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  • 07/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 1 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    OCC has a great tradition of fine athletes including baseball, volleyball, football, cheer, and more. I am an athlete here and just having a blast. Its a good film school from what I've heard. Its just a good community college just to get your AA and school overall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Orange coast college is a great college to attend If you are living in California..But when you are an out of state student It is like $200 a credit/unit compared to California Residency $20 a credit/unit. Just get your homework done and don't party too much because you can easily loose focus of school work being around OCC. If you plan to join any school activities or clubs I suggest that you do because just like any college, its always a great thing to meet new people.

    Bang for the buck

    Located in Southern California in Costa Mesa is OCC and yes it is worth living down here. But I did not give it a 5 star because their out of state tuition is ridicolous. I have had some Football teammates from FLorida not come back because of the Pricing of Living and School. Overall what Can people say, Its located in one of the nicest and richest place in America, the Orange County.

    Am enjoying being here

    Its right next to Newport Beach/Huntington Beach and South Coast Plaza mall. Its located in a safe area with a good community atmosphere. The weather is just great warm all year long and no snow. You get to meet lots of new people and that is always a plus.

    Am learning a lot

    Depending what you want to Major in or what your course is there are some teachers that are great and some that arent as great. I suggest you use ratemyprofessor.com before actually signing up for a class. Other than that most of the teachers hear at OCC seems to be great, but you just got to land on the right teacher.

  • 08/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 2 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for disciplined students that can create and keep their own schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Park early. Sign up early. Classes fill pretty quick and it is hard to petition.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to UC's and Cal States for sure! But the price just went up from $20 to $26.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am not involved on campus, but the environment is friendly. A lot of students smoke cigarettes.

    Am learning a lot

    It really depends on the class you take and if you take it for credit or for units.

  • 12/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 3 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This amazing school is a great fit for many different kinds of students. It is great for athletes as the teams there are very good and have high reputations. It is good for students who want to be involved as there are many, many different ways to be involved whether it is through clubs or student leadership or just being able to interact with people that you would not normally interact with. It is also great for photography and film students as the program there is one of the best in the nation. It is good for culinary arts students as the program is one of the best. Overall, it is good for just about anybody! Just remember that this amazing school is not only one of the best it is the top community college in California in addition to the second best in the United States!

    Tips for prospective students

    Overall some tips for prospective students include: - Take advantge of the variety of classes offered - Explore classes for your major - Plan out the classes that you want ahead of time because the classes fill up really quickly - Ask teachers lots of questions...use the knowledge they have to offer

    Bang for the buck

    I would say that if you truly pick classes that you know you will enjoy and if you make every effort to get anything and everything out of those classes then it is definately worth the money you pay. However, I do think that the prices are a little expensive. I would say that the most expensive things that you have to buy are the books. The books prices, in my opinion, are rediculuosly over priced as I have been able to find the same books in the same condition for a fraction of the price they are sold at the bookstore. But overall, I think that if you truly get as much as you can out of the classes then the prices will be worth it in the end.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do enjoy the school a lot. This is because I have been able to take some pretty amazing classes and learn a lot from them. However, I feel that I could enjoy the school a lot more if I had the time to spend participating in all of the various clubs and activities that the school offers. From what I have heard these clubs and activities are very fun and the students who are in them become very active in the club and in the school. So if you are a person who loves to get involved this is definately a good college for you.

    Am learning a lot

    I am definately learning a lot at this school. Because of the variety of classes that are offered I have been able to explore and expand my horizons and as a result I have learned some many useful things about so many different areas. In addition, the teachers and professors are amazing. They are always willing to help you if you have questions and they are always willing to meet with you outside of class in their office hours and most of the time not during their office hours as well. I have found all of the professors very helpful and encouraging as they truly exhibit teachers that want to see their students succeed.

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anybody looking to go to a university but either didn't do well in high school, isn't able to afford it financially at the moment, or just wants to get a better feel for what is to come should consider attending community college. No matter what discipline you plan to pursue, Orange Coast College is a fantastic place to attend for any person seeking to better themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are out of high school, you do have to take into account that this is still a place of higher education, even if it is not a university. More is expected of you, and all the responsibility lies on your shoulders. Many classes are structured in a way where an absence can be very detrimental to your grade, and turning homework in late may not be an option. So realize that it is your choice to be here, and you shouldn't waste this opportunity. General advice would be to keep dates constantly in mind, such as financial aid deadlines and registration dates. Register for classes as early as possible! They fill up fast, and I've seen the number of petitioners outnumber the amount of people in the class itself. If you are driving, arrive early because finding parking can be a drag. Overall, be responsible. Do not half-ass your work, pay close attention, and if you feel you need help take your OWN time to visit your professor. Procrastination does work for some; it certainly has for me. But be aware of your capabilities, and if you're not sure of what you are able to manage, it is better to be safe than sorry. Give yourself more time than necessary to do assignments and study until you understand how you function best.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition has gone up to $26, and budget cuts have affected the amount of classes available, but OCC is not one of the best community colleges without reason. It is definitely worth every penny, and if you are worried about the cost chances are financial aid will have you covered. Textbooks are expensive, as anywhere, but using the library as a substitute to buying or renting the book is a viable (and free) alternative. Orange Coast College is an excellent place to get an associate's degree, get further training, or save money by covering the required general education classes before transferring to a university. The only downside for the price would be for out-of-state students, who have to pay nearly ten times as much. But for anybody residing within California, it is a stupendous deal.

    Am enjoying being here

    If you're here to learn, this community college is great. For those who get satisfaction from acquiring knowledge, the experience will be greatly enjoyable. Teachers are very helpful and pleasant to converse with, and as long as you're willing to visit them during their office hours they will gladly aid you in whatever questions you may have. The campus itself is nicely kept and pleasing to walk through. This prior semester reconstruction was being done on the cafeteria building, so getting food on campus was a hassle, but this is only temporary. This college is also surrounded by many other restaurants and food joints within a fairly close distance, so running off campus to grab a bite is not a problem. There are clubs and extracurricular activities offered, though you obviously have to seek this out on your own time and hope the time slots fit into your schedule.

    Am learning a lot

    The most fantastic aspect of college is to feel that one is actually learning; acquiring knowledge by grasping new concepts, exploring different viewpoints, and improving at critical thinking. While high school often left me dozing through class, Orange Coast College has proved to be an engrossing experience if one actually wishes to further the bounds of their mind. Every teacher I have had uses a slightly different style to teach, but all have been wonderful in getting their subject across. Difficulty across classes has varied, but that is to be expected. Yet despite the variety in how complex the subject matter may be across disciplines, each class was still able to stimulate me intellectually. The main complaint I have is that the Orange Coast College online database does not have a significant amount of journals and articles. Several times I had to go to other universities to have access to certain journals for research assignments. However, it is a community college after all, so having a massive database when it only offers associate's degrees would be rather unexpected.

  • 02/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Undecided Career -Still want to be home -Love the community -want something to do -prepare me for the 4 year university

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to take your ACT test or SOAR test prior to application. Also apply online for classes ASAP the date they provide you with is the first day you can apply and that is the day you should only apply. Classes fill fast here so you got to be on top of things.

    Bang for the buck

    I am taking 19 units right now and the cost for all the classes and books put together was around 800 dollars. Talk about a steal!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus staff is super friendly and are always advertising their services to students. The campus map is posted on every corner and the smell of freshly cooked food plumes in the air from the culinary department. The only downside to this is the cigarette smokers...they should be gone by next year though :D

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a ton! My desired career path is Accounting and this school knows how to prep. All my lower division classes will have been completed prior to transfer and I saved big! Only down side is the required classes for AA degree...a lot of could-live-without-teachers.

  • 09/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    willing to learn and take advantage of the many opportunities this colleges offers.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is not any similar to High School!! So do all your homework and do well the first year of college. It should be the easiest semester. So if you don't want to stay behind do you best from the beginning so you don't have troubles trying to catch up the rhythm of studying well.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone knows that college books are not cheap at all. But it all depends on the class you take and the professor you have. The teacher might not even require a book, or lets you buy any edition of the book either in amazon.com or anywhere else is cheaper for you. But either way, the book at Orange Coast College are not expensive like in other Colleges or Universities that i have had the opportunity to compare with.

    Am enjoying being here

    So many awesome people! the diversity of people and ethnicity is incredible. Also, the clubs available are so fun! I personally have joined three clubs, and all of them are very well organized and I have participated in many super fun outside of school activities! And even better, those clubs help you not only on meeting new people but also academically.

    Am learning a lot

    This college is GREAT! The classes and specially professors are of a high quality. Just like in any other college, some teachers are hard, others a little bit more lenient. Therefore I suggest you to visit www.ratemyprofessor.com first to see the rate of your professor in mind. Either she/he is hard or easy, you will learn a lot! It is just really up to you and what you want to get out of it.

  • 11/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    OCC is the place to be if you want to increase your knowledge. This school fits just about any type of student, and as long as you are motivated, you will do well! :)

    Tips for prospective students

    There's no need to think twice about attending OCC. There is a great sense of security and the people here are smart and generous. The weather is flawless, and the library is much nicer than any others nearby. For the convenience of the students, there are apartments located right across the street from campus. :)

    Bang for the buck

    Annual tuition is nothing compared to that of a university, and for California residents, applying for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver makes it even easier. 7 courses in one semester cost me just under $800. Although costs have increased to $36 per unit (and may increase again), the education you get is a straight steal for the price you pay. And that's definitely a plus for me. :)

    Am enjoying being here

    Orange Coast College offers something for everyone, as it is a very diverse campus with an active student body and a crazy load of classes. Whether you're looking to obtain an associate's degree or to transfer to a university, I would totally recommend this school because they will go above and beyond to help you reach your goals. The counselors are friendly and informative, and the school itself is a nice place to be studying, with newly constructed science laboratories and classrooms. Located just a few minutes form the beach, you just can't ask for a better place to learn.

    Am learning a lot

    Orange Coast College provides its students with a vast number of courses, ranging from the most basic, to the extremely rigorous. It isn't hard to find a class that's both fun and challenging. In addition to academics, this school is also known for its fantastic performing arts program. There's no doubt that I learn something new everyday; and not only from the professors, but also from my friendly peers. Every student here is a hardworker and the professors are highly passionate about what they teach.

