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OC Accomplishments

In addition to the highlights below, OC students and faculty are frequently honored at the national, regional and local levels. For more information about our high-quality academics, check out the programs that interest you and read about OC's latest accomplishments.

National Recognition

  • Named a “Best University-Master’s” in the western region in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”
  • Designated by Princeton Review as a Best Western College.
  • Gaming and animation program selected as one of the top 30 undergraduate programs by Princeton Review and PC Gamer.
  • The undergraduate Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
  • National History Honor Society chapter named a “Best Chapter” among all U.S. universities with 3,000 or fewer students for 21 straight years.

Placement Rates for Academic Programs with Department Specific Accreditation

  • 100% job placement for education graduates.
  • 100% job or graduate school placement for OC interior design graduates.
  • 96% job placement for business graduates.
  • 94% job placement for nursing graduates.
  • 91% job or graduate school placement for engineering graduates.
  • 88% job placement for music education graduates.

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Other Academic Points of Pride

  • 100% graduate and law school placement rate for OC language and literature graduates who applied in the last two years.
  • 100% of OC history and political science graduates who applied to history or political science graduate programs or to law school have been accepted who applied in the past seven years.
  • 99% graduate school acceptance rate for OC Honors Program graduates who applied in the last seven years.
  • 95% job placement rate for OC public relations graduates.
  • 90% medical and graduate school placement rates for OC biology graduates who applied in the past seven years.
  • 90% job placement rate for OC graphic design graduates.
  • 84% of classes or course sections have fewer than 30 students.