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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

    Berkeley City College

    Berkeley, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $1,144
    Years Accredited
    33 (1981)
    Student Population
    11,131
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  3. School Name

    Bethel Seminary San Diego

    San Diego, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    37 (1977)
    Student Population
    233
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Masters
    School Website
  4. School Name

    Bethesda University of California

    Anaheim, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,620
    Years Accredited
    13 (2001)
    Student Population
    346
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  5. School Name

    Biola University

    La Mirada, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $31,004
    Years Accredited
    53 (1961)
    Student Population
    6,868
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  6. School Name

    Brandman University

    Irvine, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    58 (1956)
    Student Population
    11,688
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  7. School Name

    Bristol University

    Anaheim, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    16 (1998)
    Student Population
    54
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  8. School Name

    Brooks Institute

    Santa Barbara, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $20,120
    Years Accredited
    30 (1984)
    Student Population
    1,022
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  9. School Name

    Bryan College-Gold River

    Gold River, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    15 (1999)
    Student Population
    864
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    School Website
  10. School Name

    Bryan University

    Los Angeles, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $11,695
    Years Accredited
    39 (1975)
    Student Population
    1,784
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    School Website
  11. School Name

    Butte College

    Oroville, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $1,334
    Years Accredited
    42 (1972)
    Student Population
    16,587
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  12. School Name

    Cabrillo College

    Aptos, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $1,350
    Years Accredited
    53 (1961)
    Student Population
    19,267
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  13. School Name

    California Baptist University

    Riverside, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $26,900
    Years Accredited
    53 (1961)
    Student Population
    6,575
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  14. School Name

    California Christian College

    Fresno, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,645
    Years Accredited
    16 (1998)
    Student Population
    43
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  15. School Name

    California Institute of Integral Studies

    San Francisco, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    33 (1981)
    Student Population
    1,568
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  16. School Name

    California Lutheran University

    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $34,360
    Years Accredited
    52 (1962)
    Student Population
    4,927
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  17. School Name

    California Maritime Academy

    Vallejo, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,536
    Years Accredited
    37 (1977)
    Student Population
    901
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    School Website
  18. School Name

    California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,043
    Years Accredited
    63 (1951)
    Student Population
    19,459
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  19. School Name

    California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

    Pomona, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,125
    Years Accredited
    44 (1970)
    Student Population
    22,923
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  20. School Name

    California State University-Bakersfield

    Bakersfield, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,709
    Years Accredited
    44 (1970)
    Student Population
    9,496
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  21. School Name

    California State University-Channel Islands

    Camarillo, CA
    Tuition & Fees
    $6,216
    Years Accredited
    7 (2007)
    Student Population
    4,644
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Bachelors
    Masters
    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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