Los Angeles Pierce College

  • Los Angeles Pierce College is committed to providing quality education for all the communities it serves. Its primary mission is to offer a broad curriculum designed to enable students to achieve their educational goals.

School Highlights

Los Angeles Pierce College serves 18,765 students (27% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is higher than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 77%.

Top Rankings

Los Angeles Pierce College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 686 teachers has grown by 58% over five years.
Los Angeles Pierce College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty686 staff308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Los Angeles Pierce College has declined by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has decreased from 56:1 over five years.
The Los Angeles Pierce College diversity score of 0.67 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment18,765 students8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio27:124:1
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# Full-Time Students5,154 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students13,611 students6,350 students
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% Asian
5%
12%
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% Hispanic
48%
47%
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% Black
5%
6%
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% White
29%
23%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
9%
6%
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Diversity Score0.670.70
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College Completion Rate
28%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,100$34,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,220 is less than the state average of $1,997. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,810 is less than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,220$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,810$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid68%79%
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Median Debt for Graduates$17,500$10,376
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Median Debt for Dropouts$10,133$6,000
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Pierce College is a two-year public institution providing opportunities for occupational training, transfer education and life-long learning. Pierce is one of nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District. Founded in 1947, Pierce College is a comprehensive college with more than 100 disciplines being taught to more than 18,000 students each semester. The college is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Located on 427 acres in the western San Fernando Valley, nestled next to the thriving business district of Warner Center, Pierce College combines state-of-the-art technology and learning with the picturesque beauty of its rolling hills. The campus' setting among 2,200 trees, thousands of rose bushes, a nature preserve, and a forest area boasting giant redwoods makes it unique in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Pierce offers two year Associate degrees in the Arts and Sciences. We also have Vocational Certificate programs and general education transfer programs that meet lower division general education requirements for transfer to any University of California or California State colleges. Pierce College is setting the pace in community college education. The creation of the 15-week semester plan has led to higher enrollment, better retention and better learning. With two five-week summer sessions and one five-week winter session, students are enjoying the opportunity to move more quickly through the curriculum with greater success academically. Many Pierce College students transfer to the University of California system, the California State University system, and private universities to earn bachelors degrees. Pierce College has one of the highest transfer performances in southern California. Pierce Honors students have the enviable record of never been turned down for admission to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Pierce College students also transfer to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in greater numbers than any other college.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Los Angeles Pierce College is Casa Loma College-Van Nuys (6.5 miles away).
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  • Casa Loma College-Van Nuys
    Casa Loma College-Van Nuys Photo
    Private not-for-profit
    162 students | 6.50 Mi6725 Kester Ave
    Van Nuys, CA 91405
    (818) 785-2726
    6.50162
  • National Career College
    Private for-profit
    317 students | 7.60 Mi14355 Roscoe Blvd
    Panorama City, CA 91402
    (818) 988-2300
    7.60317
  • 16,982 students | 8.50 Mi5800 Fulton Avenue
    Valley Glen, CA 91401
    (818) 947-2600
    8.5016,982
  • 601 students | 9.60 Mi12412 Victory Boulevard
    North Hollywood, CA 91606
    (818) 766-8151
    9.60601
  • 2,215 students | 9.80 Mi12215 Victory Boulevard
    North Hollywood, CA 91606
    (818) 299-5500
    9.802,215
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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,997 per year for in-state students and $7,123 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $21,060 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 83%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.