  • 01/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All Students!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't waste money on a 4 year what you can get here.

    Am enjoying being here

    I thought it was going to be a bad choice compared to a 4 year, but it was the best thing ever!

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    repugnant cafeteria. best to go off-campus.

    Dorm Life

    non-existant

    Academic Rigor

    all depends on the course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    be mindful of avoiding the ire of the ticket-wielding 'campus safety' department.

    In three sentences

    staff is far more streamlined than what i've witnessed at other community colleges. significant avoidance in redundant paperwork. classes are generally top notch

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    lots of variety on and off campus. starbucks near campus library!

    Dorm Life

    no dorms. but lots of places to live around campus- costa mesa is expensive unless you share with a roommate.

    In three sentences

    pretty big campus! lots of ways to get involved academically, physically, and socially. down side: impacted classes keep you from graduating on time.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    anyone that truly wants to learn something. this school is not made for students who aren't prepared to give it their %110 to succeed.

    What to do for fun

    sports, clubs, read in the library, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to have a blast attending this college!

    In three sentences

    orange coast college is a very nice college. among one of the best i've seen in california. it offers many great programs for students, like free tutoring in the student success center.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is constantly driving around making sure that the school is as safe as possible. also they are only a phone call away if you need a problem dealt with or need an escort to your car.

    Greek Life

    there is no greek life at occ.

    Clubs and Activities

    all of the clubs at this school are amazing, personally i am not a part of any of the clubs on campus because my sport takes up most of my time. however, i have heard nothing but great things about the clubs on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    orange coast college is great for any type of student. the school has an amazing athletic program, hundreds of certificate programs, and some of the best professors around.

    Bang for the buck

    even though tuition per unit has increased quite a bit you still can't beat the price. i would recommend any high school student who is worried about paying for college to consider orange coast because you get a phenomenal education for thousands of dollars less than a four year university.

    What to do for fun

    orange coast college is only 4 miles away from the beautiful newport beach. also it is only a couple miles away from south coast plaza which is one of california's most incredible malls.

    Food and Dining

    the food in the cafeteria is excellent. it is prepared by the very talented culinary students and if i could i would eat their everyday.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms at occ for it is a two year college

    Academic Rigor

    the work is fairly difficult, but you will definitely learn a great deal from these courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to use all of the resources provided for you at the college, especially the student success center!

    In three sentences

    orange coast college is in my opinion one of the best, highest caliber two year colleges around. the atmosphere is warm and inviting, making it a great environment to succeed in. everyone at orange coast from the counselors to professors push you and help you in every way to make sure you thrive academically.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    they are always there to meet your needs and keep the campus safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    asocc (student body), eops honors program, and puente

    Bang for the buck

    occ is truly cost efficient.

    What to do for fun

    meet new people from a large variety of backgrounds.

    Food and Dining

    the food at occ is not the best, but there is always other restaurants less than five minutes away to satisfy your needs.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms, but there are near by apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    a c or better is required to pass the class and go to a cal state, but a b or better is recommended. i have a 3.2 but i will raise my gpa.

    Tips for prospective students

    consider going to occ and being involved in clubs, like puente, (a club who helps students transfer).

    In three sentences

    when i was going to attend occ i was not excited because i went in with a negative mind set, believing i would not get any classes, due to state budget cuts, but since the first day i attended i have been so thankful for the staff, especially the counselors, who have helped me get the classes that i need to transfer. occ is an amazing community college and they truly do go by their logo we will help you get there.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is great here. we have beautiful campus and campus safety takes care of it. we have a hotline for students to call if they ever need an escort or feel uncomfortable.

    Greek Life

    we don't have a very popular greek life here, were only a community college.

    Clubs and Activities

    our clubs and student involvement is huge here, there are so many clubs and teams to be apart of here. the students run everything here and it gives present and new students a good shot at leadership and involvement to help them find their place at a bigger campus when they move forward.

    Bang for the buck

    education comes with a price, and here you are getting quality teaching and resources. free tutoring, an amazing library and all kinds of ways to help you succeed.

    What to do for fun

    here at occ there are lots of clubs, groups, teams, and sports to be apart of. if you want to be apart of something here, its here or if you have new ideas then you can create a club or team for others to be apart of.

    Food and Dining

    the student center on campus is one of the best new places on campus. it has just been remolded and is a great place to relax, re- nourish at a college student's price. they offer a variety of healthy foods and your favorite foods. all is prepared by occ's culinary course that they offer here at the college.

    Dorm Life

    occ doesn't offer on campus living but they do offer a housing website where people who live close to the campus can offer their homes to students that need to be close to the school.

    Academic Rigor

    occ is like a university, they treat their academics very seriously. they prepare you for the type of academic challenges you will face at a university.

    Tips for prospective students

    when coming into occ you should know your goals and all the classes you need to take in order to get all you're credits to move on. know who your professors, and take the time to do well in all your classes. participate actively in your classes and always do your best.

    In three sentences

    orange coast college is one of the best community colleges in california, in transfer rates, athletics and academics. there are so many resources and opportunities to succeed and move forward, weather you want to transfer to a university or to get a certificate. here the offer you everything you need to achieve your goals.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 91

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there are many things to do in the area; plus there are many clubs on campus that you can get involved with.

    Dorm Life

    since this is a community college, there is not a dorm as far as i am aware of.

    Academic Rigor

    so far, the classes i have taken have been hard; but not too hard. professors are very willing to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you register early, so that you are able to get an early registration time. otherwise, the classes fill up fast. make sure you get on the waitlist for all the classes you want, because students drop classes and others become available.

    In three sentences

    it is the best community college in the area. they have an amazing amount of classes available for whatever degree you are working towards. the music program, photography classes, and graphics classes are top rate!

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    those who will further educate, make a better world

    What to do for fun

    conversate,

    Tips for prospective students

    Give your all, and dont you dare stop there.

    In three sentences

    I am at the one in riverside but you had no selection for them. its so far a very familiar environment, so i feel comfortable here. I finish up in november November and am eager to start working.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    17 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    What's great about Orange Coast College is really it's diversity, you have a multitude of ethnicities: from Koreans to pacific islanders to Irish to German and so on. Different is what makes us unique, but also what brings us together. :)

    What to do for fun

    There's shopping at South Coast Plaza, going to the movies at Metro Point, Hitting up the bar at pierce, Open Mic on fridays on campus, donating blood, playing in a basketball league at the rec center, or biking to the beach etc, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of places to choose from. You're near the beach, there's ihop, norms, B & J's, Chick fil a, etc. etc.

    Dorm Life

    There's no dorm life, but there are a lot of complexes near by, a roommate is advised.

    Academic Rigor

    They want you to succeed, but you also have to do your part as a student to get there. The instructors are a great resource and there is a student success center, where students go to for help from tutors.

    Tips for prospective students

    >Goodluck with parking the first two weeks of school. The only good thing about it is that it's free those first two weeks. >The teachers are great, some benefit you others work you to your potential. >human sexuality class is the best, not that much homework, but if there is it's quick and easy, but the best part is that it helps you on your test and the understanding of the lesson. This class is usually the one that fills up fast and few ever drop it.

    In three sentences

    It's a great community college to get started right after high school. The staff is helpful and the students are diverse. Peaceful setting with a two-story library.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I see Campus Safety around all the time. Early mornings and even at late nights. Lots of lighting around and they have those phones where you can call campus safety and they will pick you up and drop you off at your car.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone willing to put in about 1 hour of study/homework a day (including weekends), will do very well. Teachers are patient and can provide you with one-on-one time if needed, not like Universities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Only unusual thing I've noticed is the fact that all your classes will be spread out in random locations. Example: My Business Calculus class is located in the Bio Science building.

    Bang for the buck

    Receiving an education doesn't have a price tag for me, however, the education you receive from a community college is on par with a Cal State University (I was a former Cal State Fullerton student). Therefore, best bang for the buck in my opinion.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of sporting events throughout the year. From football, soccer, baseball, etc...

    Food and Dining

    Food is average. They have their own cafeteria, but wish they had some name brand fast food spots on campus.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms here that I know of. However, tons and tons of apartment complexes surround this campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Toughest class for me was Business Calculus. Everything else was fairly easy. Some classes like Micro Econ give you just enough of a workload to keep you challenged. Just study 1-5 hours a week total, and you will do very well here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a school that has the relaxed mentality, then this is a good school for you. But with any college, community college or university, you HAVE to attend class and do the homework. If you don't, you will have a difficult time succeeding.

    In three sentences

    The classes and teachers are fairly easy, as long as you attend class and do the required homework/reading. And the free on campus tutoring is GOLD! The campus is clean. People are nice. One downside is the limited parking.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 91

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    In southern California there is a ton to do from the beach to amusement parks or a nice walk in the park or bike ride.

    Food and Dining

    Great food in the cafeteria as well as some other walk up ordering options. Good options for vegetarians or pescatarians and reasonable prices. The culinary dept makes a few different specials for the cafeteria to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    It's a community college so while I am pretty sure there are placed for students to live, I don't think it's actual dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are somewhat difficult but nothing too crazy. As long as you put the effort in and study and do HW you will be fine. I am positive it is not as intense as university learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go in to see counselors with questions prepared as many times they don't really give you the information you need unless you know what to ask. That seems to be for any schools that I've had experience with.

    In three sentences

    The majority of the teachers are so amazing and helpful. They offer all sorts of classes for transfer or certificate programs. The campus us nice and they are continuously renovating.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have safe guards alwalys waking around the campus and parking lot. It is pretty safe environment.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have so many clubs, from academic, social, cultural and so much more. Definitely join clubs you might be interested, you will love it ad much I did!

    Great for these types of students

    OCC is great for almost everyone. OCC has a such a diverse groups with different age and background. School contains mixed number of traditional and non-trandituonal students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is located in Costa Mesa! There are good combinarions of different groups, Asians, Whites and lots of international students with different cultural background.

    Bang for the buck

    I love OCC and I am one of transfering students to UCLA from OCC!

