Why ELAC?

EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE (ELAC) is now in its 71st year of service, continuing its mission of transforming the lives of students in the eastern Los Angeles area through education and career opportunities.

  • ELAC boasts an 86% retention rate and a 71% success rate and continues to increase the number of graduates and transfers to four-year universities each year.
  • Ranked #13 in the nation and #2 in California by Washington Monthly magazine’s 2016 “Best Two-Year Colleges for Adult Learners”.
  • One of the largest Community Colleges in California with over 60,000 students enrolled and 6,286 courses offered with 1,712 Degrees, and 1388 Certificates awarded annually.
  • Ranked 12th in CSU Transfers (up from 20th) and ranked 15th in UC Transfers (up from 20th) for transfers to 4-year universities.
  • Newly opened a 95,000 square foot Mathematics and Science Complex hosting vibrant STEM programs, including a STEM cohort for incoming students, several National Science Foundation grants, and a math lab.
  • Commitment to expanding educational opportunities in the East side communities, offering more than 120 classes in areas such as engineering, administration of justice, and Chicano studies at local high schools, middle schools and community sites.
  • ELAC’s Performing and Fine Arts Complex hosts state-of-the-art facilities supporting student learning and excellence and for a second year in a row, ELAC was one of only three schools selected to present a production at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region VIII in Hawaii.
  • ELAC is home to the Vincent Price Art Museum making it one of the only community colleges to host a major art collection with over 10 exhibits per year.
  • For every dollar you invest to get students in and through college, the state’s economy receives a $3 net return on investment.
  • $1.6M is the average lifetime earnings of a graduate with an associate degree, $400,000 more than for a high school graduate.
  • 70% of California nurses received their education at a community college comparable to ELAC
  • Eight out of the top 10 fastest-growing occupations require a post-secondary education.
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