Colleges in San Francisco

Colleges in San Francisco

The City and County of San Francisco in California is the second-most densely populated city in the entire US and also functions as the cultural, commercial, and financial center for the northern half of the state. Within San Francisco’s less than 50 square miles of space, there are more than 20 colleges and universities that call the Golden Gate City home.

The oldest in the city is the Jesuit-run University of San Francisco. Other private institutions include Alliant International University, Devry University, Saybrook University, Golden Gate University, Hult International Business School, Heald College, and Minerva Schools at KGI. The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, a part of the University of the Pacific, offers the only 3-year accredited program in the nation that leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Founded in 1935, the City College of San Francisco is the only community college in the city, as well as one of the largest community colleges in the country. The only other public institution besides CCSF that’s geared towards undergraduates in the city is the San Francisco State University, a member of the 23-campus California State University system.

The majority of the institutions in The City of Brotherly Love are private, with a handful devoted to the fine arts. The largest art and design institute in the nation, the Academy of Art University, as well as the oldest art school west of the Mississippi, the San Francisco Art Institute, can both be found in Bay City. The California College of the Arts, the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking, and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising are also at home in SF’s neighborhoods, as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which is also the only independent music school on the entire West Coast.

San Francisco is home to a number of graduate schools, including the University of California in San Francisco, which is dedicated entirely to health science. UCSF is also home to the UCSF School of Medicine, the oldest school of its kind in the Western US. The 415 also hosts the UC Hastings College of Law, Presidio Graduate School, California Institute of Integral Studies, and the San Francisco Law School.

The San Francisco Municipal Railway, the Muni, is a common way to get around the city, while bicycling and walking have grown more popular, especially with San Fran being labeled the second-most walkable city.

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Stanford University is a research institution located in the California town of the same name. The more than 8,000-acre campus features seven schools, the largest of which is the School of Humanities and Sciences, and 80 residential facilities. With...

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One does not get to be a professor at Stanford without being pretty brilliant. Some are better teachers than others, but even my least favorite classes (the freshman core humanities and writing) have given me their share of enlightenment, and my...

” – William from Reno, NV

Founded in 1868, the University of California at Berkeley is the flagship of the University of California system of higher education, with a campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay. UC Berkeley is known for its academic excellence, student activism...

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In high school, I never imagined there could be so many subjects outside of Math, English, American History, and so on. But at Berkeley, it's hard to decide on what to fill your schedule with because of the hundreds of classes to choose from. You can...

” – Emily from San Diego, CA

Founded by Jesuits in the mid-nineteenth century, the University of San Francisco is a private Catholic university and the first university established in the city. The 55-acre urban campus located near Golden Gate Park is home to 49 academic majors...

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Academics wise, I feel as if I'm doing fairly well for a Biology major. The classes that I am currently taking are Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Rhetoric 130, and East Asian Civilization. In biology, we move fairly quick through our book, even if my...

” – Samantha from San Jose, CA

Originally founded as a teacher training college, San Francisco State University is a 4-year public institution and a Bay Area-based campus of the California State University System. SF State offers bachelor’s degrees in 77 fields of study and...

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Classes that are offered here at state are interesting. ALL professors here at state are passionate about their discipline and they are very helpful! We have great and supportive departments. I am a Biology major at state with hopes of attending UCSF...

” – Kirsten from San Francisco, CA

The Academy of Art University is a for-profit college of art and design in San Francisco and the largest private school dedicated to training artists in the United States. AAU confers bachelor’s and associate degrees in 22 artistic fields of study...

The University of California-San Francisco is a health science research institution and part of the Cal system. UCSF is home to schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing. To provide a hands-on education, the university utilizes facilities...

Mills College is a private, liberal arts college located in Oakland, California. The college’s undergraduate program is exclusively open to women, though its graduate program is open to students of all genders. Mills has a unique core curriculum...

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They have the best of teachers teaching over 1,000 courses.

” – Kimberly from Los Angeles, CA

Originally founded as The State College for Alameda County, California State University East Bay is a 4-year public university and a Bay Area-based campus in the Cal State system. Cal State East Bay is home to four colleges of Business, Science...

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At this school i have been learning a lot. Students just need to know their priorities and not procrastinate on their work. If student do their homework and pay attention in class, school will go by fast and you will absolutely pass the class with a...

