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After the infamous Watts Riots in 1965, many Los Angeles officials expressed concern that much more needed to be done to educate young African-Americans in the Los Angeles area. One of the responses to these concerns was the establishment of Los Angeles Southwest College in 1967.

In the years since, Los Angeles Southwest has been a vital part of Los Angeles and the surrounding community. Many Los Angeles area residents attend the college for technical training, as well as to study before transferring to a four-year university.


Los Angeles Southwest College offers associate’s degrees, with majors in Business Administration, Child Development, Drafting, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Nursing, Political Science, Sociology, Speech Communication, Nursing, and more.

The college also has a number of certificate programs, including Fingerprinting, Banking and Finance, Management/Supervision, Small Business Entrepreneurship, Legal Office Assistant, Receptionist, Quality Control, Automated Manufacturing, Chemical Dependency Counselor, Real Estate Appraisal, Early Childhood Speech Therapy Assistant, and numerous Private Teacher certificates with an emphasis on preschool.

Los Angeles Southwest’s Business Department specializes in helping to prepare students who are interested in careers in such fields as business communications or information systems. The Business Department is divided into twelve disciplines: Accounting, Business, Computer Application and Office Technology, Computer Science and Information Technology, Cooperative Education, Economics, Electronics/Engineering, Finance, Law/Paralegal, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supervision.

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Los Angeles Southwest has an open admissions policy. Neither a high school diploma nor official transcripts are required.

International students, however, must show proof of finances if a minimum of $16,500 for room and board and other expenses are not already provided by a sponsor or other institution. They must also have graduated from a high school equivalent to one in the United States, and show a score of at least 450 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, or a minimum score of 45 on the Internet version of the test.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who need assistance paying their way through school. Many forms of aid are available, including Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work Study, Board of Governor Fee Waiver Program, and Cal Grant B and C.

Those interested in financial aid should begin by filling out a Free Application for Student Federal Aid (FAFSA) form. Students can use the Internet to both apply and check their financial aid status.

Student aid applications become available on January 1 for that year’s fall semester. March 2 is the cutoff date for the Cal Grants, and May 2 the priority deadline for financial aid. The deadline to ensure FAFSA forms are accepted by Federal Processor is June 30.

Student Financial Aid Details

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The school’s Center for Retention and Transfer helps to arrange for students tours to colleges such as California State University, Cal-Berkeley, and the University of Southern California, as many Los Angeles Southwest students transfer to these and other four-year institutions in California.

Students interested in journalism careers can work for The Word, the student e-newspaper. In addition, the school’s Art Gallery often displays works by Los Angeles Southwest students.

Los Angeles Southwest is a commuter college, with no students living on campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Los Angeles Southwest College fields men’s teams in cross-country, football, and basketball. The women compete in track and field and basketball. The school’s nickname is the Cougars.

Los Angeles Southwest also has an extensive intramural sports program. There are men’s and women’s leagues in archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cross-country, golf, and volleyball.

Information Summary

Ranks 251st in California and 2635th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 12 0.18

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 90047-4899
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population47,105 (47,105 urban / N/A rural)
Households15,620 (3.01 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,142
Families11,377 (3.51 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

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

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District643

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4217th 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 2021st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,477 ($62,575 male / $63,791 female)
Number of FT Faculty 77 (33 male / 44 female)
Number of PT Faculty 272
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,240,779

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