Los Angeles Southwest College

Tel: (323)241-5225
8,169 students
Public institution
Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) has and continues to be a catalyst for change in its community through the programs it offers and the services it provides. Students come to LASC for a variety of reasons - from attaining work skills necessary to seek employment in their chosen field to preparing for transfer to colleges and universities to receive their Baccalaureate degree to accessing non-credit offerings such as citizenship and English language training to further specific personal goals. Often, students enroll at LASC and just immerse themselves in lifespan learning. Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) is a learner-centered institution dedicated to meeting the needs of learners – the students and community who access the college for programs; and the faculty, staff and administrators who provide learning opportunities and support.
School Highlights:
Los Angeles Southwest College serves 8,169 students (25% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 71%.
Los Angeles Southwest College is one of 55 community colleges within Los Angeles County, CA.
The nearest community college is El Camino College-Compton Center (4.40 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 142 teachers has grown by 18% over five years.
College Los Angeles Southwest College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 142 staff
61 staff
Los Angeles Southwest College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 8,169 has grown by 10% over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.59 is less than the national average of 0.68. The school's diversity has declined by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment 8,169 students 1,296 students
Los Angeles Southwest College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 2,009 students
814 students
Los Angeles Southwest College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 6,160 students
1,040 students
Los Angeles Southwest College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Los Angeles Southwest College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
2%
5%
Los Angeles Southwest College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
36%
21%
Los Angeles Southwest College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
53%
15%
Los Angeles Southwest College Black (2006-2013)
% White
2%
51%
Los Angeles Southwest College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
2%
3%
Los Angeles Southwest College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
4%
3%
Los Angeles Southwest College Unknown (2006-2013)
Los Angeles Southwest College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.59 0.68
Los Angeles Southwest College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,221 is less than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has grown by 74% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,161 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,221 $5,660
Los Angeles Southwest College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,161 $10,250
Los Angeles Southwest College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 91%
89%
Los Angeles Southwest College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • On September 11, 1967, Los Angeles Southwest College officially opened its doors with 600 students and 22 full-time faculty members. Since then, Los Angeles Southwest College has established itself as an educational and cultural hub of the southern part of Los Angeles and surrounding communities. In addition to classroom instruction, students are exposed to a myriad of learning experiences to broaden their horizons, to expand their options and alternatives, to develop an appreciation for the academic work ethic, and to understand intellectual pursuits. Our graduates are among the most successful — ranging from medical professionals and professional athletes to recording artists and educators. To accomplish the educational philosophy and mission of the Los Angeles Community Colleges, Los Angeles Southwest College offers the following types of educational programs Transfer, Occupational, General Education, Transitional Education, Continuing Education, Community Services and Joint Programs.

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Did You Know?
For Los Angeles public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $10,167 per year for in-state students and $12,637 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Los Angeles community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Los Angeles is Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.