    What to do for fun

    Go grab some coffee and lie on the OCC quad. At most times. the weather there is great!

    Food and Dining

    Their cafeteria is okay, but not the best. But, OCC has several snack shops, carts, and Starbucks on the campus which are pretty good and convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately, they do not offer a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    They have a reasonably and fairly high quality of classes that helps to prepare for 4-years university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take an advantage of resources. Our counselors, various contract with 4-years university, and leadership opportunities. Get involved with your professor,fellowmates,counselors! It will all worth it!

    In three sentences

    I definitely recommend OCC to attend. It is a great school with many different programs that will help students significally with their academic. Not only that, their extra curricular is on top notch!

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 91

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Do extra curricular activties at school

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of deadlines.

    In three sentences

    I like the location of OCC. I think it is a great school that provides lots of helps for their students. OCC has the second place in community colleges in the whole state.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 91

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Sports, Theaters, Choir, etc.

    Food and Dining

    It's alright.

    Dorm Life

    none.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending upon the major, the academic rigor is not too difficult. It all depends on the teacher!

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early for class. Apply for as many scholarships as possible.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast college has a variety of students varying from different backgrounds to ethnicity and race. It's a great community college to attend to transfer and to finish general requirements. Moreover, it'll save a ton of money.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 91

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Its right next to the fair grounds, malls, and beach. There is a lot of fun things to do.

    Dorm Life

    I don't believe that there is any dorm life at this JC.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any other public JC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register on the exact date and time you are given for getting classes. Also Ratemyprofessor.com will very helpful in selecting classes.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast is a great school. It is my favorite of the Junior Colleges out here. The only problem is getting your top picks for classes is very unlikely and difficult.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Shopping

    Tips for prospective students

    Early bird gets better parking!

    In three sentences

    Orange coast college is a great school. Professors are smart and intelligent. The only thing I hated was parking, and not enough classes offered!

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 91

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    what I do for fun is go to the gym five times a week. I like to walk my dog to the parks and beach. I volunteer to help a tennis coach while he coaches his students. I study as much as I can to be ahead. I go swimming and try and stay fit and eat healthy. I like to bake cakes and cook for my family and friends.

    Food and Dining

    the cafe is always filled with students studying eating and catching up on socially. the cafe has a fast staff and the food is reasonably priced which is great for college students and the service is fast. Out in front of the Cafe is an small dinning area that cooks on a BBQ. the food is amazing and the air fills with the aroma.

    Dorm Life

    this college does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I really loved this college campus. It is beautiful and with amazing facilities. This campus is clean and alive with student activities. The professors I took were caring and always made time to help me with my problems. The campus has many parking options to avoid traffic and gives you the option to park near your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students that will be attending Orange Coast College I recommend to first set up a counseling appointment with any counselor. The counselor help direct you on the right track and answer all your questions. They helped me take the right courses and let me know of classes that students really enjoyed.

    In three sentences

    The professors are always willing to help out their students and care about their success. Orange Coast College is a melting pot of different people and cultures making it unique and the students outgoing and friendly. The Watson hall is a beautiful four story building that provides many student services even though they are short on staff due to state budget cuts, their is always someone friendly yo help you.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    anyone who is not quite sure what they want to do as there are many options available.

    What to do for fun

    the beach!!

    Food and Dining

    all of the food available is amazing!

    Dorm Life

    no dorm life but there are a lot of apartments around

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes early and pay right away!

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast has a beautiful campus with a lot of great resources. The teachers are for the most part helpful. The weather is always beautiful!

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Architecture Club and Alpha Theta

    What to do for fun

    For fun I like to walk around the architecture building to see all the work the students have done and see what I will be doing in the future.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms for this school

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should always know that you should not give up because there is something to do for everyone. This school does not let you down, especially the professors.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College is a great experience with a great Architecture Program. I have learned a lot during this first year of school. I hope this next year will be as interesting.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Meet with friends at Starbucks right next to the library, taking a break at the computing center, eating and socializing at the Student Center.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent food, maybe a bit pricy, but located at convenient places on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Can't say, I drove/commuted to school just like everyone else.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging classes that will prepare you for 4 year Universities, yet friendly and approachable professors just about in every class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for orientation and classes early. Don't skip classes whatsoever. Be positive and confident.

    In three sentences

    Friendly faculty members around the campus. Safe environment and hazard-free. Clean, beautiful campus.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are phones around campus to call campus security, and lots of campus security always walking around and driving around. You can feel safe walking back to your car at night because there are security around at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs on campus but I cannot accurately rate them, because I don't know what is all available and how good they are. I was part of the architecture club and this was a very good club. They had lots of event and activities that you participated in that would be great for your portfolio for when you transfer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of clubs on campus that you can get involved in. Throughout the year too, you will see events happening in the quad, from, green planet day to transfer day.

    Bang for the buck

    The prices per unit to go to Orange Coast College have raised since when I first started, but you are still saving a lot more money than if you were to go to a four year university. This is a great school to go to if you want to get all your general education done without spending and arm and a leg. Not to mention by the time you are done will all your schooling, you will save yourself probably 30-50 thousand dollars in student loans by getting your GE done at a Junior College.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is about a 10 minute drive from the school. You can surf, walk on the boardwalk, shop, eat, or just enjoy laying out on the sand. If you are 21+, the nightlife is probably one of the better places to be in Orange County. There are lots of fun bars and clubs in a close vicinity. If you like to snowboard as well, you can carpool or drive yourself to the mountains during the winter about one hour to an hour and a half away. There is also Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, amusement parks, that are located in Orange County. There is lots of great shopping places close by such as South Coast Plaza, Irvine Spectrum or Fashion Island.

    Food and Dining

    Orange Coast College is located in Costa Mesa in Orange County. It is centrally located and there are many places that are within 2-10 minute driving distance to many restaurants, cafes and fast food. Some of my favorite places to eat in Orange Country are within a 5 mile radius from the school.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life at Orange Coast College. This is a junior college. If you do need help in living in the area, they do have listings of places to rent or students that are looking for roommates near the area.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at Orange Coast College varies. Some professors are a lot more lenient and wont be as hard, but there are also a lot of great professors that teach at a university level. This classes tend to be a lot more rigorous, and need a lot more time and devotion. But, this will really help prepare you for classes when you transfer to a four year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Due to budget cuts in California schools, make sure you register for classes on you exact date and time. You will want to try and pick your classes as soon as possible, because classes fill up quick. If you need help in classes but cant afford a tutor make sure you use the student center for quick questions about your homework or readings, or even schedule a free tutor lesson to get one on one help.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College has many great professors that teach the material very well and prepare you for your transfer to a 4-year university. The campus is very large with many amenities that makes you feel like you are not in a junior college but a university. Orange Coast College offers many courses that can help you get started in almost any field you want, like, architecture, interior design, business, aircraft, etc.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    30 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is campus safety the roams around (Generally giving tickets for parking) and there are phones and sirens through out the campus

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many to list including but not limited to clubs for Vietnamese, African Americans, and Latinos. Also a Crew club

    Great for these types of students

    Excellent Culinary program. State of the art photo lab for both digital and film. Awesome performing arts program with great theater and an amazing medical program. They also have the teach 3 program.

    Bang for the buck

    A great education with a very high transfer rate. And all the at community college prices.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is just 2 miles away and there are many clubs (School clubs)

    Food and Dining

    They do have a great cafeteria with awesome food at reasonable prices.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't started yet

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are told an answer you don't like, or you feel isn't true, ask someone else. The people that work there are mostly students themselves and don't have the answers. Don't give up if you can't get into a class. Try any class you can get so you will have an earlier registration date the following semester

    In three sentences

    A Beautiful Campus with friendly, though uninformed and not very knowledgeable in the areas they work. Very Difficult to get a class due to there being too many students for the amount of classes they offer.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Every kind of student! The studious kind, the party-goers, those who want to be involved, international students, the reclusive ones, everyone can feel welcome!

    Bang for the buck

    I thought I'd hate community college, but OCC feels more like a university. There are so many things to do here and there are so many opportunities! You save so much money going to community college, but going to OCC won't make you feel like you are missing out on a real college experience.

    What to do for fun

    There's an aquarium to see in the Lewis Center which is pretty cool to have on campus. The art center is always decorated beautifully. There's a park behind the horticulture area with benches and a small pond you could have a picnic in! The squirrels are really friendly and will take food right out of your hand if you are brave enough to try it!

    Food and Dining

    OCC food is fantastic! The culinary students make most of the items in the cafeteria! There's a huge variety of food on campus as well. You can eat in the cafeteria, head to the starbucks, drop by the hotdog cart, grab a snack at the various coffee carts or eat at the grill and the grove.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major and what classes you are required to take, but college isn't easy. If you work hard and utilize the student success center for classes you are having trouble with, there shouldn't be any problems!

    Tips for prospective students

    Read ratemyprofessor reviews, while most of the faculty members are amazing individuals, there are some bad apples. The hot dog cart sells hot dogs for $1.50 and there's no wait time for them. Wifi on campus disappears in some buildings.. plan accordingly.

    In three sentences

    The best community college experience you could ever ask for. The teachers are fantastic, the campus is beautiful, the vibe is so SoCal. Orange Coast College makes community college not only bearable, but fun and exciting.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    The school doesn't have a dorm so I couldn't say.

    Tips for prospective students

    best tip I can give is that if your driving in the beginning of the semester get to school early or you won't find a parking space have had a bad experience with that.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College has a Great feel to it, its larger than the other community colleges nearby yet it has a small campus feel to it. I would give it a 4/5 as it has great teachers and all the building are top notch with improvements just being completed. Plus for being a small school the on campus cafeteria is great.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is very well established. It is very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Psychology clubs, speech clubs, and etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Who are willing to improve their education for affordable price.

    What to do for fun

    It is close to the beach and shopping center so no worries.

    Food and Dining

    There are cafeteria but it is not the best. However, one block away from campus there are many restaurants that are affordable.

    Dorm Life

    I am sorry I have no knowledge in this area.

