Colleges in California

Colleges in California

California is 163,696 square miles and contains the largest higher education system in the nation. Colleges in California include notable institutions such as Stanford University, CalTech, and UCLA. The Golden State is known for birthing the American film industry as well as the Internet, and its economy centers around professional and business services, educational and health services, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality. California has a largely mediterranean climate, but can range from polar to subtropical depending on region. The Golden Gate Bridge, Palm Springs, Yosemite National Park, and Universal Studios Hollywood are primary tourist spots. Lesser known hot spots in Cali include Victorville’s California Route 66 Museum, the Redwoods in Arcata, and the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Preserve.
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University of California-Los Angeles

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...

“…ucla has a great student atmosphere: it includes great school spirit, rich history, excellent academics and research programs, and a well-rounded student body. it is also situated in west la, which is a great environment in itself to explore social...” – Kevin

Stanford University

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

University of California-Berkeley

Founded in 1868, the University of California at Berkeley is the original member of UC System with a campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay. UC Berkeley is known for its liberal student activism, most notably The Free Speech Movement student...

“…The environment is incredibly welcoming and you'll always find a place to fit in. It's definitely challenging, but incredibly rewarding. Personally, I adore it.” – Whitney from Berkeley, CA

University of Southern California

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...

“…USC is the place for opportunities. You are not only paying for a great education, but also connections and resume builders that will help you get where you want in life. USC is a school for leaders and overachievers. ” – Madison from Los Angeles, CA

University of California-Davis

The University of California in Davis is a public institution in northern California and one of the largest universities by enrollment in the UC System. UC Davis is home to four colleges conferring undergraduate degrees and six professional schools....

“…UC Davis is a beautiful campus, with endless opportunities in all areas of interest. There are many research and academic internships, as well as being well-rounded with sport, music, and art opportunities. Every student can find clubs and academic...” – Kaitlyn from San Jose, CA

San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a public research institution located in San Diego, California. What began as an all-female college for elementary school teachers now consists of 8 colleges that offer 95 undergraduate programs plus a variety of...

“…sdsu has given me a wide opportunity of expanding my interests in pre veterinary medicine, the honors college, and psychology. the water sports are a great option!” – Jamie from Moorpark, CA

University of California-Irvine

The University of California in Irvine was founded in 1965 in the town and state of the same name, and is the youngest member of the Association of American Universities. This high-research institution offers 92 majors and 86 minors and the campus is...

“…It is a beautiful campus with the best types of psychology classes for me out there. It really fits my academic goals.” – Debbie from Murrieta, CA

University of California-San Diego

Founded in 1960, the University of California of San Diego is a research institution located in La Jolla, CA. The 1,200 coastal woodland campus along the Pacific Ocean is home to six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, 5 graduate and...

“…i very much love this school. the academics are amazing since the staff is so willing to help students with any problems or questions. the school offers many opportunities for students to go beyond their comfort zones to experience new things as they...” – Marcela from Northridge, CA

University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a private research university affiliated with the Roman Catholic church. USD offers 42 different bachelor's degrees and 54 minors, in addition to various study abroad programs, and more than half of the student body...

“…this school offers a diverse curriculum. studying abroad is heavily encouraged, and mandatory for multiple majors. the professors want you to succeed, you need only ask!” – Scott from San Diego, CA

Pepperdine University

With a campus overlooking Malibu Bluffs and the Pacific Ocean, Pepperdine University is a 4-year Christian institution in Malibu affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Pepperdine is home to colleges of Business, Law, Arts & Sciences, Public Policy,...

“…The place where God wants me. The place that makes that's helping me become a better person. The place where I will make lasting friendships and life-changing, world-impacting decisions.” – Camila from Encino, CA

California State University-Fullerton

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...

“…if you are an incoming freshman, i highly suggest you live on campus for the best college experience. if you wana find a roommate that works well with you instead of letting it be random, you should check out roomsurf . com thats how i met my...” – Brittany from Coronado, CA

University of San Francisco

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...

