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Transitioning From High School to College!

1. Apply to West Los Angeles College

Need support? Contact the WLAC Welcome Center

Website | Email: wlac-success@laccd.edu | Phone: 310-287-7250 | Live Chat


2. Complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act

  • Federal School Code: 008596

  • Students should only complete one of the applications (not both)

    • FAFSA - Application for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and T visa holders.

    • CA Dream Act - Application for undocumented students, students with a valid or expired DACA, U visa holders, and students with temporary protected status (TPS).

Need support? Contact the WLAC Financial Aid Office

Website | Email: financialaid@wlac.edu | Phone: 310-287-4532 | Live Chat


3. Complete Orientation, Placement, and Counseling

  • Complete the online New Student Orientation task on your student portal's "To Do" list.

  • If your student portal does not show a college-level placement for English or Math, complete the 5-question English & Math Placement task on your student portal's "To Do" list.

  • Meet with a Counselor for enrollment recommendations, to clear pre-requisites, and formalize your plans for a certificate, degree, or university transfer.

Need support? Contact the WLAC Welcome Center

Website | Email: wlac-success@laccd.edu | Phone: 310-287-7250 | Live Chat


4. Enroll in our Summer Transition Program

The WLAC Summer Transition Program prepares you to succeed in college by engaging in career exploration, refining your major choice, strengthening your skills, and ensuring you have a relevant Student Education Plan to help you achieve your college and career goals.

This program is highly recommended for all students and MANDATORY for students seeking LA College Promise eligiblity. 

The program consists of TWO free, online classes. Choose one section from each course.

#1) Introduction to Post-Secondary Education / BSICSKL 075CE.

Choose a two-week session from the options below (9 hours total):

  • June 15 - June 28  |  Section #12104
  • June 22 - July 05  |  Section #12105
  • June 29 - July 12  |  Section #12106
  • July 06 - July 19  |  Section #12107
  • July 13 - July 26  |  Section #12108
  • July 20 - Aug 02  |  Section #13745
  • July 27 - Aug 09  |  Section #15037
  • Aug 03 - Aug 16  |  Section #15110
  • Aug 10 - Aug 23  |  Section #15043

#2) Academic Guidance / BSICSKL 005CE.

Choose a follow-up session with a counselor (2-5 hours total):

  • June 22 - Aug 25  |  Section #13719
  • June 22 - Aug 25  |  Section #13720

Click here for more academic prep, career exploration, and student success classes we recommend students take during the summer!

Need support? Watch this 2-minute video or contact the WLAC Welcome Center

Website | Email: wlac-success@laccd.edu | Phone: 310-287-7250 | Live Chat


5. Join the West Los Angeles College ($0 Tuition) Promise Program

The West LA College Promise Program provides FREE TUITION to first-time freshmen of any age and income that commit to full-time enrollment (i.e. at least 12 units per semester). Participants also earn priority registration and support vouchers for transportation, books, and dining at the Wildcat Cafe.

Need support? Contact the WLAC Promise Program

Website | Email: wlac-promise@laccd.edu | Phone: 310-287-7251 | Live Chat


6. Join a Student Support Program

  • Dream Resource Center (DRC) - Provides a safe space for undocumented students to receive academic counseling, use computers and printing services, and learn about legislation and policies that affect them. 

Website | Email: dreamcenter@wlac.eduLive Chat

  • Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) - Provides students with physical, communication, or learning challenges with personalized counseling, classroom accomodations, and other support services.

Website | Email: dsps@wlac.edu | Live Chat

  • Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) - Provides students with economic and academic barriers with book vouchers, academic counseling, and specialized workshops to enhance student success. 

Website | Email: wlac-eops@laccd.edu | Live Chat

  • Puente Program - Designed to aid underserved and underrepresented students to achieve academic success. Provides students with leadership development opportunities, personalized counseling, university tours and more.

Website | Email: tejadala@laccd.edu | Live Chat: N/A

  • Transfer Honors Program (THP) - Provides students with the opportunity to earn honors credit for courses. Students who complete the program receive priority admission consideration to select 4-year institutions including UCLA, UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, LMU and more.

Website | Email: transferhonors@wlac.edu | Live Chat: N/A

  • TRIO Student Support Services - Provides students with workshops, academic advising, university tours, and more to help students transfer to a four year university.

Website | Email: kobessk@laccd.edu | Live Chat: N/A


Partner High Schools

West Los Angeles College partners with local high schools to help graduating seniors successfully transition to our college. Our student recruiters facilitate application workshops, financial aid workshops, orientation presentations, and enrollment workshops at the following partner high schools.

If you are a student from one of our partner high schools, please contact your assigned student recruiter for more information! If you are not a student from the following high schools, please contact the Welcome Center at wlac-success@laccd.edu or through live chat for individual support.

Ms. Shaquan McGill

Email: McGillSL@wlac.edu

  • Animo Venice

  • Crenshaw

  • Dorsey / View Park

  • Hamilton / Cheviot Hills

  • LACES

  • Palisades / Temescal Canyon

  • University

  • Venice / Phoenix

  • Westchester

Ms. Jessica King

Email: KingJD@wlac.edu

  • Animo Leadership

  • Augustus Hawkins

  • Culver City / Culver Park

  • Davinci

  • Fairfax / Walt Whitman

  • Hollywood

  • Los Angeles

  • Math and Science Prep