The ultra-modern Biology building is part of OCC’s ABC Science Complex, and houses the College’s biology courses and cutting-edge laboratories, where students can refine their skills. Some of the classes held here include human anatomy and physiology, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, botany and sonography.
At the OCC Campus Bookstore students will find textbooks, school supplies, and snacks, as well as official Pirate gear. Students can save up to 80% by purchasing new, used or digital textbooks here. Students also can purchase or rent books via the official online site or with the My College Bookstore app, and at the end of semester, they can sell back textbooks and make some extra cash.
Located between OCC’s Horticulture and Literature and Languages building, the Chemistry building houses chemistry courses that teach concepts, problem solving skills, laboratory and safety skills and higher-level reasoning skills, such as synthesis and analysis.
The ultra-modern Consumer Sciences and Design building is part of OCC’s ABC Science Complex and is the main location for the College’s interior design, fashion, assistant speech pathology, and early childhood education programs. Here students will merge theory and practice as they prepare for careers in these fields.
Built in the late 1950’s OCC’s Faculty House was part of a project undertaken by construction students. Once complete, it was the home of a resident maintenance and operations worker who looked after the campus after hours. Today, the Faculty House is used as a meeting place for various constituency groups, including the Faculty and Classified Union, the Academic Senate, and other groups. The Faculty House also houses the OCC offices of the Coast Federation of Educators.
The new state-of-the-art, 49,000-square-foot Fitness Complex. Located just north of OCC’s LeBard Stadium, off Monitor Way and Fairview Rd., the new Fitness Complex is a two-story structure. It includes a large multipurpose room that can be utilized as a gymnasium or large group instruction facility. The complex has a training facility for sports medicine, an equipment room, a 6,000-square-foot Strength Lab, a 2,600-square-foot Cardio Lab, housing 57 pieces of cardio equipment, an Exercise Science Testing Lab, and a fitness studio and classroom.
This building houses classes for art history, film/video history, theater history and the digital photography labs.
Located in Orange Coast College’s Watson Hall, the Garrison Honors Center was named for the late Distinguished Professor of marine science Tom Garrison. A major objective of the Garrison Honors Center is to bring the College’s 15 honor societies, the campus-wide Honors Program and its Honors Student Council under one roof, and to increase membership in honors organizations on campus to 25 percent for eligible students. The Garrison Honors Center is slated to reside in Legacy Hall once construction on the building to remodel the space is complete, in about one year.
Located adjacent to parking lot A, OCC’s 1,500-seat Peterson Gymnasium hosts the men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball team games and also general education classes in volleyball, basketball, and badminton. The gym’s foyer features awards, trophies and photos documenting the history of OCC’s championship teams.
OCC’s Library houses a permanent collection comprised of more than 100,000 books, periodicals, videos and audiocassettes. Students also have access to the Library’s online catalogue and full-text databases, as well as resources in the Cal-West Consortium for materials not owned by the College. The Library offers a variety of places to study, including lounge areas, individual carrels, and group study rooms, and there are always extended hours around finals week. OCC’s Library also is the home base for the non-profit Friends of the Orange Coast College Library, which raises funds for the Library and awards an annual scholarship.
Orange Coast College's Literature and Languages Division is home to the departments of English , English as a Second Language , Journalism, Communication Studies and World Languages (including French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish).
With space for up approximately 150 students each, OCC’s Math Lecture Halls 1 and 2 host large lectures for the College’s Mathematics department, as well as some other science and humanities courses. The facility also is available for special events throughout the year, such as guest speakers on campus, and staff training.
OCC’s Men’s Locker Room is utilized by the College’s men’s sports teams, including Men’s Volleyball and Men’s Basketball. The facility includes lockers for day use and semester use, as well as showers and a dedicated Team Room.
OCC’s recently renovated Robert B. Moore Theater, which was designed by the world famous architect, Richard Neutra, can accommodate close to 900 spectators. The Moore Theater hosts performances by the OCC Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band. Additional performances include Chorale, Dance and Theatrical productions. The Moore Theater also houses a Drama Lab for theater performances and a contemporary set design workshop. It is here that OCC’s Theatre department performs special productions, such as a yearly Shakespeare performance, sellout children's theatre productions and summer musicals.
