Los Angeles Southwest College

1600 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles, CA

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Los Angeles Southwest College, located in Los Angeles, California, was founded in 1967 through the approval of the Los Angeles Board of Education. The school opened to an enrollment of 600 students, and since then has grown in size and scope, serving southern Los Angeles as a educational and cultural center, and serving over 6000 students annually. Los Angeles Southwest College is a two year public post-secondary institution that believes in providing students the best education possible, and takes pride in the fact that its students have a high graduation rate, becoming professionals in a variety of fields.

Southwest Los Angeles College offers a variety of programs that result in an associate degree or certificate. Students are able to choose a program of study that best suits their career or academic goals. Career and technical programs provide students with an education in one of many typically high demand fields, providing the training, skills, and knowledge necessary to operate as a professional in that field upon completion. Such programs typically take between one and two years to complete, resulting in an associate degree or certificate. Students enrolled in such a program will have a traditional classroom education combined with experience building practical courses. Graduates may seek employment immediately after graduation, though some fields may require certification or licensure.

Academic transfer programs are designed to facilitate the transfer to a four year institution after the completion of the freshman and sophomore years of a bachelors degree. Transfer to a public California college or university is made easier through agreements in place with schools throughout the state. Students wishing to transfer to a private or out of state school should meet with a counselor to outline a curriculum that best meets the requirements of the student's intended schools.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
As an open enrollment institution, students interested in enrollment must will be admitted if they meet the minimum requirements for admission. Students should submit a completed application combined with transcripts and test scores, followed by placement testing to determine which general education courses they will have to take. Students are encouraged to participate in orientation and meet with a counselor to outline a curriculum and choose a programs of study.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used to determine financial need, aid program eligibility, and monetary awards. Financial aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year, and students may be asked to provide additional financial documentation to ensure the accuracy of the FAFSA prior to the disbursement of funds.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,600. 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-$8,143
  • 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 Aid89%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships89%$4,663

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Los Angeles Southwest College may provide services including:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

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 community colleges in California as a whole.

 Los Angeles Southwest CollegeLos Angeles CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate10.1%22.2%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate17.7%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,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology


Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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