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Summer/Fall 2017 applications now open!

High school seniors, here are the simple ways you can earn the earliest possible registration appointment for your first semester of college. By completing the Enrollment steps (For HS students), you will qualify for Freshman Priority Registration.

  1. Apply to GWC online
  2. Complete online orientation
  3. Take the Assessment
  4. Get Student Ed Plan
  5. Register!

Here are some tips for the application:

  • Indicate your education level as “Earned a U.S. high school diploma”
  • For your program of study, you can put undecided if you don’t know yet what you’ll major in.
  • If you do not know your Social Security Number, it is okay to decline to enter it at this time. GWC Enrollment will then follow up with you to obtain additional information.
  • DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrival) students should indicate their citizenship status as “Temporary Protected Status” and utilize the USCIS# on your US Employment Authorization Card.
  • Be thorough in telling us what programs and services you are interested in!

After applying, you will receive an email from us within two business days with your GWC Student ID#, as well as your MyGWC username and password. You will use the ID# to sign up for the Assessment with your counselor or to test at GWC. You will log into MyGWC to do the online orientation.

The test is critical to your success! In fact, it impacts your graduation and transfer timeliness. With just a few hours of test prep, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars’ worth of tuition and book fees, and about 50 hours of studying for a class you might not need! Start with these sample exams to give you an idea of what to expect on test day.

When finished with steps 1-3, you will hear from us in the Spring regarding your next steps. We will invite you to come to GWC for the FPR workshops, where you will get your SEP (Step 4) and register for classes (Step 5) on the same day!

As always, you can contact us at with any questions.

Have a happy application!

Haven’t received your student ID # or having trouble with your application?

The best place for you to get help at  GWC  is at the Rustler Answer Center in the Admissions and Records Office ( located in the Administration building on the South end of the campus off of the Edinger parking lot). The Answer Center has friendly staff to help you with registration, questions regarding your application, your student ID#, adding/dropping classes, class schedule, transcripts, K-12 Early Start Petition, etc.  They can help you with most of your questions.

Hours Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays

Phone: (714) 892-7711

SOAR Student Process for Fall 2013


1) Apply online as SOAR student: starting Feb 18th

 2) Take SOAR Assessment Test either in your career center or on GWC campus. For an appointment call:


 3) Complete Orientation

 4) Register for your classes on or after your registration date.

(Do not register late or you may miss out on getting into your ideal course!)


* It is your responsibility to check your mygwc email for your registration date, Financial Aid info, and anything related to your attendance.


SOAR online application instructions for students


We are giving the opportunity to High School seniors participating in the SOAR program to submit an Admissions application online.  The application filing period for Golden West College and/or Orange Coast College for Summer/Fall 2013 will open on Monday, February 18, 2013.    You must wait until this date before filling out an online application to the either college.  Concurrently enrolled High School students who may have previously applied to Golden West College or Orange Coast College for the spring 2013 semester must reapply as a first time student in college for Summer/Fall 2013.  Please follow the instructions below for the online application:


1.     Apply online at  On the GWC homepage, click on “Apply for Admission” which is located on the left hand side under “GWC Quick Links”

2.     After reading the information on the welcome page, scroll to the bottom and click on “Begin Application for Golden West College

Note: If you are planning on attending Orange Coast College instead of Golden West College, follow step 2 above but select OCC instead of GWC.

3.     New Users to the online application will need to create a new account.  Those students who may have previously applied online to the Coast Community College District (OCC, Coastline or GWC) will log on using their previously established account information.

4.     After logging in, select “Summer/Fall 2013” as the term you are applying for.

5.     On the Education screen, select “first time student in college

  1. On the online application, students must indicate their education level as “Received high school diploma from a U.S. school
  2. Students must also indicate their High School completion date is before the start of the fall semester.
  3. The last page of the online application is the “supplemental” information page.  On the supplemental page, it is very important that you answer the following question:

“As a High School senior, will you be participating in the Early Assessment program through your school?  If yes, enter the program code you received from your school in the box”


  1. Enter SOAR13 in the box for the question shown above


Online applications may take  up to 10 business days to process, at which point you will be emailed your Coast Community College District (CCCD) student ID number, a username and password to log in to your student portal.  You will be required to give your High School Counselor your CCCD student ID number when you sign up for SOAR testing so make sure you remember it or put it in a safe place for reference.


Some Internet Service Providers filter mail from the Coast Community College District so please check your trash/spam folder if you don’t receive an email response within 5 business days of submitting your application.  You can avoid this by adding and to your Friendly Approved Senders list.  This is especially important if you use providers such as AOL, Yahoo, Earthlink, MSN, Gmail, Hotmail, or Roadrunner and/or you use spam filters

Interested in attending a UC School? We can get you there…guaranteed!

If you have always wanted to attend a UC school, GWC can help you get there. Transferring from a California Community College has always had its perks for our students. Lower GPA requirements, less expensive tuition for the first two-years, and a second chance to get to your dream school, are all part of the benefits of starting your education with us.


UC schools have an additional benefit of starting at a community college. All UC’s offer Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) agreements through us! This means that if you have a UC in mind for transfer, you can set up a TAG agreement to guarantee your admission. It will be based on your school of choice, your major and your GPA.


See the Counseling Office for details.

Learn how to sell yourself…not literally of course!


In order to get the job you want now, the career you want later, the life you want, the income you desire, the soul mate you may be looking for, the connections to your future…you have to learn how to market your best asset…YOU!


When you look at what a resume’ is, an interview, a first date or your college applications are, the most common ground is that it is a reflection of you. These are ways to build and create buy-in from the person, company, or college of your choice.  There is never a better time than now to learn skills to help you create a blueprint for the ways to market you as a person and what you are capable of.


Some ways to learn and refine these skills are certainly offered here at GWC. The possibilities are endless. You have your interpersonal communication classes to learn how to interact with others effectively (and network), public speaking classes to help in times when you need to address a group of people (or put to rest any fears of interviews), Writing and English classes to refine your writing skills, foreign language courses to be an asset to your employer and the community, and the Career Center and workshops to help you build your resume’. These are just a few of the endless opportunities to advance your skills and deliver your message. Remember to ask those you work for, learn from, or do community service with for letters of recommendation. Start building a portfolio. In some cases businesses like to see your work, not just hear about it.


Have you ever spoken to someone after hearing him or her give an amazing and effective speech? Nine times out of ten, if you ask them how they got to be such a motivational speaker you may receive the response “I get so nervous and dread public speaking!” It is a refined skill, not just a passion. I can relate to this, as I speak in public situations all the time, and trust me when I say I did not race to the podium when I first learned this would be part of my career.


Most of the time in school or your career we all tend to look to the next task to complete for some other purpose. Start paying attention to what you are learning or creating and find a way to make it work toward your goals. Open your eyes to the things and people around you. Every moment you leave your house, desk or office is an opportunity to connect with new people…and you never know what role that person could play in your future.


To our upcoming generation…you are the leaders of our future. Use us to get there!