Colleges in Long Beach

Colleges in Long Beach

Long Beach, California, is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area and the 7th most populous city in the state. It’s home to the second busiest container port in the US, a huge part of the city’s economy thanks to its goods movement and environmental stewardship. The Port of Long Beach has even led to the city’s official nickname: the Aquatic Capital of America. With approximately 22 miles of coast, it’s unsurprising that one of the two higher education institutions in Long Beach is located right on the Pacific Ocean.

California State University in Long Beach, colloquially known as Long Beach State, LBSU, and The Beach, is part of the 23-school California State University system (CSU). The Beach was founded in 1949 and confers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It maintains the largest publicly funded art school west of the Mississippi on its 323-acre campus, which also features the Walter Pyramid, an eighteen story, state-of-the-art sporting complex where the 49ers play. With the highest application rate in the CSU system, Long Beach State enrolls more than 37,000 students every year.

Located in Lakewood Village, Long Beach City College (LBCC) is the other higher education institution in the city. It is a public community college that was founded in 1927 and serves more than 30,000 students each year on its two campuses, the second on Santa Catalina Island. It has a nationally ranked nursing program as well as a large English as a Second Language (ESL) program, but offers a wide variety of degree and vocational programs.

Long Beach is one of the most bicycle-friendly urban cities in the nation, offering 60 miles of separate off-road bike paths, and the city is ranked well in walkability, as well. Even so, a majority of residents drive to work using freeways and highways, and public transportation comes in as the second most popular.
 

Advanced Search

The University of California in Los Angeles, better known as UCLA, is one of 10 campuses in the UC system. With 109 academic departments and more than 125 majors offered, as well as an average of one billion dollars funded for research every year and...

“…For once in my life, I have learned to be more independent. Although I am not going to remember everything professors say, I always have something in the back of my head that allows me to keep those words of wisdom. Also, being from South Central, I...” – Jazmin from Los Angeles, CA

The University of Southern California is a high-research institution located in Los Angeles, California, where it’s been educating students since 1880. The university is comprised of two campuses, the main University Park and the Health Sciences...

“…best decision i've ever made. usc provides the quintessential college experience for those who want it, while also offering more alternative and "less-traveled" paths for those who aren't as conventional in their college search/career.” – chelsea

California State University-Fullerton is a 4-year public research institution in Orange County and a campus of the Cal State system. Cal State Fullerton has the largest student body out of any California State University school and has been...

“…It was so valuable to update my career at this time,with technology and practice updates.The teaching methodology was well aligned with the RN returning to school.Very supportive.” – Linda from La Verne, CA

Chapman University is a private, liberal arts institution in Orange, California, that offers 110 areas of study through 11 schools and colleges. Chapman is also home to several independent research centers, as well as creative research centers,...

“…Chapman is a small tight-knit university with a lot of spirit. If you are serious about your education, like small classrooms, want to get involved, and want to know your professors, this is hands-down the place to attend. Beautiful weather and a...” – Michael from San Diego, CA

Formed by a merger between Marymount College and Loyola University, Loyola Marymount University is a private school affiliated with the Jesuit religion and one of the largest Roman Catholic universities on the West Coast. Spread across 142 acres in...

“…Loyola Marymount University boasts a beautiful campus, friendly students and amazing professors. The location provides a perfect combination of learning opportunities and places to have fun on the weekend. The school's deep Jesuit Catholic tradition...” – cg12 from MN

Occidental College is a 4-year liberal arts college in Los Angeles and one of the oldest institutions on the West Coast. Also known as “Oxy,” the college confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 majors and minors. To provide a hands-on learning...

“…Oxy is a close community of students who are academically driven, but enjoy spending time with their friends in the sun. The weather is great, the people are even better, and you'll find classes and professors here that speak to you. You'll be...” – Emma from Shoreline, WA

California State University-Long Beach is a public institution and the most applied-to campus in the 23 campus CSU system. The university is home to eight schools, with a majority of students attending the College of Business and the College of...

