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Valley Glen, CA 91401-4096
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Los Angeles Valley College

Los Angeles Valley College Rating: 3.8/5 (5 votes)

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For students in the Los Angeles area looking to ease their way into a four-year college and save money while doing so, the valley is the place to be. Los Angeles Valley College offers a solid transfer program at a rate far less than what they’d pay if they completed the first two years of their education at a four-year college or university.

In addition to its academic programs, the college also offers workers looking for a quick credential to increase their employability several career certification programs. Career certificate programs give students a credential in a specific employment field they can use to demonstrate to employers they have a recognized skill in this field. Career certificate programs allow workers to quickly gain certification in career fields, allowing them to quickly find a new job if they’ve been displaced from an old one, or increase their value to their current organization.

Located on a suburban campus in Valley Glen, the school provides a quiet, pleasant atmosphere in which to learn.

Students attending Valley College have a lot of options. The college offers more than 140 associate degree and career certificate programs. Like many community colleges, LAVC’s allied health program is particularly strong, offering many students a solid career in the always in-demand health care field.

Some popular majors at Los Angeles Valley College include accounting, business management, sociology, business management and arts programs. LAVC is also well known for three very strong career programs, fire technology, respiratory therapy and registered nursing.

Because of its proximity to Hollywood and the hub of the television and film entertainment industry, it goes without saying that LAVC offers courses in fields relevant to this mainstay of the local economy. Students at LAVC can take courses in directing, post-production, screenwriting, producing and other skills relevant to television and film.

In the past 10 years, the school has undertaken a major renovation and building project sponsored by a large investment in the community college system by the people of Los Angeles. At Los Angeles Valley College alone, $626 million is being spent to upgrade facilities, thanks to a bond issue passed by the people of the Los Angeles area.

In 2008, the college opened a new sheriff’s station on campus. The sheriff’s station gives the campus an added level of safety and security. Also, the building was the first major structure constructed on the campus in three decades and was the first LEED certified building on campus. More recent construction includes a media arts center, a new library, an allied health building and a new library set to open in 2012. The construction has revitalized the college and allowed it to modernize many instructional programs.

Los Angeles Valley College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools in California and Hawaii, and the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas Islands. American schools in other parts of the Pacific Rim may also be accredited by the association.

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Los Angeles Valley College has a fairly liberal admissions policy and just about all students who apply are accepted. Students applying to the college should submit high school transcripts and standardized test scores. All new students will take a placement test to determine whether they will need to take remedial courses.

The college has no deadline for applications, however, for consideration for scholarships, new students are encouraged to get their applications in as soon as possible. Transfer and international students have deadlines for admission. Transfer students must submit an application by June 30 for fall semester. International students must submit an application by June 1.

Some programs in the college do have a selective admissions process that takes into account things such as college GPA, prerequisite courses, etc. The college’s registered nursing program has a selective admissions process. Admission is competitive based on students’ completion of required courses, grades and their scores on placement tests.

As of May 2011, the university does not charge an application fee.

Financial Aid

Students applying to Los Angeles Valley College are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of California, the college and other organizations that students may be eligible for. The college awards millions in scholarships and other financial aid each year.

The Los Angeles Valley College Foundation maintains a list of scholarships awarded by the college. The foundation’s website offers an online application for financial aid. Most scholarships are for less than $1,000, but because of the relatively low cost of attendance, these scholarships are sufficient to help students attend college at LAVC.

In addition to scholarships offered by the college, LAVC also offers a number of grants and scholarships funded by private donors. Academic performance is not the sole criteria for all scholarships, some take many other factors into consideration, including ethnicity, career path, etc.

Students are urged to apply for scholarship aid early, as many scholarships are first come, first served.

The college’s office of financial aid also stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. The school’s website is not particularly helpful in terms of finding scholarships, so a call to the financial aid office may be your best bet in finding aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4316th for the average student loan amount.
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Los Angeles Valley College provides a number of ways students can get involved on campus beyond their studies, forming connections and friendships that are a vital supplement to the skills they learn in class. Finding a niche may be difficult, as there are almost 20,000 students attending the college, but there are a wide variety of activities and programs at the college certain to appeal to a broad base of student interests.

One interesting facility LAVC provides is the Adapted Physical Education Facility. At this facility, students with physical disabilities can work out with exercise equipment suited to their unique needs.

