Welcome to East Los Angeles College

Dear Student,

mmartinezheadshotThis is an exciting time for East Los Angeles College (ELAC) and we are pleased that you have decided to take the next step on your educational pathway.

ELAC has been serving the Monterey Park community since 1945. We enroll more than 40,000 students every semester and offer career- and transfer-oriented courses and programs that range from Administration of Justice and Nursing to Chicana/o Studies and Chemistry.

As you walk around the campus, you will see several new complexes that house our English, Foreign Languages, Chicana/o Studies, Math, Communication Studies, Noncredit, Life Sciences, and Chemistry departments, as well as the Honors Program, Learning Assistance Center, Cafeteria, Bookstore, and Associated Student Union. These buildings are designed to provide students with access to the latest technology and equipment that will support them in their studies and prepare them for university programs and careers.

Be sure to look into the specialized programs offered by the college to help you achieve your goals. The “First Year Completion” program allows eligible new students to enroll full time at the college, complete most or all of their math and English classes in one year, and begin enrolling in the general education and career classes that fulfill their major requirements.

Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) programs offer mentoring and research opportunities to students interested in these fields of study. Our Veterans Center assists returning veterans in selecting the programs of study that help them transition to the academic paths and careers that their experience and service warrant.

You will find that the faculty at ELAC are fully committed to you and your success. In the classroom, you’ll find knowledgeable and versatile instructors who will excite your interest in a wide range of subjects. Our counselors will help you meet the necessary requirements for degree and certificate attainment, or to transfer. Outside the classroom you will be able to join fellow students engaged in dozens of clubs, sports and activities that enhance the learning experience.

You have made a great decision to enroll at ELAC. Go Huskies!



Marvin Martinez
President, East Los Angeles College