“…California State University has provided me with the appropriate skills to pursue my graduate studies in Europe. This excellent university holds a large number of influential educators that have supported me throughout my undergraduate studies....” – Heidi from Corona, CA

Founded as the first west coast Bible college, Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian institution in southern California based on the Wesleyan holiness tradition. APU is home to 10 academic schools and colleges and the Azusa Pacific...

“…Very impressive academics!” – Kelsey from California

Founded in 1908, Biola University is an Evangelical Christian University in the Los Angeles metro area with a focus on Bible-centered education. Biola offers over 150 academic majors and programs and every student is required to complete 30 credits...

“…My experience in learning here at Biola is incredibly amazing. Biola has thought me how to manage my time and challenge me through the courses I take. For example, I am not a big fan with essays and I have always done poorly, but I have been...” – Angela from Claremont, CA

The California Institute of Technology is a 4-year private science and engineering university in Pasadena. Caltech confers undergraduate degrees in 28 scientific fields of study. In addition to classroom space, Caltech is home to several research...

“…California Institute of Technology is an amazing school. Of all the colleges that I looked at, Caltech is definitely my top choice. If I get accepted, I am sure to go.” – Julie from Laurel, MD

Founded in 1913, Fullerton College is a 2-year community college in Orange County and the oldest community college in California. Fullerton awards associate degrees in 122 areas of study and is also home to over 100 certificate-granting programs. For...

“…You need to commit yourself to your education as much as your professors commit themselves to teaching you. There are tons of opportunities for help that its impossible NOT to learn!” – Cristina from Anaheim, CA

Long Beach City College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area. LBCC consists of two locations: The Liberal Arts Campus and the Pacific Coast Campus. A member of the California Community Colleges, LBCC is home to 11 academic...

“…I started here in the fall of 2010 and currently still attending. Long Beach City college it's a really good school with the most helpful teachers. The staff are great as well and everyone is friendly. It has a really good learning environment and...” – Mario from Lynwood, CA

Mount Saint Mary’s University is a women's college located in Los Angeles, California. This Catholic, 4-year institution's campus is nestled high in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers more than 30 majors and concentrations. MSMU puts particular...

“…If you want a challenging college experience, academically, this is the place. But even when it's challenging, you really learn how to manage your time between school and social life. The only reason people would dislike this school is because they...” – Jamila from West Covina, CA

Pasadena City College is a 2-year community college based in Pasadena, California. It operates four satellite campuses, the Northwest campus, Rosemead campus, Foothill campus, and a Child Development Center. PCC has an open admissions policy and a...

“…After I graduated from High School I knew that going to a community college was my only option. A lot of people told me that it would be High School all over again, and I believed them that were until I finished my first year of college and started...” – Jeffrey from Arcadia, CA

Founded in 1955, Cerritos College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area and one of the five largest community colleges in LA County. Cerritos is home to 87 associate degree and certificate-granting programs in over 180...

“…Cerritos College offers a wide range of classes. I've been taking my General Education classes and I'm learning a lot of interesting things. The Professors here that I have encountered with are extremely helpful. ” – Jasmine from Paramount, CA

Orange Coast College is a two-year community college serving Orange County, California. OCC is one of the largest community colleges in the nation and offers an honors program, as well as a transfer center that hosts visits from 4-year colleges to...

“…I am learning a ton! My desired career path is Accounting and this school knows how to prep. All my lower division classes will have been completed prior to transfer and I saved big! Only down side is the required classes for AA degree...a lot of...” – Jacob from Huntington Beach, CA

Otis College of Art and Design is a private school of fine arts and fashion design in Los Angeles. Otis grants bachelor’s degrees in seven art & design-centered majors such as Digital Media, Fashion Design, and Architecture. Additionally, all first...

