El Camino College

Torrance, CA
El Camino College www.elcamino.edu

Brief Description

As a two-year public community college, El Camino College (ECC) is located in the unincorporated areas of Torrance and Alondra Park in Los Angeles County of California. ECC was first officially founded on July 1, 1947 with less than 500 students. As part of the El Camino Community College District, it now serves more than 23,000 students from the surrounding cities of Lawndale, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Inglewood, Lennox, Hawthorne, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach. ECC has been recognized as one of the leading transfer institutions to major four-year public or private universities in California and across the nation.

Spread across a vibrant 26 acre campus with 37 academic buildings, El Camino College offers the diverse student body nearly 2,500 different higher learning courses in 85 different certificate, diploma, honors, and associate's degree programs. ECC is perhaps best known for its immense English as a Second Language (ESL) program, which focuses on a rigorous academic approach to prepare students of various backgrounds for English reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. For numerous years, the ECC forensics program has beaten out prestigious four-year universities like Notre Dame and the University of California at Los Angeles to win national level awards for excellence.

On the El Camino College campus, the performing arts have a strong presence. The Marsee Auditorium, a 2,000 seat auditorium, is known for being the venue for the South Bay Ballet's production of the Nutcracker each year, traveling Broadway shows, dance companies, and on-campus shows from resident student performers. Other venues include the 350-seat Campus Theatre and intimate 190-seat Robert Hagg Recital Hall for special events. El Camino College has also been utilized as a filming location for many hit movies, such as Cheaper by the Dozen, The Longest Yard, The Italian Job, and The Dark Night Rises. Notable alumni from ECC include actress Bo Derek, actor Fred Dryer, operatic soprano Carol Neblett, Beach Boy Alan Jardine, and filmmaker and Oscar Lifetime Achievement Award winner Douglas Trumbull.

First built in 1958, Murdock Stadium serves as the center for numerous athletic programs offered by El Camino College. ECC offers students the opportunity to join teams for badminton, baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. Some of the most famous former Warriors from El Camino College include NFL Wide Receiver Antonio Chatman, basketball player Don Dulay, General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers Fred Claire, ESPN sportscaster Chris Mortensen, and Major League outfielder George Foster.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 24067

Total institution enrollment: 24067

School type: 2-year public

School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.

Campus Location

Main Address

El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90506


(310) 532-3670



Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 46%

Female undergraduate population: 54%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's, Two but less than 4 years

Accounting And Finance
Adult And Continuing Teacher Education
Architectural Engineering Technology / Technician
Arts And Design
Astronomy General
Auto / Automotive Body Repairer
Automotive Mechanic / Technician
Biological And Physical Sciences
Biology General
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Chemistry General
Child Care And Guidance Workers And Management
Commercial Garment And Apparel Worker
Commercial Photography
Communications General
Computer And Information Sciences Other
Computer Programming
Construction / Building Technology / Technician
Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration
Dental Hygienist
Design And Visual Communications
Drafting General
Drama / Theater Arts General
Economics General
Education General
Electrical / Electronics Equipment Installer
Engineering General
English Language And Literature General
Fire Protection And Safety Technology / Technician
Fire Protection Other
French Language And Literature
Health And Physical Education General
Health Professions And Related Sciences
Heating / Air Conditioning Refrigeration
History General
Industrial Manufacturing Technology / Technician
Japanese Language And Literature
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Machine Shop Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Radiologic Technology / Technician
Metal And Jewelry Arts
Music General
Nursing Rn Training
Office Supervision And Management
Ornamental Horticulture Operations And Management
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Parks Recreation Leisure And Fitness
Pharmacy Technician / Assistant
Physical Sciences General
Physical Therapy General
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Psychology General
Quality Control Technology / Technician
Radio And Television Broadcasting Technology
Real Estate
Respiratory Therapy Technician
Spanish Language And Literature
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Teacher Assistant / Aide
Visual And Performing Arts Other
Welder / Welding Technologist