Golden West College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,104
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$5,881
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
13.4%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
11,396
30.8% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
41.3%
459 Graduates

About

Golden West College is a higher education institution located in Orange County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Golden West College were .

In 2020, 5,977 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Golden West College. 61.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was asian (1,881 degrees), 1.02 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1848 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Golden West College is $1,104, which is $−6,876 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Golden West College is $1,104, which is $−6,876 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $5,881.

In 2020, 57% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 2% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$1,104
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Golden West College was $1,104. The cost of tuition at Golden West College is $−6,876 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

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Average Net Price

$5,881
2020 Value
6.35%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Golden West College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $5,881. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Golden West College grew by 6.35%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,779
Room and Board
$1,917
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Golden West College was of $13,779 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,917. The cost of room and board did not change between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

57%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
2%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

57% of undergraduate students at Golden West College received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.79% with respect to 2019, when 56% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
13.4%
2018 Default Rate
25
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Golden West College was 13.4%, which represents 25 out of the 186 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Golden West College has a total enrollment of 11,396 students. The full-time enrollment at Golden West College is 3,505 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,891. This means that 30.8% of students enrolled at Golden West College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Golden West College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 34.3% Hispanic or Latino, 28.4% Asian, 25.8% White, 4.98% Two or More Races, 1.91% Black or African American, 0.448% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.176% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Golden West College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (20.6%), followed by Asian Female (14.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (14.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

30.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Golden West College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,396 students. The full-time enrollment at Golden West College is 3,505 and the part-time enrollment is 7,891. This means that 30.8% of students enrolled at Golden West College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.4% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

69%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Golden West College was 69%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (60%), Golden West College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    3,910
  2. Asian
    3,242
  3. White
    2,945

The enrolled student population at Golden West College is 34.3% Hispanic or Latino, 28.4% Asian, 25.8% White, 4.98% Two or More Races, 1.91% Black or African American, 0.448% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.176% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 44.5% White, 26.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.2% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 153 students (1.34%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 1335 more women than men received degrees from Golden West College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Golden West College is asian (1,881 degrees awarded). There were 1.02 times more asian graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1848 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Golden West College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Golden West College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Liberal Arts & Humanities (3,678 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (503 degrees), and Protective Services (205 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Golden West College are Police officers (142,311 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (140,955 people), Other managers (137,651 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (69,493 people), and Secondary school teachers (66,990 people).

The most specialized majors at Golden West College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (3,678 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (503 degrees), Protective Services (205 degrees), Language & Linguistics (49 degrees), and Agriculture (54 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Golden West College are Dentists, Surgeons, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Golden West College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (3,678 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (503 degrees), Protective Services (205 degrees), Language & Linguistics (49 degrees), and Agriculture (54 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Golden West College are Justice, public order, & safety activities (357,826 people), Elementary & secondary schools (328,254 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (163,682 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (152,045 people), and Computer Systems Design (79,258 people).

The most specialized majors at Golden West College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (3,678 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (503 degrees), Protective Services (205 degrees), Language & Linguistics (49 degrees), and Agriculture (54 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Golden West College.
Most Common
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Golden West College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,321
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
3,656
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 2,321 degrees were awarded to men at Golden West College, which is 0.635 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,656).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 1292 degrees were awarded to men at Golden West College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.675 times less than the 1913 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 1913 degrees were awarded to women at Golden West College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.48 times more than the 1292 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

13%
100% Completion Time
36%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 13% of students graduating from Golden West College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 36% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 44% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (69.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Golden West College is Female and Asian (69.1% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.218% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Asian
    1,881 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,848 degrees awarded
  3. White
    1,596 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Golden West College is asian (1,881 degrees awarded). There were 1.02 times more asian recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1848 degrees).

0.502% of degree recipients (30 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,211 degrees awarded
  2. Asian Female
    1,098 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    972 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Golden West College is hispanic or latino female (1,211 degrees awarded). There were 1.1 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian female (1,098 degrees).

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Operations

Golden West College has an endowment valued at nearly $9.31M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.5M (16.1%), compared to the 5.11% average return ($226k on $4.42M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2020, Golden West College had a total salary expenditure of $129M. Golden West College employs 127 Instructors, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Golden West College are Female Instructors (78), Male Instructors(49), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Golden West College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 71 employees, Management, with 41 employees, and Service with 40 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$9.31M
2020 Endowment
17.3%
decline from 2019

Golden West College has an endowment valued at about $9.31M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Golden West College declined 17.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $4.89M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.18M - Federal
  2. $15.4M - State
  3. $6.94M - Local

As of 2020, Golden West College received $4.18M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $15.4M from state grants and contracts, and $6.94M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$47M
2020 Salaries
3.66%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Golden West College paid a median of $47M in salaries, which represents 36.5% of their overall expenditure ($129M) and a 3.66% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.77% growth from 2018 and a 8.26% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (43.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.1M
Instructional Salaries
127
Number of Employees

In 2020, Golden West College paid a total of $14.1M to 127 employees working as instructors, which represents 30% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.98M (29.6%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
127 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
71 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Golden West College were Instructor with 127 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Golden West College were Office and Administrative Support with 71 employees; Management with 41 employees; and Service with 40 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Golden West College was Female Instructor with 78 employees, and Male Instructor with 49 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Golden West College.

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