East Los Angeles College

  • EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE has an international, multicultural student body that complements the 14 communities comprising its primary service area. The campus is convenient to more than 1.5 million homes—and that it is the best educational value in the community. But once students start attending classes, ELAC’s professors become the primary reason they return semester after semester to complete their education. East Los Angeles College empowers students to achieve their educational goals, to expand their individual potential, and to successfully pursue their aspirations for a better future for themselves, their community and the world.
School Highlights
  • East Los Angeles College serves 36,012 students (21% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 97% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • East Los Angeles College is one of 51 community colleges within Los Angeles County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to East Los Angeles College is Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health (4.0 miles away).

Top Placements

East Los Angeles College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 494 teachers has declined by 13% over five years.
East Los Angeles College (CA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 494 staff 97 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of East Los Angeles College has grown by 30% over five years.
  • The East Los Angeles College diversity score of 0.54 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 25% over five years.
Total Enrollment 36,012 students 7,516 students
# Full-Time Students 7,739 students 1,613 students
# Part-Time Students 28,273 students 5,903 students
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
Diversity Score 0.54 0.73
College Completion Rate (Year 2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $34,600 $34,600

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,220 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,810 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,220 $1,636
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,810 $6,797
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 70% 78%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015) $8,000 $9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015) $5,762 $5,500
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • East Los Angeles College has an international, multicultural student body that complements the 14 communities comprising its primary service area. The college offers both academic transfer courses which prepare students for admission to four-year colleges and universities and occupational programs which prepare students for careers in two years or less. Many of the students who transfer from East Los Angeles College to a four-year university move on to nearby California State University, Los Angeles, or to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The college is located in the suburban community of Monterey Park, California, ten miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Facilities include an Instructional Center; Bookstore; Cafeteria; Library; 20,000 seat sports stadium; 2,000 seat auditorium; and a 1,500 seat indoor swim stadium. East Los Angeles College was established in 1945 and was first located on the Garfield High School campus. In 1948, the college moved to its present 82 acre site on Avenida Cesar Chavez in Monterey Park, a suburb located six miles from the Los Angeles Civic Center. ELAC is one of the nine public community colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District. East Los Angeles College is committed to offering students an excellent education at the lowest possible cost. Assistance in the forms of grants, fee waivers, scholarships, loans and employment are provided by a variety of federal, state, and private sources. East Los Angeles College established the South Gate Educational Center in 1997 to better serve a growing student population that lives in the southern part of the college's service district. A wide variety of career and academic courses is offered and many students have successfully transitioned to universities and productive careers from the Center.

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,157 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.