This is how we say WELCOME TO GWC!

New to Golden West? Join us for a full day of games, tours, and food as we welcome you to your college!

Find out where your classes are, and while you’re here, get a burger and fries from The Habit truck, play a few games (sumo suits, anyone?), dance with the AMP Radio Street Team, meet GWC staff and faculty, and get a head start on making new college friends!

We kindly ask that you register for the event:

See you in a few weeks!

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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

Let's get you ready for college!