” – Edwin from Chula Vista, CA

The City College of San Francisco is a public, 2-year institution with campuses located throughout San Francisco, California. The college offers a wide variety of unique programs of study, such as Floristry, Maker Studies, and Genetics. Free tuition...

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City College allows you to take a wide variety of classes that don't have to do with your major and that is the beauty of city college. Other colleges are so major-centered that they try not to give you any unrelated classes, but city is different in...

” – Ariana from San Francisco, CA

Founded in 1890 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, the Dominican University of California is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the state. The private university is located at the base of San Pedro Mountain and operates a...

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Dominican isn't the average large college that makes it easy to get lost in. It is very small and the class sizes are much like a high school classroom ranging from 20-30 students. The teachers here educate exceptionally well. They relate to their...

” – Nina from Richmond, CA

Founded in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Holy Names University is a 4-year Catholic school in Oakland. Holy Names grants undergraduate degrees in 15 academic programs. As a Catholic university, Holy Names celebrates mass on...

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Holy Names University is very diverse. The faculty and staff are very friendly and helpful. Overall it is a wonderful school with great people and a great view of the Bay.

” – Rochelle Mae from San Francisco, CA

Chabot College is a public, 2-year institution located in Hayward, California, that offers majors in six areas of study. The college features over 14 student support programs, such as the ASPIRE TRiO program and the Striving Black Brothers Coalition...

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Excellent teachers. It is easy to apply online and the onsite staff are very helpful.
I worked as hard here as I have at any other University, the standards that the
teachers set are very high. Bonus: Lots of online classes and a lovely campus!

” – Student from San Ramon, CA

Cañada College is a public institution located in San Mateo, California, that offers day, evening, and weekend classes. The college is home to an award-winning STEM Center, which serves as a valuable resource for students seeking additional...

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The professors on campus are some of the best you'll find at any community college and in many cases they're nationally rated. Well compensated for their time, professors here are there to stay, and they really care deeply for their students. It...

” – Drew from Redwood City, CA

Founded by the local archbishop, Saint Mary’s College of California is a Catholic liberal arts college in the Bay Area administered by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Saint Mary’s is home to schools of Economics, Liberal Arts, and Science...

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This college is an excellent school if your goal of going to college is for an education. The class sizes are small, about 30 students in my largest class section which is General Chemistry and my smallest class, Seminar, probably has about 15 or so...

” – Karen from San Francisco, CA

Founded in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute is a college of contemporary art and the oldest art school in the western United States. SFAI confers undergraduate degrees in eight artistic fields of study such as Printmaking and Sculpture. All...

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The school is a very inspiring, creative environment.

” – Bryon from Denver, CO

Berkeley City College is a public, 2-year institution in the Peralta Community College District. BCC offers over 60 degree and certificate programs, with day, evening, online, and weekend classes structured to guarantee that each program can be...

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i really like berkeley city college. although it can be crowded, its very organized and visually pleasing.

” – Ala'ah from Richmond, CA

Founded by two nuns, Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic school in Silicon Valley and the third oldest college in California. NDNU is home to schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education granting bachelor’s degrees in 15 areas of...

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The professors here are truly amazing and they really care for the students. They actually know my name!! Which I found that at a lot of students' professors don't know their names at other schools. They are known by numbers. I've learned so much...

” – William from Vallejo, CA

The Minerva Schools at KGI was created by a partnership with the Keck Graduate Institute and the Minerva Project. The school is a member of the Claremont University Consortium. The Minerva schools can be found in San Francisco California, Buenos...

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Minerva is a new accredited liberal arts institution trying to revolutionize the higher education system. Students go to 7 different world cities and and the student body is filled with amazing people. It is a rich experience, but it is also very...

” – Male student from the United States

Menlo College is a private, 4-year institution established in Atherton, California. Academics at Menlo are business-centric, focusing on economic studies and entrepreneurship. The campus features a new facility, the Innovation Center, which is home...

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At Menlo, you don't get what you pay for, you get more than what you pay for.

” – O.S from Hoboken, NJ

The College of San Mateo is a public, 2-year institution established on a hillside, 153-acre campus nearby the San Francisco Bay. CSU offers over 70 career-related academic programs, as well as programs for transfer to California State University and...

