Laney College

  • Laney College, in the heart of vibrant, multicultural downtown Oakland, features the cosmopolitan atmosphere and human energy of a big-city university. Across the street from the Oakland Museum of California, blocks from historic Chinatown, and a pleasant stroll from both Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary, Laney gives its 12,000-plus students ready access to the city's formidable intellectual, cultural, and natural resources. With renowned programs in such fields as Journalism, Culinary Arts, Mathematics, Machine Technology, and Ethnic Studies, Laney has been a leader in academic and vocational education for decades. A talented faculty and dedicated staff, not to mention a new state-of-the-art technology center, ensure that Laney will remain at the forefront of Information Age community education for years to come.
School Highlights
  • Laney College serves 10,548 students (17% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 46:1 is higher than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 89% of the student body (majority Black and Asian), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Laney College is one of 10 community colleges within Alameda County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Laney College is College of Alameda (1.3 miles away).

Top Placements

Laney College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 231 teachers has declined by 5% over five years.
Laney College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty231 staff97 staff
Laney College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Laney College has declined by 14% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 46:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Laney College diversity score of 0.80 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 10% over five years.
Total Enrollment10,548 students7,516 students
Laney College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio46:144:1
Laney College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,821 students1,613 students
Laney College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students8,727 students5,903 students
Laney College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Laney College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Laney College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Laney College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Laney College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Laney College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Laney College Hawaiian (2011-2013)
% Two or more races
Laney College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Laney College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Laney College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.800.73
Laney College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Laney College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,700$34,600
Laney College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,144 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,256 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,144$1,636
Laney College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,256$6,797
Laney College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid77%78%
Laney College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$8,600$9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts$7,500$5,500
Laney College Median debt for students who have not completed (2014-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Laney is the largest of the four colleges (13,000 students) in the Peralta Community College District, which serves the six cities of Northern Alameda County (Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont). Ours is a unique institution, and we are fiercely proud of its long history and ongoing commitment to service. A crucial part of that commitment is ensuring the quality of your education as well as your overall campus experience. Our success, after all, is inseparable from yours and student learning is our first priority. The Laney college campus, which opened in 1970, is a vibrant and safe environment in a central location in downtown Oakland on 60 acres of land. Laney is across the street from the Oakland Museum and the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. We are also one block from the Lake Merritt Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station and two blocks from the Alameda County Courthouse and beautiful Lake Merritt. The campus is in walking distance to Oakland's Chinatown and is easily accessible to the famous Jack London Square Laney is well known for its outstanding student newspaper, the Laney Tower; its Transfer Opportunity Center; and its array of quality academic and occupational course offerings. In addition, Associate degrees are offered in more than twenty (20) Liberal Arts and Science fields. Laney transfers more students per year to UC Berkeley than any other college of its size in the United States. Many other Laney students transfer to California State University campuses, local and out-of-state independent institutions and historically black colleges and universities. The faculty and staff are our campus' greatest asset. Laney's wonderful diversity, set in the midst of a lively urban center, makes it particularly wealthy in human potential.Laney is a vibrant campus with a comprehensive educational offering, where students are challenged and inspired to actualize their highest potential.

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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.