East Los Angeles College

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA

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East Los Angeles College (ELAC) serves 14 communities in the suburban area around Monterey Park and has a diverse student body.  ELAC offers occupational training and certificate programs as well as Associate's Degrees and transfer courses for students transferring to four-year universities.  Transfer students may continue their studies at California State University-Los Angeles or University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), among others.

ELAC also offers online or "hybrid" courses that allow students to earn online Associate's Degrees in General Studies with an emphasis in either Arts & Humanities or Social & Behavioral Sciences.

ELAC excels at preparing its students for professional careers such as criminal justice, medical coding, nursing and respiratory therapy, and more.  The college provides tutoring study groups, clubs and community projects that help students prepare for their careers and build their resumes.

The East Los Angeles College Vision:

"East Los Angeles College endeavors to be an exemplary model for student academic, technological and artistic achievement. Through our evolving physical and technological infrastructures, designed to facilitate teaching, learning and cultural expression, we will become the first choice in higher education and the cultural center of our diverse community."


East Los Angeles College (ELAC) offers Fall and Spring semesters, as well as a four-week Winter Session.

ELAC has a program called "The Adelante First Year Experience" to help students succeed in the first year of their study program to transfer to a four-year university. The First Year Experience includes integrated resources such as student services, linked courses, positive learning environments, and excellent faculty.

ELAC's other transfer student resources and programs include:

  • CSUDH Pathways
  • Faculty Transfer Advisors
  • Honors
  • MESA
  • Puente
  • Transfer Academy
  • UC Berkeley TAP

ELAC offers programs for Associates Degrees that generally take two years to complete, shorter-term certificate programs and Skills Certificates for specific occupations that take 11 units or less to complete.

ELAC also offers a program called CalWORKS: California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids, which provides training and support services to students receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).  Students enrolled in CalWORKS will have access to information, vocational training, liaison with Department of Public Social Services, child care assistance and referrals, work study assignments, career development (job skills, resumes, interview skills, job opportunities), learning assistance and tutoring.

Academic Departments

East Los Angeles College doesn't have separate schools, but has 28 different academic departments.

  • Administration of Justice
  • Anthro/Geo/Geology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Auto Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Chicano Studies
  • Child, Family and Education Studies
  • Computer Applications and Office Technologies
  • Counseling
  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Journalism
  • Library Science
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Photography
  • Men's Physical Education
  • Women's Physical Education
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Speech and Theatre Arts

Student Life

The East Los Angeles College campus has many student services and amenities including a student activities center with a computer center, an instructional center, bookstore, cafeteria, library, auditorium, sports stadium, and an indoor swim stadium.

Social and cultural programs, as well as student clubs, are available through the Associated Students' Organization.


The motto of East Los Angeles College is "Start Here and Go Anywhere."  ELAC has traditionally been the college of choice for its diverse community in the East Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley areas.


There are 14 competitive intercollegiate sports offered at ELAC, which competes in the South Coast Conference, Southern California Football Association and Southern California Wrestling Alliance. There is also a marching band and pep squad at ELAC that participate in athletic events.

ELAC Huskies Sport teams include:

  • Men's Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Men's Football
  • Men's Soccer
  • Track & Field
  • Men's Wrestling
  • Women's Badminton
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Softball
  • Women's Volleyball

The Athletic amenities at ELAC include a 22,000-seat stadium that has field turf for football, a track surface, jumbo screen scoreboard, an indoor swim stadium, two gyms and a softball facility.

Community Life

East Los Angeles College is located 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the suburban community of Monterey Park.  There are a variety of recreational activities near campus due to its proximity to the desert, mountains, beaches and many amusement parks and tourist attractions of Southern California.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,200-$1,400
    • Out-of-State: $6,800-$8,146
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $260-$310 per unit

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 per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid71%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships71%$5,246

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, East Los Angeles College may provide services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in Los Angeles County and the community colleges in California as a whole.

 East Los Angeles CollegeLos Angeles CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate27.6%22.2%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate5.4%12.0%13.8%

Programs Offered

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.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

    Security and Protective Services

    Social Sciences

    Visual and Performing Arts

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