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I am learning as much as a communituy college would have to offer

” – Vincent from San Mateo, CA

Located in the northern edge of the Bay Area, Contra Costa College is the oldest campus in the Contra Costa Community College District. CCC is also the district’s most diverse college and has been designated an Hispanic Serving Institution. Among CCC...

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I took my basic sills classes,& business

” – Ayanna from richmond, CA

Skyline College is a 2-year community college that groups a number of related fields of study into four concentrations called Meta Majors—the equivalent of academic departments. Skyline employs counselors specializing in each Meta Major and several...

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Great school with awesome teachers. Diverse- sort of. However, good place to learn and acquire pre-req's for transfer to UC or CSU.

” – Jacari from South San Francisco, CA

The College of Marin is a public, 2-year institution established in California, with two facilities located in Kentfield and Novato. COM offers more than 40 associate’s degrees and certificates, many of which include courses that are available online...

Laney College is a 2-year community college in Oakland. Laney offers classes in over 100 academic departments as well as 44 associate degree programs, 13 of which are eligible for transfer to a 4-year institution. Recently, Laney received a $125...

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is a music school in the heart of the Bay Area. In addition to departments specializing in voice and instrumental instruction, SFCM also features classes on conducting, music theory, humanities, and sciences...

Merritt College is a 2-year community college in Oakland. Among Merritt’s more than 60 academic disciplines, its African American, Native American, Ethnic, and Mexican & Latin American Studies programs provide an exploration of the diverse cultures...

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It is a wonderful campus that's currently remodeling the older infrastructure. The teachers and professors here, especially in the health sciences department are extraordinary. The faculty is always willing and providing help to students.

” – Andy from Oakland, CA

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is a Bay Area-based school of art and design with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland. CCA is home to 22 undergraduate programs in core disciplines of Architecture, Fine Arts, Design, and Humanities...

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I am a second year now, and i have learned soooo much. I came into the school not knowing any art terms or artist names and stuff like that. I was self taught until I came to CCA, and it was a good choice!
I have learned so much history and...

” – Brittney from Hillside, IL

Samuel Merritt University is a school of health science with three campuses in northern California and the largest provider of physical and occupational therapists in the East Bay. SMU is home to five undergraduate degree programs and four doctorate...

The College of Alameda is a 2-year community college in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alameda offers degrees and certificates in 48 academic programs as well as career technical education courses. To provide hands-on demonstrations of classroom lessons...

As part of the largest theater company in San Francisco, the American Conservatory Theater features an actor training conservatory program. ACT’s conservatory offers a 3-year immersive MFA program in acting that culminates in a showcase for casting...

California State University Maritime Academy is located on a waterfront campus in Vallejo, one of seven degree-granting maritime academies in the US and the only one on the west coast. All students are part of the Corp of Cadets and are required to...

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I think the school deserves at least a nine for two main reasons. One being that the campus is beautiful and enjoyable, especially considering it is right on the water but also close to other cities such as San Francisco. The other reason is that...

The California Institute of Integral Studies fuses new age concepts such as consciousness and spirituality into all of its academic offerings. The Institute’s San Francisco campus is made up of three schools and also houses a branch of the American...

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CIIS offers progressive educational practices, formats, and courses of study that suit both traditional and non-traditional students. Faculty expertise coupled with honoring student experience allows the learner to be an explorer as meaningful...

” – Kristen from Harrisonburg, VA

Founded as an institute of transpersonal psychology, Sofia University is a for-profit college specializing in psychology and business studies. Sofia offers a bachelor’s degree program in Psychology as well as master’s degrees in Psychology, Business...

John F. Kennedy University is a nonprofit private university dedicated to training its students to serve their community and country. JFKU offers programs in five departments on its Pleasant Hill, California, campus with several programs also...

From its campus in downtown Oakland, California, Lincoln University is a private institution with an emphasis on education for working adults. Lincoln offers two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Diagnostic Imaging as well as two...

With campus a short walk from the Napa River and San Pablo Bay, Touro University California is a graduate school of health science in the San Francisco Bay Area with an emphasis on Jewish values and culture. Touro offers Doctor of Osteopathic...

Established in 1878, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law is a public law institution located in San Francisco. Hastings offers a three-year Juris Doctor program, as well as two multiple-degree programs in collaboration with UC...

