Los Angeles Southwest College

Los Angeles Southwest College

Los Angeles Southwest College, also referred to as LASC, is located in an unincorporated area in Los Angeles, California, United States. It was established in 1967 and opened its doors to the public in September of that year. It was established in response to the complaint, of local officials and citizens, that not enough was being done to educate the African-American population, which was a majority in the area. Today, the student population is almost evenly divided between African-Americans and Hispanics.

The departments at LASC include the following:

  • Art
  • Behavioral and Social Science
  • Business
  • Child Development
  • Continuing Education
  • English and Foreign Languages
  • Natural Science & Physical Education
  • Nursing

The men's and women's sports teams of the college are called the Cougars and Lady Cougars respectively. The official mascot is the Cougar. Students participate in football, basketball, cross country, and various other track & field events.

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Contacting Los Angeles Southwest College

Los Angeles Southwest College
1600 W Imperial Hwy.
Los Angeles , CA 90047-4899
General Phone: (323) 241-5225

Los Angeles Southwest College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts240Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, geography, international relations, political science, sociology, ...
Family and Social Work49child development, human services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine39registered nursing
Security and Law Enforcement33criminal justice and police
Business and Management24business, business management, accounting, small business management, banking, taxation
Therapy and Counseling19psychology, substance abuse counseling
Real Estate and Construction Management9real estate
Mechanics and Repair8electrical installation and repair, communications install and repair, computer repair
Office and Administration7office management, administrative assistant
Law1legal secretary, legal assistant
Education and Teaching1education, early childhood special ed, teacher aide
Drama and Performing Arts1drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy1health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Computer Science and Engineering0computer programming
Science0biology, geology, physics
Medical Support and Technology0audiology and speech pathology
Art Studies0art studies
Engineering Technician0manufacturing tech, quality control tech

Number of programs and degrees for Los Angeles Southwest College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree36230
Award of less than 1 academic year6323
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years72

Los Angeles Southwest College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Los Angeles Southwest College had a total enrollment of 6,095 students (3,970 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 1%
Black 68%
Hispanic 24%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 15%
18-19 14%
20-21 10%
22-24 12%
25-29 13%
30-34 9%
35-39 8%
40-49 13%
50-64 6%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown5%

Los Angeles Southwest College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 43 %
Part-Time 27 %

Los Angeles Southwest College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Los Angeles, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Los Angeles Southwest College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 606
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,470
Books and supplies $ 1,482

Financial Aid:
Los Angeles Southwest College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 704700)

Los Angeles Southwest College Faculty

Los Angeles Southwest College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track14
Non-tenured and not on tenure track813

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year6$63,1506$66,471
All faculty totalcalendar year6$63,1506$66,471

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year27$71,30431$61,801
All faculty totalacademic year27$71,30431$61,801

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Los Angeles Southwest College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Quality Control Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Human Services, General

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General


Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Office Management and Supervision

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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