“…this university is great for social service and catering to our community. the majors are designed to provide a liberal arts education, while preparing students for the real world. there is great diversity on campus, and opportunities to join clubs...” – nalini from Glendale, CA

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona is a public university in southern California and one of two polytechnic institutions in the Cal State system. Cal Poly Pomona is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. In...

“…the campus is beautiful and there are so many helpful students and staff (and plus all of the student programs they offer!). there are plenty of ways to get involved on campus through clubs or greek life or even a job on campus. the academics are a...” – Kaitlin from Merced, CA

University of California-Santa Barbara

University of California in Santa Barbara is a leading research institution in the city and state of the same name. UCSB is a member of the Association of American Universities, home to the National Center for Ecological Analysis, as well as an...

“…UCSB is an amazing university located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and is surrounded. UCSB will provide any student with great academics, a healthy social life, ways to get involved and most importantly a degree that you can be proud of. I...” – Katy from Murrieta, CA

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

One of two polytechnics in the CSU System, the California Polytechnic State University, more commonly known as Cal Poly, has a competitive admissions process for its programs, which focus in arts, technology, and sciences. The university is located...

“…Cal Poly is fantastic for education, social life, and extracurricular activities. My classes have always been great with good teachers and interesting coursework. It's also so much fun, from the party scene to opportunities to get involved on campus!” – Zoe from Santa Barbara, CA

University of California-Riverside

The University of California-Riverside is a public institution on 1,200 acres of land in Southern California’s Inland Empire. A part of the UC system, UCR is home to colleges of Humanities, Engineering, and Natural Sciences conferring undergraduate...

“…University of California Riverside is a school that expects the best from all of its students despite the different backgrounds one may come from. Therefore, the University of California Riverside offers assistance at a tutoring center called the ARC...” – Student at UC Riverside

San Jose State University

San Jose State University is the oldest public university on the west coast, and is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University System. Located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, SJSU offers more than 145 areas of study with an...

“…San Jose State University is a beautiful campus where a person could just sit and hang out with their friends or go downtown where all other students are studying or just talking. SJSU provides a variety of activities including sororities...” – Kaela from Fairfield, CA

University of California-Santa Cruz

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,...

“…Santa Cruz is a fantastic place for anyone looking for a unique college experience. There is a perfect balance between academic focus and rigor, extracurricular opportunities and social opportunities. The campus is astonishingly beautiful and the...” – Zachary from Newport Beach, CA

San Francisco State University

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...

“…San Francisco State University is a great school for the arts. We have a good dance program here as well as many shows that highlight student and out of school dancers. The teaches also work with you.” – Esi from Tracy, CA

California State University-Fresno

California State University-Fresno is a 4-year public school and the second largest university in the Cal State system. Fresno State encompasses eight colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees. In addition, Fresno State has been designated...

“…A friendly campus nestled in the heart of a city that's small enough to feel comfortable, with home town charm. The instructors know their stuff and deliver lectures of the highest caliber, providing a friendly learning environment that welcomes all...” – Jessica from Fresno, CA

Chapman University

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 school with lots of friendly familiar faces. Chapman has great enthusiastic professors that are very personable. Chapman is really a school that is all about you. ” – so you cant stalk me on facebook

Santa Clara University

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

Loyola Marymount University

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...

“…LMU has a beautiful campus with lots of potential for student involvement in clubs, sororities or fraternities while maintaining high academic standards. It is a jesuit school, but there is no mandatory religious involvement.” – Kyana from Los Angeles, CA

Occidental College

Founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1887, 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...

“…As a private liberal arts establishment, Occidental College's main focus is on undergraduate study and research. With a smaller student body of under 2,000 students, there are many opportunities to become leaders and participants in cultural clubs,...” – Masha

University of California-Merced

Founded in 2005, the University of California-Merced is a 4-year public research institution in northern California and the first American research university opened in the 21st century. UC Merced is home to colleges of Social Sciences, Engineering,...

