About Los Angeles Valley College
Los Angeles Valley College is a 2-year public college located in the heart of Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley. The college's mission is to offers transfer education, job training and lifelong learning to residents of the San Fernando Valley and beyond. Your future begins at LA Valley College—Find out the Top 10 reasons why you should attend LAVC!
Los Angeles Valley College is one of nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and is a fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which is part of the Western Associate of Schools and Colleges, a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
Founded in 1949, LA Valley College is located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley and sits on 105-acres in the Los Angeles suburb of Valley Glen. It is a urban oasis with a beautiful park-like campus with over 1,600 trees and plants, and is the first community college in California to earn a Tree Campus USA designation. The campus, which is near the 405, 101 and 170 freeways, is just minutes away from Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles, major motion picture and television studios, and the beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu.
Under the leadership of College President Dr. A Susan Carleo, LAVC is one of the leading community colleges in the state. LAVC is a hispanic serving institution, and serves approximately 20,000 students mainly in the areas of Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Pacoima, Sherman Oaks, Valley Village, Studio City, Encino, Tarzana, and Burbank.
Valley College is student-focused campus that is known for its high quality educational courses that prepares its graduates for university or vocational work. Our students receive the benefits of the taking general education courses for only $46 per unit. Many of students choose to take their general education courses at Valley College and then transfer to leading private and public colleges and universities. Many Valley College students have transferred to UCLA, USC, University of Phoenix, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Los Angeles, and Cal State Northridge. Students who transfer from LAVC have been known to do better at UCLA than students who start there as freshmen.
More than 140 associate degree programs and certificate programs are offered at Valley College. Popular majors include Accounting, Administration of Justice, Biology, Business Management, Child Development, Computer Science Information Technology, Engineering, English, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Media Arts, Music, Psychology, and Sociology. The school is also known for exceptional vocational programs in Registered Nursing, Fire Technology and Respiratory Therapy. In addition, LAVC offers a wide selection of online and hybrid courses, and accelerated evening and weekend courses for working adults.
Valley College also serves as a hub for cultural and community events, and is home to the Valley Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Valley College Historical Museum, the LAVC Art Gallery. It also regularly hosts a variety of concerts and plays and community activities. In addition, the campus pool and stadium track are accessible to the public during scheduled times.
The campus is currently undergoing a $626 million expansion and renovation project funded by bonds supported by the voters of Los Angeles. Improvements to existing buildings are being completed, along with constructing several new buildings, which will serve LAVC students for years to come.
Over the past several years, the college has added a Maintenance and Operations / Sheriff’s Station (the first LEED-certified [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] in the LACCD), an award-winning Allied Health and Sciences Center with state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, and the Belle & Harry Krupnick Media Arts Center featuring a state-of-the art television studio. It has also added a new aquatics center with Olympic-sized pool, an Adapted Physical Education Center, a Student Services Complex, and a new Library and Academic Resource Center.
Other upcoming construction projects include a new Performing and Media Arts Center, Monarch Center (student union), Community Services Center, Athletic Training Facility, and Valley Glen Gateway (workforce development & administration) Building.