“…Otis is a perfect place for anyone interested in making his or her artistic pursuits a full-time professional career. The students are determined, talented, creative individuals who have the opportunity to learn everything about the basics of art and...” – Natasha from Los Angeles, CA

California State University-Los Angeles is a 4-year public university and part of the CSU System. Cal State LA is home to seven colleges granting undergraduate degrees in 57 academic majors. A federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, Cal...

“…I am currently attending my first year at this university in the mechanical engineering college and so far all of my professors have been highly qualified and informational for each class. There is even a class specifically for teaching you how to...” – Jerry from El Monte, CA

Santa Ana College is a public, two-year institution established in the state of California. Along with the main campus, the college also maintains a number of education centers for students to attend, which offer courses in ESL, law enforcement, fire...

“…I hope so since it has classes I need for my major. This school does have a lot of specialized classes for different majors, which helps with the transfer requirements for most 4-year schools.” – Tim

Founded in 1915, Citrus College is the oldest community college in California. The 2-year institution serves the counties of Charter Oak, Claremont, Duarte, Monrovia, and Azusa. Citrus college confers associate degree, certifications of achievement,...

“…Citrus College is a great college. There are many great students and teachers. The campus is really big and beautiful.” – Lesly from Hesperia, CA

California State University-Dominguez Hills is a 4-year public university in the greater Los Angeles area and part of the Cal State system. CSUDH hosts six colleges granting undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors. A diverse institution,...

“…CSU Dominguez Hills has small class; therefore, if you enjoy interacting with the professors and the other students this is the school for you. Since I enjoy working in a small classroom I have been learning a lot and it has been great working with...” – Azalia from Vista, CA

Marymount California University is a private graduate-level Catholic institution with a variety of disciplines in the arts and sciences. The university also offers a BA-MBA program, in which students can earn both a bachelor’s degree and a MBA in...

“…You really do learn alot. Not only about classes, but also about being a true leader, the environment, and helping out in the community.” – Alexis from Coachella, CA

ArtCenter College of Design is a conservatory of visual arts and design principles in the greater Los Angeles area. ArtCenter confers undergrad degrees in 11 artistic fields of study including Entertainment Design, Fine Art, and Film. To display...

“…I am not a student yet, I got accepted. I'm an now working on the hard part, paying for it. ” – Alfonso from Panorama City, CA

Golden West College is a public, 2-year institution established in Huntington Beach, California. The campus features a variety of attractions for students and visitors, such as the GWC Art Gallery, the California Native Garden, and the GWC Theater....

“…i would like to get any kind of financial scholarships possible.” – Aubrey from Westminster, CA

Los Angeles City College is a public two-year community college. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the Los Angeles Community College District. LACC offers 2-year associate degree programs and transferable courses. Favored areas of...

“…Great motivational teachers. You get more one on one teacher time to ask more questions. Excellent tutoring programs, which you should definitely take advantage of.” – Dulce from Los Angeles, CA

Irvine Valley College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. IVC offers Guided Pathway academic programs, which students can utilize to explore and achieve their goals. Students enrolled at IVC also have access to a...

“…Starting my freshman year at IVC was nerve wreck never the less enjoyed my experience the school provided learned more in a few weeks and a pace that was comfortable but at the same time enlightened.” – Alejandro from Norcross, GA

Brandman University is a private institution created to help working adults improve their careers through education. With 25 campuses, some of which are located on military bases, as well as several programs offered entirely online, Brandman...

“…This school is very committed to helping the students succeed. They offer plenty of resources to help you along the way such as writing center and tutoring. At Brandman I have an academic adviser who is here to help me throughout my degree time with...” – Jennifer from Albany, MO

Rio Hondo College is a public, 2-year institution located in Whittier, California. Along with the main campus, RHC also maintains satellite centers in El Monte, South Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, and Pico Rivera. The college offers a wide variety of...

“…The college is very student oriented and offers tons of classes not only on campus but online and at several other sites to expand to all students.” – Martin from El Monte, CA

Mt. San Antonio College is a 2-year community college in Walnut, California. Mt. SAC provides associate degrees, job training certificates, adult education, and youth summer programs. The school houses a working farm, wildlife sanctuary, and a...

