Los Angeles Southwest College

1600 W Imperial Hwy.
Los Angeles, CA 90047-4899
Tel: (323)241-5225
  • 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 6,937 students (19% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 39:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 99% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Los Angeles Southwest College is one of 54 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 176 teachers has grown by 15% over five years.
Los Angeles Southwest 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 176 staff 86 staff
Los Angeles Southwest College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 6,937 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 39:1 has decreased from 48:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.55 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 10% over five years.
Total Enrollment 6,937 students 7,105 students
Los Angeles Southwest College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 39:1 44:1
Los Angeles Southwest College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,315 students 1,483 students
Los Angeles Southwest College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 5,622 students 5,622 students
Los Angeles Southwest College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Los Angeles Southwest College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Los Angeles Southwest College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Los Angeles Southwest College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Los Angeles Southwest College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Los Angeles Southwest College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Los Angeles Southwest College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Los Angeles Southwest College Non Resident (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Los Angeles Southwest College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.55 0.73
Los Angeles Southwest College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Los Angeles Southwest College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $30,200 $34,900
Los Angeles Southwest College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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 $6,773. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,220 $1,636
Los Angeles Southwest College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,810 $6,773
Los Angeles Southwest College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 90% 78%
Los Angeles Southwest College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $4,500 $9,500
Los Angeles Southwest College Median debt for students who have completed (2013-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $3,500 $5,500
Los Angeles Southwest College Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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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