What Makes Us Different

AULA distinguishes itself from other universities in countless ways, starting with our learner-centered model that places students’ lived experiences front and center. Learning at AULA is not a passive act. Our students are active participants in their own education, entrusted to create their own unique academic journey through individualized courses of study, and fieldwork training that prepares them for their careers while contributing to the common good. Always at the forefront of progressive thought and social justice, AULA continues to develop cutting-edge academic programs that respond to the changing needs of our communities and our world.

Here are some other ways in which AULA is different from conventional universities:

AULA Admissions

  • No GREs or GMATs are required for admission to our graduate programs. No SATs or ACTs are required for admission to our undergraduate programs. Our faculty are more interested in learning about and appreciating the personal, communal, and professional experiences that have prepared you for our academic programs.
  • Whether continuing on in your education or returning to school to complete your degree, AULA, through one of its exceptional Undergraduate, Graduate, and Certificate Programs, is committed to promoting your learning and helping you realize your academic and professional objectives.
  • The Fast Track Options allow undergraduate students to apply to and continue their advanced studies through one of AULA’s five Master’s Programs while simultaneously completing their Bachelor of Arts Degree.
  • The application process is straightforward and quick, and eligible students can receive a few waiver to offset the administrative cost of applying to one of AULA’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

The AULA Community

  • Adult learners of every age represent a wide range of cultural backgrounds and professional and life experiences.
  • Students at AULA are talented and come from all walks of life and every part of the country; most of our students are returning to school, bringing with them a wealth of lived experience, both professionally and personally.
  • We take pride in our LGBT-affirmative culture that embraces diversity in all its forms.
  • AULA faculty members are an eclectic group of highly skilled scholars, authors, researchers, and reformers. AULA staff members are characterized by their expertise and readiness to help students navigate the world of higher education. They are professionals and problem-solvers who guide students through processes such as applying for financial aid and scholarships, understanding degree requirements, enrolling in classes, preparing for internships and careers, and getting involved in on-campus enrichment activities and community-based experiential learning pursuits.
  • The AULA community of students, staff, and faculty are committed to academic excellence, the highest professional standards, equity and access, ethical steadfastness, and a never-ending belief that change is possible.

AULA Academics

  • Our undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs emphasize active learning; community engagement; and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  • Students enjoy small, interactive classes.
  • Instructors provide written evaluations rather than letter grades.
  • Our undergraduate and graduate programs accommodate students interested in attending part-time and full-time.
  • Our unique bachelor’s degree completion program is for those who’ve already earned some college credits and now wish to complete their degree.
  • Undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn college credit by documenting prior learning experiences from their professional or personal lives.

AULA Faculty

  • A low student-to-faculty ratio allows for unparalleled personalized attention.
  • Our faculty are experts in their disciplinary fields and individuals who truly love to teach. They serve as advisors and mentors who make themselves available to students throughout the AULA educational experience and beyond.
  • AULA offers no tenured faculty positions; instructors are required to continually demonstrate their effectiveness and commitment to student success.

Special Programs

  • AULA’s Bridge Program offers no cost courses in the humanities for low-income adults.
  • AULA’s Early College Program, a partnership with Da Vinci Charter Schools, provides high school students access to college-level courses for which they can earn credit toward both their high school diploma and a future college degree.
  • The AULA—Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Program is an initiative that provides an opportunity for LA Trade Tech faculty and staff who possess an associate’s degree or comparable coursework the opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Arts Degree through a flexible curriculum.