With approximately 160 seats, OCC’s Science Lecture Hall hosts large lectures for the College’s science departments. The facility also is available for special events throughout the year, such as guest speakers on campus, and staff training.
Special Programs and Services provides support services for students with disabilities, including academic counseling, vocational counseling, and priority registration. Students with physical, learning and psychological disabilities choose Orange Coast College for its accessible campus and the many services available through Special Programs and Services.
OCC’s Technology Annex is the home of the College’s Aviation Science pilot training program, and hosts several technology and consumer science classes on campus. The Aviation Lounge can be found here, where aviation students can practice their skills on one of the College’s two new flight simulators, or relax and study with classmates.
Located adjacent to parking lot A, OCC’s pools host the College’s men’s and women’s water polo teams and the State Champion men’s and women’s swim teams and diving teams. Instructional swimming courses and Adapted Kinesiology courses also are held at the pools, which include a shallow pool and deep-water pool.
Located on the far west side of campus, OCC’s Maintenance and Operations department supports the College by maintaining and improving upon its buildings and structures. Tasked with overseeing OCC’s 164-acre campus, the M&O department provides safe and user friendly facilities and access to facilities for students, faculty and staff at the College.
OCC’s Student Health Center provides nursing and medical services for everything from first aid and the treatment of short term illnesses, to physical exams, lab testing, contraception and women’s health services. The SHC’s mental health services team provide a safe, supportive place to go for free counseling. Regardless of why they visit the SHC, student’s can be assured that their medical records will be kept confidential. The nominal health fee, which is part of every student’s registration, covers the consultation costs for anyone who currently is enrolled and attending classes for that semester.
Built in the 1950’s, Orange Coast College’s Forum building was the first large lecture hall in the state of California. With approximately 250 seats, the Forum hosts several large lectures throughout the school year, mainly in for the social sciences. The Forum also is used for special events throughout the year, such as OCC’s Mathletes competition for high school students.
Located just west of OCC’s Main Quad, Classroom and Labs are a trio of buildings that house a number of general education and upper division courses. The STEM Center is now located in C&L 105.
OCC’s Watson Hall building is a one-stop shop for student services at the College. Here, students will find the Enrollment Center, Transfer Center, Financial Aid Office, Career Center, Counseling department, and more.
Set amid magnificently landscaped grounds, it’s easy to spot the Horticulture building and gardens. Here you will often find students, faculty and staff studying, relaxing or having lunch in this beautiful setting. OCC’s Horticulture program is an ideal fit for students who are interested in careers such as landscape design, landscape maintenance, arboriculture, interior plantscaping, pest and disease control, and nursery operation. Students hone their skills in the on-campus nursery, which has more than 10,000-square feet of greenhouse space and shade structures. Horticulture students also host three plant sales throughout the year, with all of the proceeds going back into the program and funding student scholarships and equipment.
Waterfront Campus Parking
Skill Center, Aviation Technology, Welding Technology
The 34,000-square-foot Lewis Center houses several of OCC’s science departments, including marine science, geography, physics, astronomy and engineering. The building also is home to the only student-run public aquarium in the United States, which features more than 250 species of fish and tide animals.
The Technology & Skills Center is a home to a variety of innovative, hands-on technical programs, which allow students to enter the work force with certifications, or provide a strong foundation for transferring to a four-year college or university program. OCC’s programs include construction, architecture, drafting, manufacturing technology, electronics, woodworking, aviation pilot program, aviation airframe, robotics, Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, and welding. Students enrolled in these programs will have the opportunity to work with industry-grade equipment, including metal and plastic 3D printers and Friction Stir Welders. The Tech Center also is home to two flight simulators used by students studying in our Aviation and Pilot Training program, and houses OCC’s hospitality program where students can pursue programs and certificates in travel & tourism, hotel & spa management and food service management.
