Fall semesters run from August to December, with Spring semesters beginning in January and ending in May. Some classes are offered as "Nine Week" short-term sessions and may be available mid-semester. Summer sessions typically run from June to late July or early August. Please check your "myWestHills" portal for a complete listing by location.
With our REG 365 initiative, class registration becomes available in April/May each year, allowing registrations for the following Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters - the entire academic year all at once! Priority registration is granted based upon special factors such as active military/veteran status, membership in a special group (i.e. President's Scholars, SSS TRiO), and number of college units completed. New students need to complete the application for admission, placement testing, orientation, and counseling. For more information call Student Services at any of the WHC locations (1-800-266-1114).
The process for new students is to first complete an application for admissions.
The second step is to take a placement test (the dates and
times are included on our website) and send official high school transcripts.
The third is to attend
(typically only offered in-person for incoming high school students) or to complete our online orientation. The
fourth is to schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor for help with educational plan development. Appointments can be scheduled in Coalinga 559-934-2300 or Firebaugh 559-934-2980. The final step is to register
using My West Hills.
There are several ways to book a counseling appointment - stopping by or calling Student Services (Coalinga 559-934-2300 / Firebaugh 559-934-2980) or through your myWestHills portal (myCounseling Services).
loans, and scholarships are available at West Hills Community
College. Fee waivers and book vouchers are also available for
all students who qualify. WHC has work-study available for
Some California residents may be eligible for a Board
of Governors (BOG) Grant, which waives all enrollment
fees. Books and supplies are not covered by this grant.
Apply by getting assistance from a financial aid employee.
When you apply for Federal Financial Aid, you will also
be considered for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver. Click here for more
information on tuition and
West Hills Community College offers certificates of completion,
Associate Degrees in Arts (AA) or Sciences (AS), as well as Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT).
Students can prepare for the world of work in a matter
of months, earn a degree, find employment, or transfer
to a four-year university. You can also take classes to
update your skills or for personal enrichment! For more
information on the classes that universities will accept
(in a specific major), consult www.assist.organd/or speak with your academic advisor or counselor.
No. If you are 18 or over, you do not need a high school
diploma for admission to West Hills College. If you are under age 18 or still in high school, you will need a special admission form which must be submitted (in person) to Student Services.
11. I completed classes at another college. How do I receive credit for these courses at West Hills?
The first step is to have your official transcripts sent to us from any previous colleges or universities you have attended. Currently, West Hills College requires official copies of transcripts from ANY institution of higher education you have attended (whether you passed classes or not) in order to grant a West Hills College degree. To receive credit, the school you attended must be regionally-accredited.
Typically, your previous school will have a link on their website or portal to request your transcripts be sent to us (or directly to you). Transcripts must still be sealed to be considered official. Allow 2-3 weeks from the time you requested them for your transcripts to arrive. Then, speak to your team counselor to request that your transcripts be evaluated and schedule a follow-up appointment to review the results. Evaluations may take up to 4-6 weeks from the time of request.