West Los Angeles College

West Los Angeles College Photo #1 - West creates a path for students to prestigious universities and to satisfying careers.
West Los Angeles College Photo #1 - West creates a path for students to prestigious universities and to satisfying careers.
  • West Los Angeles College is an accredited California Community College offering paths to university transfer, career education and courses for personal or professional growth. Our Dental Hygiene program is a national model and extremely competitive to enter. We have the only American Bar Association Approved Paralegal program in the Los Angeles Community College District. The campus boasts state of the art childcare and learning services to help students succeed in their studies. Faculty, staff and administrators dedicated to providing outstanding higher education made sure that students received just that despite the absence of finer amenities. We maintain to this day that collaborative spirit to ensure student success.
School Highlights
  • West Los Angeles College serves 10,641 students (20% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 50:1 is higher than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 84% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • West Los Angeles College is one of 51 community colleges within Los Angeles County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to West Los Angeles College is Everest College-West Los Angeles (2.1 miles away).

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West Los Angeles College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 212 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
West Los Angeles College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty212 staff97 staff
West Los Angeles College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of West Los Angeles College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 50:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The West Los Angeles College diversity score of 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment10,641 students7,516 students
West Los Angeles College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio50:144:1
West Los Angeles College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,105 students1,613 students
West Los Angeles College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students8,536 students5,903 students
West Los Angeles College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
West Los Angeles College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
West Los Angeles College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
West Los Angeles College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
West Los Angeles College Black (2007-2016)
% White
West Los Angeles College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
% Two or more races
West Los Angeles College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
West Los Angeles College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
West Los Angeles College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.740.73
West Los Angeles College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
West Los Angeles College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,700$34,600
West Los Angeles 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 $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,220$1,636
West Los Angeles College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,810$6,797
West Los Angeles College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid76%78%
West Los Angeles College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,500$9,500
West Los Angeles College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$8,900$5,500
West Los Angeles College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
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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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.