Golden Gate University is a 4-year private university in San Francisco. GGU’s 13 departments of academic programs are focused on business and management, with many programs available entirely online. GGU provides tutors with master’s degrees in their...

Diablo Valley College is a 2-year public institution located in Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, California. DVC boasts high transfer rates, with many of its students continuing their college careers at CSU and UC. The campus features a number of...

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Though this is a community college, many of the professors that I have had are part-time at nearby Universities like Berkley or other prestigious schools.

” – Hannah from Alamo, CA

Life Chiropractic College West is a chiropractic training school with a campus on the east side of the Bay Area. Life West confers a postgraduate Doctor of Chiropractic degree featuring training in 13 techniques and the program can be completed in 12...

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A fantastic school which stays true to the Philosophy, Science, and Art of Chiropractic. A lot of dedication and determination to help the world through Chiropractic is needed to stay focused on the goal and get through school. The curriculum is...

” – Lila from San Francisco, CA

With a campus located in Berkeley, Zaytuna College is a Muslim liberal arts college and the first Islamic undergraduate institution of higher learning in the United States. Zaytuna confers a Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Law and Theology featuring...

Headquartered in a Bay Area English Tudor-style mansion, The Wright Institute is a graduate school of psychology in Berkeley. The Wright Institute offers a 2-year master’s degree program in Counseling and a 3-year doctorate in Clinical Psychology. To...

With a campus overlooking San Francisco Bay, SAE Expression College is a for-profit college in the Bay Area specializing in film, media, and entertainment studies. SAE Expression confers bachelor’s degrees in Digital Film, Animation & Visual Effects...

The Graduate Theological Union is a non-denominational graduate center for the study of religion comprised of eight member schools, five academic centers, and four affiliates. GTU is home to four interdisciplinary departments of Sacred Texts, Ethics...

Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, San Francisco Theological Seminary is a Christian graduate school with a focus on social justice ministry and a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union. SFTS offers two master’s degree programs in...

As the third oldest American institution of higher learning to offer a curriculum on Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences is a school of alternative health care in Oakland. The Academy offers a master’s...

Established in 1866, Pacific School of Religion is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Berkeley, California. The college offers 15 graduate degree and certificate programs, featuring a curriculum that combines traditional, theological...

A member of the Graduate Theological Union, Starr King School for the Ministry is a Christian seminary in Berkeley affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church. Starr King offers three master’s degree programs in Divinity, Arts, and Social...

One of the first colleges founded in the state of California, American Baptist Seminary of the West is a Christian graduate school in Berkeley and a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union. Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA...

Utilizing an academic foundation in traditional Chinese medicine, the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College is a school of healthcare in Berkeley. AIMC offers a 3-year master’s degree and a 4-year doctorate in Acupuncture & Integrative...

Established in 2003, Presidio Graduate School is a private, business education institution with campuses located in San Francisco and Seattle. Presidio offers three master’s degree programs in Sustainable Solutions, an MBA/MPA Dual Degree option, and...

A member of the Graduate Theological Union, the Church Divinity School of the Pacific is a Christian graduate school in Berkeley and the west coast’s only Episcopal seminary. CDS offers master’s degree programs in Divinity, Arts, and Theological...

From its campus in the Berkeley Arts District, the California Jazz Conservatory is the only institution of higher education in the United States dedicated entirely to jazz. The conservatory offers a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies with...

Part of the Graduate Theological Union, the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology is a Roman Catholic graduate school dedicated to preparing students for apostolic and academic vocations. Grounded in the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, DSPT...

Founded in 1949, the Institute of Buddhist Studies is a Buddhist seminary and graduate school in Berkeley and a member of the Graduate Theological Union. IBS confers master’s degrees in Arts, Buddhist Studies, and Divinity. In addition, the institute...

Unitek College
South San Francisco, CA

With campus situated between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Unitek College-South San Francisco is a for-profit school of nursing. A campus in the Unitek system, the South San Francisco location hosts programs in Medical Assisting and...

With a campus near San Francisco Bay and the Hayward Executive Airport, Unitek College-Hayward is a for-profit nursing school in northern California’s East Bay region. Unitek Hayward offers programs in Medical Assisting and Vocational Nursing. In...