West Los Angeles College

  • West Los Angeles College is an accredited California Community College offering paths to university transfer, career education and courses for professional and personal growth. It occupies 70 park-like acres overlooking Culver City, Marina Del Rey and Greater West Los Angeles. On a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean from the highest points on campus.  Over the course of a year, West will serve between 16,000 to 19,000 students between our on-ground, online, and full-time and part-time students. But the college still retains the small, warm college feel as we have no more than about 5,000 students on campus at any one time.  
  • Our Dental Hygiene program is a national model and is one of only two California community college programs authorized to offer a Bachelor's degree.  Our online degree program has been recognized as one of the best in California and the nation. Other unique programs include our Film / TV Production Crafts path preparing students for careers behind the scenes in entertainment and our Aviation Tech program. West also offers degree and certificate programs in Computer Science, Health Care, Business, Law Enforcement and Early Childhood Education. 
  • Students interested in transferring to universities to complete their Bachelor's degrees can select from 24 Associate Degrees for Transfer and get help with the transfer process from our Transfer Center and support organizations including EOPS, TRiO, Puente and Honors Transfer.
  • West alumni can be found in every industry from the front lines to the executive ranks. Our college motto is: GO WEST. GO FAR.
School Highlights
  • West Los Angeles College serves 16,000 students (38% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 84% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • West Los Angeles College is one of 49 community colleges within Los Angeles County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to West Los Angeles College is Everest College-West Los Angeles (2.0 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 212 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
West Los Angeles College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty212 staff97 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of West Los Angeles College has grown by 50% over five years.
  • The West Los Angeles College diversity score of 0.72 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment16,000 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio75:144:1
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# Full-Time Students6,000 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students10,000 students5,903 students
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% Asian
6%
13%
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% Hispanic
43%
37%
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% Black
24%
7%
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% White
16%
32%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
3%
3%
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% Unknown races
4%
5%
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Diversity Score0.720.73
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College Completion Rate
16%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,700$34,600
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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
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,810$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid76%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,500$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$8,900$5,500
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Sports

Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Cheering, Cross Country,
Dance, Football,
Soccer, Track and Field,
Volleyball
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • West Los Angeles College (WLAC), located on a scenic hillside in Culver City, opened its doors in February 1969. One of the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District, the college has approximately 11,000 student in day, evening and online classes. WLAC serves Baldwin Hills, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Century City, Crenshaw, Culver City, LA Tijera/Windsor Hills, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Playa del Rey, Venice, Westchester, West Los Angeles and Westwood. Students come from a rich mixture of nationalities and cultures. West is a leader in online education housing one of the largest programs in Southern California. Several of our degrees may be earned completely online. Partnerships with prestigious universities allow our students to transfer and complete their Bachelor's degree completely online as well. Students may also select just one or two classes online to augment their on campus courses. Our career-oriented Certificate and Associate degree programs include several that are unique in this area, including motion picture/television production crafts, aircraft electronics, aviation maintenance, dental hygiene, travel and hospitality, and the only paralegal program in the Los Angeles Community College District that is approved by the American Bar Association. Whether in academic or career-oriented subjects, our outstanding faculty members are experts in their fields. They have chosen to teach in a community college because they prefer to concentrate on teaching, and they value the smaller classes and greater opportunity for individualized instruction that colleges like West provide. Basic Skills Program to provide students with the necessary capabilities in mathematics, verbal and written language skills, and study skills to successfully complete a certificate, degree, or transfer program. The college is fully accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Universities, and offers 25 transfer and 18 vocationally-oriented programs. The American Dental Association and the Federal Aviation Administration also recognize the vocational curricula offered here at West Los Angeles College.

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