“…the housing on-campus is very new, every building is made of good quality. the library is huge, you can eat in it, and some areas are actually quiet. the whole campus is wireless, i can get text to my smartphone when my laundry is done washing. ” – Kristen from Fresno, CA

California State University-Long Beach

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...

“…This school requires a good amount of studying and focus, plus you'll be walking quite a bit from class to class. It has a laid back atmosphere, and the teachers are helpful. It's a very good value for the price. ” – Paul from Long Beach, CA

University of Redlands

Originally founded by the American Baptist Convention, the University of Redlands is an independent 4-year private institution in inland southern California. Redlands confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic programs of study. Additionally, the...

“…The University of Redlands has a beautiful campus, a medium-sized tight-knit community of students and faculty, and is both great in Academics and Arts. All of the classes are within walking distance from any of the dorms. The food, however, is...” – Aaron from Hemet, CA

Pomona College

Founded by Congregationalists in 1887, Pomona College is a private liberal arts school in the Los Angeles area and the founding member of the Claremont Colleges. Pomona confers bachelor’s degrees in 48 academic majors in the arts, social sciences,...

“…pomona college stays true to its liberal arts mission statement of empowering me, the student, with my own education and how i want to design and experience it. the school employs professors who are passionate, above all else, about teaching and...” – Daniel from Honolulu, HI

Azusa Pacific University

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...

“…i knew from the moment that i took a tour of this amazing university, that i wanted to attend this specific school. it is a great school for people of all ages and all religion back grounds. however, it is an amazing and great school for young adults...” – Brittni from Los Angeles, CA

Biola University

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...

“…I could not imagine a school any better than Biola! From caring, dedicated, and brilliant teachers to solid education and a healthy community, Biola has the best academics and atmosphere of any institution I know. Students and teachers share a...” – Cassie from Bothell, WA

University of the Pacific

The University of the Pacific is the oldest, private university in California and has admissions that are more selective. The main campus is located in Stockton, and the university operates two satellite campuses in Sacramento and San Francisco,...

“…The University of the Pacific that prides itself in academic success. The aspect that makes this University differ from many others is the way in which the school is able to balance its high academic standards with a wide variety of student sponsered...” – Chad from Tracy, CA

California Institute of Technology

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...

“…the best university that really transform people and make them realize their dreams. form me i can confidently say this is where my engineering career will be nurtured developed to the world`s standards. ” – Majaliwa from Kenya

Whittier College

Whittier College is a private, hispanic-serving institution is located in Whittier, CA, with a mission to "prepare students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society." The liberal arts curriculum framework is centered around the...

“…Whittier college is a small but wonderful school.The campus is beautiful and the people are friendly. The atmosphere inspires one to learn due to its richness and abundance of academics. ” – Rodjinae from Compton, CA

Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University is a public school in California’s wine country and one of the smallest campuses in the California State University system. Sonoma State grants bachelor’s degrees in 46 academic programs including the only Wine Business...

“…Sonoma State University has one of the most beautiful campuses I've seen on the West Coast. The education you receive here is also just as great because the class sizes are smaller, allowing teachers to work more one-on-one with students. Also,...” – Alyssa from Modesto, CA

California State University-San Bernardino

With a campus nestled in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, California State University-San Bernardino is a 4-year public institution and part of the Cal State system. An Hispanic-serving institution, Cal State San Bernardino is home to...

“…California State University of San Bernardino was an excellent choice for me. I went there for 5 years and even got to explore another campus while still being a CSUSB student with their National Student Exchange program. The professors there are...” – Corri from Provo, UT

Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University is a 4-year public institution in Arcata, CA, and is the northernmost campus of the California State University system. HSU is an Hispanic-serving institution conferring bachelor’s degrees in 51 academic majors. HSU also...

