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324 Schools in California Match Your Criteria

  1. School Name Tuition & Fees Years Accredited Student Population School Type Degree Levels
  2. School Name

    Abraham Lincoln University

    Los Angeles, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,750
    Years Accredited
    44 (1970)
    Student Population
    525
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  3. School Name

    Academy of Art University

    San Francisco, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $18,650
    Years Accredited
    16 (1998)
    Student Population
    22,281
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  4. School Name

    Advanced College

    South Gate, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    11 (2003)
    Student Population
    299
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  5. School Name

    Allan Hancock College

    Santa Maria, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $1,346
    Years Accredited
    62 (1952)
    Student Population
    17,470
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  6. School Name

    Alliant International University

    San Diego, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $15,190
    Years Accredited
    37 (1977)
    Student Population
    4,588
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  7. School Name

    Allied American University

    Laguna Hills, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    6 (2008)
    Student Population
    1,873
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  8. School Name

    American Baptist Seminary of the West

    Berkeley, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    76 (1938)
    Student Population
    86
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  9. School Name

    American River College

    Sacramento, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $1,104
    Years Accredited
    55 (1959)
    Student Population
    47,974
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  10. School Name

    Antelope Valley College

    Lancaster, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $1,104
    Years Accredited
    62 (1952)
    Student Population
    17,899
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  11. School Name

    Antioch University-Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    37 (1977)
    Student Population
    496
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  12. School Name

    Argosy University-Inland Empire

    Ontario, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,685
    Years Accredited
    2 (2011)
    Student Population
    1,134
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  13. School Name

    Argosy University-Los Angeles

    Los Angeles, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,685
    Years Accredited
    2 (2011)
    Student Population
    915
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  14. School Name

    Argosy University-Orange County

    Orange, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,685
    Years Accredited
    2 (2011)
    Student Population
    1,153
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  15. School Name

    Argosy University-San Diego

    San Diego, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,685
    Years Accredited
    2 (2011)
    Student Population
    643
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  16. School Name

    Argosy University-San Francisco Bay Area

    Alameda, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,685
    Years Accredited
    2 (2011)
    Student Population
    1,017
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  17. School Name

    Art Center College of Design

    Pasadena, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $35,552
    Years Accredited
    59 (1955)
    Student Population
    2,519
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  18. School Name

    Azusa Pacific Online University

    Glendora, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $14,400
    Years Accredited
    1 (2013)
    Student Population
    308
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  19. School Name

    Azusa Pacific University

    Azusa, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $31,076
    Years Accredited
    53 (1961)
    Student Population
    11,586
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  20. School Name

    Bakersfield College

    Bakersfield, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $1,324
    Years Accredited
    62 (1952)
    Student Population
    24,675
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  21. School Name

    Barstow Community College

    Barstow, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $1,104
    Years Accredited
    52 (1962)
    Student Population
    5,076
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
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College Costs

Tuition for California residents in public institutions has risen 21%, and for community college students, tuition has risen 37% in the same time frame. It is likely that part of the reason for the increase is due to inflation, but over the past five years, according to a Grapevine report, state support for higher education in California has dropped 8.1% as the state’s government has dealt with staggering budget shortfalls and worked to overcome the recent recession. The College Board notes that in 2008-2009, the state of California appropriated less than $6 per $1,000 in personal income to fund higher education,

College Enrollment

According to the College Board, the public higher education sector in California saw an increase of 295,877 students enrolling in college from 2000 to 2010. This is a 15.3% increase, which is by no means the largest increase in the time frame, according to the College Board’s Trends in Tuition, Fees, Enrollment and State Appropriations for Higher Education by State. That increase, however, did not apply to community colleges in the state. In 2013, the LA Times reported that community colleges have seen a 20% decline in enrollment, between 2007-2012, and that total enrollment dropped by more than 500,000.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • ScholarShare College Savings Plan: This 529 plan is sponsored by the State of California and managed by TIAA-CREF. The plan launched in 1999 and is administered by a 7-member Scholarshare Investment Board.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • Pullias Center for Higher Education: The Pullias Center for Higher Education is a policy making organization at the University of Southern California. The center provides financial aid and college access for low- to moderate-income students of color.
    • Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education: The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education or WICHE, helps higher education systems in the west share resources. The organization also implements funding programs designed to help colleges and universities in its membership area to help their students. California has been part of WICHE since 1955.
    • Community College League of California: The Community College League of California is a nonprofit corporation that includes the 72 community college districts within the state. This is an advocacy group for the community colleges in the state.
  4. Higher Education News

Higher Education in California

California Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 65% California
      Graduation Rate
    • 1513 SAT California
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in California

  • CA US
    Public 2-Year
  • CA US
    Public 4-Year
  • CA US
    Private 4-year

California Institutions

  • CA US
    Degree-Granting Institutions
  • CA US
    Public
    Institutions
  • CA US
    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
  • CA US
    Private For-Profit Institutions

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