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Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099
p. 323-265-8650
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East Los Angeles College

East Los Angeles College Rating: 4.2/5 (11 votes)

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East Los Angeles College (ELAC) is a two-year college offering more than 25 associate degrees and certificates. Academic departments include the Department of Administration of Justice, Automotive Technology, and Chicano Studies. ELAC offers transfer courses as well as occupational programs. Many general studies degrees can be earned online.

The college has graduated more Hispanics during the first decade of the twenty-first century than any other community college in California and consistently ranks well in national surveys. ELAC is the top California degree and certificate producer for Hispanics. The school ranks second in the nation in terms of Hispanic student transfers to four-year institutions.

ELAC was originally established by the Los Angeles City Board of Education and moved to its present site in 1948.

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ELAC has an open admissions policy. Students wishing to enroll in ELAC, one of nine public two-year colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District, must complete an application and possess a high school diploma. Others eligible for ELAC admissions include apprentices as defined by Section 3077 of the California Labor Code, as well as K–12 students with special circumstances.

Prospective students can apply directly on the school’s website.

Financial Aid

Students may be eligible for a wide variety of financial aid, including federal and state grants, as well as federal work study jobs. Students seeking financial aid should begin the process by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, which can be done online or on paper.

The college also offers a number of faculty scholarships, as well as foundation scholarships. One particular scholarship that ELAC students have benefited from is the Latina Leadership Network Scholarship Program.

The college has a detailed financial aid website that describes the application process, what types of aid are available, and the deadlines for applying.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5112th for the average student loan amount.
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ELAC serves about 15 local communities and is located in Monterey Park, ten miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The area is known for its diverse population—over 40 percent of its residents are Chinese-Americans, and the city has also welcomed some immigrants from Mexico in recent years.

ELAC is the home of the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM). The VPAM is the first institutional art museum to serve the East Los Angeles area. Starting in 1951, noted actor and art collector Vincent Price donated art objects from his personal collection, establishing the first “teaching art collection” owned by a community college.

Monterey Park is also home to the Garvey Ranch Observatory. The city sits close to the desert, mountains, beaches, and amusement parks, so there is never a shortage of things for students to do outside of the classroom.

Student Enrollment Demographics


ELAC has men’s teams in baseball, football, soccer, basketball, wrestling, track and field, and cross-country. The women compete in soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, softball, track and field, and cross-country. ELAC, whose teams are nicknamed the Huskies, is a member of the South Coast Conference.

The school boasts 20,000-seat Weingart Stadium, and its field turf is certified by the Federation Internationale de Football Association. ELAC also seats 1,500 in its indoor swim natatorium.

Information Summary

Ranks 151st in California and 2007th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.00
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 17 0.05
Arrest 7 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 40 0.07
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 60 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 213 0.35
Larceny 635 1.04
Vehicle theft 191 0.31

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population33,263 (33,263 urban / N/A rural)
Households11,258 (2.95 people per house)
Median Household Income$40,267
Families8,608 (3.35 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District627

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4211th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,219 $1,219 $6,159
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2 $2 $2
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $190
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,931 $2,931 $7,871
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,366 $18,366 $23,306
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,206 $7,206 $12,146

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $960 $1,220 $960 $1,220 $5,900 $6,160
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,059 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,185 $4,275

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
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1350th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $69,955 ($70,531 male / $66,238 female)
Number of FT Faculty 279 (135 male / 144 female)
Number of PT Faculty 790
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $8,450,122

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