The academic year is divided into four sessions: fall semester, extending from August through December; Intersession, the month of January; spring semester, from February through May; and summer session, from approximately June through mid-August.
Courses offered during these sessions are similar in scope and maintain equivalent standards. Students may enroll concurrently at Golden West College, Orange Coast College, and Coastline Community College, in both day and evening classes. A separate application is required at each campus. Coordination of programs by these sister institutions provides a broad range of complementary offerings.
Days, Evenings, and Weekends: Classes are taught from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays. Many classes qualifying for the Associate in Arts degree and some Certificates of Achievement may be earned during evening and weekend hours as well as during the day.
Intersession: A 4-week session that focuses on transfer courses.
Summer Session: Comprehensive programs are offered at Golden West College, Orange Coast College, and Coastline Community College, days, evenings, and weekends. Summer session affords new and continuing students opportunity to:
- Explore areas of special interest independent of their normal two-semester program.
- Accelerate their degree programs through a full year of study
Golden West College begins the admission cycle for the fall semester and summer session on the preceding April 1, and for the spring semester the preceding October 1. All questions regarding admission procedures will be handled by the Admissions Office located in the Administration Building.
It is the policy of the Coast Community College District that, unless specifically exempted by statute, every course section or class, the attendance of which is to be reported for state aid, wherever offered and maintained by the District, shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been admitted to the college(s) and who meets such prerequisites as may be established pursuant to Section 58106 of Title 5 of the California Administrative Code.