Colleges in California

The state of California has the largest public post-secondary education system of all 50 US states. Vocational and technical training as well as science and liberal arts degree programs serve around 1.7 million students at 137 colleges in California annually. It is one of the strongest systems of public education in the world.

From the beginning of the United States as an independent nation, the provision of public education has traditionally fallen to the individual states. In fact, the words education and schooling aren't even mentioned in the US Constitution. The founding fathers did discuss the idea of a national university but it was dismissed. All states rely on executive, legislative and judicial branches that run parallel to the Federal government to meet the responsibilities of education.

Schools in California include three public systems of higher education in California: the University of California system, the California State University system and the California Community College system.

In 1973 the California Post Secondary Education Commission was formed for California colleges. Its function was to provide for the planning and coordination of public higher education. The CPSEC makes recommendations on matters of budget, proposed academic programs, admission and student aid policies to the governor and legislature. The commission is made up of 17 members. Nine of the 17 members represent the public and are chosen by the governor and legislative leaders. Two members, appointed by the governor, represent students. The remaining six represent both public and private institutions of higher education.

California schools include 71 community college districts. They operate 107 campuses state wide. These districts differ from the California State University and University of California systems in that they are administered by boards of trustees that are locally elected and statewide board of governors. They select the president of each college, approve curriculum and allocate funds to campuses in their jurisdiction.

A California community college can be a gate-way to higher education. After completing the two-year course requirements, students have the option to apply at a four-year college or university to earn a baccalaureate degree. The universities also offer advanced degree. The admission requirements for a freshman applying to the same institution would not apply to that student.

Among the largest and most notable California State University system colleges and universities are Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, California State University at Los Angeles, California State Polytechnical University and the City College of San Francisco.

Online courses offered by companies through higher education institutes are gaining in number and popularity. They are convenient, affordable and sometimes free.

The economy of California is more like that of a separate nation than a state. It has the largest gross state product (GSP) of any other US state. In the fiscal year of 2011, the GSP was reported as being close to $2 trillion. The state makes up a little over 13 percent of the United State's total gross domestic product (GDP). There are only eight countries in the world that have a larger GDP than this state.

Jobs are most plentiful in California in the the areas of transportation, utilities, trade, government, professional services, business services, health services, education and hospitality and leisure.

Trade is important to the state's economy. About one-fourth of the economy relies on trade and international related commerce accounts. In 2008, $144 billion in goods were exported from California. Computers and electronic products were the number one export making up 42 percent of total exports.

Agriculture has traditionally been important to the state's economy. Citrus and other fresh produce and wines are popular exports from California. Since 1980 agricultural related sales more than quadrupled even though the acreage devoted to farming shrunk by 15 percent. This rise is attributed to more active use of existing farmland and technological improvements in farming. Agricultural product revenue was $43.5 billion in 2011 with grapes, shelled almonds, milk and cream bringing in the most revenue

California's per capita GDP ranked 11th in the nation in 2007 at $38,956. The state's coastal cities tend to have the nation's wealthiest per-capita areas. The high technology areas such as Silicon Valley are no longer considered to be in the recent economic downturn that was caused by the dot.com bust.

Industry is a large part of California's economy and provides a large percentage of jobs for the state residents. The majority of industries produce clothing, food products, electronic and electrical equipment, fabricated and industrial machinery and transportation equipment. The bulk of the manufacturing centers are located in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

The state's largest publically owned corporations are aerospace and computer manufactures. Corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Tandem Computers and Silicon graphics provide a huge variety and amount of jobs in the area south of San Francisco. Rockwell International, Northrop, Lockheed and Computer Sciences are manufactures that lead in Southern California's employment opportunities.

Several of California's private companies are among the states leading manufacturers. Companies such as Levi Strauss, Sunkist growers, Del Monte and Julio Gallo Winery contribute to the economy with many job opportunities.

The aerospace industry is another large sector of California's economy. It accounts for $28 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for around 117,000 Californians.

The film and television production industry also plays a large role in the state's economy. At the end of the 20th century the motion picture industry generated a yearly payroll of $13.4 billion providing jobs to 475,000 of the state's residents.

California is one of the world's most visited areas for tourists. The year-round warm weather,long coast line and multiple theme parks contribute greatly to the state's economy bringing in at least $60 billion in annual sales and providing approximately 700,000 jobs.