“…this school is a great place where you feel welcomed, accepted, and important. the professors care and want you to succeed in your classes and in life. overall, this school and town allow for the opportunity to grow as a student and as an adult, but...” – Amanda from Arcata, 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...

California State University-Northridge

California State University-Northridge is a public university in Los Angeles and one of the largest single-campus universities in the nation. CSU Northridge encompasses nine colleges and schools conferring 68 bachelor’s degrees. Additionally, CSUN...

“…The perfect university in all aspects! Whether it be through sports, education, clubs, or connects, CSUN is guaranteed to get you ready for the real world, and you'll have fun doing it! In just one year, I have discovered my perfect school, and I'm...” – Estelle robinson

University of La Verne

Founded in 1891, the University of La Verne is a private school in the greater Los Angeles area affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. La Verne encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Law awarding undergrad degrees in...

“…The University of La Verne is a great university to attend because the class sizes are small enough to be able to interact with everyone, especially Professors. I find that it is easier to learn in a small classroom setting. What I love most about...” – RR from Duarte, CA

Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southern California and a member of the Claremont Colleges. Pitzer offers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic majors including the first Secular Studies program in the nation. To provide a...

“…Pitzer allows for a great opportunity to be a part of the consortium of 5 colleges. Pitzer focuses on interdisciplinary courses. Pitzer has a great ratio of students to teachers. ” – Larry from Los Angeles, CA

California Baptist University

California Baptist University is a private, Christian institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Conventions. The 160-acre campus in Riverside, CA, features 10 schools and colleges that offer 76 bachelor’s degrees with Christ-centered...

“…i love how the general education courses are intergrated into the engineering department. the school helps you adjust to your new surrounding. the support with your classes is amazing.” – Richard from Corona, CA

Santa Monica College

With campus a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica College is a 2-year community college in the greater Los Angeles area. SMC grants associate degrees and certificates in more than 80 academic fields of study. In addition, Santa Monica...

“…Professors with Masters or professional experience Attractive modern buildings Attractively dressed girls” – Harshana from Westwood, CA

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the greater Los Angeles area and a member of the Claremont Colleges. CMC confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic majors and students can also cross register to take classes in the other...

“…Claremont Mckenna College is an amazing community with wonderful students and professors. It's extremely difficult to not fall in love with the college, even students that consider transferring in the beginning change their minds. The education that...” – Sarah

Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College is a liberal arts institution in the greater Los Angeles area specializing in science, engineering and math. Harvey Mudd is home to seven STEM-related departments, six academic majors, and four joint majors. Furthermore, Harvey...

“…Attending Mudd is like having a full-time job: you study hard and you are paid in knowledge! The classes and professors encourage you to be curious and hardworking all year long. Fellow students are both nerdy and brilliant, awkward and friendly.” – A Mudder

Scripps College

Named for a newspaper publisher, Scripps College is an all-female liberal arts college in the greater Los Angeles area and a member of the Claremont Colleges. Scripps offers undergraduate degrees in over 65 academic majors and the college features a...

“…scripps will challenge you to grow academically, personally and politically. i wouldn't be who i am today if it weren't for the people i met and the education i received here.” – Kristie from South Gate, CA

University of California-San Francisco

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...

“…At USF there are excellent professors that are always willing to take time out of their schedules to help the students that ask for it. Living on campus if really nice, everything is at your fingertips. The faculty and staff at USF are very...” – Jennea from Newark, CA

Fresno City College is a two-year community college with an open admissions policy. The college is based in Fresno, California, and confers associate degrees and certificates. FCC provides the option for 25 month-programs that come with guaranteed...

“…1. Fresno City College is a beautiful, old fashioned campus, with a diverse student population, located right in the heart of Fresno's historic Tower District. 2. Teachers are involved and invested in the success of their students, and in my...” – Elise from Fresno, CA

Fullerton College

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...

