About Golden West College

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Located in the coastal community of Huntington Beach, also known as “Surf City,” Golden West College is highly regarded for academic quality, comprehensive student support and innovation. Founded in 1965 as part of the multi-college Coast Community College District, GWC provides enriching, innovative and inclusive programming that helps students transfer to four-year institutions, earn associate degrees, complete certificates in career and technical education, and advance their careers.


  • Founded in 1966 as part of the Coast Community College District
  • California Resident Tuition: $46/unit (non-resident tuition: $407/unit)
  • 122-acre campus with ample green space and lush mature trees
  • More than 5,000 degrees and certificates awarded in Spring 2023
  • $31 Million awarded in financial aid in 2021-2022
  • More than $400,000 awarded in scholarships in 2023

Why Choose GWC? 

It’s simple: at Golden West College, it’s personal. Here you’ll find dedicated faculty and staff who are passionate about helping you achieve your goals. We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you to our campus community!