West Hills Community College


West Hills College Coalinga is a public, two-year college located in the city of Coalinga, California. Coalinga is centrally located, mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco in California’s Central Valley, one of the fastest growing regions in the state of California and the U.S.

The Central Valley is considered one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions. The central location is ideal for students interested in living and studying in a small, rural community while continuing to have access to many of California’s main attractions.

Coalinga is a small, safe, rural community located approximately 100 kilometers from Fresno, in the heart of California in the Western United States.  Coalinga is located three hours from San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the dynamic California coastline.  The dry subtropical Mediterranean climate is excellent for outdoor activities.

Student demographics

West Hills College District

  • 4.6% Unknown
  • 2.3% Multi Racial
  • 1.1% Native American
  • 5.6% Pacific Islander
  • 3.5% Asian
  • 7.8% African-American
  • 30.0% White
  • 45.2% Hispanic

West Hills College International Students

  • 42% Hong Kong
  • 18% Japan
  • 16% Korea
  • 4% Vietnam
  • 3% China
  • 3% India
  • 3% Russia
  • 11% Other


  • 56% Female
  • 44% Male

ESL program and/or support services

At West Hills College Coalinga, we have our own English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for qualifying students. Our program is designed to assist students with improvement of English fluency and comprehension. Our credit classes include English grammar, reading, writing and speaking. Our goal is to give international students extra language support needed for success in the classroom.

Student Housing options

West Hills College Coalinga provides on-campus housing for single students.  Males are housed in Gordon Hall with a capacity for 121 and females are assigned to Ivans Hall with a capacity for 56.  Each residence hall is staffed with a live-in Housing Coordinator and student Resident Assistants. The residence halls are equipped with cable television in each room, wireless internet accessible from anywhere in the building, laundry facilities, computer room, TV, and recreational room.

The Goals of Residence Life:

  • To provide students with a secure and safe environment
  • To encourage student’s academic success
  • To promote a better understanding of different cultures and life-styles
  • To promote student responsibility
  • To provide students with a sense of belonging
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop and grow

Why Living On Campus is the Best Choice for West Hills Students

  • Students who live in the residence halls are more likely to graduate
  • Students who live in the residence halls tend to have higher grade point averages
  • An easy way to make new friends
  • Fun programs and activities
  • Convenient
  • Trips for resident hall students
  • Cost-effective
  • Financial aid is available for those who qualify

Residence Hall Association
The Residence Hall Association is a student organization for residents in the hall. The Residence Hall Association sponsors many activities in the hall and is also a student voice for the halls.

International students admitted into West Hills College are guaranteed a place in the residence hall.  Students living on campus will have three meals provided to them, Monday-Friday and two meals on Saturday and Sunday.

More information about housing can be found here.

Admission requirements

To apply to the WHC International Students Program, students must submit the following original documents:

  1. Completed WHC International Students application.
  2. High school transcripts translated into English. Original Documents are required. We cannot return original documents once they have been submitted.
  3. Bank statement indicating at least $18,605.00 USD to finance first year at WHC*.
    *Prices and total are subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact the International Student Program.
  4. Proof of Health insurance. (May be purchased at West Hills College)

International Student visas issued

International Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to maintain full time status according to the terms of the F-1 student visa.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Enrollment Fee $46.00 per unit
Non-resident tuition $190.00 per unit
Capital outlay fee $64.00 per unit
TOTAL COST PER UNIT $300.00 per unit
Example: 12 X 300.00 $3,600.00
Processing fee per semester $100.00
Insurance charge Fall 2012 Semester $564.00


Residence Hall
Rent $1,560.00
Meals (19 per week) $2,343.00
Residential Housing Fees $85.50
SUBTOTAL $3,988.50
Room Deposit (refundable) $125.00


Total International Student Fees
Grand Total Fall 2012 $8,379.50
Total Tuition and fees for 12 Units $4,264.00
Total Student fees and residence hall $4,115.50