Like most community colleges, LAVC does not offer campus housing. The college is committed to providing a safe campus for its students, however. There’s a sheriff’s department station on campus, and the college also offers an escort service to walk students around campus after dark. Because many of its students have work and family responsibilities, LAVC offers an on campus child care facility that offers educational and recreational opportunities for the children of students while they study.

Students can participate in a number of student clubs and organizations, including academic and professional groups and special interest clubs.

LAVC’s strong connection to the arts and entertainment industry has resulted in a top notch arts and theatre program. LAVC’s speech team is nationally renowned and a stand out program of the collge. It has won a number of high level competitions The college also has a well-known art gallery, which is a frequent attraction for visitors to the college and students interested in the arts.

The college has a student newspaper, the Valley Star, and a student radio station KCVM.

Of course, being in L.A. has its benefits. LAVC students will never lack for entertainment, sports or cultural opportunities living in one of America’s greatest cities. The city is one of the world’s great entertainment venues, and a wide variety of performance and other arts can be found in venues throughout L.A.

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Los Angeles Valley College offers a variety of competitive athletic sports to its students. LAVC teams have had some success in conference competition: The men’s baseball team won Western State Conference southern division champions in 2010. LAVC is a member of the NJCAA and participates in the Western State Conference. The football team participates in the Southern California Football Association.

The college offers men’s football, baseball, basketball, water polo, swimming and diving track and field and cross country. Women’s sports include softball, soccer, basketball, water polo, swimming and diving track and field and cross country. The men’s football team has made numerous bowl appearances in the past six decades, most recently participating in the No Fear Bowl in 1996.

Los Angeles Valley College teams are known as the Monarchs. Team colors are green and yellow.


The college has a strong connection to Hollywood. Actors Kevin Spacey, Tom Selleck, Sean Astin, Michael Richards, and Ed Begley, Jr. all attended LAVC. The college also traditionally puts on a production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol each year.

Additional School Information

Los Angeles Valley College was established in the late 40s to accomodate the rapid growth of the San Fernando Valley and the need of its residents for higher education. The college became part of the Los Angeles Community College District, which consists of nine schools in the late 60s.

The college has a strong connection to Hollywood. Actors Kevin Spacey, Tom Selleck, Sean Astin, Michael Richards, and Ed Begley, Jr. all attended LAVC.


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Information Summary

Ranks 146th in California and 1987th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 4 0.02
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 6 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 16 0.09
Arrest 1 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Valley Glen, CA 91401-4096
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population40,372 (40,372 urban / N/A rural)
Households14,572 (2.76 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,403
Families9,415 (3.39 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 District629

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4210th 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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 8 63 556 141 3 498 128 1,417
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 7 1 16 1 27
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 9 2 4 17
Anthropology 1 2 6
Architectural Technology/Technician 2 2
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 2 4
Banking and Financial Support Services 1 7 3 11
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 4 1 3 2 11
Biomedical Technology/Technician 4 2 6 1 13
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 2 1 1 4
Chemistry, General 1 1
Child Care Provider/Assistant 1 5 60 14 56 15 155
Child Care and Support Services Management 2 11 1 16 3 33
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 1 1 2
Commercial and Advertising Art 2 1 3
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1 2 4
Criminal Justice/Police Science 5 31 5 12 1 55
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 1 5 8
Economics, General 2 20 4 18 5 49
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 6 4 10
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 2 1 8 3 15
English Language and Literature, General 2 3 5
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 1 1 8 1 7 2 20
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 1
French Language and Literature 2 2
Geography 2 1 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1
German Language and Literature 3 3
Graphic Design 2 1 1 4
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Hebrew Language and Literature 1 1
History, General 3 1 3 7
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician
Italian Language and Literature 1 1
Journalism 1 4 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 33 296 68 2 238 72 721
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 3 1 4
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 3 5
Mathematics, General 4 4 8
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 1 1
Music, General 1 1
Office Management and Supervision 2 2
Philosophy 3 1 1 5
Physics, General 2 1 3
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 2
Pre-Engineering 1 1
Psychology, General 1 8 5 1 15
Radio and Television 1 1 4 1 7
Real Estate 1 2 5 8
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 1 6 3 10
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 12 17 32 8 72
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 2 11 6 6 2 27
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Sociology 2 21 1 1 4 2 32
Spanish Language and Literature 1 3 1 1 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 750th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,627 ($77,292 male / $71,620 female)
Number of FT Faculty 180 (81 male / 99 female)
Number of PT Faculty 600
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $5,459,762

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