“…Fullerton college is certainly one of the better community colleges in california. Enrolling in classes is hard though. However, the campus has great reputation.” – Suman from LA Habra, CA

California State University-Stanislaus is a designated Hispanic-serving institution in Turlock, CA, and part of the California State University system. It is the only campus to offer a bachelor’s degree in cognitive studies in the CSU system and...

“…csu stanislaus is a comforting atmosphere that allows any student to entirely focus on their degree. education is the most important when attending college and csu stanislaus makes that their mission statement. it is a place to expand your knowledge...” – Katie from Modesto, CA

Bakersfield College is a public community college with an open admissions policy. The institution houses the William M. Thomas Planetarium, a 36-foot dome with a Chronos star projector,  and the Levan Center, which focuses on research that promotes...

“…bakersfield college is a diverse school where most professors care about the students. the education level is good, and they are opening a writing center for helping students when writing papers. the campus is of a good size and there are many...” – Joselin from Bakersfield, CA

Westmont College
Santa Barbara, CA
Westmont College

Nestled in the Santa Barbara foothills, Westmont College is a Christian liberal arts college in southern California. Westmont confers bachelor’s degrees in 26 fields of study and is also home to 11 pre-professional academic programs. As a Christian...

“…westmont is a tight-knit community. it's challenging, stretching, thought-provoking. this college is my second home.” – Emmalee from Brea, CA

Long Beach City College

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...

“…long beach is a great community college. they offer many different programs at this college. they have many resources to help you with school.” – Keshia from Long Beach, CA

Point Loma Nazarene University

Founded by the Church of the Nazarene in 1902, Point Loma Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college in San Diego. PLU offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study and the university’s Office of Strengths and Vocation provides...

“…Point Loma is an amazing campus if you can keep from being distracted by everything there is to do. Point Loma has teachers who really care about the students and get to know them, though not all. Ultimately PLNU is a great place to get your...” – Philip from San Diego, 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...

“…mount st. mary's college has brought me countless opportunities. not only with my intellectual learning , but also physically and emotionally. compared to all the other colleges i toured and explored, mount st. mary's was the ideal school for me.” – Carolina from Chula Vista, CA

Pasadena City College

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...

“…pasadena city college holds classes for a diverse community of students on a beautiful campus. classmates from all over the world begin to feel like family by the end of the semester. although the school is very crowded, it definitely gives students...” – Stephanie from West Hills, CA

National University

National University is a private not-for-profit institution with multiple locations throughout California and one campus in Nevada. NU provides concentrated programs aimed at adult learners with courses scheduled on weeknights and weekends. The...

“…National University is a great opportunity for me, as a military spouse living overseas, to achieve my goal in receiving my degree. The advisor that I have been conversing with has been a great help and answers all of my questions. Everyone at...” – Acacia from APO, AE

California Institute of the Arts

The California Institute of the Arts is a private university that offers degree programs in visual and performing arts. CalArts offers degrees in more than 70 degree-granting programs in Art, Music, Dance, Theater, and Film, with all undergraduate...

“…this college is amazing. a lot of hard work, but plenty of friendly faces. i'm so glad i cam to this school” – Tomas from Novato, CA

Cerritos College

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...

“…Most helpful and successful at helping you succeed in your studies! There are still a lot of programs and transfer courses to choose from with all these budget cuts! Classrooms are up to date with the latest technology.” – Yessenia from Whittier, CA

American River College

Founded as a training center for civilian soldiers in World War II, American River College is a 2-year community college in California’s state capital of Sacramento. ARC confers associate degrees and certificates in over 80 academic fields of study....

“…American River College is a diverse place of higher learning and networking. Faculty strive for you to succeed in spite of budget cuts to education that our state is currently facing. Student life also has wonderful opportunities for students to get...” – NaKisha from Antelope, 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...

“…orange coast college is one of the best community colleges in california, in transfer rates, athletics and academics. there are so many resources and opportunities to succeed and move forward, weather you want to transfer to a university or to get a...” – Jasmine from Costa Mesa, CA

Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Chaffey College

Chaffey College is a public community college based in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The school operates multiple campuses around the state in Rancho, Chino, and Fontana. Chaffey College has an open admissions policy and offers a federally funded...