    Academic Rigor

    The instructors have pride in what they are doing and are considerate in student's success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get head started and do some research. Chose your major or finish the general major courses first. Meet counselors and enrolling classes could be competitive so hurry.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College provides you with the opportunity you need to go to point A to point B. It is very competitive and challenging yet rewarding at the same time. Everybody who wants to do something with their life should consider the opportunity they could be enjoying.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best location on campus is the garden in the horticulture area where you can go to study. Its quiet and secluded and very peaceful!

    Food and Dining

    The most AMAZING food I have ever had, and the best chiefs and cooks in the country, Literally!

    Academic Rigor

    There are hard and serious classes but there are also a wide variety of fun classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    take classes that you enjoy along with the more serious classes.

    In three sentences

    Its full of amazing opportunities, programs and resourses to make learning more enjoyable. Amazing variety of classes and programs that let you explore the many options for careers. Truly dedicated staff and teachers who want to be there and who want to help.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have campus safety staff dedicated to the protection of the students.Monitoring the parking lot all hours of operation.

    Greek Life

    orange coast college has some Greek life for academics . such as Honor society,math,science,community service,sectarian majors,heath,law.This is a great opportunity to get involved an some of the wonderful programs they have to offer.

    Clubs and Activities

    orange coast has over 60 clubs an leadership student government etc. I'm sure there is something for every one.

    Great for these types of students

    Orange coast college is great for all types of students wanting to advance there education .with the wonderful weather year round,sandy beaches near by,one of the most well diverse ares for international students as well as out of state or current residence. Any one wanting to get a degree or certificate .

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the back of the school by the science department the agriculture students have a really nice secret garden that I stumbled upon one day beautiful rose garden as well as a nice benches to eat lunch on an relax.

    Bang for the buck

    You're getting a great opportunity to advance your education this school has plenty of programs an certificates offered to you for your field of study . A wide range of peoples and educational goals to either transfer or go directly into their fields of study. Orange Coast College has a very high transfer rate to universities an state colleges,The staff is friendly an willing to advise you with your educational needs.The classes are fun and hands on for the most part.

    What to do for fun

    on campus there a lot of great sports for both men and women as well as a very active drama department was able to go to one of the plays very entertaining. off campus is were all the action is your 10 min drive to the beach,shopping,gym,the oc fair grounds,Disney land,Anaheim angels stadium,as well as the Honda center were there hockey during the season an concerts held there,knots berry farm, sailing surfing,great dinning.over all a fun area to go to school in an live in.

    Food and Dining

    Orange County is close to many dinning places on campus as well as off campus,on campus there a Starbucks,several food locations as well an coffee,smoothie places for a quick bite. Off campus there subway,sonic,heath food stores,vegan places,an my favorite sharkey's about 10 min down the road at the beach.there's just about every kind of food in a 10 mile radians of the school.

    Dorm Life

    There no dorm life for this campus. But there is plenty off off campus options around the school. really nice apartments in walking or biking distance you can fill free to check out.

    Academic Rigor

    They have 60 clubs at this school as well as many sports for both men and women; including a very extensive academic Honor society which has opened doors for many students such as myself to attend some of the most prestigious institutions in the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you review all the dead lines an complete orientation and any other deadlines on time or better yet ahead of time .so if you need to go back with more paper work you have time to do so.

    In three sentences

    orange coast college is vary well diverse institution that takes great pride in being involved in the community.As well as presenting the opportunity for students to continue there education in one of many of their occupational certificate programs.

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, motivated and independent student.

    Bang for the buck

    Some of the instructor are well worth the Tuition, but the books are overpriced.

    What to do for fun

    Relax in silence in the library, check out the art exhibits near Starbucks, and get some fresh air in the horticulture garden.

    Food and Dining

    Great coffee stands and Awesome taco stand.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    For the most part, the instructors here are understanding and flexibly from my experiences, as long as you are a hard working student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how everything works and how to do everything yourself because it is hard getting help from Watson Hall. Utilize rate my professor to make sure you don't get any of the bad apple instructors.

    In three sentences

    The campus is immaculate, well maintained and overall beautiful, with some incredible instructors(for the most part) and librarians. There are also some really amazing instructors and librarians. On the other side, there are a few bad instructors that will bring hell to your GPA, bad advice from some counselors, hard to get help in main office, overpriced book store, and the website is always down or glitching. If you avoid the negative thing OCC is a more than pleasant place to attend.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can always ask for an escort to your car. Great for night classes.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, and there are a few options on campus. It can be a little expensive.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes aren't particularly difficult, but they do require your time, attention, and effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Classes are difficult to get into, so make sure that you are online the moment that you are allowed to register. Plan ahead. Know which classes you are going to take ahead of time. -The counselors are notorious for giving out wrong information; always double check that the classes they are recommending will count towards a degree.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College helped me to discover my passion and my major. The professors are well-versed, inspiring, and more than willing to assist students who will put in the effort. This school is amazing with transfers to four year universities!

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    I reccomend with no doubt this college to any high school gradute student who cant find the right college for him/herself

    In three sentences

    Orange college is a beautiful, well known school to graduate high standards and scholared students. Orange coast college staff and teachers have helped me choose my major and is/are still helping me achieve my plans/goals.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is a very safe campus. With campus safety officers patrolling at all times, its hard to believe that anything even remotely bad could happen here.

    Greek Life

    Not much of greek life but with all the clubs and club opportunities you can always start your own greek club.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every kind of club you can think of they have at OCC. And if they don't, you can create it yourself. They make it very easy for anyone to join or start new clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Transfer students are the best students for OCC. If you are intending on transferring to another school then OCC is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One great location on campus is Starbucks and the cafeteria. They have everything you need so you never have to leave.

    Bang for the buck

    OCC is worth every penny! Beautiful campus and excellent professors.

    What to do for fun

    This school is very close to South Coast Plaza which is a great high end mall. Also near the beach and fair grounds.

    Food and Dining

    In the middle of Costa Mesa, OCC has many options for food and dining just a bike ride away.

    Dorm Life

    There is not much of a dorm life at Orange Coast College, but there are plenty beautiful off-campus apartment complexes near by.

    Academic Rigor

    Orange Coast College is a highly academic school. While the courses may not always be easy, they will always be prosperous.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must always show up to class if you want to pass. Student tutoring is a great way to get help for free; and never be afraid to take chances.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College is a new student friendly, highly social and genuinely academic school. This school is intended for students expecting to transfer. OCC is a great school to start your college journey at.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    clubs

    Tips for prospective students

    register as soon as possible

    In three sentences

    good college

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is always on the go.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities at OCC are great!

    Bang for the buck

    Since California has cut almost all educational funding, OCC is currently suffering from their financial struggles. Less classes are available to students.

    What to do for fun

    There are many club opportunities at OCC. One can also join sports.

    Food and Dining

    The food is of good quality. Not the best, but very good overall.

    Dorm Life

    Currently, the school does not offer dorms for their students. It is a community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to register on your registration appointment. Do not expect to get into every class.

    In three sentences

    Amazing scholarship programs. Educated staff that are willing to help their students succeed. Outstanding student life.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 91

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    A lot of people hang out in the student center, where all the food is, but because it is a comunity college there isn't much going on around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Normally I bring my own lunch to school, but the few times I've bought campus food, it has exceeded my expectations, and it is relatively cheap. Their food is quite good.

    Dorm Life

    OCC doesn't have any dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors on campus are willing to go the extra mile and make sure that students are getting the help they need. Most of them have been with the school for a few decades, and they know what they are doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    While planning out your schedule before registration, check out ratemyprofessor.com, so you know which classes will benefit you and fit your learning style. I also encourage trying to see a counselor before the semester starts so you can find out what classes you will actually need to take.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College is a beautiful campus, and fairly small making easy to navigate. The teachers and support staff are awesome, and they have the best hot dogs I've ever consumed. Plus, OCC has an outstanding athletics department, for those of you interested in sports.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've heard of the occasional car being broken into; however, I always feel pretty safe walking around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and each provides distinct opportunities and activities to participate in.

    Bang for the buck

    All in all, OCC is a great school and is one of the best community colleges around. The campus is huge, the classes are great, and most of the faculty is helpful. The only reason I took away a star is because it's so tough to get into classes because of budget cuts.

    What to do for fun

    There's always a fun event going on in or around campus! Between the swap meets, the beach nearby, and the OC Fair Grounds, there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    For the price of the food, it's actually pretty good. They also have a wide variety of choices, as well.

    Dorm Life

    This school doesn't have actual dorms, but they do provide you with contact information of students who need roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Obviously, it depends on the class. The honors classes have more work and the science courses are hard core, but the general education courses are fairly easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do whatever you can to get the earliest registration date possible because the worst part about this school is trying to get into classes that fill up way too quickly.

    In three sentences

    Overall, Orange Coast College is a great place for students looking to save money, stay a home for a few more years, or are unsure of exactly what they want to do. It has great faculty and wonderful programs with so many options.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have emergency buttons everywhere with a intercommunication attached. Of course they can't be everywhere but when you need them they respond asap.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a greek but I know they have plenty of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from. Whether your a geek or a hipster, there is a perfect club for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone. We embrace our differences.

    Bang for the buck

    With everything being pricey, OCC still has decent charges. Parking isn't crazy to pay for either. You have free tutors and advisers so, I think that speaks for itself.

    What to do for fun

    The are so many clubs at the school. We even have aviation courses, and construction courses. Which means yes, you get to build a house or even fly a plane. Very cool.

    Food and Dining

    The school staff really knows how to teach their fellow students how to cook. The culinary students have special meals for occasions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. They make their pizza fresh and same with their pastries.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are very passionate about teaching their students. Some even go out of their way to setup times for meetings. So just in case you don't really understand they will take one on one with you on your time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the library. Go to the student center for free tutoring. Make sure you take advantage and setup a plan with your counselor.

    In three sentences

    Counselors truly care for their students. They are helping expand are rooms to be more modernized for the science savvy. A great place to feel welcome.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. No graffiti or any other signs of vandalism.

    Bang for the buck

    Any money that I get will be used to help pay for flying lessons.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I play with my dogs and now I go fly for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food looks good, but I bring my own lunch

    Dorm Life

    I live at home with parents

    Academic Rigor

    Focuses on details and the overall picture. Smokey makes sure that you learn your stuff.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study hard. If you don't study, you won't pass the APT 130. You will pass if you try.

