Based across over 120 acres of beautiful campus, Golden West College (GWC) is an open-access institution that offers academic quality and innovation.
Founded in 1965, its Southern Californian campus is in the beautiful coastal community of Huntington Beach, just 30 miles away from Los Angeles. Home to over 13,000 students, GWC is part of the multi-campus Coast Community College District, as well as the California community college system.
Enhancing student's career prospects and preparing them for transfers to four-year institutions, the college offers over 60 major options across several disciplines. This includes accounting anthropology art automotive technology biology business administration liberal arts mathematics and more.
It provides several options for students to pursue their academic goals, including university transfer preparation, associates in arts and science degrees, as well as career-focused certificate programs.
GWC is known for its academic excellence, and students are taught in industry-standard learning facilities. Outside of the classroom, students can enhance their leadership skills and participate in experiential learning through extra-curricular activities, including taking part in student-run clubs and societies.
From their first week on campus, international students are given specialist support from GWC'S Center for Global and Cultural Programs. Staffed by professionally trained counsellors, students can receive advice on many aspects of college life, including academic planning, accommodation, and immigration.
In addition to this, the UC Transfer Admission Guarantee program and the CSU Associates for Transfer degrees guarantee eligible students' admission to specific UC and CSU campuses. The combined transfer rate from GWC to California State University or University of California campus is among the top 10 percent of California community colleges.