Found 1201 Post-Secondary Schools In California


Title City State Type Enrollment
Academy for Instruction in Mind Motivation Rancho Mirage CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Art University San Francisco CA 4-year private, for-profit 5995
Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences Oakland CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 167
Academy of Computer Technology Montclair CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Computer Technology Lawndale CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Hair Design - Poway Poway CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 249
Academy of International Bartending and Casino Dlg San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Professional Careers San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 187
Academy Pacific Travel College Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 252
Access Usa Training Center Concord CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Accredited Real Estate School Carmichael CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Acupressure Institute Berkeley CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College - Berkeley Berkeley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 56
Addison Career Inc Ontario CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Adelante Career Institute Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 155
Adrians Beauty College of Turlock Turlock CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 62
Advance School of Driving Fontana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Advanced Institute of Pest Technology Anaheim CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Aero Tech Academy Redlands CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Agape Christian University Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Air Desert Pacific La Verne CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Alameda Beauty College Alameda CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 100
Alexander Educational Center Teacher Training Prog Walnut Creek CA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles Santa Monica CA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Alexander Training Institute of San Francisco San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Alhambra Beauty College Alhambra CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 115
Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA 2-year public 12110
Alliant International University San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 692
Alliant International University Alhambra CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 616
Alliant International University Fresno CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 409
Alliant International University - San Diego San Diego CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 681
Allied Business Schools Laguna Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ambassador Beauty College San Rafael CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Academy of Dramatic Arts - West Los Angeles CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 215
American Alliance Academy of Languages Redondo Beach CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Auto Institute Cerritos CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Baptist Seminary of the West Berkeley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 65
American Barber College Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Beauty College Bellflower CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 23
American Career College Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 1383
American College of Business Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 129
American College of Law Anaheim CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
American College of Medical Technology Gardena CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 53
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 229
American Communications Institute Hollywood CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Conservatory Theater San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 56
American Film Institute Conservatory Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 298
American Graduate University Covina CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
American Inst of Electrology Inc Dba for 22 Inc Long Beach CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Institute of Health Sciences Long Beach CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 90
American Institute of Hypnotherapy Santa Ana CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
American Institute of Massage Therapy Inc Costa Mesa CA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Nanny College Pamona CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American Pacific College Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American River College San Francisco CA 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
American River College Sacramento CA 2-year public 28420
American School Torrance CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American School of Mortgage Banking Tustin CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
American School of Xray Gardena CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ameritech Colleges North Hollywood CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Antelope Valley College Lancaster CA 2-year public 10315
Anthony Schools - Redding Northern California Oakland CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Anthony Schools of Northern California San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Anthony Schools of San Francisco Peninsula Foster City CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Antioch University - Los Angeles Branch Culver City CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 622
Antioch University - Santa Barbara Branch Santa Barbara CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 263
Appraisal School Calabasas CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Arbor of Los Angeles Highland Park CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Argosy University - Orange Campus Santa Ana CA 4-year private, for-profit 50
Argosy University - San Francisco Bay Area Campus Richmond CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 73
Armstrong University Oakland CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Art Center College of Design Pasadena CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1459
Art Institute of California - Los Angeles Santa Monica CA 4-year private, for-profit 1185
Art Institute of California - San Diego San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit 280
Asian American International Beauty College Westminster CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 221
Assert Inc Chatsworth CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Associated Barber College San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Associated Printing Schools Inc Paramount CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Associated Technical College Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 362
Associated Technical College Vista CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 62
Associated Technical College San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 184
Aureus Makeup Studio Beverly Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Avance Beauty College San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 19
Avia Training Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Aztlan Truck Driving School Inc Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Azusa Pacific University Azusa CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 6497
Backster School of Lie Detection Dba Backster Assc San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bakers School of Locksmithing Whittier CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bakersfield College Bakersfield CA 2-year public 14466
Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education Baldwin Park CA Less than 2-year public 3295
Barstow Academy of Beauty Barstow CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Barstow Community College Barstow CA 2-year public 2785
Bay Cities Bible Institute Berkeley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Bay Vista College of Beauty National City CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 146
Belavi Institute for Facial Massage Laguna Beach CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bellflower Adult School of Cosmetology Lakewood CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Benbow Aviation Flight School Torrance CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berkeley City College Berkeley CA 2-year public 3984
Berlitz Language Centers Beverly Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Santa Monica CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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