Founded in 1965 and 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. Home to over 10,000 students, GWC is part of Coast Community College District, a multi-college district that includes Orange Coast College, and Coastline Community College, 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. 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.
In addition to the university transfer preparation, the college provides several options for students to pursue their academic goals, including associates in arts and science degrees, as well as career-focused certificate programs. Popular programs include accounting, anthropology, art, automotive technology, biology, business administration, liberal arts, mathematics, and more.
Golden West’s teaching combines academic quality with innovative learning. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, GWC has a renowned academic reputation as one of the finest all-round programs in California. Encouraging leadership within learning, students learn professionally relevant skills and knowledge in small class sizes. As well as personalized support from staff, students are given a range of academic support from the college. This includes application help, visa assistance, accommodation advice and orientation support.
The college’s Career Center helps students explore their academic options, develop employable skills, and achieve their career goals. The careers team helps students find relevant jobs and internships, as well as offering access to a large library of careers-related resources and materials. It also runs workshops and careers fairs throughout the year to provide further support and networking opportunities.
The college recently completed its new mathematics and science building. Housing a modern STEM center, students have free access to a range of resources, events, STEM clubs, as well as research and internship opportunities. It is also an open space where students can work independently or collaboratively, as well as seeking advice from faculty.
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