    In three sentences

    My college is quite amazing with all the wonderful programs that they offer. My teacher for Airline Pilot Transportation for Private Pilots (APT 130) is well experienced in his teachings. If a person is looking for a place to get ground training, Smokey at Orange Coast College is one of the best teachers for you!

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 91

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang out with some friends or go and support the school teams.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is great.

    Dorm Life

    I'm currently living at home.

    Academic Rigor

    There's some tough classes but if you are willing to put in the effort it shouldn't be too hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just focus on your studies and avoid distractions.

    In three sentences

    Its a really good school. However, the only problem is there is a lot of students. So rating it i would give it an 8 out of 10

  • 12/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    When my car battery died, I called campus security and they came and jumped my car for free and right away. They were super helpful and friendly, and made sure I had left before they did in case I needed more help.

    Greek Life

    I have only attended classes.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not involved.

    Great for these types of students

    I only go to classes and then straight to work. So I do not know that much.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I like the marine building because they have fish tanks.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a nice community college.

    What to do for fun

    I have not been that involved in this town because I am still new to it. But there is the beach nearby.

    Food and Dining

    Food is just okay. They have healthy foods so that is nice.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are super easy, others are hard. It just depends on classes, teachers, and interests in the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    For future students, I would make counselor appointments way ahead of time. I would also check your school emails frequently after being put on a wait list for a class in case you get in and have to confirm it through email.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast college is a nice, clean campus. I have liked all of the teachers I have had so far. They also make transferring easy because the counselors are easy to talk to.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    When I was a student at the university level, there were suicides, potheads... there was even a shooting there recently! But at Orange Coast College, things were quiet. If anything, the campus is so safe, it might turn off a student looking for parties and forays.

    Greek Life

    I didn't participate in any OCC Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Students and faculty go out of their way to establish clubs and activities for all interests. In my case, I found a strong writing community here, including a Novel Workshop. You may have to ask around to find the niche that's right for you, though.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're interested in studying psychology, anthropology, or another social science, the coursework available at Orange Coast College is fantastic. Even if you're pursuing another major - like I did - I recommend taking general education options in these fields.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Orange Coast College student needs to experience the Jamba Juice stand. It's a magic place for last-minute refreshments during midterms and finals. It sounds mundane, but if you bring it up at class, students will have something to say.

    Bang for the buck

    Community colleges are affordable. Yet don't think you're getting skimped on your education; you will receive the same quality you'd find at a university. My Eastern Thoughts professor, as an example, is a part-time professor at OCC and full-time at CSUF.

    What to do for fun

    Orange Coast College is aptly named for its close vicinity to the ocean. There's also a newly designed student recreation center. If you can't find something fun to do at these locations, consider joining one of OCC's clubs; other students will point you in the right direction.

    Food and Dining

    The student center, coffee and Jamba Juice stands, and surrounding food places are fantastic.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the apartments surrounding the campus. I happily commuted from Laguna Hills and Anaheim.

    Academic Rigor

    Orange Coast College's professors are going to kick your butt! I found the classes more intensive than similar coursework I signed up for at Cal State University, Fullerton. Expect a university-level curriculum from this community college district.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in the Orange County region, and you're graduating from high school, I could not recommend a better community college than Orange Coast - even if that means a 30-minute commute. Similarly, if you're an adult looking for post-secondary education to enrich your life, Orange Coast College is the place to be. The professors are there to help you aspire in whatever goals you may have.

    In three sentences

    I attended Orange Coast College for the first three years of my undergraduate degree. After transferring to Cal State Fullerton, earning my B.A. in English, and working as a copywriter and editor for three years, I returned to the Coastline College District (Orange Coast and Golden West) to prepare myself for M.F.A. in Creative Writing applications. Orange Coast College's quality of education never ceases to amaze me, and this is coming from the perspective of a 17-year-old undergrad and a 27-year old grad applicant.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    OCC has its own security force and keeps the campus pretty safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every interest that you have is expressed in a club on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who do not know what major they want to get into, great for those who want the real OC experience, and great for those who want to save money.

    Bang for the buck

    Great option to get the best education for a fraction of the cost.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is a mere 10-15 minutes away from campus. South Coast Plaza is 5 minutes away from OCC. Down the 405 in Irvine there is the Irvine Spectrum, great for dining and shopping. The Block at Orange is another great shopping plaza as well.

    Food and Dining

    There is one main cafeteria on campus (Student Center) that serves above average food at affordable prices. There also some smaller eateries around campus worth looking into.

    Dorm Life

    Currently there are no dorms on campus (since it is a commuter school), however there are intensive talks that OCC is going to soon invest in campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    OCC is not too easy and not too hard. The classes are made to fit most students' academic abilities but the professors are nothing but mediocre!

    Tips for prospective students

    Look up classes you are interested in and then head over to ratemyprofessor.com to see the inside scoop of the professor for that class.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast college is the perfect campus for students coming out of high school who do not know what major they want to get into. OCC is an affordable option for students and is a great way to save money in the long run. OCC also has some of the finest professors in the country who want their students to succeed and will help their students achieve success!

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is very present, there are Security checkpoints with alarms throughout the campus, as well as Security officers that stroll the hallways and parking lots constantly.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a large variety of clubs available.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for working students, people trying to further their careers, and just for those that want to take more educational classes.

    Bang for the buck

    It is getting more expensive for the average Community College student due to state budget cuts and rising University costs that had led to an influx of new students which leads to a limited amount of availability of open classes, so it can be difficult to get into classes. Overall I think the price is decent to the resources made available.

    What to do for fun

    There are games to go to, Theater performances, and other student activities funded by student clubs.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria and small vendors throughout the campus, as well as snack bars and even a grill station on campus so there is an assortment of food available. The food is good, the culinary students make dishes on Fridays, and there is a Starbucks on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Since it is a Community College there is no definite dorm life, but there is help available to students looking for living accommodations.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically speaking, it all depends on you as a student and what level of studying you do. There are Honors classes if that interests you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to have your Registration checklist completed before you are ready to register for the upcoming semesters. Research the classes and professors you want to take to get an idea of the structure of the class and if it fits with your work/study habits schedule. It is getting harder for students to get into the classes they need so plan ahead and make sure that you have back-up classes in case the class you wanted is closed. Once you are in the class, study and try not to fall behind. Use the tutoring and ask your professor for any help.

    In three sentences

    OCC is a great transfer and certificate career college for anyone and everyone who wishes to further their academic career. The school itself is easy to access, there are a broad range of classes available, and the professors overall are great at relating to their students in the classroom. There are also plenty of student services available to help with the students' personal and educational needs and questions throughout the campus.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Orange County is the number one transfer community college. It's doesn't have the best instructors overall but it's up to one to excel in class and to do all that is necessary to pass. The people in the tutorial centers are great tutors and can help one understand even the most difficult material.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and new ones are being made for all types of interests

    Great for these types of students

    For students who have not yet figured out what career they want to follow, this college gives you an opportunity to explore your interests.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers can be very tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    ALWAYS plan ahead. Getting classes is competitive, so make sure you're choosing the right class and doing well because as hard as it is to find all the classes you'll need to transfer or earn a degree, it'll be 10 times as hard to re-take classes.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College is an amazing school filled with opportunities and chances. Out of all the schools I have attended, I have never seen so many committed and motivated students before. The number of hard-working, intelligent students encourage me to become motivated also.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe on campus. They campus safety personell is always around.

    Greek Life

    Unsure.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are several clubs; make sure to join one!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The horticulture department has a wonderful garden. They have the students plant a variety to flowers and veggies and sell them on campus. Visit the garden to unwind from stress.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in the campus by joining a club.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria offers healthy choices like soup, veggies and sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers demand involvement and knowledge from students but they make the classes engaging, so you will always learn!

    Tips for prospective students

    The teachers at Orange Coast College are knowledgeable and passionate about their class subject. Make sure to see a counselor and get a plan outline for all the classes you will need to take.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College is a great community college which offers a variety of classes and certificate programs. Thanks to Orange Coast College, I feel well prepared to transfer to a four year university.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Lots of Campus Safety staff, vehicles, and buildings. They also do drills, and teaches inform you that they would pretty much risk their own lives to save yours in the event of an emergency. Also very comforting to see the emergency phones, panic buttons, and alarmed exits everywhere.

    Bang for the buck

    OH MOST DEF. Financial aid is also available.

    What to do for fun

    Well this depends on what you like to do! I guess ON campus there aren't really any fun things that don't involve school. But it you're a jock or a nerd there is a gym, lots of sports fields, and a library and a computer lab.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't really eaten a lot of the foods on campus, but what IS awesome is that they're are a lot of different options on campus. There is a Starbucks, a hotdog stand, another coffee stand, a cafeteria, loads of vending machines (also containing meals--not just snacks!), and a couple kiosk-like places.

    Dorm Life

    They're aren't any dorms...yet! They decided to put some in with the money from the proposition that passed! Yay! Also they're a lot of housing options available all around the city area surrounding OCC, such as apartments, and single rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends. Some classes are REALLY easy. You can check them based on the specific teacher at RateMyProffessor.com. However, if you want a challenge, take an honors course...they're brutal!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be fooled that it is just a community college because it is really the best one out there! Register as early as possible because classes fill up FAST. Get a parking permit and always get to school as early as possible. Get to know your teachers, they are really helpful and caring. Always sit up front and do your best on every assignment...it pays off! Take advantage of campus resources, such as the library, transfer center, career center, student success center, and counseling. Get involved in clubs and on-campus activities, and make as many new friends as possible!

    In three sentences

    OCC is the best, and highly accredited community college in the nation! It offers great classes, has amazing teacher, and a lovely campus. I recommend this college as number 1!

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are always on top of it and never forget your parking permit.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters hoping to save money

    What to do for fun

    Starbucks in the library with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food. The breakfast food is the best.

    Dorm Life

    Their is no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead what classes you are going to take before registering. Try and meet with a counselor before. Utilize at resources available to you that are offered.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus because of its really open layout. Professors are incredibly helpful. Not as hard to get classes as it is at other community colleges.