“…mount san antonio college offers the citizens of walnut and the surrounding cities the opportunity to receive a well-rounded education that prepares an individual for the career of their choice. professors meticulously scrutinize a studentâ??s work...” – carlos from fontana, ca

Affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia University Irvine is a school of liberal arts in southern California. CUI is home to five colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees in 26 academic majors and 50 specializations....

“…Since attending Concordia University I have learned a lot more information here than i would have by going to public liberal arts school. The curriculum here is amazing. For Freshman, there is what we call, Core Classes. Core classes are general ed....” – Kristina from Temecula, CA

West Los Angeles College is a 2-year institution featuring nearly 1000 classes in 12 academic departments. In addition to its 41 associate degrees, West LA offers a bachelor’s degree program in Dental Hygiene and is one of just two community colleges...

“…A fantastic option for transfer students or those looking to get an AA/AS degree. It's not too difficult to get into classes, and they aren't excessively full. A practically brand new campus with amazing resources makes me proud to attend WLAC.” – Daniella from Los Angeles, CA

Coastline Community College is a 2-year institution with three neighborhood campuses in Orange County, California. Coastline is home to 25 degree and certificate-granting academic programs including a Gerontology Program. The college’s Acquired Brain...

“…i love it there. It's really nice and it feels the comfortable. I like how it's a small school. ” – Crystal from Anaheim, CA

Established in the wake of the Watts Riots to provide educational opportunities for an underserved community, Los Angeles Southwest College is a 2-year community college offering degrees in 10 academic departments. Over 50 percent of LASC students...

Los Angeles Harbor College is a public, 2-year institution established in Wilmington, California. LAHC academics feature the Harbor Advantage program, which is divided into two years (the Harbor Promise year and the Harbor Success year) and provides...

“…I am learning a lot. The professors are great, though there will always be some that you may not enjoy. The classrooms are great, very neat, a good environment to learn in.” – Alias from San Pedro, CA

Originally founded as a Bible school, Vanguard University of Southern California is a Christian liberal arts college in Orange County. Vanguard confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 fields of study. As a Christian institution, Vanguard holds chapel...

“…vanguard university is one of the finest i have ever been to, about this university is a christian friendly community, it has brought me so many to opportunities to study and attend here. ” – Cristina De La Cerda from Lancaster, CA

The Laguna College of Art and Design is a private college of fine arts in Laguna Beach, California. LCAD offers undergraduate degrees in 10 art and design-related fields of study such as Animation, Game Art, and Graphic Design and the college also...

“…It's a great school for people who are interested in small classes with the focus on the students. The classes work you as hard as any other school and fun to take. The school is located near the beach, also allowing you to walk around the...” – Student

With campus located in a former freight depot, Southern California Institute of Architecture is a not-for-profit institution of architectural innovation in the urban arts district of Los Angeles. One of the only independent architecture schools in...

“…You will work late hours. You will be swamped with assignments and projects. You either learn to pick up the pace or drop trying. You'll look back years later and experience brain seizures at the thought of how quickly you've learned to do the things...” – bij

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a private, non-profit university located in Los Angeles, CA. CDU is a designated minority-serving institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and University, and a...

“…Beautiful surroundings, azaming staff/ faculty, great environment. The students and professor's are wonderful, nice easy going, friendly. The unviersity is really focusing on your education, small number of students in the class so it is easy to get...” – Mary from Los Angeles, CA

With two campuses in the greater Los Angeles area, American Jewish University is a graduate-level institution dedicated to researching and incorporating the history and culture of Judaism into modern day life. Degree programs at AJU are divided among...

Los Angeles Trade Technical College was founded in 1925 as the Frank Wiggins Trade School. LA Trade-Tech is a part of the Los Angeles Community College district and is the oldest of the nine colleges. The college focuses on career certificates and...

