Our Admissions Representatives are available to answer any questions you have and to guide you through the enrollment process.

Many students are referred to us by family or friends who are graduates themselves. You, however, may not know much about our school or what programs we offer. If this is the case, we’d love to hear from you. Our Admissions Representatives are available to answer any questions you have about our legal and medical career training programs.

After you’ve decided on a career path you’d like to follow, our Admissions Representatives can guide you through the process of enrolling. They can show you how to apply to college, help you understand the requirements for college, sign up for classes, and ultimately prepare you for graduation. We encourage students to contact our financial aid office to learn about ways we can help make education more affordable.

If you’re ready to learn more about our Orange County College, consider visiting our campus conveniently situated off West Chapman Avenue. If you’re interested in attending South Coast College so you can get the skills needed to pursue a successful career, but aren’t sure if you meet our acceptance requirements, please see the information below.

Requirements for Admission to South Coast College

To be accepted, you must:

  • Provide documentation of high school diploma or GED
  • Provide an official transcript before starting
  • Pay the necessary enrollment fees
  • Complete informational interview with an Admissions Representative
  • Complete a tour of the campus
  • Complete two standardized entrance exams

An applicant to the Court Reporting, Paralegal Studies, or Medical Assistant programs must be a high school graduate, possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or a Home Study certificate and transcript from a Home Study program that is equivalent to high school level that is recognized by the student’s home state.

Applicants must provide documentation for their student files that they can perform college-level course work. Some examples of this evidence among other documentation could be a high school diploma or high school transcript (official or unofficial) or having achieved a high school equivalency through a recognized high school equivalency test. Before starting, an official high school transcript is required.

All applicants must complete the required admissions documents, and submit the necessary fee(s) stated on the Tuition and Fee Schedule. Court Reporting and Paralegal Programs will require a fee of $99 upon admission, and Medical Assistants will be charged $74.

All applicants must meet with an admissions representative for an informational interview. Parents and spouses are encouraged to be present. Applicants are also required to tour the campus at the time of their informational interview or at any time prior to enrolling in classes.

All applicants must attain a score of 50 out of 100 points on an admissions standardized inventory test and score 70 out of 100 points on an admissions standardized general knowledge test, or a combined score of 60 on a computerized entrance test.

All applicants must complete an enrollment interview and enrollment documents, including the application form, enrollment agreement, and sign other required disclosure documentation.


Documentation must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age.

All courses are taught in English. Students must be able to speak, read, and write fluently in English. English abilities will be determined through South Coast College’s admissions test, an interview, and completion of necessary documents. South Coast College does not currently instruct English as a second language courses. South Coast College does not instruct in a foreign language.

South Coast College accepts credits from other recognized or accredited colleges or parallel courses when a grade of C or better has been achieved. Challenge examinations are available for certain courses. A $100 test fee is charged for each challenge examination. See Challenging Courses. Applications for credit for previous education, training, or work experience (experiential learning) must be completed prior to the first day of the course for which the transfer credit is requested. Allowance of credit may be based upon evaluation of official transcripts or examination.

Students in the Medical Assistant program must have any required health examinations, pathology tests, and immunizations completed prior to beginning clinical courses, fieldwork training, or externship experience.

When you attend an accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality. It’s not easy to become or remain an accredited institution. The rules and regulations are strict, precise and designed to protect students. Here are some of the benefits:

A reliable indicator of quality.

Approved program of study.

Qualified instructors.

Recognition by employers nationwide.

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