Golden West College (115126)

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,104
2022 Average Net Price
$5,088
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.94%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
10,053
28.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
41.8%
579 Graduates

About

Golden West College (115126) is a higher education institution located in Orange County, CA. In 2022, the most popular 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentrations at Golden West College (115126) were Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,664 degrees awarded), General Cosmetology (45 degrees), and Graphic Design (2 degrees).

In 2022, 7,718 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Golden West College (115126). 59.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was asian (2,588 degrees), 1.09 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2,374 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Golden West College (115126) is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Golden West College (115126) is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $5,088.

In 2022, 56% of undergraduate students attending Golden West College (115126) received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 1% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$1,104
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Golden West College (115126) was $1,104. The cost of tuition at Golden West College (115126) is $−7,008 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$5,088
2022 Value
6.35%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Golden West College (115126) had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $5,088. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Golden West College (115126) grew by 6.35%.

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Other Student Expenses

$17,253
Room and Board
$643
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Golden West College (115126) was of $17,253 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 4.06% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $643. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 40.5% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

56%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
1%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

56% of undergraduate students at Golden West College (115126) received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 1.75% with respect to 2021, when 57% 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.
3.94%
2019 Default Rate
8
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Golden West College (115126) was 3.94%, which represents 8 out of the 203 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 (115126) had a total enrollment of 10,053 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Golden West College (115126) is 2,869 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,184. This means that 28.5% of students enrolled at Golden West College (115126) are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Golden West College (115126), both undergraduate and graduate, is 35.3% Hispanic or Latino, 28.8% Asian, 23.8% White, 4.91% Two or More Races, 2.01% Black or African American, 0.468% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.139% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Golden West College (115126) in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (18.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (15.6%) and Asian Male (15.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

28.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Golden West College (115126) in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,053 students. The full-time enrollment at Golden West College (115126) is 2,869 and the part-time enrollment is 7,184. This means that 28.5% of students enrolled at Golden West College (115126) are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

74%
2022 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 (115126) was 74%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Golden West College (115126) had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    3,549 enrolled students
  2. Asian
    2,894 enrolled students
  3. White
    2,389 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Golden West College (115126) is 35.3% Hispanic or Latino, 28.8% Asian, 23.8% White, 4.91% Two or More Races, 2.01% Black or African American, 0.468% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.139% 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 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% 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, 178 students (1.77%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,404 more women than men received degrees from Golden West College (115126). The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Golden West College (115126) is asian (2,588 degrees awarded). There were 1.09 times more asian recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2374 degrees).

The most common 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentration at Golden West College (115126) is Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,664 degrees awarded), followed by General Cosmetology (45 degrees) and Graphic Design (2 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Golden West College (115126), meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Liberal Arts & Humanities (5,334 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (584 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (50 degrees).

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 (115126) are Other managers (173,467 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (167,075 people), Police officers (141,489 people), Postsecondary teachers (126,892 people), and Physicians (107,016 people).

The most specialized majors at Golden West College (115126) in 2022 are Liberal Arts & Humanities (5,334 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (584 degrees), Language & Linguistics (50 degrees), Protective Services (203 degrees), and Physical Sciences (65 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (115126) are Surgeons, Physicians, Skincare specialists, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Photographic process workers & processing machine operators

The most specialized majors at Golden West College (115126) are Liberal Arts & Humanities (5,334 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (584 degrees), Language & Linguistics (50 degrees), Protective Services (203 degrees), and Physical Sciences (65 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Golden West College (115126) are Elementary & secondary schools (380,511 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (348,233 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (267,414 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (212,863 people), and Computer Systems Design (136,702 people).

The most specialized majors at Golden West College (115126) are Liberal Arts & Humanities (5,334 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (584 degrees), Language & Linguistics (50 degrees), Protective Services (203 degrees), and Physical Sciences (65 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (115126).
Most Common (2022)
  1. 1,655 degrees awarded
  2. 584 degrees awarded
  3. 435 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Golden West College (115126) was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 1,655 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,157
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
4,561
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 3,157 degrees were awarded to men at Golden West College (115126), which is 0.692 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,561).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 1394 degrees were awarded to men at Golden West College (115126) in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.724 times less than the 1925 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 1925 degrees were awarded to men at Golden West College (115126) in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.38 times more than the 1394 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

19%
100% Completion Time
42%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 19% of students graduating from Golden West College (115126) completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 42% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 49% within 200%.

The following chart shows these completion rates over time compared to the average for the Associates Colleges Carnegie Classification group.

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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (66.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Golden West College (115126) is Female and Asian (66.9% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 2.42% of graduates (14 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Asian
    2,588 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,374 degrees awarded
  3. White
    1,961 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Golden West College (115126) is asian (2,588 degrees awarded). There were 1.09 times more asian recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (2374 degrees).

1.5% of degree recipients (116 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,525 degrees awarded
  2. Asian Female
    1,493 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    1,113 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Golden West College (115126) is hispanic or latino female (1,525 degrees awarded). There were 1.02 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian female (1493 degrees).

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Operations

Golden West College (115126) has an endowment valued at nearly $11.4M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−39.9%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Golden West College (115126) had a total salary expenditure of 119M. Golden West College (115126) employs 127 Instructors. Most academics at Golden West College (115126) are Female Instructor (78), and Male Instructor (49).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Golden West College (115126) are: Office and Administrative Support, with 63 employees, Service, with 44 employees, and Management with 34 employees.

Endowment

$11.4M
2022 Endowment
0.525%
growth from 2021

Golden West College (115126) has an endowment valued at about $11.4M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Golden West College (115126) grew 0.525% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $6.16M 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. $14.6M - Federal
  2. $18M - State
  3. $11.9M - Local

As of 2022, Golden West College (115126) received $14.6M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $18M from state grants and contracts, and $11.9M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$45.5M
2022 Salaries
6.18%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Golden West College (115126) paid a median of $45.5M in salaries, which represents 38.2% of their overall expenditure ($119M) and a 6.18% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$16M
Instructional Salaries
127
Number of Employees

In 2022, Golden West College (115126) paid a total of $16M to 127 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

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

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Golden West College (115126) was Instructor with 127 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Golden West College (115126) were Office and Administrative Support with 63 employees, Service with 44 employees, and Management with 34 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Golden West College (115126) 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 (115126).

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