“…Chaffey College is a great opportunity for completing general education requirements. They have may facilities and learning centers that can help you achieve any goal. Their transfer center has information and guidance that can help a student pick...” – Angelica from West Covina, CA

California State University-Monterey Bay

California State University at Monterey Bay is a public university and a member of the 23-school CSU system. Located along the northern coast of California, approximately a mile from the shores of Monterey Bay, the university offers 24 undergraduate...

“…csumb is a great institution that offers many majors to choose from. i recommend this institution to students around the world. campus offers many free programs that helps in our academic needs. ” – Marco from SALINAS, CA

Mills College

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,...

“…Beautiful, tranquil, and supportive. Mills College is the absolute place to be for women looking to succeed in both academics and in the real world future that lies ahead. Cyclone ladies get all the benefits of a big school with highly qualified...” – Elizabeth from Citrus Heights, CA

Palomar College is a public community college operating one main campus and three academic centers around San Diego County, California. Many students choose to study the social sciences, fire prevention and safety technology, or paramedic training....

“…overall this has been a good school, many of the students are focused and the teachers i've had have been helpful and willing to spend time answering questions. ” – Brice

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 amazing and challenging. the staff are helpful and eager to teach. wonderful experience even though hard, very rewarding experience.” – Jessica from National City, CA

Sacramento City College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of California. Along with the main campus, SCC also maintains two academic centers in Davis and West Sacramento. Students attending SCC’s main campus can take advantage of a...

“…sacramento city college is a great place to meet new people. the professors are kind and gives attention to every student. the campus is beautiful and the classes are also very easy to find.” – Karen from Elk Grove, CA

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University is a health sciences institution associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Loma Linda campus is located in Southern California and is home to six hospitals where students gain real world experience. The university...

“…Loma Linda University is a leader in both care and academics. The staff goes above and beyond to help each student and fosters a culture of support and encouragement. If you are seeking medical education, LLU is the clear choice. ” – Danielle from San Jacinto, CA

Grossmont College

Grossmont College is a public, 2-year institution located in El Cajon, California. The college features a number of student service facilities, such as the Assistive Technology Center, the Dream Center, the CalWORKs Student Services, and the Career...

“…It is a fun loving place. It has positive staff that strive to help to the best of their abilities.” – Sarah from EL Cajon, CA

California State University-Los Angeles

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...

“…such an amazing school and campus. the professors i have had so far are very nice, friendly and very helpful. the campus is really big and there are many places to study, there is always a quiet place to study. ” – Jazmin from Huntington Park, CA

San Diego City College

San Diego City College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. Among the school’s many degree and certificate program options are many unique areas of study, such as Chicano Studies, Futures Studies, and Dance....

“…amazingly easy to get started even if you have not attended in a long time. way easier processing for student needs and financial aid assistance than 30 years ago (when i last went) dont wait any longer go to school.” – TAFFY from IMPERIAL BEACH, CA

Sierra College

Sierra College is an open-admission, 2-year community college based in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Rocklin, California. Sierra is the only community college in the nation with an academic press, and it also boasts the Sierra Art and Natural...

“…sierra college tahoe-truckee campus has small classes so there is more attention for students. it's the temple of the success.” – N'guessan from Truckee, CA

Cypress College

Cypress College is a public two-year institution offering professional certifications and associate degrees. It is based in Cypress, California and is part of the California Community College System. Cypress College has an open admissions policy....

“…this is my second year at cypress college so far i like it. most of teachers are helpful but i do recommend you to check rate your professor before registering for classes!” – Yvonne from Stanton, CA

California State University-East Bay

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

California State University-Bakersfield

With a campus nestled in the San Joaquin Valley, California State University-Bakersfield is a 4-year public school in southern California and part of the CSU system. CSUB is home to schools of Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences, Business, and Social...

