West LA County
The Los Angeles Westside is an urban region in western Los Angeles County, California. It has no official definition, but according to the Los Angeles Times, it comprises 101.28 square miles, encompassing not only districts in the City of Los Angeles but also two unincorporated neighborhoods, plus the cities of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Culver City, and Santa Monica.
Fifty-three percent of West Los Angeles residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, according to Census Bureau figures quoted by the Los Angeles Times. They included 89,620 people with master’s degrees or higher and 117,695 with bachelor’s degrees. In addition, 95,187 people in that age range had some college experience. The Westside is home to the University of California, Los Angeles, a public research university in the Westwood neighborhood. It is the second-oldest of the ten campuses of the University of California system. UCLA is considered a flagship campus of the University of California system, along with UC Berkeley. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. With an approximate enrollment of 28,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students, UCLA is the university with the largest enrollment in the state of California and the most popular university in the United States by number of applicants.
Other post-secondary schools in the Westside are: Santa Monica College, first opened in 1929 as Santa Monica Junior College. Current enrollment is over 30,000 students in more than 90 fields of study; and West Los Angeles College, which offers associate degrees, vocationally oriented programs and transfer programs to four-year universities..