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3250 Wilshire Blvd Ste 400
Los Angeles, CA 90010
p. 213-739-9999
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Westwood College-Los Angeles

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Academics

Westwood College was established in Los Angeles in 1999, and since the very beginning has been recognized as an institution that offers high quality education in the form of twenty diplomas, associates, bachelor’s, and master’s programs. Westwood College-Los Angeles offers careers belonging to four different programs: technology, business, and justice. In any of these areas you can find various course options, ranging from animation to criminal justice. Westwood is known for its fast-track, career focused training.

What does this mean? It means that students are engaged from the very beginning to learn and apply the fundamental skills required for successfully performing in a professional environment. Unlike most colleges and universities, Westwood’s approach enables its students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in no more than three years. The foundation of a strong education lies in the relationship between students and teachers, but also in the interaction between students and the market; this is why the college strives to prepare their students to deal with real life situations by complementing theory with practice.

This approach has proven quite successful, and two accrediting agencies, the ACCSC and the ACICS (both recognized by the United States Department of Education) have already accredited the college’s courses; this has opened the door for Westwood students to federal loans and grants that the US government only gives high-quality educational establishments.

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Admissions

To apply to Westwood College, there are four basic steps that must be taken. First, applicants are required to fill out the college’s application form. This form will require students to fill out certain information and submit some documentation of past studies that demonstrates that the applicant ready for college. Apart from this, all applicants must complete the financing process; they must meet with counselors, enroll their classes, and get started. Some schools have highly selective admissions processes, but this is not the case with Westwood College.

Westwood is a college that wishes to offer high-quality education to as many people as it possibly can, as long as applicants have the knowledge and capacity of making good use of it. Finally, given that courses only last two months, applicants are welcome to begin their application processes at any point they feel like doing so; the college receives applications all year round, there are no actual deadlines given that if you miss out on one course you can be admitted to the one that immediately follows.

Financial Aid

Westwood College understands that some students find colleges unaffordable, so it tries to assist all students get the financing help they need through its Financial Aid Office. At present, Westwood College offers financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, and student loans.

Scholarships and grants are granted on the basis of need, merit, and talent. For example, if you are a student with excellent grades you can apply for a scholarship. If you are a California state resident and have good grades but not enough money to attend college, you may be eligible for either a scholarship or a grant. It is also important to know that financial assistance, despite being open to all who need it, is limited; it is important that you apply in a timely manner because applications are processed on a date-received basis.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 75th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in California.

Students

Westwood College opened its very own Los Angeles campus in 1999. This campus offers no on-campus housing for its students but given its location, students are more than able to find suitable housing accommodation close by. Westwood does assist students in finding appropriate housing around campus; the Collegiate Housing Service works with Westwood in providing shared student housing in apartments.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Westwood College presently has no Athletics Department; it offers no intramural sports and it does not compete in any college division anywhere in the United States. The college understands that sports and recreation are important but given that the college is a fast-track, career-focused institution, it leaves students to pursue athletics on their own time outside the campus. Westwood is still growing and developing to better service the educational needs of students, but until then, it is important that you know that there are no sports teams associated with the college and there are no opportunities of receiving sporting scholarships.

Additional School Information

Activities occur all year round on campus; the idea of these activities is to enhance student life and enabling them to become balanced, mature, and socially responsible people. The activities sponsored by Westwood include the following: job fairs, charity events, Thanksgiving feasts, Winterfest, and barbecues, among others. The college also has a wide offering of student clubs in all of its divisions (business, design, Technology, and Justice) so that students can pursue individual interests that are in some way related to their chosen career (or to another that they find interesting but do not wish to pursue in full).

If you are interested in achieving academic excellence, you should know that the college does have a chapter of the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society, which has the objective of promoting excellence in its members. So, no matter what your interests outside your chosen career paths are, Westwood College offers various alternatives so that you can fulfill all of your expectations and get an integral education.

Bibliography

  • About us, http://www.westwood.edu/why-westwood/about-us/, web, 26 July 2011.
  • Admissions, http://www.westwood.edu/admissions/, web, 26 July, 2011
  • Financial Aid, http://www.westwood.edu/financial-aid/, web, 26 July 2011
  • Snider, Mark. How to get money for college 2011: Financing your future beyond federal aid. United States: Peterson’s, 2011. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 352nd in California and 3872nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 8,843 0.23
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 297 0.01
Forcible Rape 828 0.02
Robbery 10,077 0.26
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 17,264 0.45
Larceny 53,469 1.39
Vehicle theft 15,597 0.41

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Los Angeles, CA 90010
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population1,943 (1,943 urban / N/A rural)
Households960 (2.02 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,083
Families404 (3.00 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (business)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District634

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 2268th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $14,832 $14,832 $14,832
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $248 $248 $248
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $388 $388 $388
FT Graduate Tuition $11,976 $11,976 $11,976
FT Graduate Required Fees $267 $267 $267
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $378 $378 $378
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,687 $17,687 $17,687
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $33,021 $33,021 $33,021
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $27,653 $27,653 $27,653

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $15,121 $14,921 $15,121 $14,921 $15,121 $14,921
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,150 $2,340
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,099 $6,821
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $7,643 $7,692
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $9,581 $9,966

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 127 173 26 6 378 177 915
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 11 1 2 16 9 41
Accounting and Business/Management
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 8 1 17 8 36
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 3 2 5
Business Administration and Management, General 14 15 5 1 37 16 92
Computer Programming, Other 1 8 2 1 40 10 62
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 2 9 1 4 18
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 5 2 1 18 7 33
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 1 2 3 6
Construction Management 2 1 2 5
Corrections
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 26 77 2 32 39 179
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 3 1 18 6 32
Fashion Merchandising 2 4 2 8
Game and Interactive Media Design 5 13 5 1 44 13 83
Graphic Design 16 3 1 37 8 68
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 6 2 9 3 20
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Information Technology 17 1 4 41 11 77
Interior Design 4 6 2 11 8 32
Law Enforcement Investigation and Interviewing
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3 9 1 22 6 41
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 4 4 8 23
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical Office Management/Administration 1 1
Medical/Clinical Assistant 3 5 1 2 4 15
Project Management
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 4 3 22 8 38

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2902nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,078 ($56,474 male / $44,439 female)
Number of FT Faculty 17 (10 male / 7 female)
Number of PT Faculty 270
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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