Los Angeles Pierce College (CA)

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Computer Science, University Transfer

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment

  • Social Media

About Los Angeles Pierce College

Pierce College is one of nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). As a community college, Pierce is part of the post-secondary level of education in the United States. The college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Pierce is a comprehensive college with more than 60 disciplines and 111 degree programs. Approximately 20,000 students enroll each semester with hundreds of international students attending from over 45 countries around the world.

Pierce College has one of the highest transfer rates in southern California including the highest rate within the LACCD. Many of our students transfer to the University of California system, the California State University system, and private universities, such as the University of Southern California, to earn bachelor’s degrees. Pierce has a solid reputation for being a student-friendly institution, offering students high-quality and challenging courses that will prepare them for university or vocational work. Pierce students benefit from smaller classes sizes and lower tuition than a four-year university.

Pierce College is located in upscale Woodland Hills, California, a thriving suburb of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley.  The college is within a short driving distance to Malibu beaches, Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, and various theme parks such as Universal Studios and Magic Mountain.  The summers are warm and the winters are mild, which enables students to explore the area year-round. Students can take trips to ski resorts in the local mountains or visit Palm Springs in the desert, which are just two hours away by car. Picturesque beach towns such as Santa Barbara and San Diego are also just a couple hours away.

Los Angeles offers a variety of cultural experiences. The city offers the cultural centers of Chinatown, Koreatown, and Little Tokyo. Students can also see performances at one of the many theatrical venues including Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Music Center and the Dolby Theater, the home of the Academy Awards. Also conveniently located are the major movie studios of Universal, Warner Bros., Disney, and Dreamworks.

Academic Programs

Pierce College offers Associates Degrees, Career Certificates of Completion, and Department Certificates. The college also prepares students for university transfer by offering a variety of general education and major preparation coursework.

While Pierce offers courses in over 60 disciplines, the majors that are most popular with international students are:

  • Accounting
  • Art – Graphic Design
  • Business Administration
  • Child Development
  • Computer and Network Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • General Studies – University Transfer
  • Horticulture
  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Pre-Engineering – University Transfer
  • Theater Arts
  • Veterinary Technology

Transfer Opportunities

Many students who attend Pierce College complete their transfer requirements before attending a 4-year university. This typically includes courses in general education and major preparation. Each new student will have the opportunity to meet with an academic counselor to create a comprehensive educational plan. 

Over 85% of Pierce College Honors certified students were admitted to UCLA’s College of Letters and Science in Fall 2015. Pierce students transfer to California State University Northridge (CSUN) in greater numbers than any other college.

The top five universities to which international students from Pierce College transfer to are California State University, Northridge (CSUN), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), and University of Southern California (USC).

International Student Services

The International Student Services Office offers application advisement, academic counseling, specialized orientations and workshops, visa and status advisement, as well as social activities.

The International Students Club plans the majority of off-campus social activities for students. Past activities include: welcome picnics at the park, trips to Santa Monica or Malibu beaches, overnight camping to Big Bear and Idyllwild, trips to museums and local amusement parks.

Most students live in apartments or rooms in the vicinity of the college. There are also home stay programs in the area where students may live with local families.

The campus has an internet café for students and gourmet food trucks. There are also plenty of restaurants near the college. 


F-1 Visa international student applications are processed by the International Student Services Office. More information on the admissions process will be provided upon request.

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Los Angeles Pierce College (CA)
6201 Winnetka Avenue
Woodland Hills CA 91371
P: 818.710.2511
Bachelor Degree
  • Arts and Design
  • Engineering
  • Health and Wellness
  • Medical/Dental
  • Nursing
  • Technology/Computers
  • Vocational Career
2yr/Community College
  • Arts and Design
  • Business English
  • Engineering
  • Health and Wellness
  • IELTS in the USA
  • Medical/Dental
  • Nursing
  • Technology/Computers
  • University Transfer
  • Vocational Career
English Programs
  • Business English
  • IELTS in the USA
Certificate/Short Term
  • English Language (ESL)