The Math, Business and Computing Center is a state-of-the-art, three-story space that is home to three lecture halls and 10 computer labs where students receive valuable hands-on experience. Students also will find plenty of study and lounge areas on the second and third levels of the MBCC. The Computing Center, located on the first floor, is open to all OCC students, and is equipped with both PCs and MACs, and printing stations, which can be accessed for a minimal fee.
The heart of the Food Service and Culinary Arts programs at Orange Coast College is the instructional run Captain's Table Restaurant. This 75-seat restaurant provides a real-life training facility for students and a gourmet dining option for the campus and community. The Captain’s Table, when not being used as an instructional lab, may be reserved for banquets and related functions.
The three-story Art Center is home to many of OCC’s Visual Arts departments, including Art and Digital Media Arts and Design, in addition to the College’s well-known Film, Video and Photography programs. The cutting edge space hosts facilities for ceramics, drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking, and screen printing to name a few. The building also boasts a Pilates studio on the first floor for OCC’s Dance program.
OCC’s Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, one of Southern California’s best exhibition spaces, focuses on contemporary visual culture and hosts various art exhibits. Eight large north-facing skylights provide exceptional lighting for the works housed in the 3,400-square-feet of exhibition space, and artists from the around globe are highlighted via the special events, concerts, performances, installations and films which are held here throughout the year.
The ultra-modern Allied Health building is part of OCC’s ABC Science Complex, and is home to several outstanding programs designed to prepare tomorrow’s healthcare professionals in fields including emergency medical services, respiratory care, radiologic technology, registered dental assisting and medical assisting.
Orange Coast College’s Music program is designed to provide dedicated students with the knowledge and experience they need to transfer to top four-year institutions, and to succeed in the highly competitive business of music. The College’s Music facilities were recently renovated, and students now have access to nine new Steinway grand pianos, six upright practice pianos, and 26 digital practice keyboards. Upgrades also included a new recital hall with seating for approximately 80 people, stage lighting, and state-of-the-art acoustics, and a redesigned music library for both instrumental and choral music. All rehearsal spaces for music students and ensembles have been acoustically adapted for their specific functions.
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· Charging Station for Electric Vehicles
This parking lot has parking for:
· Charging Station for Electric Vehicles
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The Student Center is one of the main hubs of activity on campus — it houses OCC’s Cafeteria, which offers plenty of dining options, whether students want a quick snack or a made-to-order meal. It also includes several culinary arts classrooms, where students from OCC’s Culinary program can hone their skills. It’s where students come to meet up with friends, grab a quick bite to eat and study. It is also the home base for the Associated Students of Orange Coast College, or ASOCC, which runs student government and oversees student clubs. Located near the entrance of the Student Center OCC’s Veteran’s Resource Center gives military veteran students a place to study and connect with other veterans.
• The Student Center Cafe ' is located in the OCC Student Center, and is part of the OCC Food Service Instructional Program.
• "Quick Corner" provides Deli Sandwiches, Snacks, Hot Dogs, Coffee, Beverages and other convenience type items. Our Customers will find a friendly and professional staff ready to serve freshly prepared foods including breakfast, lunch and dinner items along with pastries and snacks. It is located in the Student Center in the main cafeteria.
serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and is located in the quad area by Literature and Language, Chemistry, The Science Hall and Home Economics.
is located near the Art Center
provides Deli Sandwiches, Snacks, Hot Dogs, Coffee, Beverages and snacks for a light breakfast lunch or dinner. It's location will be under the large covered patio between the Watson Hall and the Book Store.
The only recycling facility in the city of Costa Mesa, OCC’s Recycling Center serves as a valuable resource in the community. The Recycling Center pays a fixed amount for aluminum, glass, plastic, and bi-metal containers that have the "California Redemption Value" or "CRV" message on the label. The Center also accepts donations of scrap metal and old appliances, all types of paper and cardboard, reusable clothing, and cans, bottles, and food and beverage containers. The Center also accepts e-waste, household batteries, fluorescent light tubes and used cooking oil.
is located next to the Arts Pavilion
Bus lines 55, 47A, 178
serves street fare type foods such as grass fed burgers, chicken finger barbequed pizza and also raw juice and smoothies. Located across form the Math, Business and Computing Center behind the Stadium Fence.