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't seen anything that would make me believe that there is an issue with safety. However, there are times where somethings tend to get stolen. However, there is always campus security nearby. The telephone is also in reach.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much you can do! There are many events year-round that you can attend to and many different clubs that you can be a part of!

    Great for these types of students

    For people that are able to stand a lecture and not get bored so easily. Depending on the professor, the class will be straight forward or they will add a twist to it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a garden that is absolutely blissful. Hardly anyone is there and you can relax and study there. I've seen people sleep there!

    Bang for the buck

    The books are expensive as always with any college. However, don't sell the book back to the bookstore! It is not worth the money they give you back. Sell it online and you will receive more of your money's worth for the book. A $170 book and they will give you $15 dollars back, regardless if it's new or used.

    What to do for fun

    There is a game room where you can hang out with your friends that is nearby the cafeteria. You can also go to events that the school has to offer like the shows in the Theater!

    Food and Dining

    The food is adequate. The price might not be so great but there's other places to go on campus that will satisfy your hunger. However, the variety is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are decent. The only thing that might make you cringe is the price.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors will help you if you ask for it! Make sure you have the syllabus at all time. It has everything you will need in order to be successful in that class. Some professors even wrote the book that you need for the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be early for classes because parking is hectic! Remember to find your registration time. To be safe, make sure you are online before your registration opens! The classes that you want might be full but if you are on time with your registration, you'll get the classes you want.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College has a great atmosphere. The resources available to the students are amazing! A great school if you plan to transfer to a 4-year school

  • 03/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The culinary students make all the food that is served in the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to a walk in appointment with a counselor before you sign up for your first semester classes.

    In three sentences

    I believe this school is great for students who cannot pay to go straight to a four year university. However, if you know your major and can take out student loans, I suggest avoiding this college as much as possible. It is so easy to get stuck at this school for four years.

  • 04/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Violent crimes are pretty low, parked vehicle security is probably only problem on campus which is still very rare.

    Greek Life

    Very poor unfortunately.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs, probably easily 30+. Theres Honor society, volunteer clubs like Circle K, gamer clubs, science clubs, art, and theater. Guarantee whatever you're interested in, someone has already started a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to transfer out to one of Californias state or UC schools.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    So ya we have a dinosaur on campus. Like a real dinosaur skeleton just randomly displayed in one of the buildings. It's actually pretty cool if you go and check it out.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pretty cheap, considering other schools. The school also has a ton of student services for all students and others just for certain students. What I mean by that is for example, if you wanted to use the gym you'd have to be enrolled in some athletics course, or if you wanted access to the schools film library to rent from you'd have to be enrolled in the film courses.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs clubs clubs. On school clubs that is. The school has a massive amount of student run available clubs. Outside of school. There is a lot to do around, including street fairs in neighboring cities. There's the beach and also Disneyland and knotts berry farm for those with a bigger budget. Heading up to Los Angeles on a weekend can make for a great day trip, whether you're visiting Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Venice. For those into hiking and camping, there are spots all around, some as close as 30 minutes drive or others merely a couple hours drive, very convenient for the outdoor enthusiast.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great for reasonable prices. The main dining hall is cooked by students so quality can occasionally change drastically. Though standards such as Pizza or burgers are always a tasty safe bet. Most of the cooked food is freshly made, the only thing i've seen sit under a heat light is the pizza, but even that generally is rotated out fairly regularly.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is more just off campus apartments. They're clean with access to laundry and located within walking distance of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Not much at all is handed to you in the classroom. Professors work on challenging your brain and making you think outside the box in order to prove you deserve that above average grade

    Tips for prospective students

    Always meet with your teachers during office hours. For students trying to transfer out, don't rely on the councilors but instead check the classes you're taking with a representative from the school you wish to transfer too

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College is a wonderful school with a beautiful campus. Having a diverse range of students that come from all over the world, you're able to meet and make friends with new people that are not only from outside your state but from exotic corners across the globe.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safe Town. Good Security.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a multitude of clubs and activities on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Theatre

    Bang for the buck

    Community colleges are always a great way to save money. Here is where you get a great education to go along with the price.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities happening on campus!

    Food and Dining

    They have chef schooling and they work the restaurants and cafeteria, great food!

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Many diverse classes within every subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register as soon as you can. Parking can get crazy, so show up early. Get to know the campus.

    In three sentences

    A Diverse Campus with great facilities and landscaping. Many great classes for every subject. The teachers are very devoted.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The school has great security, and there's light poles that have an emergency phone for a student to call. I've seen security guards driving disable students to their car.

    Greek Life

    I have no answer.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm currently part of the secular club and part of the volunteer team from the school's student government. The school is very engaging and easy to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for international students. I've met so many people from all parts of the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school is actually very open minded. As far as clubs go, there's a secular club which deals with Atheism, the minorities in religion. The school also has a child center that acts like a day care. And usually once a semester, during science day, you will be able to see all the kids marching around and learning about science.

    What to do for fun

    There lots of clubs and school events to arose college students. The school also offers connections for internships, The school is very easy to get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    The food quality is very diverse at the school, lots of vegetarian food!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on the doors, however, I've seen some of the dorms and it looks peaceful.

    Academic Rigor

    Being out of school for 3 years, I've struggled when I first entered the school. However, with the help available at the school, I was able to improve and catch up with my learning. Even then, a lot of the professors challenge you by creating an environment for one to critically think about specific ideas. Much of the classes that I took were difficult, but engaging none the less.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school offers workshops for engaging students, and not only that, but the school also have school promotes important events for the local community.

    In three sentences

    the college is extremely diverse in terms of culture, and educational opportunities. For the school also offers many certification degrees for any incoming student, even international students. Also, the school offers a success center for students who struggle a specific subject.

  • 04/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Parking ticket enforcers is more what they really are.

    Greek Life

    I belong to Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Gamma Sigma, both honor societies.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was part of honor societies.

    Great for these types of students

    Transfer

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I am aware of

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to a University it is inexpensive although prices do continue to climb.

    What to do for fun

    Disneyland and Knotts are relatively close and there is always the beach.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good we have an award winning cullinary program.

    Dorm Life

    Lived off campus, no dorms available.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the professor. Always check ratemyprofessor.com

    Tips for prospective students

    Register on time or you will not get in to the classes you need.

    In three sentences

    I have had an overall good experience at Orange Coast College. The relatively inexpensiveness of attending vs a Cal State or University makes it so much easier to be able to attend the first few years of college. Although the classes are full and waitlisting is not my favorite I enjoyed my overall experience here.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will always feel safe here

    Greek Life

    There is a honor society that does alot of community work and events on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    soo mnay to choose from

    Great for these types of students

    Determined Finnancial need Low income all other types

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Library is focus time -The circle benches around the computer lab is known as the smoke circle

    Bang for the buck

    Deffenitely would reccemend this college for highschool grads. #1 in transfers

    What to do for fun

    The beach is only a 10 min drive to some very classy waves. Big Bear moutain and Moutain High are a 30 to 45 min drive Boating is another great activity

    Dorm Life

    Camdens are a party spot, I dont suggest you move there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to school early to avoid parking Meet with a counselor so you don't take classes that you don't need Apply for financial aid to see you if you qualify

    In three sentences

    I love the location here, and everyone is pretty friendly. The campus is condensed so you don't need to walk 3 miles to get to class. The Library and fitness buildings are very nice.

  • 04/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join associated student, clubs, events on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Take summer class. Register early because classes in here are very hard to get in to.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College (OCC) is a good school to go to. The professors in here are really knowledgeable and helpful. Great school!

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Orange Coast College is in Costa Mesa, California and this part of Costa Mesa is very safe. The surrounding area is upper middle class, if not upper class.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs. There is a club for pretty much anyone. Also you can create your own club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual location is the welding and aircraft area which has many old planes and odd looking machinery. Another unusual area is the Ornamental Horticulture area which has many interesting plants and such.

    Bang for the buck

    I am comparing the price to a four year college or university. The price is $46 per unit which is extremely affordable. One year, with books and carrying an average 15 unit load, costs around $2000.

    What to do for fun

    The theater hold plays, musicals, and concerts. There is also a beautiful gym, tennis courts, track, and it is near the shopping mall South Coast Plaza/Metro Point and the Orange County Fairgrounds.

    Food and Dining

    The food court is excellent and affordable with food choices such as: pizza, pho, salad bar, Mexican food, sandwiches, hamburgers, bowls, and much more. Also there is a Starbucks on campus which is a nice plus.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on the teacher, but I haven't had an experience which was extremely hard or extremely easy. Obviously harder classes such as Chemistry 180 and Calculus 3 will be harder than Geography 100 and English 101. The academic rigor is appropriate for all the classes I have had. By no means is everything easy, but is not unbearable at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes can become full very quickly. Do not give up trying to get into classes and utilize the waitlist system. When you are on the waitlist for a class check your student email EVERY DAY. I have had the unfortunate experience of being dropped twice from classes I got into because I didn't check my email often enough. Even if the waitlist is full, trying petitioning classes by going on the first day, even first two weeks to see if the teacher will add you into the class. Some teachers will let many people in and some won't, It all depends on the teacher.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College has been a great place to go to school because they offer excellent two year degree and certificate programs. Also because the cost is very inexpensive, roughly $2000 per year including books(averaging 15 units per semester). I would give OCC a 9 out of 10.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Orange Coast campus is really close to the beach. There is also the Orange County Fairground nearby.

    Food and Dining

    There are good snack and food restaurant on campus, such as Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the form, so I don't know what dorm life is like.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is definitely harder than high school. New students who just graduated from there need to spend more time studying and preparing for the classes. If you don't understand a class or you think you are behind, seek tutoring help from the students services center.

    In three sentences

    I like the diversity of the students here at Orange Coast College. Every students that I have met are all very nice and friendly. I have met professors who are not very good teachers and they favor their special students, which I thought was unfair for those of us who are trying our best in the class.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is friendly but stern

    Greek Life

    OCC has its geeks. They come in peace.

