Established in 1945 as part of the Los Angeles Community College District, East Los Angeles College serves more than 20,000 students in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park, and is the largest campus in its district.
The college has an international, multicultural student body that complements the 14 communities comprising its primary service area. The college offers both academic transfer courses which prepare students for admission to four-year colleges and universities and occupational programs which prepare students for careers in two years or less.
Facilities include an instructional center, bookstore, cafeteria, library, 20,000-seat sports stadium, 2,000-seat auditorium and a 1,500-seat indoor swim stadium.
The Associated Students Organization (ASO) emphasizes social and cultural programs representative of the varied student body. Campus clubs have open membership to students who are members of the ASO. A computer center in the Student Activities Center offering Internet access to ASO members recently opened and has quickly become a popular gathering place.
The location of the college allows for recreational activities in the desert, the mountains, at the beach and numerous amusement parks and special attractions that Southern California is well known.