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The Adams parking lot houses our swap meet. Orange Coast College's Swap Meet operates Rain or Shine every Saturday and Sunday from 8am - 3pm throughout the year.
It is held in the OCC parking lot off of Adams and Pinecreek.
Free parking is in Adams lot and A, B and E lots.
Free admission! Free Parking! Every weekend! Friendly, family atmosphere with a good mix of new and used items for sale.
Great food court!
Beautiful produce, plants and flowers.
The Orange Coast College Campus Safety department is located at the main entrance to campus, in Parking Lot C. This is the home base for a dedicated team of campus safety officers who keep OCC safe 24-hours a day, whether patrolling the campus, monitoring campus through video feeds, providing medical aid as needed, and preventing theft of damage of property. Campus safety officers who are on-duty are available 24-hours a day via cell phone, and provide services such as escorting students, faculty or staff to their vehicles, offices or classrooms. The Campus Safety department also provides safety training to all employees, and issues parking violations.
OCC’s Early Childhood Lab School is part of the College’s Early Childhood Education Department. The purpose of the Lab School is to provide a setting in which college students may observe and learn to be teachers of younger and older preschool children. Children who attend OCC’s Lab School benefit from the expertise of the director and teachers in the program, who are highly educated and experienced, and who are mentors in the early childhood community. The emergent-based curriculum is carefully crafted, and is designed to stimulate language, physical, cognitive and creative development, and encourage positive self-esteem and social interaction.
The Harry and Grace Steele Children's Center provides a comprehensive Early Care and Education program for the children of students, faculty, staff and the community. The center offers an engaging environment where children are challenged to think critically through age-appropriate activities, including the creative arts, gardening, animal care, and outdoor play as just a few examples. It is open to children between the ages of six months to five-years-old.
Located in the Classrooms and Labs building 103 under the blue clock tower, OCC’s Student Success Center provides tutoring in writing and math for students hoping to improve their skills. All students who are currently enrolled at OCC have access to this free service, and students must show their Student ID card in order to register.
"The idea behind the Cove is that it could be a one-stop location for students who need immediate help, such as those experiencing food insecurity or homelessness," says OCC Student Equity program coordinator Maricela Sandoval. "In addition to building a larger food storage area, we've created a space where representatives from our partner organizations, such as CalFresh, can meet with students to see if they qualify for aid."
This center includes two eco-friendly classrooms.
Located in the College’s historic Neutra buildings, OCC’s Legacy Hall houses meeting rooms and the Garrison Honor’s Center.
Formerly the International Center, OCC’s Global Engagement Center’s primary function is to serve existing and potential international students at the College. This includes assistance with admissions, testing, and assistance with other student resources to help international students succeed academically at OCC. The Global Engagement Center also is the home of OCC’s Study Abroad program, which gives Coast students the chance to travel the world while earning college credit. IEC@OCC Intensive English Program offices are also located here.
This area will be closed for construction from June 2018 to 2021.
This parking lot has parking for:
· 45 minute visitor parking
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Located adjacent to the Student Center, OCC’s Bursar’s Office is essential to the operation and financial success of the College. Here students can pay their fees in cash, pay parking violations, cash emergency student loans from ASOCC, and buy tickets to school events and performances. Students also can purchase discount bus passes and tickets to local attractions and amenities, such as Aquarium of the Pacific or several chains of movie theaters.
The Clark Center houses the College’s Reprographics facility, where faculty and staff have access to computers and state-of-the-art printing equipment. Here faculty can print all of their classroom material, and staff can print flyers, brochures and even large format posters. The Clark Center also is home to our Mailroom office.
Located in Newport Beach, the center is 1.47 acres with 300 linear feet on Newport Bay. The Marine Program at Orange Coast College is one of the nation’s largest non-profit public boating educational institutions. Founded in 1960, this comprehensive program offers a wide variety of nautical learing experiences in the classroom and on the water. The center is dedicated to providing all community members with access to high quality, low cost sailing and seamanship education.
The Shuttle Bus helps students get around and between campuses. For a complete schedule see below.