    Clubs and Activities

    Multitude of different clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    All

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every so often, OCC students hold events by the quad, usually with fun activities to participate in.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheapest and MOST effective way to get your general out of the way

    What to do for fun

    Get involved; Honors societies, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Good food at the Quad and Student Center

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the professor, classes contain anywhere from a light to heavy workload. Average difficulty, just put in the effort and it'll be easy

    Tips for prospective students

    See a counselor before you get underway for college! Get your Student Educational Plan (SEP) in order so you know what you're doing.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Counseling staff is very helpful. Everything is very easy to find. Melting pot of different cultures.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Nothing really on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your registration.

    In three sentences

    Great learning environment. Staff seems to really care about the students. The school has a lot of tutoring available.

  • 06/22/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I was a member of the Crew Team. Coast has a rich rowing history with numerous West Coast Championships and 3 National Championships.

    Bang for the buck

    I am now a junior in College and I have spent under $2000.

    What to do for fun

    There is the beach, Disneyland, Knotts, LA, South Coast Plaza; you name it, Coast has it.

    Food and Dining

    This is Orange County; you can find cheap or expensive, delicious or deleterious, fun or fancy. All it takes is a smart phone and a little patience.

    Dorm Life

    I lived at home so life was good. However, if housing is needed there are apartments all around the campus that are both comfortable and affordable.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the classes really depends on the classes you take; if you take the lower level classes then of course it will be easy, but if you take the upper division classes be ready to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with sports. Take as many classes as you can. Broaden your education by taking as many different subjects as you can. You may find something you never knew interested you.

    In three sentences

    In high school I was an honor student expecting to immediately attend a four year university. As fate would have it, I was unable to attend the school I was accepted to and decided to attend Orange Coast College in the interim. This ended up being the best decision I ever made; because of Orange Coast I now have my AA with no debt, all my GenEd is completed, and I have 2 rowing National Championships under my belt.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe, put campus security's number in your phone, people are always bashing each other's cars in the parking lots. They have an escort system, lights are on at campus, and students are usually out and about for the night classes. Be careful in the large parking lots. There are phones located throughout the campus that directly links you to campus security if you don't have accessibility to call them yourself.

    Greek Life

    No greek life to speak of.

    Clubs and Activities

    They brag about having a lot of clubs. They do.

    Great for these types of students

    A lot of students I met either didn't know what to do after high school, or they were very studiously working towards transferring. If you fit those types, you will fit right in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The quad is where everything happens, look it up on the campus map and you can usually find someone there handing out freebies. Also, the SWAT meet happens every saturday in the Adams lot if you are looking for a good deal for nothing in particular.

    Bang for the buck

    It gave me the units to transfer to a four-year, so it was well worth it's money. Not too expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs, especially being near the beach they are active in water sports and sailing. Join a club in whatever you are interested in, there are a lot of people who you will meet!

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria, as well as three different OCC food kiosks that serve typical fast food-like meals, as well as snacks and coffee. There is also a starbucks on campus. Food places and restaurants are nearby, so it's not a big deal to leave campus and come back, once the parking situation is a little less full.

    Dorm Life

    Commuter here, no dorms available for OCC, but there are apartments nearby, and just across campus. Fairly expensive though.

    Academic Rigor

    It is as hard as you make it here. I have taken classes that have been fairly easy, to extremely hard. The classes that you take will decide how much time you need to put in to get that A. Check up on the teachers to see who you should take a class with, some instructors may have a heavy accent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for your classes when your appointment is active, do not hesitate! Classes will fill up fast, always go to the class if you are wait listed, there is always a chance the instructor will give you an add class code. Park early, parking is always very crowded the first few weeks, and the adams lot fills up very fast, despite how big it is. Contact your instructors and go to their office hours, most times they would love to have you ask them questions or discuss the material with you.

    In three sentences

    Impacted with a lot of students, if you are from out of town, or an incoming freshman it may be harder for you to get classes your first couple of semesters. The campus is very pretty for a community college, and there is a starbucks and other small food kiosks throughout the campus that also have great coffee and meals. The teacher's are fantastic here, get to know them.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    Does not apply

    Academic Rigor

    Great/ pushes to be better

    In three sentences

    Best Transfer School, has great classes and professional help.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Going to football games and clubs are always fun

    Tips for prospective students

    I would go into the walk in Counselor, and see what classes you need to take.

    In three sentences

    Occ is very helpful when I couldn't figure out what classes to take. The students there are very nice and helpful. The campus is simple and not hard to figure out.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is amazing they are always patrolling making it very safe.

    Greek Life

    i dont have a clue.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are multiples great clubs in the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who are determine to transfer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    you'll have to see for your self.

    Bang for the buck

    its worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    for fun ? hmm for fun you can go to the beach which is 10 minute drive away. fishing, hiking, etc ...

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning is superb to say the least cafeteria food is amazing and they have outside staff grilling.

    Dorm Life

    Orange Coast doesn't offer dorm life but soon will.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor at orange coast is excellent.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for Prospective students is just follow the deadlines and you'll be fine.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College is a excellent transfer community college. they have a variety of major options. finally their teachers and staff are incomparable to other colleges.

  • 08/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a campus security office at the corner of Fairview and Merrimac street that provides parking and campus security. However, they are also in charge of distributing the parking permits as well, and if you are not careful about it you may end up buying a permit, but not receiving one. Other than that there are emergency posts all over campus that one can run to and then push a button alerting the security of a disturbance.

    Clubs and Activities

    Orange Coast College is one of the more active community college campuses I have been to. They have many different clubs for many different kinds of people, and if there isn't a club that works for one person, they have the option of creating their own club.

    Bang for the buck

    Typically people come to Orange Coast College to save money. Rather than going directly to their university or college of choice they come here to take their general education courses for less, then proceed to transfer.

    What to do for fun

    As it is a community college there is a certain lack of large scale activities, but at Orange Coast college there is an occasional theatrical event at our Robert Moore Theater. It usually ranges from plays, dance recitals, and other activities depending. There are also many clubs that offer social opportunities and something to do at school rather than going home.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few different places on campus to eat, such as the cafeteria, the Snack Shack, Starbucks, Coffee Stands, vending machines, etc. Most recommended from my perspective would be the snack shack, because they have a variety of great tasting foods and is a great place to grab a quick bite. However, the cafeteria itself has the most variety of foods and is generally a great place to go if you have a good amount of time to spare.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Orange Coast College, However there are some apartment complexes around the school that students typically occupy. Having a roommate is a must if you are looking to live around the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a moderately demanding environment, where you will be expected to put in the work to get the grade. If you remain diligent in your studies and are focused in class you can expect a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to Orange Coast College be sure to always looks for help concerning things you might not know about. Be sure to make a trip to Watson Hall every so often to check with your counselor or get some help at the transfer center, because those are what will get you to where you want to be. Lastly, be sure to join an extracurricular activity (sports, clubs, etc.) to make yourself a more well rounded student, and to provide a social environment for your experience at Orange Coast College.

    In three sentences

    As a community college it is typically there to help with people looking to transfer, however extracurricular activities here are booming and fun. Classes are usually small, but that is a good thing because it allows the professors to better focus their attention on you. The staff here is very professional and great to work with.

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    the best thing join sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    over all its a good school.

    In three sentences

    orange coast college is friendly. the college is safe. you don't have to fear anything thing.

  • 09/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are looking to finish their general education for a super cheap price and then transfer to a 4-year institution.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a great education for a low price! Super cheap!

    What to do for fun

    Meet new people

    Food and Dining

    There are a few sandwich, coffee stands and a Starbucks on campus. Nothing too fancy. Mainly just a grab-and-go meal before class.

    Dorm Life

    I don't think there is a dorm life here... I believe 100% of the student population at Orange Coast College are commuters.

    Academic Rigor

    As with anything in life, you get out what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to apply/ register as soon as possible, class spots run out quick!

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College is a great option for transfer students. Contrary to what many believe about community colleges, I genuinely feel like I am receiving a fantastic education. Best value for your dollar!

  • 10/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    They have some events throughout the semester to help students relieve some steam. Events include movies, some carnival games, selling trinkets from clubs, and a food day where all clubs sell food.

    Food and Dining

    Has great food and many selections at a very reasonable price.

    Dorm Life

    I have no knowledge of this as I didn't dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the courses I have taken have been rigorous in their own right but have been very enjoyable in their own right as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for anything and don't rely on Rate My Professor to choose your educators.

    In three sentences

    Great college with some amazing professors that are passionate about helping their students not pass their class but learn what they have to teach. It is a college where I feel that I am actually getting prepared to go on to the next step and I feel that it is actually preparing me. The classes offer some information that is always interesting as well as keep an aura of vigor that always challenges you.

  • 12/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are malls and parks nearby. There is an art gallery that is next to the coffee shop that is hidden but worth looking at.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is pretty neat. Its run by the culinary department, and these people know what they are doing. I wish I knew about it sooner, I'd be there all the time, eating stuff.

    Dorm Life

    nonexistent? is it there? are there dorms? I don't see any

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes you choose, but if you choose the right ones (do your research!) the experience is completely worth it. Its also easy to glide through, if thats what you're looking for.

    In three sentences

    You can find whatever you're interested in here, and do it. I've spent more time than I'd care to admit at OCC, just going through interesting art and non english classes, just because they seemed fun and interesting. The cool thing about it is that its affordable, and you can definitely defend exploring passions here without going broke.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    78 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No deaths this year!!

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many clubs to choose from!

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of student hosted activities. Karaoke nights, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The culinary arts students make the food and everything i have tried has been delicious!

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Great teachers. All of the ones I have taken were pretty good and very forgiving.

    In three sentences

    OCC has one of the nicest community college campuses. Great food! Nice staff members!

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Beach!

    Food and Dining

    Top Culinary Arts program so they make good food and it's cheap

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the tutoring center if you are struggling. It's free.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College is probably the top Community College in California. Has a very veteran friendly environment, many different programs and is more like a university instead of a two year. I would highly recommend OCC to everyone!

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus with friendly people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking to finish their courses with the right amount of units to transfer as soon as possible.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Plenty of places designated for smoking, yet a lot of people don't use them.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is close enough to enjoy during a long break as well as the library being used to get homework done.

    Food and Dining

    Seems to be good, yet many have said it is a bit overpriced.

