Colleges in San Jose

Colleges in San Jose

The City of San Jose in California is the third-most populous in the state. Considered the economic, cultural, and political powerhouse of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a global city with an extremely high cost of living. On top of being home to major tech companies like Cisco System, Paypal, eBay, and many more, the Capital of Silicon Valley also has played, and continues to play, a significant role in higher education.

The University of California system was founded in San Jose with the San Jose State University. SJSU is the oldest public university in the west coast and serves more than 30,000 with its upwards of 200 degree options. San Jose is also served by a handful of 2-year institutions, which include San Jose City College, Mission College, Evergreen Valley College, and West Valley College. For paramedic training, WestMed’s headquarters are located in San Jose.

When it comes to graduate schools, there are two in San Jose that offer law degrees, the Lincoln Law School of San Jose and the University of Silicon Valley Law School. National University offers degrees for adult learning, with classes being offered primarily in the evening and in four-week stints. Western Seminary maintains a campus in San Jose, as well, offering graduate theological degrees. There is also a division of Golden Gate University, whose main campus is in San Francisco, that offers bachelor’s degrees in business and MBAs.

Outside of the city but in the San Jose metropolitan area are a number of notable institutions. Santa Clara University, the oldest operating institution of higher learning in the state, is less than 15 minutes from San Jose, a private, Jesuit university. Stanford University in Stanford, CA, is just over 20 minutes from San Jose, and is an American research university known for its academics. The University of California in Santa Cruz, UC Santa Cruz, is a bit over an hour from San Jose, but is one of 10 institutions in the 10-campus UC system and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

San Jose is a highly automobile-dependent city with an expansive freeway system but does offer some rail service through Amtrak, ACE, Caltrain, and VTA Light Rail. The area is served by four airports, with the closest being Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County.

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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...

“…by far the most diverse, relaxed campus full of happy, friendly students of all ages. clean, green and exuding student pride everywhere you go. the best choice anyone could ever make!” – Dahlton from Jackson, CA

Founded in 1965, the University of California-Santa Cruz is a public institution and part of the University of California System. UCSC offers undergraduate degrees in 65 academic majors within departments of Arts, Humanities, Physical Sciences,...

“…UC Santa Cruz is a beautiful oasis. The views, environment, and opportunities are open to everyone. The teachers are just as inspiring as the classroom locations, because they are brilliant in their area of study and eager to help their students...” – chappy student

Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, Santa Clara University is a Jesuit Catholic university in Silicon Valley and the oldest institution of higher education in California. SCU offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 academic majors and...

“…santa clara university is a school where staff and faculty care about you. the school focuses on enriching both the mind and spirit. in any class you take, you will learn the course material along with the impact that ethical decision-making has in...” – Raymond from San Jose, 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,...

“…east bay is very diverse which always creates a fun experience. the students are each surrounded by different cultures, backgrounds and different perspectives, so it's very interesting to observe and talk to different students. the professors are...” – Korinne from Menlo Park, CA

De Anza College is a public community college based in Cupertino, California, with an open admissions policy. The campus, considered the top Silicon Valley college for transferring students to 4-year universities, boasts the Euphrat Museum of Art,...

“…de anza college is filled with many helpful professors and staff who just want you to transfer and are willing to answer any questions you have. the campus has a very tranquil feel being very spacious, filled with plants, and smoke-free. the people...” – Michelle from San Jose, CA

Cabrillo College is a public, 2-year institution established in Aptos, California near Monterey Bay. The campus features a modern Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts Center, which is home to a number of classes, events, and performances throughout...

“…Overall, Cabrillo is awesome! The professors are all incredibly helpful and knowledgable. As a Music Major, I find Cabrillo's music department far beyond the community college level! The whole campus has a great feel! ” – Ryan from Salinas, 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....

“…Chabot College is a good school. There are some very good teachers here who strive to help students succeed. it is also a great place to make lasting friendships with fellow students.” – Stefanie from Hayward, 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...

“…-A very competitive school. -it is within the 25 best colleges in CA. -The professors are excellent and dedicated.” – Brenda from Redwood City, CA

Foothill College is a public, 2-year institution established in Los Altos Hills, California. Foothill’s 122-acre main campus is joined by a satellite learning center located in Sunnyvale, which features its own cafe, group study area, and a miniature...

“…I love foothill because the campus is beautiful and when you don't have time to workout climbing stairs and walking hills helps a lot. All my teachers have office hours to help me and my classmates are all friendly. I love the food here, it's just...” – Katie from Menlo Park, 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...

