1600 W. Imperial Hwy.
Los Angeles, CA 90047
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 6,409 students (19% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 97% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 77%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,409 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,220
  • Out-state tuition: $6,810
  • Student:teacher ratio: 21:1
  • Minority enrollment: 97%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Los Angeles Southwest College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 312 teachers has grown by 105% over five years.
Los Angeles Southwest College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
312 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Los Angeles Southwest College has declined by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has decreased from 39:1 over five years.
The Los Angeles Southwest College diversity score of 0.61 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,409 students
8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
21:1
24:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,186 students
2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students
5,223 students
6,350 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
1%
12%
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% Hispanic
47%
47%
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% Black
41%
6%
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% White
3%
23%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
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% Unknown races
5%
6%
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Diversity Score
0.61
0.70
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College Completion Rate
13%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$30,200
$34,700
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Tuition 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 Aid
80%
79%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,200
$10,376
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$9,100
$6,000
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,409 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,220
  • Out-state tuition: $6,810
  • Student:teacher ratio: 21:1
  • Minority enrollment: 97%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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The average community college acceptance rate in Los Angeles County, CA is 72%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Los Angeles County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.60, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Los Angeles County, CA is FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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