At Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA), we are a community of innovators, free-thinkers, and rabble-rousers, determined to make a lasting and positive impact on the world. All of our exceptional academic programs prepare you to work toward social, environmental, and economic justice for all. Community service is woven into the very fabric of our University, providing you with meaningful field experiences. We prepare you to think critically, stand out, and lead change.
AULA has been honored to serve the diverse communities of the greater Los Angeles area since 1972 but Antioch University’s history began in 1852 when our first campus opened in Ohio, USA. Founder Horace Mann had a vision that a well-educated populace was essential to a strong democracy, and that education should be accessible to all people.
The University remains true to the legacy of Horace Mann’s original vision, and an example of the success of educational experimentation, innovation, and diversity of thought. Antioch University continues to break down educational barriers and rebuild them as educational opportunities, providing students with the tools to explore, empower, and transform the world around them. through programs have been built on a foundation of social, economic, and environmental justice. Get to know why Antioch University stands out as a leader in progressive education.
AULA Purpose Statement
Antioch University Los Angeles provides rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. Combining dynamic scholarship and creative endeavor with experiential learning and reflective practice, AULA fosters personal and collective agency, global citizenship, and socially conscious leadership.
Accreditation / Nonprofit Status
Antioch University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Antioch University has had continuous accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission since 1927.
Antioch University is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) institution. As an accredited institution, Antioch University’s students are fully eligible for a variety of financial aid assistance, including grants, scholarships, and loans.
AULA is a proud member of the California Association of Nonprofits, a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities we serve.
Senior BA faculty member, Al Erdynast arrived at AULA in 1973, one year after the “campus” was established as an Undergraduate Without Walls (UWW), sponsored by the Union For Experimenting Colleges and Universities, in 1972. Before his arrival, the program met in Mel Sudh’s Los Angeles living room and was attended by eight students. As of August 1, 1973, the program became accredited and was jointly offered by UECU and Antioch College.
- The average student age at Antioch University Los Angeles is 39.
- Of the more than 1,425 students at AULA, 69% are female.
- 39.1% of undergraduate students are eligible for Pell Grants.
- 14.6% of undergraduate students are first-generation college students.
- Approximately 55% of students receive some sort of financial aid, ranging from grants and loans to institutional and private scholarships.
Average Class Size
The average class size is eight students.
Our campus and curriculum reflect the social justice mission and community-focused efforts and activities that make us different. In addition to Antioch University Los Angeles’ Climate Action Plan development and the ongoing work of the Sustainability Committee, AULA has an operational commitment as well as varied programs and projects on campus.
When you graduate from Antioch University Los Angeles, you join a community that now numbers more than 8,000 alumni. These graduates are making a positive impact in the Greater Los Angeles region and beyond. Our faculty, staff, and students greatly value the involvement of our alumni in every aspect of university life. AULA’s Alumni Association, through the leadership of the AULA Alumni Council, helps build and maintain relationships with alumni to sustain the university’s mission and provide alumni with opportunities for social and professional networking, career development, and continuing education. Explore profiles of students & alumni from Antioch University Los Angeles on LinkedIn and get connected.
AULA holds its commencement ceremony for all graduates of both the master’s degrees and degree completion programs at the end of June to confer degrees and celebrate the accomplishment of all the graduates. Completers from the Bridge Program participate in the commencement ceremony and are honored for their accomplishment.
Commencement Fun Fact
The ceremonial mace, a symbol of university scholarship and integrity since the 11th century, is used to lead academic processions at commencement signifying the importance of the event and the culmination of the academic process. AULA acquired one in the early 2000s. Currently, the most senior member of faculty carries it into the commencement ceremony.
The Antioch University Los Angeles campus is located in Culver City, California.
The latitude and longitude for the campus is 33.99 (33°59’) | -118.38 (-118°23’)
Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
In the early 1970s, Antioch University Los Angeles’ center was located on Fairfax and Santa Monica above a storefront called “The Big Man’s Shop.” Due to the space being declared a fire hazard (and only holding a capacity of 42 students) Antioch expanded to the Rose Avenue location.
When AULA was located on Fairfax Avenue students sat on bean bag chairs instead of desks!
Rose Avenue, Venice
The Rose Avenue campus in the 1980s was located at 300 Rose Avenue across from the iconic Rose Cafe. The Cafe used the AULA parking lot for their weekend overflow, and in exchange Antioch had a running tab.
The building at the time was formerly the Rose Milk Hand Cream factory. The walls and carpets were pink. There was a closet full of left behind hand cream.
Fiji Way, Marina del Rey
Antioch University Los Angeles’ next location was on Fiji Way in a corporate highrise, where they shared space with USC’s unit for digital software for the U.S. Department of Defense.
AULA Fosters Award-Winning, Innovative, and Inclusive Academic and Social Support Through Initiatives such as:
- The low-residency Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability Program is training the next generation of urban problem-solvers to meet the world’s dual challenges of climate change and inequality. Graduates are leading the public and private sector making positive change.
- The Horace Mann Upstanders Award, sponsored by the Education Department, honors work that promotes social action in children’s literature.
- The Bridge Program offers a year of humanities education for college credit at no cost to students. Classes for low-income adults are taught at on the AULA campus.
- AULA’s graduate-level LGBT Psychology Specialization (one of the first of its kind) founded Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center. Colors provides free lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-affirmative counseling to young adults.
- The low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, which requires the inclusion of social justice in students’ work, is repeatedly ranked in the top 10 in the nation by Poets & Writers magazine.
Honors and Recognition
Antioch University has been honored with the 2009, 2010 and 2011 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Award (with distinction in 2010). In 2011, the University was named one of the top twenty colleges most committed to community service by USA Today. AULA’s low-residency MFA program was named one of the top five in the nation by The Atlantic magazine in 2007.
Degrees & Programs
AULA offers a wide array of progressive programs in a variety of fields. Find an inspiring degree for wherever you are in life and begin your pursuit of a successful – and meaningful – career.
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Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financing an education is a priority for every student and we’re here to help. AULA financial aid advisors will guide you through options such as federal and state grants, federal loans, alternative loans, veterans’ tuition discounts and the Yellow Ribbon Program, and more. Learn more about types of financial aid.
Antioch University is deeply grateful to those who have served our country. We welcome prior, reserve, and active military-connected students and their families to our campuses and AU Online. Reduce the cost and time it takes to earn your degree by leveraging benefits available to you, including tuition discounts and the Yellow Ribbon Program. Talk to an admissions advisor today.
Antioch University’s student services are flexible and individualized. Explore our current student resources to get an idea of how we support students throughout their time at AULA and beyond.
- Disability Support Services – To request assistance or learn more, your first step is to contact our Disability Support Services office. We work with you to assess reasonable accommodation so that your learning experience is optimal.
- Antioch University Bookstore – Discounted pricing, fast shipping, and free shipping for orders of $50 or more.
- Library Services – AULA uses We Deliver to make library materials available to you from the largest library catalogs in the world. Electronic material is sent to your Antioch Gmail account, and books are mailed either directly to a location of your choice, or held for pick up at the campus library — your choice. Learn more about library services.
- Virtual Writing Center – Knowing how critical good writing is to your success at AULA, in the workplace and in life in general, offer writing support services from start to finish. AU writing tutors are available to help you with academic writing to succeed in your coursework.
- Office of Integrated Student Services – A one-stop-shop that provides students with access to a host of information and services regarding admissions, financial aid, registration, and records, transfer credit evaluation, and payments and disbursements, and all other administrative and academic support functions supporting student’s journey toward degree completion. The ISS provides services to international students and military-connected students.