Our History

The Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP) was originally designated for first-generation college students, members of historically underrepresented groups (African-American, Native-American, Chicana/o, Hispanic, and Latinx). Since 1991, TOP has been preparing its students to transfer to four-year universities through an abundance of resources, services, and tools to help them achieve their 4-year university transfer goals. Through the past 30 years, TOP has been committed to providing students with a support system that will enhance their experience at Orange Coast.


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Learn about TOP

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The TOP requirements, resources, and support services that come in the way of ccounseling, academic support, registration assistance, and peer mentoring are specifically to meet the needs of first-generation college students.

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To be eligible for TOP, applicants must have graduated from high school the spring (2024) prior to their first fall (2024) semester and must have an interest in transferring to a four-year university. TOP students are committed to enrolling in two counseling courses at OCC during their freshmen year as part of the required support & resources the program offers. 

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TOP is now closed to fall 2023 applicants!

High school students interested for fall 2024, will need to submit a TOP Interest Form (see below). 

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All students will need to complete a TOP Orientation (held in the spring 2024).

Prior to a TOP Orientation, students will need to apply to OCC and complete the OCC Online Orientation.

During a TOP Orientation students will discuss program eligibility and requirements, create/update SEP (if needed), and register for fall semester classes. Please contact our office via text or email to schedule a TOP Orientation.

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Watson Hall, 2nd Floor

(714) 432-5792


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    • Students attempting to enroll in COUN A105 must meet program eligibility and requirements (refer to "HOW TO JOIN?" section above). 

Contact Us

(714) 432-5792 call or text


Watson Hall, 230

Office Hours

Spring Hours

Mon - Thu 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri, 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (noon) 
Closed some Fridays due to outreach events