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
Berlitz Language Centers Campbell CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Orange CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Walnut Creek CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Torrance CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Woodland Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Beverly Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Beverly Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Pasadena CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bernadean University Valley Village CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Bethany University Scotts Valley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 531
Bethel Seminary San Diego San Diego CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Bethesda Christian University Anaheim CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2749
Biblical International Fullerton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Biofeedback Institute of Los Angeles Culver City CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Biola University La Mirada CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 4092
Bmr Training Centers San Bernardino CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bmr Training Centers Victorville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Body Mind College San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Body Therapy Center Palo Alto CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Booker T Crenshaw Christian School Inc San Diego CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Brooks College Long Beach CA 2-year private, for-profit 1618
Brooks Institute of Photography Santa Barbara CA 4-year private, for-profit 670
Brownson Technical School Anaheim CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 91
Bryant Contractors and Real Estate Apprsl Courses Concord CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Business and Technology Training Institute Sacramento CA Less than 2-year public 172
Butte College Oroville CA 2-year public 11542
C G Jung Institute of Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Cabrillo College Aptos CA 2-year public 12807
Cal - Trade Welding School Sacramento CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cal - Trade Welding School Modesto CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Academy of Real Estate Northridge CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Baptist University Riverside CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2043
California Beauty School Modesto CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 74
California Business Institute El Monte CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 398
California Career School Anaheim CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Christian College Fresno CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 84
California Coast University Santa Ana CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
California College - San Diego San Diego CA 2-year private, for-profit 75
California College of Physical Arts Inc Huntington Beach CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California College of Podiatric Medicine San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 305
California College of the Arts Oakland CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1180
California Cosmetology College Santa Clara CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 89
California Culinary Academy San Francisco CA 2-year private, for-profit 1486
California Design College Los Angeles CA 2-year private, for-profit 279
California Graduate Institute Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
California Hair Design Academy La Mesa CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 88
California Healing Arts College West Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Health Institute Inc Lancaster CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Human Dev Corp - Anthony Soto Emp Trg Ctr Stockton CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
California Human Dev Corp - Anthony Soto Empl Tr Ctr Santa Rosa CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
California Human Dev Corp - Anthony Soto Empl Trg Marysville CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
California Institute for Clinical Social Work Berkeley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
California Institute for Counseling Studies Pasadena CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Institute for Human Science Encinitas CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
California Institute of Customer Engineering Ontario CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
California Institute of Customer Engineering Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
California Institute of Customer Engineering Irvine CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 951
California Institute of Locksmithing Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Institute of Technology Pasadena CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1968
California Institute of the Arts Valencia CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1212
California International University Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
California Jewelry School San Juan Capistrano CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2766
California Maritime Academy Vallejo CA 4-year public 653
California Northern School of Law Chico CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
California Paramedical and Technical College Long Beach CA 2-year private, for-profit 169
California Paramedical and Technical College Riverside CA 2-year private, for-profit 436
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo CA 4-year public 16877
California Recording Institute San Francisco CA 2-year private, for-profit 55
California School of Culinary Arts Pasadena CA 2-year private, for-profit 681
California School of Medical Sciences Beverly Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 121
California School of Professional Psych - System Off San Francisco CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
California School of Real Estate Oakland CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Security Academy Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Southern Law School Riverside CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona CA 4-year public 18424
California State University - Bakersfield Bakersfield CA 4-year public 6397
California State University - Chancellors Office Long Beach CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
California State University - Chico Chico CA 4-year public 15912
California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson CA 4-year public 12848
California State University - East Bay Hayward CA 4-year public 12705
California State University - Fresno Fresno CA 4-year public 19056
California State University - Fullerton Fullerton CA 4-year public 28381
California State University - Long Beach Long Beach CA 4-year public 30918
California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 4-year public 19593
California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside CA 4-year public 2624
California State University - Northridge Northridge CA 4-year public 29066
California State University - Sacramento Sacramento CA 4-year public 25714
California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino CA 4-year public 14909
California State University - San Marcos San Marcos CA 4-year public 6256
California State University - Stanislaus Turlock CA 4-year public 7062
California Technical College Delano CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Technical University Los Angeles CA 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
California Union University Fullerton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
California Vocational College San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
California Western School of Law San Diego CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 760
Calig Travel School Woodland Hills 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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