The Harbour at OCC features more than 300 apartment units in the heart of the OCC campus!
To speak with a live person, call the Answer Center. Our friendly staff is available to answer your questions regarding enrollment, availability of classes, and other services for prospective and currently enrolled students. If you've got questions, we've got answers.
The Orange Coast College Assessment Center offers a native English, English as a Second Language (ESL), math, Chemistry A180, and Spanish test. The native English, English as a Second Language (ESL), and math tests are not "pass or fail" tests — they simply measure your proficiency in English and math to help you pick the right courses for enrollment. The Assessment Center offers placement testing Monday through Friday by walk-in testing.
OCC’s Student Center Cafe & Quick Corner produces a high volume of meals for the students on campus, catering for campus and community events, meals for the Children’s Center, gourmet lunches on Thursdays for the public, Eclectic Cafe on Friday’s, and special events, like Honors Night. The Cafeteria is an area where students, faculty and staff will find a friendly and professional staff ready to serve freshly prepared foods including breakfast, lunch and dinner items along with pastries and snacks, all at an affordable price. The Quick Corner provides deli sandwiches, snacks, hot dogs, coffee, beverages and other convenience-type items.
OCC offers more than 50 robust and exciting career technical education (CTE) programs that give students the education, technical training and work-based learning experiences they need to qualify for and excel in the well-paying career of their choice in two years or less. In the CTE office students will find information on career and technical education programs including health care, fashion, interior design, hospitality and tourism, computer technology, business, digital media arts, and more.
Opened in 2015, OCC’s new Math, Business and Computing Building is a 90,000-square-foot interdisciplinary complex that houses 10 computing labs, three lecture halls and 30 faculty offices, making it easier for students to find their instructors.
Counseling services at Orange Coast College are in place to help students identify and clarify personal, career and educational goals. The intent is to help students choose options that will improve the quality of their lives. Our professionally trained counselors are available to assist you with education planning, career exploration, re-entry services, transfer services, and more.
Orange Coast College’s Financial Aid office is located on the fourth floor of Watson Hall, to the left of the elevators. As a publicly funded institution, OCC has an obligation to ensure that all student financial aid resources are distributed in accordance to federal and state guidelines in a fair and equitable manner. Staff members who work in OCC’s Financial Aid office are available to help students with their financial aid process, and to help students attain their educational goals.
With offices located on the fourth floor of Watson Hall, Orange Coast College's Guardian Scholars Program is committed to supporting ambitious college-bound students exiting the Foster Youth System. Guardian Scholars aims to be a one-stop shop for students, and provides caring and personalized assistance with educational goals and practical day-to-day needs to ensure that full advantage is taken of college life, both inside and outside the classroom. Services include academic advising, financial aid, and referrals to community resources.
The Internship Academy at Orange Coast College offers current OCC Career Education students the opportunity to attend college classes and earn college credit for concurrent learning on the job. The internship may be paid or unpaid. Here, students can take advantage of the opportunity to explore careers in a supervised, structured learning experience in professional setting.
PUENTE is a statewide program operating in 39 California community colleges and is co-sponsored by the University of California and community colleges. It's purpose is to help students acquire the skills they need to pursue their goals and attain a Bachelor's degree. Over its 19-year history, PUENTE's three program components — writing, counseling and mentoring — have developed particularly notable strengths. Students have taken leadership roles in the community, earned their degrees, began their careers and returned as mentors for new PUENTE students.
At Orange Coast College, we define Student Equity as guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all students, while working to identify and address barriers that stand in the way of student success. This commitment to access, success and transfer for all of our current and prospective students is part of OCC's Student Equity Program, created to address gaps in achievement for students with the greatest needs. Through this program we assure that, regardless of background, students are supported with resources and services needed to achieve their educational outcomes.
The Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP) was originally designed for members of historically underrepresented groups (African-Americans, Native-Americans and Latino/Hispanics). Currently, TOP is open to all students who are incoming freshman, first generation college students and have an interest in transferring to a four-year institution. TOP is committed to providing all students who qualify with a support system that will enhance their probability of a successful transfer.
