Congratulations on your acceptance to Orange Coast College! We look forward to welcoming you here soon. It is absolutely important your read and follow each step in the Post Acceptance Checklist to prepare for your arrival to OCC. If you have any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Activate your MyOCC
You should have received an acceptance email with your log in details, including a temporary password to activate your MyOCC account. MyOCC is your online portal to register for classes, pay for your tuition and fees, and view your class grades and progress towards your degree completion. We highly recommend that you begin to use your OCC email as your primary email as soon as it's activated.
Receive your Form I-20
The form I-20 is the most important document you must have to apply for an F-1 student visa. To receive it, create an account on E-Ship Global and pay for express shipping with a tracking number. Along with your I-20, you will receive your official acceptance letter and admission packet. You will receive your documents within 3-7 business days. We do not ship the Form I-20 through regular mail. If you would like to make arrangements for pick up in our office, please email the Global Engagement Center at email@example.com.
Register for Classes
Register for classes as soon as registration begins (Summer registration will start April 11th and Fall registration will start approximately June 21st) using the MyOCC login information you have received by email. Click here: MyOCC reference guide for information on how to register. Click here: Course Selection Guide to obtain recommendations on the courses that international students should take in their first term (students usually must take mostly general courses to start). F-1 Students must enroll in and complete 12 units to maintain their status. Classes fill up quickly, so it is not advised to wait until you arrive.
Sign your I-20.
After you receive your I-20, sign it. If you are under 18, your parent must also sign your I-20.
Pay for SEVIS Fee
Pay the SEVIS Fee and print the I-901 fee receipt by clicking here: www.fmjfee.com and following the directions on the page. (You will need the receipt for your visa appointment and to travel to the U.S.)
Apply for an F-1 visa
You must apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy that has jurisdiction over where you live. Once you receive your visa, check to make sure the information is correct. Contact the embassy or consulate if you find an error on your visa.
We recommend that you meet with an advisor from an EducationUSA Center in your local area to receive tips on what to expect in a visa interview. EducationUSA is a free advising center sponsored by the US Statement Department for students interested in studying in the US.
Enroll in Health Insurance
It is mandatory that all international studentsAscension. Use the pull down menu to choose Orange Coast College and the year. *Update: Health Insurance for the 2017 - 2018 academic year is now available for purchase. The deadline to purchase Health Insurance is August 14. At this time, OCC does not accept any other insurance plans except if you are Government Sponsored student and your medical coverage is verified on your financial guarantee.
If you are admitted for Summer semester you will need to purchase insurance in the Global Engagement Center after you arrive in California, bring a credit card or non-temporary check.
Orange Coast College does not offer on campus housing or a housing department and students are responsible for their living arrangements. We have provided good resources and options such apartment communites and homestay within our local area. Visit the housing and homestay webpage for more information.
Join the Admitted Student Facebook Group
If you have a Facebook profile, join the admitted student Facebook group. You received an invitation to join and a link to the group in your acceptance email. This is a great way to connect with fellow incoming students before your arrival.
Arriving in the US
You must arrive in the US no later than the start date listed on your I-20. For the Fall 2017, the start date is August 14 and you must stay in the local area. Although the first day of instruction For Fall 2017 is August 28, you are required to arrive early to take your assessment exam for English and Math, meet with your academic advisor and attend orientation.
On the day of your travel to the US, you should carry with you (not in your luggage), your I-20, , I-901 fee receipt, Valid F-1 Visa, valid Passport with at least 6 months left until expiration, and your Financial Support Documents.
Call 714-432-5940 on next business day after you arrive to schedule a time to report to the Global Engagement Center, take the assessment tests, and attend a group counseling session. Bring your passport, I-20 & I-94 which you can obtain online at
Taking the Assessment Exam
All incoming students are required to take the assessment exam for Math and English. The exam is evaluate your compentencies to determine an appropriate level of course placement in these subjects. Sample questions are available to help you prepare. The exams are a minimum of 3 hours in length. Pick up an appoitnment slip at the Global Engagement Center before heading down to the Assessment Center.
Meet with Your Academic Counselor
After you take the assessment exam, you may schedule an appointment to meet with an academic counselor to discuss your course selection and academic plan. Come to the Global Engagement Center to sign up. Time slots are booked on a first-come first-serve basis and open up the Thursday before the following week. Individual counseling sessions are available only for students who have previously attended a college or university and all new students entering for the Summer 2017 semester. If you are a first time college student and entering for the Fall semester, you will receive an email to sign up for group counseling.
All incoming international students are required to attend orientation. Attendance is absolutely mandatory and you must attend the entire program. Arriving late or leaving early will be considered an absence. Being absent from orientation will prevent you from registering for classes for future semesters.
You will receive an Eventbrite invitation to register to confirm your attendance.
Pay for Tuition and Fees
After registering for classes on your MyOCC portal, you will be prompted to pay for tuition and fees online. For initial students, the deadline for tuition and fees is September 8, 2017 by 4:00 PM PST.
There are several options to pay for your tuition and fees.
- Online on your MyOCC with Visa or MasterCard
- By cash or personal to the OCC Bursar's Office
- Wire funds from a bank account in your home country through Flywire by PeerTransfer
OCC also provides a tuition payment plan allowing students to pay in installments through the semester.