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Los Angeles City College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what certificate and degree programs Los Angeles City College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid information to make an informed education decision.

About Los Angeles City College

Established in 1929, Los Angeles City College (LACC) is a public, 2-year institution located in Los Angeles, California. LACC sits on the original location of UCLA, where students have access to several large educational facilities and classroom buildings. Three off-campus learning centers and the general support of the rest of the colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District add to the overall offerings at LACC. Many famous people have graduated from LACC as well, including Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood.


LACC offers students over 80 certificate and associate's degree programs, ranging from accounting to theater arts. A variety of distance learning courses are available, including Web-enhanced, online, hybrid, weekend and television (ITV) classes. The college provides six different workforce programs in addition to its degree and certificate programs. LACC also offers students an assortment of help centers for transferring to a 4-year university, which is one of the college's main goals.

The student government plays a big role in campus activities and organizations and offers interested students a voice in what happens on-campus. Due to budget cuts, LACC has suspended all of its sporting programs with the exception of women's volleyball until further notice.


Applications for admission are accepted year-round for entry into the Fall, Spring, Summer or Winter semesters. A single online application is used by applicants for all programs. Prospective students must be 18 years old or have a high school diploma or GED, with additional requirements for international students. Upon completing an application, new students may also need to complete a placement test and attend an orientation session before registering for classes and paying tuition.

All of LACC's students are undergraduates. In 2011, there were roughly 21,000 enrolled students. In the same year, 56% of students were women, and the largest ethnic group was Hispanic/Latino (44%). Whites (20%) and Asians (14%) make up the next largest ethnic groups. Seventy-one percent of all students were enrolled part-time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs are based on the number of units taken. The 2012 cost per unit for in-state residents was $46; this does not include books, supplies and other expenses. The cost per unit for out-of-state residents is $236, and international students pay $258 per unit. A student's tuition and fees can be paid via credit or debit card, check or money order.

Federal aid in the form of federal loans, grants and work study are available to qualifying students by filling out the FAFSA application. The LACC Foundation and many of the college's individual departments offer institutional scholarships. LACC students can also apply to more than 10 scholarships that are affiliated in some way with the college or community college system. The amount of money awarded and the requirements of all these scholarships differ.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificate, associate's*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 21,028, all undergraduate in 2011**
Student Housing No**
Programs and Departments Over 80 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 42 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
<1 year Certificate: Child Care (85)
1-2 year Certificate: Liberal Studies (211)
Associate's: Liberal Studies (159)**
Graduation Rates 7% in normal time
15% in 150% of normal time
24% in 2x normal time**
First-Year Retention Rates 67% for full-time and 38% for part-time students**
Application Due Date Year-round admissions*
Decision Notification Date Within 48 hours after applying*
Tuition (2012) $46 per unit for in-state residents;
$236 per unit for out-of-state residents;
$258 per unit for foreign students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal loans (5%), federal grants (52%), institutional scholarships (0%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 68% in 2011**

Sources: *Los Angeles City College; **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 855 North Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90029
  • Phone: (323) 953-4000
  • Website: www.lacitycollege.edu

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