East Los Angeles College

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East Los Angeles College
Seal East LAC.jpg
MottoVitam amplificare hominibus hominesque societati (Latin)
Motto in English
Mankind extends the life of the community
TypeCommunity college
PresidentRaúl Rodríguez (interim)
Location, ,
United States
ColorsGreen & white         
AthleticsCCCAASouth Coast Conference
MascotThe Husky

East Los Angeles College (ELAC) is a public community college in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park. It is part of the Los Angeles Community College District with fourteen communities comprising its primary service area. With an enrollment of 34,578 students, ELAC is the largest student body campus in the Los Angeles Community College District. It was located in northeastern East Los Angeles before that part of unincorporated East Los Angeles was annexed by Monterey Park in the early 1970s.

Student Life[edit]

The school utilizes a semester-based academic year. The student-faculty ratio is 30-to-1. The in-state tuition and fees for 2017-2018 were $1,220, and out-of-state tuition and fees were $7,016. There is no application fee. As of fall 2017 the total enrollment at ELAC was 34,578. Full-time enrollment 8,009 and Part-time enrollment 26,569. Total Entering Students for fall 2017 was 8,538.

Fall 2017 Demographics of student body [2]
Hispanic and Latino American 67%
African American 3%
Asian American 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
White European Americans 5%
Multiracial Americans 0%
International students 3%
Unknown 13%
Female 51%
Male 49%

Popular programs include: Social Sciences, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies.

South Gate Campus[edit]

The East Los Angeles College (ELAC) South Gate Campus is an extension of East Los Angeles College. South Gate campus was created to extend East Los Angeles College’s academic services to the southeast corridor of Los Angeles. Construction of a new South Gate campus started in 2019 on the former site of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. It is expected to open in fall 2022.[3]

Theatre and arts[edit]

ELAC is home to the Vincent Price Art Museum, a contemporary art museum named in honor of American actor and art collector Vincent Price. In 1957, impressed by the spirit of the students and the community's need for the opportunity to experience original art works first hand, Vincent and Mary Grant Price donated 90 pieces from their private collection to establish the museum, which was the first "teaching art collection" owned by a community college in the United States. The Price's ultimately donated 2,000 pieces over the course of their lifetimes and the museum's permanent collection now contains over 9,000 pieces valued in excess of $5 million.[4]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

All clubs in East Los Angeles College are operated and chartered with the ELAC Associate Student Union.

The East Los Angeles College Alumni Association is responsible for continually connecting graduates to the student body and holds annual and bi-annual events to raise money for scholarships.

East Los Angeles College Campus News is the college's newspaper, and it was established in 1945. The paper is managed by the students after they have successfully completed Journalism 101. A print edition comes out every Wednesday during the Spring and Fall semesters. The current adviser is Jean Stapleton. Other organizations include East Side Spirit and Pride, the organization that founded the Husky marching band on campus, as well as helping to restore the football program in 1995. In addition, ESSP is now the alumni association for the college with Dennis Sanchez as the Chairperson and a board of directors of 23 members.

Honors Program[edit]

The East Los Angeles Honors Program, which is recognized by the UC system, the Pomona colleges, Occidental and Loyola Marymount, offers rigorous courses that are designed to help students transfer and successfully transition to four-year universities. The Honors Program is open to both part and full-time students and requires a 3.0 GPA to apply and be considered for enrollment. Successful completion of the Honors Program guarantees priority consideration for admission at 11 four year universities throughout California and Washington.[5]


In 2016, ranked 13th for Best 2-Year College for adult learners under America’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners by Washington Monthly.[6] Number 1 in California and 6 in the nation in awarding degrees and certificates to Hispanic Students, according to Hispanic outlook on education Magazine.[7]

Activity with area high school[edit]

ELAC's football field is the site of graduation ceremonies for local high schools such as Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. It has also hosted the "East L.A. Classic" football game between Garfield against Theodore Roosevelt High School, that traditionally draws over 20,000 fans.[8] In the 2016 even U.S. Senate candidate congresswoman Loretta Sanchez was in attendance.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Howard E. Dorsey, Los Angeles City Council member, 1937, supported establishing new college in East Los Angeles


  1. ^ http://datamart.cccco.edu/Students/Enrollment_Status.aspx
  2. ^ "2017 USNEWS: East Los Angeles College Overview".
  3. ^ "South Gate Campus" (PDF). State of the College. East Los Angeles College. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ Aug. 1992 interview by the Smithsonian. Siris-archives.si.edu (October 25, 1993). Retrieved on November 3, 2011.
  5. ^ elac.edu/academics/programs/honors
  6. ^ "Washington Monthly 2016 College Rankings: What Can Colleges do for the Country?" (PDF).
  7. ^ "South Gate Campus" (PDF). State of the College. East Los Angeles College. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  8. ^ NFLHS.COM – State Stories Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine

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Coordinates: 34°02′30″N 118°09′00″W / 34.0416°N 118.1500°W / 34.0416; -118.1500