Upon satisfactory completion of requirements, students may earn the Associate in Arts Degree, Associate in Science Degree, Associate Degree for Transfer or a Certificate of Achievement. For more information about all academic programs including requirements, view the latest college catalog, explore the Academics pages, or go to a counseling office.
Admission to LASC is open to high school graduates, individuals with a high school equivalency certificate (GED), or anyone 18 years of age or older and can show evidence of being able to benefit from instruction. All inquiries concerning the application, admission, and registration should be sent to Los Angeles Southwest College, Office of Admissions and Records, 1600 West Imperial Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90047-4899.
Applications for admission with detailed instructions are available from the Office of Admissions and Records and on the college’s website at www.lasc.edu. Click on the “Apply Online” link.
An application must be submitted if a student is:
1. A new student entering LASC for the first time and who is not a current student at a sister campus,
2. A returning (former) student who did not attend LASC or a sister campus for the prior fall semester or spring semester,
3. A student in grades K-12 enrolled in a public or private school who is seeking special admission
The in-person orientation will introduce you to LASC, our policies and procedures as well as give you an overview of the different resources and support services as well as a campus tour that is available for your success. Check the posted schedule at the Assessment and Training website for dates, room locations, and times. Students may also complete the Online Orientation by visiting www.lasc.edu.
LASC offers a self-paced computerized assessment placement test. Students receive an assessment summary that may be used to select their courses and to plan their educational and career goals. Course recommendations are advisory and should be discussed with a counselor. The Assessment and Testing Office provides services to complete the Prerequisite/Co-Requisite Challenge Exams and course prerequisite/co-requisites clearances. The center offers Accuplacer for English and math placement “Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)” non-credit courses. This test will measure the student’s grade level in Language, Math, and Reading. This is not a pass/fail test. This is a timed test. Testing is available through department referral. Please see the Assessment and Testing Office for further information.
Assessment Testing Policy
All students that have taken the Assessment test will be allowed to retest once a term, not to exceed four times a year; as long as they have not completed a course in either the corresponding Math or English course sequence. All test scores are valid for two years. Please be prepared as retesting policies are strictly enforced and are subject to change. Assessment placement results from other California Community Colleges are accepted within the last two years.
After participation in the Assessment placement process, students will meet with a counselor and receive an abbreviated student educational plan. All students should meet with a counselor during the semester to develop a comprehensive student educational plan. All students who have not declared an educational goal and students who are enrolled in pre-collegiate basic skills courses are highly encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop a student educational plan.
Early Alert provides mid-semester evaluation and feedback of a student’s academic progress, according to their classroom instructors. Referrals to support services are made when needed or requested. Student Success Center workshops are offered throughout the semester.
Exemption from the Matriculation process (Orientation, Assessment, and Counseling are:
- You have already earned an Associate degree or higher (proof of degree required).
- You are only taking one class (not math or English) for personal enrichment or job advancement.
If either of the above applies to you, visit the Admissions and Records Office in Student Services Building (SSB), Room 102, to request an exemption from the matriculation process (ie. Orientation, Assessment, and Counseling)
Only students who have been admitted to the college and are in an approved active status may attend classes. Students should attend every meeting of all classes for which they register. To avoid being dropped from a class, students should contact the instructor when they are absent for emergency reasons.
Students who are pre-registered in a class and miss the first meeting may lose their right to a place in the class, but the instructor may consider special circumstances. Whenever students are absent more hours than the number of hours the class meets per week, the instructor may, but is not required to, drop them from the class. In addition, the instructor will consider whether there are mitigating circumstances that may justify the absences. If the instructor determines that such circumstances do not exist, the instructor may exclude a student from the class.
Students wishing to drop one or more classes must do so through the Student Information System at www.LASC.edu.
It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class through the website or in person. Students must drop by the end of the second week of semester-length classes to avoid fees. Any drops or exclusions that occur after the no-penalty drop date (under last day to drop without a “W”) and up to 75% of the time the class is scheduled will result in a “W” on the student’s record, which will be included in the determination of progress probation. Withdrawals are not permitted beyond 75% of class meeting time. A grade (A, B, C, D, F, P, INC, or NP) will be assigned to students who are enrolled past the last day to drop even if they stop attending class, except in cases of extenuating circumstances. After the last day to drop, students may withdraw from the class upon submitting a petition that demonstrates extenuating circumstances and after consultation with the appropriate faculty.