If your ambition is to earn a college degree, let OCC’s Transfer Center help you achieve that goal. The Transfer Center provides information and assistance to students who are preparing to transfer to four-year universities.
Orange Coast College is committed to providing an education to student veterans worthy of the sacrifice they have made in serving our country. As a designated Military Friendly School, Coast offers several programs aimed at helping veterans transition more smoothly into student life on campus. At OCC, student veterans will find specialized academic counseling, scholarships and financial aid assistance, and access to many benefits, including job resources, personal counseling, and more. The College also provides a Veterans Resource Center, located in OCC’s Student Center, where student veterans can interact with staff members dedicated to helping them succeed academically, or relax, socialize and study in the lounge with other student veterans.
Orange Coast College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program has been preparing students for careers in aviation maintenance for more than 30 years, and provides a top-notch education in the mechanics of various aircraft. The program is divided into five parts: airframe, power plant, airframe and power plant, avionics and helicopters. Students have access to 12 different aircraft on premise that give them real-world, hands-on experience.
Extended Opportunities Programs and Services is a state-funded comprehensive academic counseling program designed to provide additional support to eligible fulltime students. The mission of EOPS is to enhance student success by providing “over and above” services to students with economic and academic barriers to their education. Another fundamental goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students enrolled in the community college. Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education (CARE) is administered by the EOPS Program and serves the unique needs of single parents who are designated as head of household.
Orange Coast College’s Enrollment Center is located on the first floor of Watson Hall, on the east side of campus. The Enrollment Center strives to teach students assist students in meeting deadlines and managing their own academic records. Here students can apply for admission, register and pay for classes, obtain academic records, check residency status, check prerequisite clearances, apply for graduation, and more.
The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is located in the Student Center. The center includes both a VRC Office and a VRC Lounge. The VRC Office is staffed with personnel who can assist student veterans with referrals to various services and programs on campus.
Chefs, cooks and food preparation workers make up more than 3 million workers in U.S. workforce, making culinary arts one of the more lucrative industries in the nation. Orange Coast College's culinary arts program provides an in-depth course of study, preparing students for a wide range of employment possibilities including work in restaurants, hotels, schools, resorts, and more. The heart of the culinary arts program is hands-on laboratory instruction in the College's instructional kitchens, and Captain's Table Restaurant.
"A Safe Place" - A place that students can feel free to respectfully express their diverse views and feelings without fear. Where disagreements can be discussed in a productive manner allowing the opportunity to learn from differing perspectives. All are welcome at Multicultural Center events.
With more than 1,100 student’s 75+ countries, Orange Coast College is the leading community college in Orange County for the enrollment of international students. Orange Coast College welcomes applications for our 3 different semesters: FALL - Late August through mid-December, SPRING - Late January through late May and SUMMER - Early June through early August
We hope that you are enjoying your studies at OCC and are having a great experience in Southern California. Here you will find forms and information that you may need during your time at OCC. As always, please feel free to contact the International Center if you have any additional questions or need assistance.
International students are required to purchase the insurance policy that is offered through the International Center. This policy is provided by Ascension Insurance Services via Blue Cross Agencies.
Participate in one of the most transformative experiences you can have in college, study abroad. Receive college credit, become immersed in a new culture, learn in a new way, and have fun!
Orange Coast College is partnering with the International Education Center intensive English program to create IEC@OCC. You can come to OCC and learn English before starting college!
International Education Center (IEC) offers intensive English classes, academic preparation, and conditional admission to Orange Coast College. IEC offers 6 different levels of academic ESL and has 6 sessions per year that are each 8 weeks long.
Upon completion of the highest English courses, IEC@OCC students can continue their education at Orange Coast College and other colleges and universities throughout the U.S.
A large section of OCC’s Student Center is home to the College’s Associate Students of Orange Coast College offices. Here students will find approximately 15 computer stations that are free to use, and a warm and inviting space to hang out, participate in club activities, plan student events and hold meetings. The ASOCC offices host all student government meetings, which are open for all students to attend. ASOCC provides students with many helpful resources to help them succeed in their studies, such as laptop checkout, free legal advice and emergency loans of up to $200.