“…a ten out of ten rate is what cal state bakersfield deserves to receive due to the fact that it has taught me how to value our environment. also because it has had plenty of educational opportunities not only for my intended major but also for my...” – Alejandra from Bakersfield, 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...

“…CCSF has put me on a path to a better future. Being a student here means that I am working with professors and students alike who strive for a better tomorrow. CCSF is great school for anyone willing to work for a brighter future.” – David

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...

“…It's about 7 out of 10, the location is near my home and professors are good , and staff are nice , they are ready to help you to plan your educational plan , especially Test Up of building R , Tammy Camacho is so nice to help me to find out what...” – Phuong from Fountain Valley, CA

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 has professors that are incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and determined to give their students a quality education. my experience there has been exceptional. i love the campus, the staff, the educators, and the students.” – Daniel from Upland, CA

De Anza College

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

San Joaquin Delta College is a community institution established in Stockton, California. The school offers programs to complete a wide variety of associate degrees, certificates, and workforce training, with its primary focus being STEM and the arts...

“… i have already learned alot especially about myself ! the campus is very nice, they have plenty of parking. always events going on.” – Jeri from Lodi, CA

Woodbury University

Woodbury University is a liberal arts institution with a main campus in Los Angeles, California, and two satellite locations in San Diego and Hollywood. Woodbury offers more than 26 practice-based undergraduate and graduate majors across its four...

“…the campus is beautiful. the atmosphere and overall feel of the people here are positive. the faculty and staff are dedicated and are willing to make sacrifices to help students out.” – Jaime from Los Angeles, CA

Dominican University of California

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...

“…Dominican has a very helpful and caring staff that go out of their way to help us get through college. I can tell they actually care about where we go after college and do a good job in preparing us for the real world. Not to mention the campus is...” – Carrie from Sonoma, CA

College of the Canyons

College of the Canyons is a public community college based in the suburbs of Santa Clarita, California. The college has an open admissions policy. It is home to a 926-seat performing arts center as well as the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater which is...

“…college of the canyons is wonderful facility. the faculty here are very welcoming, friendly and always willing to help. this is a great campus where you will get a knowledgeable education. ” – Kayla from Santa Clarita, CA

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara City College is a community college that can grant associate degrees and professional certificates. SBCC is a two-year institution with a high transfer rate to 4-year institutions around California. It has an open admissions policy and...

“…Santa Barbara City College is a beautiful place to start off your education. It is located next to a beautiful beach and it has an earthy feeling. Great teachers and great opportunities to succeed .” – Daniel from Santa Barbara, CA

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino Valley College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of California. Students attending SBVC have the opportunity to enroll in a large selection of associate, certificate, and transfer programs, as well as the...

“…san bernardino valley college is truly a good college. the whole staff is always ready to guide you through your academic path. i really like the different programs they offer.” – Lucero from Highland, CA

Saddleback College is a 2-year community college based in Mission Viejo, California, with an open admissions policy. It is part  of the California Community College system and confers professional certifications and associate degrees. Eligible...

“…I dread driving the distance, but I enjoy every bit of my college life at Saddleback. The dance program is outstanding and each instructor for every class I have is determined. They love what they do, which encourages the students to do the same.” – Tatiana from Carlsbad, CA

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College is a public community college based in San Diego, California. It is the largest community college in the city and part of the San Diego Community Colleges District. Noted programs include culinary arts and food service,...

“…San Diego Mesa College is an amazing school. The professors there are helpful and are passionate to teach what they know to their students. The school itself is a safe place to study at and go to.” – Daisy from National City, CA

California State University-Dominguez Hills

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,...

“…It's a beautiful but small campus. Close classrooms and buildings make it easy to get around. They have a helpful and great staff. It is definitely a warm and welcoming environment with plenty of nice students. ” – Current Liberal Studies Major from Carson, CA

Marymount California University

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...

