Freshman Priority Registration: Where are we? What’s Next?

Congratulations to all seniors out there counting down the days left until graduation – Your day is almost here.  On behalf of Golden West College we wish you all the best and hope you are as excited for the next chapter of your lives as we are.  With that in mind we’d like to take this opportunity to catch up on where students stand, and what to expect with regards to beginning their time at Golden West College (GWC).

At this point all students interested in attending GWC should have accomplished the following tasks:

  • Submitted a completed Admissions Application for the Coast Community College District and for Golden West College
  • Satisfy the online orientation component accessible via the student’s myGWC online portal
  • Attempt the English/Math Assessment Test (unless exempted by alternative means)
  • Filed a completed FAFSA application and/or BOG waiver
  • Requested transcripts of all AP, or IB test results; if available

If all steps have been satisfied as listed above, the next portion will require a little patience until the Freshmen Priority Registration (FPR) workshop invitation is sent to the student via email.  Students will be invited to attend a workshop on one of the follow dates – June 14, 15, or 16.  Email invitations are already being sent out and phone reminders will be made the first week of June.

On that day students will be provided critical information regarding their academic goals and curriculum at Golden West, and they will be afforded the opportunity to access their student portal to officially register for their first semester courses.  The waiting is hard, but soon…very soon students will begin the next chapter of the academic journey.

Questions? Try e-counseling at, or call Counseling at 714-895-8799.

For more information Assessment-related topics, call us at 714-892-7711 x51080.

GWC Re-test Policy Changed from 1 year to 1 week!

Just in time for new students starting college in Fall!

If you’ve tested recently, and would like a shot at improving your score, you’re in luck! Our assessment re-test policy is now 1 week for all tests (English, ESL, and Math). Students who placed into English 98 and 99, or Math 10 and 30 should try again to earn placement into non-remedial classes their first semester of college. Remember, anything below English 100 or Math 100 is not transferable!

To fully take advantage of this policy change, students should prep prior to re-testing. We have sample essays and math problems online to help you practice. Students have also used the free adaptive learning offered by Khanacademy to study for algebra and precalculus. This is your chance to improve your placement; make it count!

For more information, contact Assessment at

Major Matters: Advice for the high school transition.

For all students, whether heading to a community college or 4-year university, you will very soon be asked to declare and outline what it is you want to study – what to “major” in. While this is a very important decision, it is equally personal; it is imperative that you make this decision based on interests once you are ready to commit to an academic area.

Among the many misconceptions of the major is that it pigeonholes an individual into one specific career trajectory, i.e., an English degree is a must for future English teachers, studying computer science means you’ll be a programmer your entire career, and majoring in Psychology means you can be only a psychologist. On the contrary, a Bachelor’s degree provides students with fundamentals that manifest across multiple disciplines. In other words, your college degree should equip you with transferable skills to work in a variety of jobs!

Let’s take a closer a look at the example of the International Relations college major. Here are some courses you should expect to take in this field:

– U.S. foreign policy
– International organizations
– International Law
– World politics
– National Security
– International conflict
– Peace studies
– Global environmental issues

This major allows you to specialize in areas such as political science, economics, history, sociology, and foreign languages. Thus, here are just some of the careers that this major leads to:

– Foreign service officer such as Diplomat or Ambassador
– International/Immigration lawyer
– International journalist
– Positions with N.G.O.s (Non-governmental Organizations)

Skills you gain in college are meant to prepare youfor one of two paths immediately following graduation – either a continued educational pursuit of advanced degrees, or an understanding and preparation for entry into the workforce.

Ultimately, the purpose of a bachelor’s degree is to equip students with the tools necessary to be effective in an array of careers. As such, the specific academic area selected as a major is, to a certain extent, irrelevant because the large majority of what they will be taught are transferable skills. That being said, a background in engineering or the concrete sciences will have a significantly different conceptual approach than that of something in Education or the Liberal Arts; hence, it is of utmost importance that students have the opportunity to select the lens they most strongly identify with.

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