“Military withdrawal” occurs when a student who is a member of an active or reserve United States military service receives orders compelling a withdrawal from courses. Upon verification of such orders, an “MW” may be assigned at any time after 30% of the time the class is scheduled to meet. No notation (“W” or other) shall be made on the records of a student who withdraws during the first 30% of the time the class is scheduled. Enrollment fees will be refunded with military withdrawals. Military withdrawals shall not be counted in progress probation and dismissal calculations, nor are they counted in the three attempts to take a course.
Course Repetition To Improve Substandard Grades
The Board of Governors adopted regulations that limit apportionment for enrollment in a single credit course to three enrollments, with specific exemptions. Enrollment occurs when a student receives an evaluative (A-F, N, NP, CR, NC) or non-evaluative (W) symbol, pursuant to Title 5, Section 55023. Limits set forth in this new regulation will affect students based on all prior course enrollments. Students will only have three attempts to pass a class within the Los Angeles community college district (LACCD). If the student gets a “W” or a grade of “NP” or “F” in a class, that will count as an attempt. Students with three or more such records of enrollment will not be allowed to repeat the course within LACCD, but can take the course outside of the district. Students may, however, petition to repeat a course a third time within the district (subject to certain conditions) due to extenuating circumstances such as the significant lapse of time, military withdrawal, etc.
Exemptions to this policy include courses identified as “repeatable” such as kinesiology and performing arts in accordance with Title 5, Section 55041, subdivision (c), but do not apply to enrollment in all other credit courses. Students may repeat courses in which substandard grades (“D”, “F, “NC”, or “NP”) were awarded in LACCD. No specific course or categories of courses shall be exempt from course repetition. This policy only applies to courses taken at colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District. Courses completed through the provisions of Board Rule 6704 Credit by Examination may not be used to remove a substandard grade. Other institutions may differ. Students planning to transfer to another college should contact the institution regarding their policy. The LACCD Chancellor, in consultation with the District Academic Senate, may adopt regulations to limit course repetition within specific programs.
First and Second Course Repetition To Improve Substandard Grades
Upon completion of a repeated course, the highest grade earned will be computed in the cumulative grade point average and the student’s academic record should be so annotated.
Third Course Repetition To Improve Substandard Grades
A student may repeat the same course for a third time provided the student has:
1. Received three substandard grades for the same District course,
2. Filed a petition that states the extenuating circumstances are the basis for the petition for the third repeat. “Extenuating circumstances” are verified cases of accidents, illness, military service, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student.
3. Had the petition approved by the College President or designee. Upon the completion of the third repetition, the grade used in computing the student’s cumulative grade point average shall be the highest grade earned, and the student’s record will be so annotated. The three lower substandard grades will not be used in the computation of the grade point average.
Petitioning To Repeat A Course A Third Time
Petition to Repeat a Course a Third Time accompanied by appropriate documentation must be filed no later than the published deadline for the term during which the student wishes to repeat. The deadline is published each fall and spring semester in the Schedule of Classes. To be eligible to file a Petition to Repeat a Course a Third Time, at least one regular semester (Fall or Spring) must have elapsed since receiving the third substandard grade. A committee will review petitions and students will be notified of the outcome. Petitions to Repeat a Course a Third Time are available in the Office of Admissions and Records and the Counseling Center. If approved, a student must obtain an Add Permit from the instructor once the semester begins and submit the Add Permit to Admissions and Records for processing.
Course Repetition: Special Circumstances
Repetition of courses for which substandard work has not been recorded shall be permitted only upon advance petition of the student and with the written permission of the LASC President or designee based on a finding that circumstances exist which justify such repetition. In such repetition under special circumstances, the student’s permanent academic record shall be annotated in such a manner that all work remains legible. Grades awarded for repetition under special circumstances shall not be counted in calculating a student’s grade point average.