​​​​​​​​​Orange Coast College's 164-acre campus is located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California’s beautiful beaches. OCC features exceptional facilities and the latest in technology and offers more than 135 academic and career programs, including one of the nation’s largest and most acclaimed public nautical programs. Nearly half the students on campus are enrolled in one of OCC's Career and Technical Education programs and enrollment averages around 22,000 students each semester. 

OCC ranks among the top colleges in California for the number of students it transfers to first out of Orange County's community colleges in the number of students it transfers to the University of California and California State University systems. Over the past decade, thousands of OCC students have transferred to UC and CSU campuses. Additionally, many OCC students go on to transfer to private colleges and universities within California and across the nation. 

Part of the Coast Community College District, OCC offers fall, winter, spring, and summer classes and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

 

By the Numbers

#1 Community College in OC for Combined UC and CSU Transfers
1st Community College in SoCal to Offer Student Housing
135+ Academic and Career Programs
29 Associate Degrees for Transfer

Office of the President

Angelica L. Suarez, Ph.D.


Dr. Angelica Loera Suarez began her tenure as the 11th president of Orange Coast College (OCC) in July 2019. Dr. Suarez has been an educational leader for more than 30 years and oversees Orange County's largest community college and a leader in transfer to four-year universities across the state. Before accepting the presidency at OCC, she served as the Vice President for Student Affairs for the Southwestern Community College District (SWCCD). Prior to SWCCD, she served as Academic Dean at Wilbert Wright Community College. Dr. Suarez has held faculty positions in counseling at Wright College and Southwestern College.

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Dr. Angelica Suarez
Cooler at the Coast!
Orange Coast College has a proven track record of getting students to the next level. OCC is the top community colleges in Orange County for most students transferring to UC and Cal State universities combined!

Established in 1947

Collage of 4 images: OCC marquee sign, football team running on field, OCC administrators, students in classroom

Founded in 1947, with classes beginning in 1948, OCC has grown into one of the nation's largest — and finest — community colleges. Orange Coast College was formed after local voters passed a measure in the January 1947 election to establish a new junior college on a 243-acre site and part of the 1,300-acre deactivated Santa Ana Army Air Base.

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Coast Tales and Stories

A retirement gift for founding president Basil H. Peterson, "Tumbleweeds to Roses details the entire Orange Coast College history from inception to 1963.

Tumbleweeds to Roses

Our Mission

Orange Coast College serves the educational needs of our diverse local and global community. The college empowers students to achieve their educational goals by providing high quality and innovative programs and services leading to academic degrees, college transfers, certificates in career and technical education, basic skills, and workforce development to enable lifelong learning.

The college promotes student learning and development through fostering a respectful, supportive, participatory, and equitable campus climate of student engagement and academic inquiry.