West Los Angeles College
Culver City, CA, USA

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West Los Angeles College
2.76 Average Rating

Daniella from Los Angeles, CA

a current student here
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In three sentences
A fantastic option for transfer students or those looking to get an AA/AS degree. It's not too difficult to get into classes, and they aren't excessively full. A practically brand new campus with amazing resources makes me proud to attend WLAC.
Tips for prospective students
Pay attention to your registration date: if you sign up for classes within a day or so, they're fairly free. Outside of that, you might have to send pleading emails out to professors, or attend for a week to (potentially) get an add card.
Academic Rigor
Many courses are more difficult than I'd anticipated, but mostly they don't feel impossible. Professors will prove helpful if you fall behind, but won't generally tolerate disruptive or slacking students. On the other hand, I've heard of professors who just can't be bothered to assign anything that'd be difficult to grade, so...it's a mix, I suppose. Also, there're several professors who are Harvard, Yale, or otherwise Ivy League graduates teaching here.
Food and Dining
Oh, man. The actual food part of the cafe is so. good. Around the same price as the Denny's down the road, but it tastes much better. There's plenty of options and they're prepared fresh for you when you order. The coffee part of the cafe has great pastries and smoothies, pretty good hot chocolate, and...well, the coffee could be stronger. Anyway, for practically everything, Cafe West is great.
What to do for fun
Well, honestly, you're a full hour away from the beaches by bus. Maybe a bit more. And mostly there's just shopping immediately nearby. That said, the campus itself tends to have cool things going on sometimes.
Bang for the buck
Well, my tuition is free, and I get a Pell Grant to attend. But even if I had to pay out of pocket, I would. There's an entire room filled with state of the art keyboards if you take Piano 1. A sewing/dressmaking room with machines and tailor's dummies. Brand new campus, pretty much (even the toilets are still in pristine condition. TMI, I know, I know). Some professors have taught at Harvard. Honestly, if this school were a 4-year institute, I'd jump at the chance to attend. Out of pocket, even.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Study outside the Fine Arts building and you'll get to hear live Opera or musicals, depending on what the students are studying. Haha.
Great for these types of students
Creative -- there are lots of resources for the arts. Motivated -- The opportunities are there, but you have to look for them and ask around. Intelligent -- You WILL have to study for classes. Even music appreciation requires studying. But do well and take advantage of the opportunities and you'll transfer to pretty much wherever you want to go.
Clubs and Activities
The Performing Arts club can lead you to some nice internships. The clubs I'm in, I personally love, but there aren't as many clubs here as there are at, for example, Santa Monica College.
Campus Safety
Several patrols by the Sheriff's department, both around and on campus. There are cameras and security guards. Of course, you're not allowed to fall asleep in the library lest you get attacked (or so says the sheriff man), but...c'est la vie.
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Maureeshia from Harrisburg, IL

researching this school
1 person found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
I love the information about this school. I can go to it and get my required classes out of the way and then transfer to a 4 year school
Will enjoy being here
The classes are a great size with the right amount of student to teacher ratio
Bang for the buck
the price is the same for out of state as it is in state which comes to be about only $6,000
Tips for prospective students
Go for your dreams no matter who says you wont make it
Great for these types of students
everyone
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