L.A. County is home to over 120 colleges, universities, and vocational schools.

Of those, three are world-class research universities (Caltech, USC and UCLA), five of the California State University system are located in L.A. County, and 39 Nobel laureates, as either faculty members or graduates, are from of L.A. County universities. L.A. County graduates more PhD students every year than any other county in the U.S. University R&D programs substantially contribute to invention disclosures and technology transfer, fueling our innovation economy. The concentration of universities also supports regional workforce development, as schools connect with local businesses to develop new programs in growth industries, through formal collaboration via organizations like the LAEDC.

Key Facts About LA County’s Education & Knowledge Creation Industry

University of Southern California (USC)

University of Southern California (USC)

There are 85,142 individuals employed at 2,157 private establishments in the Education and Knowledge Creation industry in Los Angeles County. If we include employment at the UC and CSU public university systems and public community colleges, employment would total much higher.

Many well respected vocational schools excel in the county’s creative economy, including The Art Center College of Design with programs for automotive and furniture design, California Institute of the Arts, famed for its animation, costume design and dance programs, the Colburn School for performing arts and the Otis College of Art and Design.

Here is a sampling of universities and colleges in LA County