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Los Angeles Pierce College, or Pierce College, is a two-year community college in Southern California. Located in Woodland Hills, a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, Pierce is one of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. Offering associate's degrees, occupational certificates and transfer programs in nearly 100 disciplines, Pierce serves thousands of students in the San Fernando Valley.
Situated on a 426-acre campus, Pierce offers state-of-the-art technology and facilities. The campus has a 226-acre farm on one side, which features an equestrian center and sustains small herds of cattle, sheep and goats. The campus includes a botanical garden and forest area, offering a beautiful setting for academic study in the metropolitan Los Angeles area. The Pierce campus is a few short miles from attractions such as Universal Studios, Disney Studios and Hollywood.
The transfer study programs at Pierce College are very strong, and many Pierce students transfer into the University of California system, or the California State University system to complete their bachelor's degrees. The transfer rate for Pierce students is very strong, and a recent UCLA study showed that students from Pierce completed their degree at UCLA with a higher grade point average than students from other transfer colleges. In addition to its alliance with UCLA, Pierce College has alliances with UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Cal Tech and Cal State Northridge.
The faculty at Pierce is known for being very friendly, and class sizes are small, allowing for more individualized attention. Pierce College provides excellent training for careers in technology, health care, entertainment, law enforcement and business, among others.
Los Angeles Pierce College was founded in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California in 1947. The College was originally called the Clarence W. Pierce School of Agriculture, for its founder, Clarence W. Pierce, M.D. The land for the school's campus was purchased by the Los Angeles City School District.
The original student body was comprised of all males who enrolled to study agriculture. As the San Fernando Valley became more populated, the need for a more comprehensive community college became apparent, and the college soon expanded its curriculum, changed its mission and its name.
Under the direction of John B. Sheperd, many new buildings were constructed and enrollment increased exponentially. In the new millennium, under the direction of Darroch Young, Pierce College expanded further, with renovation and construction of more buildings, and new instructional programs.
Pierce College established a 15-week semester plan, which has led to higher enrollment and better student retention. Pierce also offers two five-week summer sessions and one five-week winter session. This range of options for study allows students the opportunity to move through their curriculum at a more accelerated pace.
Colleges and Schools
The academic units at Pierce College are divided into departments and disciplines, rather than into colleges and schools. Academic departments range from Agriculture and Natural Resources, Art and Architecture to Management, Marketing or Mathematics.
Students at Pierce College seeking more involvement on campus have just four student clubs or organizations to choose from, but those four are very active and regularly welcome new members. The student organizations include clubs for International Students, Student Government, and two Honor Societies: Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Gamma Sigma.
Student services at Pierce College include:
- Assessment Center
- Associated Students Organization
- Child Development Center
- Disabled Student Services
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Grades and Transcripts
- Health Center
- High School Outreach
- International Students
- Special Services
- Student Grievances
- Student Success Workshops
- Transfer Center
- Veterans FA & GI Bill
The official school colors for Pierce College are red and black, with white as an accent color. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Pierce "Brahmas."
The Pierce College "Brahmas" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:
- Swimming and Diving
- Swimming and Diving
Most performances from the Pierce College theatre and dance departments are open to the public. There is also a community recreation center on the Pierce College campus, which also offers swimming lessons and a community Sports Camps for local kids.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,000. 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-$1,500
- Out-of-State: $6,200-$7,390
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $190-$230 per credit 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||65%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||65%||$4,722|
|Receiving Student Loans||6%||$5,666|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 20%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To support students and graduates, Pierce College may provide student services like:
- Distance learning
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Employment search assistance
- Day 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 Pierce College compares against other community colleges in Los Angeles County and the community colleges in California as a whole.
|Pierce College||Los Angeles County||California|
Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities
The list of colleges and universities below are popular among students transferring out of Pierce College. Visit the following school profiles to get admissions information, including admissions requirements and contact information:
- California State University - Northridge
- University of California - Los Angeles
- University of Southern California
- California State University - Los Angeles
- California State University - Dominguez Hills
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1977)
- Compare all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in California
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by Pierce College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
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
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Pierce College.