“…NDNU is a great school for those who like close-knit environments and love to make great personal connections with students, professors, and administrators. It is located in the resourceful Bay Area, and there are many resources available to students...” – Emily from Redlands, CA

Mission College is a 2-year community college serving the West Valley district of Silicon Valley. Mission offers degrees and certificates in over 40 areas of study. Several classes are available online or as hybrids where online lectures are...

“…Mission college is a perfectly typical community college. It is a gateway for students into much bigger universities. Due to the small classes, the professors here pay more attention to each individual.” – Aatif from San Jose, CA

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...

“…It's a small campus with less than 1,000 students enrolled annually and the class sizes are pretty small, usually with less than 20 people per class. Menlo has a good reputation for turning out successful management majors, but lacking a little in...” – Mauree from Lavista, NE

San Jose City college is the oldest 2-year community college in Santa Clara County, California. Featuring one of the highest transfer rates to 4-year institutions in the Bay Area, SJCC has entered into transfer admission agreements and guarantees...

“…sjcc is a good college. here, i acquired my english, and here i hope to reach soon my aa in business administration and as in accounting and to transfer successfully to san jose state university. i'm grateful for good start!” – Lilia from San Jose, CA

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...

“…College of San Mateo is one of the greatest campuses on the Peninsula. As a returning student after being laid off three years ago, going back to school has given me new purpose and direction in my life. I would recommend going to this college for...” – Kathryn from San Mateo, CA

Ohlone College is a 2-year community college in Silicon Valley that offers degrees and certificates in 197 areas of study. The college draws from a diverse population and its student body hails from 40 countries. One of Ohlone’s most unique academic...

“…Ohlone Community College rates highest in energy efficient colleges. This college is superior for its innovative methods of conserving energy. This school's courses and degree programs give the student the advantage to preparing for four year...” – Amanda from Fremont, CA

Las Positas College is a 2-year community college on the outskirts of California’s Bay Area. Students at Las Positas choose their academic career path from among 24 occupational associate degrees, 17 associate transfer degrees, or 44 certificate...

“…community college is a brilliant, inexpensive way to get all your general ed classes and then transfer to a 4-year. las positas has some of the most caring and compassionate instructors that i have ever met. i really enjoy attending this college.” – Amy from Pleasanton, CA

West Valley College is a 2-year community college at the southwest edge of Silicon Valley. WVC offers programs and certificates in 44 academic departments including an Unmanned Aircraft Systems program training students in aerial videography and...

“…west valley is a healing educational setting in a park like oasis. a definate find for a school. but shhhh keep it quiet. we don't want the secret getting out!” – Diane from San Jose, CA

Evergreen Valley College is a 2-year community college in the eastern foothills of San José. In addition to more than 40 major and 30+ certificate options, EVC also offers The Honors Institute, a series of classes dedicated to the pursuit of rigorous...

“…They are excellent educators. They are helpful when it comes to financial aid. The atmosphere is beautiful and friendly.” – DeLoria from San Jose, CA

Palo Alto University is a private school of psychology and counseling. PAU offers two bachelor’s degree options in Business Psychology and Psychology and Social Action. Students complete their PAU degrees in two years and all programs are available...

“…I love going to PAU, it is very interactive, resourceful, and inspiring for people interested in Business, Psychology, and beyond.” – Mishga from Saratoga, CA

Cogswell College is a for-profit institution in Silicon Valley specializing in creative technology industry training. Cogswell offers six bachelor’s degrees in technological fields such as Digital Audio Technology and Game Design Engineering as well...

With campus a short distance from the San Francisco Bay, Unitek College-Fremont is a for-profit college of nursing in the Bay Area. Unitek Fremont is home to a 2-3 year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as well as a 1-year Vocational Nursing...

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...

“…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

Established as one of the first colleges of traditional Chinese medicine in the United States, Five Branches University is a school of acupuncture and Chinese medical arts with two campuses in Santa Cruz and San José. FBU offers a master’s degree and...

International Technological University is a graduate school of technology and business located in Silicon Valley. Dedicated to training future leaders of the tech industry, ITU features eight master’s degree programs and three doctorates in Digital...

Founded as the first Roman Catholic seminary in the western United States, Saint Patrick’s Seminary and University is a Catholic institution in Silicon Valley. With a focus on training future Roman Catholic priests, Saint Patrick’s confers a bachelor...

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...