Concurrently enrolled 11th/12th grade students would be required to take the math/English assessment test if the class they are enrolling in has a math/English pre-requisite requirement.

Student Rights and Responsibilities
All students have the right to challenge or appeal any step in the matriculation process. Forms are available in the Enrollment Center for this purpose. A student who feels that his/ her right to matriculation services has been violated may file a grievance with the Vice President of Student Services. Also, students who refuse matriculation services will not receive priority registration.

It is the student’s responsibility to express a broad educational intent upon admission and to declare a specific educational goal by the time 15 units are completed. The student is also responsible for participating in counseling, attending class, completing assignments, and maintaining progress toward an educational goal.