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​​​​​​​ Historic Orange Coast College signageOrange Coast College's 164-acre campus is located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California’s beautiful beaches. Founded in 1947, with classes beginning in 1948, OCC has grown into one of the nation’s largest — and finest —​ community colleges, enrolling more than 25,000 students each semester.


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. 

OCC ranks 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. During the past decade, thousands of OCC students have transferred to UC and CSU campuses. Additionally, many Orange Coast College students go on to transfer to private colleges and universities within California and across the nation. 

A member 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. 

To find out more about OCC call (714) 432-5072.​


Coast Tales and Stories

Tumbleweeds to Roses

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


​​​Orange Slices

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Orange Slices was a column written by OCC’s long-time Director of Marketing and Public Relations – Jim Carnett between 2004 and 2008.  The over 140 columns chronicle OCC’s history and many of its more remarkable and significant characters. In aggregate, the Slices help to tell the college’s extraordinary story.​​ 

​Please read our Orange Slices.