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First Time College Students

​​​​​Welcome to Orange Coast College!

You are considered a First Time College Student if you have never attended College. If you have previously applied for admission to Orange Coast College but never enrolled in classes, you are still considered a First Time College student.

All admitted students will receive an account to log in to MyOCC, the college’s student portal.

  • You will receive your MyOCC account information and student G-Mail address via email (to the email address you provided on your admissions application) after you are admitted to the College.
  • Registration is by appointment and appointments are assigned in the order applications are received.   

Getting Started!

New Students
New students, regardless of their educational background and goal, must apply for admission

International Students (those requiring an F-1 Visa) click here for application information. Once your application is processed, you will receive an with information on accessing MyOCC, the student portal system.

Apply For Financial Aid
If you need financial assistance, you may apply for financial aid after completing the admissions application. financial aid at the time of application.
Log in to MyOCC
  • Once your application is processed you will receive an acceptance E-mail and instructions for logging on to the MyOCC student portal.
  • Log in to MyOCC to view your registration appointment, register for classes, pay fees, view grades, check on your financial aid status and more.
  • For help navigating MyOCC you may view the MyOCC Reference Guide on the Orange Coast College website.
Student G-mail
  • Setup/access your student G-mail account which is the official form of communication with you during your course of studies at OCC.
Registration Appointment
  • Registration appointments are assigned in accordance with SB1456, the Student Success Act of 2012. (See the Priority Registration Information page for details).
  • Check your MyOCC account to view your registration appointment date and time (Student Tab/Registration Tools/Registration Status).
 Appointments are available for viewing as follows:
  • Summer                                             Mid April
  • Fall                                                    Mid June
  • Intersession/Spring                             ​Mid October
Register for classes
Your registration appointment allows you to enroll in classes anytime on or after your appointment time, up until the class begins.
Pay Fees
After you enroll in classes, pay all fees due immediately to avoid being dropped from classes for non-payment.


Whatever your priority - Get there faster with priority registration

Orange Coast College utilizes a priority registration system that is in compliance with the California Education California, Title 5 Code of Regulations for Community Colleges and SB 1456. OCC has three levels of priority registration. In order to register in the first level priority registration group, students must meet ALL of the State mandated requirements. See below for more information
Priority Registration Eligibility Checklist
Log in to MyOCC (Student Tab>Priority Registration>View My Eligibility) to view your Priority Registration status.

There are three levels of Priority Registration. In order to be eligible for the first level of priority registration, students must meet ALL priority registration requirements (Orientation, Assessment Testing, Student Education Plan and Course of Study (major), prior to registration appointments being assigned. If these requirements are completed after registration appointments have been assigned then level 1 priority will be assigned for the next semester. For more information visit the Priority Registration Information web page.

Complete the Following Steps to qualify for Level 1 Priority

Step One: Orientation
Students, who have not completed orientation, must complete orientation (online or in person). If you have earned an AA degree or higher from an accredited college or university, you may submit official transcripts to satisfy the orientation requirement. Orientation or proof of successful completion of an AA degree or higher must take place prior to your registration appointment being assigned in order to qualify for first level priority registration. View the Orientation Information on the OCC website for more information. If you need assistance email the Student Success and Support Programs (SSSP) office at​

Step Two: Placement Testing
Students must take placement tests if they have not successfully completed math and/or English at another college. If you have successfully completed math and/or English at another college, (with a "C" grade or better) submit official transcripts to the Enrollment Center or mail your transcript with a Prerequisite Form OCT 2014.pdfPrerequisite Form OCT 2014.pdf to the Enrollment Center.

If you have completed classes at another accredited College or University, send Official transcripts to:      

P O BOX 5005
COSTA MESA CA 92628-5005.

NOTE: Orange Coast College does not automatically clear Pre/Co requisites.

Please submit a completed Pre/Co Requisite Equivalency Form listing the courses you want to have cleared, to the Enrollment Center at least 30 days prior to your assigned registration appointment. For additional information please visit the Pre-Co Requisite web page.

Step Three: Counseling (Complete a Student Education Plan, SEP)
Meet with a Counselor to complete your Student Education Plan (SEP). If you have prior College work, please submit Official sealed transcripts to the Enrollment Center prior to scheduling an appointment. You can also attend a Priority Registration Workshop offered at the College. Please visit the Counseling Services web page for more information.

DegreeWorks is the degree audit and progress tracking system for Coast Community Colleges that provides a more accessible, convenient, and organized way to assess your academic progress. You may access DegreeWorks through your MyOCC account. For more information visit the DegreeWorks Information web page.

Final Details

Purchase your textbooks/supplies.
Visit the Orange Coast College Bookstore to purchase your textbooks and supplies. You may reserve textbooks online prior to the semester start date. Please visit the bookstore for more information.

Confirm your registration and attend classes
Once you have registered and paid all your fees, make sure to verify the courses, the meeting time, and the course location. Attend the class on the first day of instruction. If you miss the first class meeting, you will most likely lose your seat in the class so be sure to show up on the first day!

Online Classes
Students enrolled in online classes must follow certain procedures to access their online class. Please visit Orange Coast Online Central by the first day of class to get started.