“…LATTC is a great school for those who are serious about obtaining an education. I have come a long way and I would recommend is college to all my family and friends. ” – Latrice from Los Angeles, CA

Life Pacific College is a private institution affiliated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. The school is located in San Dimas, California, and offers both associate and bachelor’s degree programs. Favored fields of study include...

“…life is a great name for a school that is all about life. it tells you what your expectations are going to be, and that your faith is going to be challenged from the get go so there are no surprises. the professors are loving and the lectures and...” – Dustin from Corona, CA

Located in the historic RCA Building on Sunset Boulevard, the Los Angeles Film School is an academy of film and media studies in Hollywood. LAFS is home to degree-granting programs in Film, Animation, Music Production, Audio Production, and...

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles opened in 1974, a sister campus to the original New York one founded in 1884. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts teaches the process and preparation of acting as a craft through “an immersive...

“…Yes. I will learn a whole lot about theatre arts and acting.” – Jessica from Irvine, CA

Glendale Community College is a public, 2-year institution established on a 100-acre campus in southern California, with three satellite centers throughout the region. GCC offers over 80 associate degree and certificate programs, many of which are...

“…Glendale Community College is one of the oldest, yet popular community college for locals living in Glendale, La Crescenta, La Canada, Burbank as well as for international students. They offer many courses depending on the major you plan to pursue or...” – The Wise Student

With a campus featuring the art deco landmark Bullocks Wilshire Building, Southwestern Law School is a legal institution in Los Angeles. In addition to its full-time day and part-time evening JD programs, Southwestern is the only law school in the...

El Camino College is a 2-year community college in the South Bay district of Los Angeles. El Camino offers transfer agreements with a number of 4-year colleges and universities and ranks second among all southern California community colleges in...

“…A wonderful place for first time college students! Also a great place to start your college course load and then transfer! The Photography Lab is a gem!” – Carrie from Compton, CA

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy is a performing arts conservatory with a Los Angeles campus in the heart of Hollywood. The LA-based campus offers Professional Conservatory and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Music Theatre, Dance Theatre,...

“…I went into this not having any dance experience and came out of my first year with a better understanding of spacial awareness and myself. This program is all about learning about who you are and what you are capable of doing.” – Aviona from Seattle, WA

Formerly part of El Camino College, Compton College is a 2-year institution in the Los Angeles area. Academic programs at Compton are divided into three divisions: Health, Natural Sciences, and Human Services, Arts & Social Sciences, and Humanities &...

“…Compton Center is a place you can really learn because the professors go every single objective and if you can understand they can really help you or if not there is a building just for students who need extra help in any subject. Yes, I am learning...” – Salvador from Compton, CA

Established in 1976, Bethesda University is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Anaheim, California. All undergraduate students are required to participate in extracurricular ministry, as well as to attend a weekly chapel event....

Founded by the leader of one of the largest Buddhist organizations on the planet, the University of the West is a liberal arts college that blends western-style education with Buddhist wisdom. UWest offers four undergraduate programs in Liberal Arts,...

“…Everyone is very helpful and welcoming. Culture diversity is valued and honored. Excellent parking, variety of clubs, reasonable tuition fees, classroom population is small, and they have well-qualified professors. ” – MARIA from LOS ANGELES, CA

The Downey Adult School is an institution of higher education for adult and working students in the greater Los Angeles area. In addition to ESL and GED courses, DAS offers career training classes in 13 vocational subjects. For students that need...

Providence Christian College is a Christian liberal arts college in Pasadena offering a Faith Guided Learning initiative that mixes academia with real world cultural interaction. Providence offers a single liberal arts degree program founded upon...

“…Student at Providence are held to a high academic standard and the homework load is certainly not light. But that is not a bad thing and not something to be afraid of. If anything, we are ensured that we are getting a quality education and that our...” – Eleanore from Yorba Linda, CA

South Baylo University is an acupuncture training academy with campuses in Los Angeles and Anaheim. SBU prepares students for healthcare careers by offering master’s degrees and doctorates in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. For international...

