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
Deep Springs College Dyer CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 287
Cuyamaca College El Cajon CA 2-year public 6476
Grossmont - Cuyamaca Community College District El Cajon CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Grossmont College El Cajon CA 2-year public 16309
J Boutique College of Beauty El Cajon CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 323
San Diego Christian College El Cajon CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 675
Southern California Seminary El Cajon CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 199
Valley Career College El Cajon CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cet - El Centro El Centro CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 316
California Business Institute El Monte CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 398
International Technical Schools Inc El Monte CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Logos Evangelical Seminary El Monte CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Professional Institute of Beauty El Monte CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 84
Coastal Valley College Emeryville CA 2-year private, for-profit 15
National Holistic Institute Emeryville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 402
California Institute for Human Science Encinitas CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Lumbleau Real Estate School Encino CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
National Computer Training Encino CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Phillips Graduate Institute Encino CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 238
Touch Therapy Institute Encino CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cathedral Bible College Escondido CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Cet - Escondido Escondido CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 125
Westminster Theological Seminary in California Escondido CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 132
Word Bible College Escondido CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
College of the Redwoods Eureka CA 2-year public 6986
Fredrick and Charles Beauty College Eureka CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 34
Rudolf Steiner College Fair Oaks CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Solano Community College Fairfield CA 2-year public 10507
Advance School of Driving Fontana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
International School of Theology Fontana CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 89
Ya - Ka - Ama Indian Education Forestville CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Loving Hands Institute of Healing Arts Fortuna CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Anthony Schools of San Francisco Peninsula Foster City CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Coastline Community College Fountain Valley CA 2-year public 7873
Modern Technology School Fountain Valley CA 2-year private, for-profit 85
University of Phoenix - Southern California Campus Fountain Valley CA 4-year private, for-profit 18075
Devry University Fremont CA 4-year private, for-profit 4006
Fremont Beauty College Fremont CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University Fremont CA 4-year private, for-profit 2591
Northwestern Polytechnic University Fremont CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Ohlone College Fremont CA 2-year public 9444
Queen of the Holy Rosary College Fremont CA 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Silicon Valley College Fremont CA 4-year private, for-profit 721
The Academy of Radio Broadcasting Fremont CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 69
Wyotech Fremont CA 2-year private, for-profit 1249
San Joaquin General Hospital School of Rad Techn French Camp CA 2-year public 20
Alliant International University Fresno CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 409
California Christian College Fresno CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 84
California State University - Fresno Fresno CA 4-year public 19056
Central California College School of Law Fresno CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Federicos Career Colleges Inc Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Fresno City College Fresno CA 2-year public 19351
Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1676
Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 141
Heald College - Fresno Fresno CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 735
Lyles College of Beauty Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 32
Lyles College of Beauty Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 34
Manchester Beauty College Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 57
Mced Career College Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 145
Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary Fresno CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 128
Moler Barber and Hairstyling Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Proteus Inc Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
San Joaquin Valley College - Aviation - Fresno Fresno CA 2-year private, for-profit 123
San Joaquin Valley College - Fresno Fresno CA 2-year private, for-profit 669
Sierra Valley Business College Fresno CA 2-year private, for-profit 113
State Center Community College District System Off Fresno CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Therapeutic Learning Center Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Truck Driving Academy Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vale National Training Center Western Campus Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Valley Travel College Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Pacific Truck School Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Biblical International Fullerton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
California State University - Fullerton Fullerton CA 4-year public 28381
California Union University Fullerton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Fullerton College Fullerton CA 2-year public 19993
Hellier Associates Pacific Inc Fullerton CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hope International University Fullerton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 840
North Orange County Community College District Fullerton CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Southern California College of Optometry Fullerton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 378
Western State University - College of Law - Argosy Fullerton CA 4-year private, for-profit 501
Heartwood Institute Garberville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Concorde Career College Garden Grove CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 478
Gendarme Security Training School Garden Grove CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
L & P School of Professional Hypnotherapy Garden Grove CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Lola Beauty College Garden Grove CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 43
Montessori Western Teacher Training Program Garden Grove CA 4-year private, for-profit 23
Newton International College - Garden Grove Garden Grove CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Rainbow Real Estate School Garden Grove CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Thanh Le College School of Cosmetology Garden Grove CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 92
Union College of California Garden Grove CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
American College of Medical Technology Gardena CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 53
American School of Xray Gardena CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The Right Way Adult Learning Center Gardena CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 106
Cet - Gilroy Gilroy CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 130
Gavilan College Gilroy CA 2-year public 5681
Glendale Career Schools Glendale CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 1128
Glendale Community College Glendale CA 2-year public 15596
Glendale University College of Law Glendale CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles Glendale CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Kensington University Glendale CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data

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

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