Data Shows Golden West College Has Highest Transfer Rates for Hispanic Students in OC

Golden West College Has Highest Transfer Rates for Hispanic Students in OC

Huntington Beach, Calif. — Data provided by the California State University (CSU) system shows that Golden West College has the highest acceptance rates for transfer students who identify as Hispanic in Orange County, at 92.6% for Fall 2023.  

GWC also has the second-highest acceptance rates for transfer students overall in OC, at 91.4% and just short of Santiago Canyon College at 91.8%. Of the 799 GWC students who applied for Fall 2023 transfer to various CSU campuses across the state, 730 were admitted.

“The Transfer Center at Golden West College is an incredible engine for equity for our Hispanic students, and we are so pleased to see the results in our acceptance rates,” says GWC President Meridith Randall. “We believe we are a clear first choice for all Orange County students planning to transfer.”

Golden West College is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with nearly 34% of students identifying as Hispanic or Latinx. The College has several programs that promote Hispanic student success, including the PUENTE program — a mentorship program with a focus on writing and literature  for students who plan to continue their education at a four-year institution and beyond — and the newly started MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program, which serves first-generation, low-income students who seek to transfer to four-year universities to earn calculus-based STEM bachelor's degrees. 

“The data speaks to our commitment to assist students in achieving their educational goals,” says Vice President of Student Services Claudia Lee. “Seeing students realize their dream of transfer is one of the most rewarding aspects of working at Golden West College.”