Laney College


Originally established in 1953 as Oakland City College, Laney College is the flagship campus of the Peralta Community College District. Located in northern Alameda County, Laney College is close by the Lake Merritt BART station, and the Kaiser Convention Center. Set on 60 sprawling acres in Oakland, California, Laney College enrolls over 10,000 students, including nearly 500 international students in 40 associate degree and 28 certificate programs.

Laney College academic programs are organized into the following divisions: business, math & sciences; community partnerships & workforce development; fine & applied arts, communications & physical education; humanities, language arts, & social sciences; and vocational technology. Exciting instructional programs include anthropology, art gallery, carpentry, cosmetology, culinary arts, environmental control technology, ethnic studies, foreign languages, graphic arts, green jobs, labor studies, machine technology, physical education, shared governance, theater arts, and wood technology. Laney College is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Laney is currently working on completing the Educational Facility Master Plan.

Some of the highlights of Laney College include its affordable tuition and rates, a racially diverse student body, an open admissions policy, and flexible study options. Students may choose from part-time classes, weekend study options and distance learning programs. On campus student benefit from a close-knit community and the student center, theater, library and gymnasium facilities. The art center, the campus’s newest building opened in the 2006-2007 school year and was designed by Beverly Prior Architects. Flowing through campus is the channel connecting Lake Merritt to the Oakland Estuary. During World War II, the site of Laney College was the location of the “Auditorium Housing Project,” that housed war industry workers from around the country. At the time many were employed by Kaiser Shipyards.

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Information Summary

Ranks 228th in California and 2527th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 56.7
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $3,172
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 20 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 65% / 40%
Enrollment Total (all students) 10,404


Laney College maintains an open door admissions policy. Prospective students should use the Admissions and Records Office as a first point of contact at Laney College. Students may enroll online, by telephone, or in person at Admissions and Records. It is also the place on campus to go to drop or add classes, apply for transcripts, and make other admissions transactions.


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Financial Aid

Students at Laney College must begin the financial aid process by applying for the FAFSA online. Students may apply for the Federal PELL Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, the Federal Work Study program, or the Federal Stafford Loan. State of California grants, sponsored through the Student Aid Commission, include Cal Grants A, B & C. Qualifying students will be California residents who complete a GPA verification form by the appointed deadline. The Cal Grant A is for students attending a four-year college, and may be held for a student attending Laney College. Cal Grant B is for low-income community college students, and may be transferred to a 4-year college. Cal Grant C is for full-time vocational program students that also demonstrate financial need. Additional State of California financial programs include the Board of Governors Waiver, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant, and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services.

A variety of private and institutional scholarship programs are also available to Laney students including African American Scholarship Programs, American Association of Hispanic CPA’s scholarships, the Microsoft scholarship program, the Ron Brown Scholar Program, and the Harry S. Truman Scholarships.

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The Associated Student of Laney College is an organization composed of Laney students who strive to accurately represent the student body. Members dedicate themselves to improving student life, education, and the campus of Laney College. Sponsored by the ASLC are campus clubs and organizations, campus events and programs, and community events. Communication between students, staff, faculty and administrators is facilitated by the ASLC, as well as interactions with other area universities and colleges. Students in the ASLC meet bi-weekly in the Student Center.

Laney Students may also choose from a variety of clubs and organizations like the black student union, Asian American association, Alpha Lambda Service Fraternity, the international socialist organization, MECHA Moviemiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, the living strong campus fellowship, the Laney green vision club, the united African’s club, the Laney book club, and Phi Theta Kappa.

Student services available to Laney College Students include the assessment center, child care center, counseling, the Extended Opportunity Program and Services, health services, project bridge, Ubaka, the student center, student employment, student government, the transfer center, the tutorial center and the workforce development/CalWORKS program.

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The forest green & silver Laney Eagles compete in intercollegiate athletics in sports like football, baseball, track & field, volleyball, water polo, swimming & diving, and basketball. The Laney College mascot is Eddie, the Eagle.

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