Los Angeles ORT College accepts students with High School Diploma, General Education Development (GED) or applicants who have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE). The applicants with High School Diploma, GED or CHSPE should have reached compulsory age to be accepted by LAORT. The compulsory age is 16 years old and above as defined by the State of California Department of Education.


The applicants who have not completed high school or equivalent may apply under the “Ability to Benefit” provisions and must be 18 years old to be considered for admission at LA ORT.

The first step in the admissions process is an informational interview with an admission representative. The applicants who are qualified for enrollment are given a tour of the campus and could apply for admission.

Enrollment Procedure

The first step in the enrollment process is an informational interview with an admission representative. The applicant and his or her family are given a tour of the campus. Students are given a copy of the catalog, catalog supplement, consumer information including tuition and fees, current schedules of programs start dates and a list of faculty.

Admission to the Technical Diploma and Degree Programs

Applicants with a high school diploma or GED must pass LA ORT’s admission’s test. Applicants without a high school diploma or GED can be admitted to Diploma programs only, under the “Ability to Benefit” provision, as outlined below.

Admissions to technical programs for non-native English Speaking Applicants

In order to be qualified to apply for technical programs, non-native English speaking applicants are required to first be tested for English Language proficiency and receive passing scores on LA ORT’s ESL placement tests.

Admission to the ESL Diploma Program

ESL program applicants who have completed high school or equivalent and are non-native speakers of English are given written and oral English are given written and oral English placement tests and will be placed at a level corresponding to the scores achieved on the placement tests.

Ability to Benefit

Applicants for a Diploma program without a high school diploma or GED who are not seeking Financial Aid, may apply under “Ability to Benefit.” Those applicants are tested by an independent test administrator and must receive a passing score on the designated test in order to be admitted. “Ability to Benefit” is not available for Degree program applicants.

Admission Criteria for Students with Mental or Physical Disabilities

The admissions requirements and procedures for students with mental or physical handicaps are the same as the requirements and procedures for the general population. The facilities of Los Angeles and Van Nuys Campuses comply with all federal, state, and local ordinances and regulations in regard to handicapped access.

Admissions Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Evening appointments:

Evening appointments may be arranged in advance by calling Los Angeles ORT College. An admissions representative may be reached directly by calling (323) 966-5444 at the Los Angeles Campus or (818) 382-6000 at the Van Nuys Campus. Program start dates are scheduled to begin periodically throughout the calendar year. A copy of program start dates may be obtained by contacting the admissions office.