“…What amazed me most about my new college is the welcoming atmosphere. The staff and students were so nice and full of energy and the unity between everyone on campus is great. The size of the campus is small so that there is a small student to...” – Elisa from CHula Vista, CA

Butte College is a public, 2-year institution located in Oroville, California. Along with the main campus, which is a designated wildlife refuge, Butte also maintains three education centers in Chico and Orland. In 2011, Butte became the first...

“…Butte College is great for students who can't afford 4 year univerities. If you still want to transfer, they are able to help you get your general ed's out of the way. I highly recommend Butte for those who want more bang for their buck.” – Colton from Paradise, CA

Holy Names University

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...

“…this university is a great institution. it has provided me with the best college experience. i feel part of a family here with all the students and faculty. ” – Maribel from Riverside, CA

Fresno Pacific University is a private Christian institution based in Fresno, California. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Churches. All academic programs offered at FPU highlight the importance of ethics, character development, and...

“…FPU is the perfect school for students looking for a college that places equal importance on academics and building relationships. The school's motto is Founded on Christ and it is lived out everyday on campus by students, teachers, and faculty alike...” – Corie from Madera, CA

Art Center College of Design

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...

“…The best art school on the West Coast. Great faculty, great campus, great resources. Expensive, but at this private non-profit, you get what you pay for.” – Aaron from Canoga Park, CA

Simpson University

Originally founded in Seattle, Simpson University is a Christian liberal arts institution in northern California and the region’s only Christian university. Affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Simpson grants undergrad degrees in 24...

“…A very safe, ethical, and academically supportive institution, the focuses not only on education, but the individuals spiritual strength. The environment is very conducive to learning and fellow students are very friendly and supportive as well.” – Randy from Shingletown, CA

Merced College is a public, 2-year institution established in central California. The college offers over 130 associate and certificate programs, many of which can be completed online, in a hybrid format, or in a web-enhanced format. Merced’s scenic,...

“…Just enrolled for the Spring 2012 semester. Don't have any input to give yet.” – Michelle from Merced, CA

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa Junior College is a 2-year institution located in the state of California. The college maintains two campuses, with one in the city of Santa Rosa, and one in the city of Petaluma. Students of SRJC can take advantage of the college’s wide...

“…Nationally recognized for a reason. Almost every instructor I have had in my four years while attending have been passionate and genuinely interested in the success of their students at both an academic and personal level. The courses are challenging...” – Brandon from Forestville, CA

College of the Desert is a public, 2-year institution established in Palm Desert, California, with satellite locations in Indio, Thermal, Desert Hot Springs, and Palm Springs. COD is officially recognized as a Hispanic-serving institution, meaning...

“…Great location. Beautiful Campus. Very nice staff.” – Chris from Palm Springs, CA

La Sierra University

La Sierra University is a private nonprofit liberal arts college based in Riverside, California. It is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. LSU is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and its campus is a designated...

“…la sierra university is a small school where a person can't walk five paces without saying hi to someone they know. on-campus activities are always fun and a great chance to meet new people, and classes are relatively small and personable. the...” – Molly from Pomona, CA

Golden West College
Huntington Beach, 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 like Golden West, i've been attending since 2005 and have had the best experiences with my teachers and student body alike. I've found the teachers are very helpful. The campus is small and intimate so you don't get overwhelmed with students...” – Carly from Huntington Beach, CA

Moorpark College

Moorpark College is a 2-year community college with open admissions based in Ventura County, California. The school operates an on-site zoo for the Exotic Animal Training and Management program, the only one in the nation, and is also home to the...

“…Moorpark College is a great school with a great staff that is always willing to help. Although it is tough to get into classes you need when you are in a class the focus is on your success. I have enjoyed attending this school and believe that the...” – Alethea from Moorpark, 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...

“…Beautiful surrounding, people are very nice and welcoming. the campus is only 10 min away from the beach. The campus looks new and has amazing teaches.” – Marlyn from Royal Oaks, CA

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