    Academic Rigor

    Easily manageable if you use your time wisely and avoid procrastinating. School work is easily done if time is devoted towards finishing homework completely and thoroughly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many units as you can each semester while making sure all the courses transfer to your future 4-year university to ensure transfer eligibility. Ask students, teachers, and counselors for help and guidance.

    In three sentences

    Most of the teachers are understanding and helpful, but other faculty members such as counselors and office workers can be rude and useless. The school environment is welcoming and not overwhelming. Most of the students seem to be older than your usual teenagers, but are still friendly.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safe but still should you keep an eye on yourself

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working and transferring students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Horticulture Garden is super nice and quite. Perfect for a lunch and hang out with your partner

    Bang for the buck

    Student Center's food

    What to do for fun

    Sports and roller skate club

    Food and Dining

    Great as we eat food made by the Culinary major students

    Dorm Life

    No dorm experience

    Academic Rigor

    Close to University of Irvine thus its course are heavily influenced by professors who teach both schools. That says, you get the same education for almost free at Orange Coast College. Course load is specifically heavy for some courses. GED is generally a breeze

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to work hard and remember to ask for help. Know where you are going this school will get you there

    In three sentences

    They offer high quality class - lost of materials and information. Professors are super friendly and always available for you, very inspiring and supportive to help you reach out into fields you are interested in. You can talk to them and ask even personal reviews, thoughts about their career and life experiences.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is a very safe campus. Crime is minor and written up in each issue of the school paper The Coast Report. There are officers conspicuously moving around campus and escorts to your car are available if you don't feel safe at any point. There are a number of security cameras in place as well, and the tapes are reviewed by officers in the campus safety modular building in the parking lot.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and Fraternities are not allowed in community colleges.

    Clubs and Activities

    The college has around 70 active clubs and organizations. It has a large student government with a great deal of funds to put on activities for the students. There's frequently an event of some sort going on in the quad, hosted by one of several organizations. There are several honors societies based on areas of interest. The school also has about a dozen NCAA sports teams. There's something for everyone to do at Coast.

    Great for these types of students

    Coast is great if you're a recent high school graduate, looking to work through your lower level classes in an affordable institution. It's also great if you're an adult, returning to school for the first time. It's good if you're seeking a certificate, or looking to fill some prerequisites for a higher degree. Finally, Coast is great for a curious person that is just looking to learn something new.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has an aquarium that is open to the public in the science building. It also has beautiful horticulture gardens that one would totally miss if they didn't know they were there. As far as a tradition goes, the football team does play a bell game versus our inter district rival Golden Wast College.

    Bang for the buck

    At OCC, there are a lot of ways to get involved. I hugely recommend this. I have found that since joining student government, and getting otherwise involved on campus, my willingness to remain focused on school increased. I work harder on assignments because I'm expected to be an example to my fellow students. Getting involved on campus provides a sense of ownership. Plus, you do get an idea of how the campus runs that students rarely don't get to see.

    What to do for fun

    At school I'm a member of a hand full of honors societies, so they keep me pretty busy. I spend most of my down time in service. Away from school, I take Wushu classes, read, write, go to ice hockey games, and roller skate.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Coast is produced by the culinary department and they do a great job over all. There are some things that they aren't the best at, and the food gets better as the semester goes forward and the students learn more. I'm a particular fan of the build your own pho bar in the student center.

    Dorm Life

    Orange Coast has no dorms at this time.

    Academic Rigor

    I marked four stars because the average class isn't terribly difficult. However, even if you don't join the honors program, you should take honors classes. They are much more like what you'll find in your transfer institution. It will help you to prepare to be successful in your future classes, post Coast.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit your counselor early and often. Get a plan of action ready early, so that you have a road map. Choosing classes from so many interesting options can be hard, and distracting. Join the honors program, even if you weren't an honors student in high school. The classes tend to be smaller and the work level is what you can expect from the classes you'll take after transfer. Be sure that you have a goal in mind, and like the school's tagline says, they'll help you get there.

    In three sentences

    Coast is an excellent place to be no matter your educational goals, but those seeking a more rigorous course load are in luck. The honors program offers students a taste of a four year university. This school has some of the most inspiring faculty I've ever encountered.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are lots of student clubs in the college so it won't be really boring for every students who are enrolled at OCC.

    Food and Dining

    School cafeteria serves its best quality foods and drinks.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately there is not dormitory in the college but there are lots of apartments and houses nearby to stay.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College is the very good college with lots of advantages. It has a very good transfer rate to 4 year universities and faculty and staffs are just awesome.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    84 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't know what they want to do.

    What to do for fun

    The library is really nice. It's cool when it rains really hard.

    Dorm Life

    No dorm life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your teachers. Classes are very big and it's easy to fly under the radar.

    In three sentences

    OCC is clean and esthetically pleasing. Teacher are mediocre. Classes very impacted.

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never heard of any bad incidents happening on campus. The most unsafe places would be the understandable impatience in the parking lots and zooming skateboarders. Aside from that the campus is harmless and security is always available.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus. Keep an eye or ear alert for clubs because you may discover there is a club or activity going on that you never thought would exist. The school holds dances, charity events, concerts, sport events, science nights, stand up comedy shows, workshops, and so many more things.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are not entirely sure what to major in or if they plan to transfer. The variety of courses makes it easier to find a subject you want to continue to peruse. If you are on a budget this school is great because there are so many opportunities to get financial aid. If you plan to transfer to a UC or Calstate, counselors are always available to help. Plus the school has a great transfer rate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Lewis Building has a mini aquarium on the first floor. Students caught the marine life themselves during different trips for marine science classes. The Art Center displays student pieces on all 3 floors. You may also see airplanes way behind the library which is for the aviation department.

    Bang for the buck

    Apply for the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver and it will help a whole lot. Courses and textbooks are not at unrealistic prices. As long as you put in all your effort into your classes then you will have gotten so much back in return than what you had to pay for.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club. Check out Club Rush and Coast Day to see all the clubs and what they have to offer. You may discover a group of people who share the same passion as you do and make better ties with other students and the school.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple food options around campus. The cafeteria offers a lot of options with 3 different services from cooked, salad bar, and quick serve. There are 2 outside food stops in different places on campus, a Starbuck's, various tables scattered around, 2 coffee shops, and various vending machines around. The student store also offers more food and drink options. When you dine outside the scenery is pleasant.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home since OCC is a 20 minute bus ride away, so I don't exactly dorm on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Look into potential professors by asking other students or staff so you can take a course with a professor that can better suit your style of learning. Keep track of the courses you need, their prerequisites, and when they are offered. Be fully prepared to commit to a class so you can get the best possible grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be fully aware of deadlines, especially for registration. Explore the campus so you know where all the buildings are, plus it could lead to you discovering something you never knew was there. Research your textbooks. Sometimes you may not even need to buy textbooks if they're offered for free at the library or online.

    In three sentences

    The amount of diversity on campus would make anyone feel welcome. Students are friendly and willing to help one another. The large campus gives a nice feel to a larger UC or Calstate campus.

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You can do anything from go to the beach or just walk around school! There is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food from the cafeteria is so so !

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are very difficult in the way that they teach but it helps you learn!

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay attention in class and do your work, college is not that bad.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love this school. Orange Coast has the friendliest people you will ever meet, including the teachers. I would have not chosen any other community college.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    87 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe and feels welcoming to everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs and activities available.

    Great for these types of students

    Wanting to transfer to a 4 year university and save a ton of money! Someone trying to get back on their feet.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the vicinity! Orange coast in near the beach and other various attractions all around the Orange county area

    Food and Dining

    Lots of good food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Not really a school for that.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are what you make of them. The classes all vary in rigor and depend on your strengths and weaknesses, if struggling though there are plenty of resources from the college in order to help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get priority registration as fast as you can. Be on top of your classwork and try your hardest if you want to be able to transfer successfully.

    In three sentences

    Orange college is the perfect school if you want to transfer in the long run. The college is huge and offers a wide variety of classes needed to obtain your goal. Any student considering on transferring and lives around the Orange County area should greatly consider Orange Coast.

  • 03/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    88 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Food in the cafeteria is decent. The food carts/stands around campus are also good.

    Dorm Life

    As far as I know, there are no dorms for this school

    Academic Rigor

    To me, the classes here weren't too difficult. But down to it, it all depends on your major and the courses you have to take for your particular major. I didn't have many science or math classes I had to take, so I can't say how difficult this was.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use all the help you can get. Use the space on campus to get your work done. Go to the library, the computer lab or the student success center. Focus on your work, don't lose our discipline. It's not high school anymore, so no one will hold your hand. It's up to you to succeed, so don't just get by, apply yourself.

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College has good professors that will do what they can to help you out. Though there are a few just average professors teaching here, the good ones are really terrific people. Utilize all your resources, including the few amazing professors you will meet here.

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I really love this community college, they have a wide variety of classes that help you enhance your knowledge, but also help towards understanding your career. They have great teachers here, that focus on helping the students excel, and also have great counseling as well. And lastly the classes are well advanced, that they get you ready if not already prepared for university level classes.

  • 08/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    90 of 91

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is tight, and so is parking violation partol.

    Food and Dining

    The small shacks around campus are awesome, especially the Snack Shack, which sells the Hawaiian burger! Pricing is a bit expensive, but that's college for you.

    Dorm Life

    They are looking to provide on-campus housing within a few years, but as of now, no dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Plenty of great professors who are willing to go the extra mile for you to succeed. Take advantage of the Student Success Center and always, ALWAYS ask questions!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join programs such as EOPS for placement and priority, especially if you're serious about graduating/transfering.

    In three sentences

    A fun environtment. Great professors. Too little classes to accomodate all of their student body.

  • 10/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria at Orange Coast College is enough to get by. Other than this they have a Starbuck's on campus, and a few food stands.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on or around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Not what I was expecting after high school, more a continuation than higher education. It is very easy to obtain good grades without breaking a sweat, keeping in mind that this is my opinion!

    In three sentences

    Orange Coast College is an amazing community college to hone your skills. It has a great campus and offers many programs for the students. The academics here are not much of a challenge as it is a normal community college, but still enough to keep your mind active after high school!