Westwood College is a system of seventeen campuses in six states that provide career training and education. The school is owned by Alta Colleges Inc., a for-profit organization that manages and operates Westwood’s various branches, including the online arm of the institution. The school was founded in 1953 as the Denver Institute of Technology, though the name was changed as the institution began to grow and expand.
Students at Westwood College will receive a targeted education in one of a variety of fields for the purposes of preparation and skill development to ensure long term employment. Instructors are often industry professionals with years of experience to help provide practical training for students. Upon completion students will receive a diploma, associate degree or bachelors based on the track of study chosen. In addition, Westwood College Online provides access and education for those students that require flexibility or lack the ability to attend a physical campus.
Programs offered include:
- Information and Network Technologies
- Medical Assisting
- Business Administration
- Graphic Design
Westwood College – South Bay is located at 19700 S. Vermont Avenue, Suite 100 in the city of Torrance. This campus has a graduating class size which is approximately 180 students per year. This campus offers services for students in the form of career pathway assistance for students in need of assistance, flexible courses for individuals who cannot make regular hours, and job placement options for students after graduation. Students may learn more, including the school's consumer disclosures, by visiting westwood.edu.
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average annual "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $19,900. To calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $50 application fee for those applying to a program. Student who wish to obtain more information regarding financial aid may contact the school's financial aid office at (310) 965-0888, which has information regarding types of aid, forms and more. The figures listed are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.
Tuition & Fees Information
- The estimated tuition range is around $15,000-$18,000 per year
- Per unit charges are around $430 for part time students
- Required fees for full-time students: $260
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||100%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||97%||$7,777|
|Receiving Student Loans||98%||$12,371|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 18%.
Other Career Colleges
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Westwood College – South Bay.
- ITT Technical Institute - Torrance in Torrance, CA (0.2 miles away)
- InterCoast Colleges - Carson in Carson, CA (2 miles away)
- ITT Technical Institute - Culver City in Culver City, CA (11 miles away)
- PCI College in Cerritos, CA (11 miles away)
- Westwood College - Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA (14 miles away)