Golden West College

Golden West College

Golden West College is situated in Huntington Beach, California and was established in 1965. GWC offers enrollment to more than 10,000 students, and provides Associate of Arts degrees in:

  • Accounting
  • Automotive Repair
  • Business
  • Business Data Processing
  • Construction
  • Cosmetology
  • Diesel Repair
  • Law Enforcement and Forensic Science
  • Music Studio Technician
  • Nursing
  • Real Estate Management
  • Real Estate Sales
  • Stage Management
  • Television Technician
  • Welding

GWC sports teams participate in water polo, cross country, swimming, track and football. The university's soccer team won the State Community College Scholarship in 1977. Olympic silver medalist Patty Cardenas; actress Vivica A. Fox; ESPN basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb; and UFC fighter Tito Ortiz are few eminent alumni of the university.

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Contacting Golden West

Golden West College
15744 Golden West
Huntington Beach , CA 92647-2710
General Phone: (714) 892-7711

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Golden West Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts700foreign language and literature, French language, Spanish language, sign language translation, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, social services, anthropology, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine259registered nursing
Beauty and Cosmetology136cosmetology
Security and Law Enforcement103corrections, forensic science, criminal justice and police
Business and Management31business management, accounting, small business management, international business, taxation, sales and marketing, retail
Mechanics and Repair29electrical installation and repair, autobody repair, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics
Design11graphic design
Landscaping and Horticulture10floristry
Engineering Technician8hazardous materials tech, drafting, architectural drafting, engineering technician
Architecture and Planning8architectural tech
Music5music management
Office and Administration5office management, administrative assistant
Law1legal secretary
Media1mass communication, journalism, broadcast journalism, radio and television, digital communications, public relations, animation and special effects
Real Estate and Construction Management0real estate
Medical Support and Technology0health service and sciences
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0health and physical education
Computer Science and Engineering0computer programming
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science
Science0biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling0psychology
Art Studies0visual and performing arts
Drama and Performing Arts0dance, drama

Number of programs and degrees for Golden West in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year24513
Associate's degree79151
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years16235
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years1205

Golden West Student Body

In 2007-2008, Golden West had a total enrollment of 13,354 students (8,208 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 38%
Black 2%
Hispanic 17%
Asian 31%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 24%
20-21 19%
22-24 17%
25-29 13%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 5%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown7%

Golden West Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %
Part-Time 45 %

Golden West Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Huntington Beach, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Golden West Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 508
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,372
Books and supplies $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Golden West participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 120600)

Golden West Faculty

Golden West has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year9$106,00815$100,491
All faculty totalcalendar year9$106,00815$100,491

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year71$95,75266$89,814
All faculty totalacademic year71$95,75266$89,814

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Golden West Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Retailing and Retail Operations
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician

Landscaping And Horticulture
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Broadcast Journalism
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Music Management and Merchandising

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Office Management and Supervision

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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