Part of the Trinity International University system of schools, Trinity Law School is a Christian school of law affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. In addition to Gospel-centered classes in the school’s JD curriculum, Trinity Law...

Marshall B. Ketchum University is a private educational institution for health care studies. MBKU is divided into three colleges specializing in optometry, pharmacy, and physician assistant studies. The university’s three Ketchum Health facilities in...

Established in 1895, Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health is a public, 2-year institution located in California. The college offers an associate’s degree in Nursing and a variety of Allied Health courses. With a small student...

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a graduate institution, with campuses in Chicago, Grayslake, Irvine, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Academics at The Chicago School are focused on service learning and hands-on experience, allowing...

Founded on the objectives of values, versatility, and technology, the California University of Management and Sciences is a business school with campuses in Orange County. CALUMS offers a bachelor’s degree in Business Management as well as master’s...

Established in 1906, Dongguk University-Los Angeles is a private, medical education institution located in California. DULA offers a 3-year master’s degree in Oriental Medicine, which features language tracks in English, Korean, and Chinese, as well...

From its Pasadena campus, Fuller Theological Seminary is an evangelical graduate institution training Christians for leadership in the theological and professional fields. Fuller is composed of three schools of Theology, Psychology, and Intercultural...

“…This school offers a diverse, genuine, and friendly student body. The academics are rich and challenging. The location is also beautiful.” – Rebecca from Pasadena, CA

Pardee RAND Graduate School is a private, doctoral institution established in Santa Monica, California. With an average student population of 100, Pardee RAND offers a full-time PhD program in policy analysis to a select group of diverse scholars,...

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Irvine is a graduate university. Despite the midwestern city in its name, it’s located in the Los Angeles area. Because the Irvine campus features a large Latinx population, The Chicago School...

The University of West Los Angeles is a for-profit institution with two campuses in the LA neighborhoods of Inglewood and Chatsworth. UWLA is comprised of two schools, the School of Law and the School of Business. Admission is based on a student’s...

Established in 1985, Los Angeles ORT College-Los Angeles Campus is a private, 2-year institution located in California. As one of the many ORT colleges located throughout over 60 countries worldwide, Los Angeles ORT College’s Los Angeles Campus...

“…I never thought I could get a degree after my high school diploma, it's so much money and out of my reach with my job paying little. I felt stuck doing boring work and feeling I couldn't do much with my life. Then I found ORT. I got my degree so...” – Veronica from Los Angeles, CA

East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program is a public, 2-year institution located in West Covina, California. The institution’s post-secondary division features 11 career-oriented associate’s degree and certificate programs, preparing...

“…I think that East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program would be beneficial for any student willing to attend. The employes are very helpful,friendly and treat everyone like one BIG family. I fill confident that everyone would revive...” – Isaac from Covina, CA

Grace Mission University is a non-denominational Christian university in Orange County dedicated to training students for ministry. GMU offers a bachelor’s degree in Theology and three master’s degrees in Christian Education, Divinity, and...

Hacienda La Puente Adult Education is a vocational school in the Los Angeles metro area and one of the largest adult education institutions in California. HLPAE offers career-centered courses in the fields of technology, service, trades, health, and...

Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a private, graduate education institution established in Los Angeles, California. Yo San offers a master’s degree program in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and a doctoral degree in...

Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary is a Hasidic Jewish institution and the largest yeshiva in the western United States. Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad offers a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Rabbinical Studies. The...

Established in 1994, Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope is a private, graduate education institution located in Duarte, California. The college offers a master’s degree in Translational Medicine as well as a...

Founded by three rabbis, the Academy for Jewish Religion-California is a transdenominational training school for Jewish community and religious leaders in Los Angeles. AJCRA is home to Rabbinical, Cantorial, and Chaplaincy Schools holding classes...

With campus across the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Colburn Conservatory of Music is a musical training academy in downtown Los Angeles affiliated with the Colburn School. Colburn confers a Bachelor of Music degree encompassing music...