GWC ranks #6 in the State for community colleges, becoming a lead in the Coast District

GWC has ranked #6 in the State in a May, 2015, study for all community colleges conducted by, becoming the leader in the Coast Community College District. The critera for ranking was based on affordability, accessibility, retention, and graduation and transfer rates. They also used key success indicators from the National Center of Education Statistics, and the University of California and California State University systems to find and rank the best community colleges in California.
“Golden West College is a major transfer all-star; its combined UC and CSU transfer rate placed it in the top 10 percent of all California community colleges in 2014. It also offers a sizable share of online classes — a feature a full one-third of its students flex each year. These distinctions are not the only factors that draw students to Golden West: it’s also set in Huntington Beach, the true Surf City USA, home to one of the state’s most popular beaches and the laid back lifestyle for which the area is known.”

Top 25 California community colleges
1. Saddleback College (Mission Viejo)
2. Santa Monica College (Santa Monica)
3. Cypress College (Cypress)
4. Las Positas College (Livermore)
5. Pasadena City College (Pasadena)
6. Golden West College (Huntington Beach)
7. Folsom Lake College (Folsom)
8. MiraCosta College (Oceanside)
9. Napa Valley College (Napa)
10. El Camino Community College (Torrance)
11. Irvine Valley College (Irvine)
12. Cosumnes River College (Sacramento)
13. Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa)
14. Woodland Community College (Woodland)
15. Chabot College (Hayward)
16. Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo)
17. American River College (Sacramento)
18. Merced College (Merced)
19. Reedley College (Reedley)
20. San Joaquin Delta
21. Fresno City College (Fresno)
22. Glendale Community College (Glendale)
23. Sacramento City College (Sacramento)
24. Fullerton College (Fullerton)
25. Citrus College (Glendora)
*National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
**California State University, 2013; University of California, 2013; National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
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