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
Calistoga Massage Therapy School Rohnert Park CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Calvary Chapel Bible College Twin Peaks CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Canada College Redwood City CA 2-year public 5273
Canyon Country Beauty College Canyon Country CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Capistrano Laguna Beach Rop San Juan Capistrano CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Capital Bible College Sacramento CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Career Academy of Beauty West Garden Grove CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 238
Career Academy of Beauty Anaheim CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 92
Career College of Cosmetology Woodland CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Career Colleges of America South Gate CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 48
Career Management Institute Orange CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Career Networks Institute Costa Mesa CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 64
Career Resources Development Center Oakland CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Career Resources Development Center San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Career Training Center Atascadero CA Less than 2-year public 27
Career Training Institute Oakland CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Carlson Travel Academy Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Casa Loma College - Hawthorne Hawthorne CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 86
Casa Loma College - Van Nuys Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 259
Casa Real Learning Center Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cathedral Bible College Escondido CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Center for Employment Training - Oakland Oakland CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 78
Center for Employment Training - Tracy Tracy CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 32
Center for Training and Careers San Jose CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Central California College School of Law Fresno CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Central California School San Luis Obispo CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 206
Central Coast College Salinas CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 82
Central Coast Travel Academy Goleta CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Century 21 - Amber Testing Center Torrance CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cerritos College Norwalk CA 2-year public 24536
Cerro Coso Community College Ridgecrest CA 2-year public 5106
Certified Health Services Long Beach CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cet - Coachella Coachella CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 151
Cet - El Centro El Centro CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 316
Cet - Escondido Escondido CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 125
Cet - Gilroy Gilroy CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 130
Cet - Oxnard Oxnard CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 181
Cet - Rancho Temecula Temecula CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 86
Cet - Riverside Riverside CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 243
Cet - Sacramento Sacramento CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 149
Cet - Salinas Salinas CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 99
Cet - San Diego San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 139
Cet - Santa Ana Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 103
Cet - Santa Maria Santa Maria CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 140
Cet - Sobrato San Jose CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 503
Cet - Watsonville Watsonville CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 146
Chabot College Hayward CA 2-year public 13615
Chafey Adult School Ontario CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga CA 2-year public 15220
Chapman University Orange CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 4353
Chapman University - University College Orange CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 6145
Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center Sacramento CA 2-year public 4132
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 99
Chase College Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Chico Beauty College Chico CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Christian Life College Stockton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Christian Life International Bible College Novato CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Christian Witness Theological Seminary Concord CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Chrysler Aviation Inc Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Church Divinity School of the Pacific Berkeley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 122
Citrus College Glendora CA 2-year public 11486
Citrus Heights Beauty College Citrus Heights CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA 2-year public 39386
City of Pomona La Urban League One Stop Career Ctr Pomona CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
City University - Los Angeles Inglewood CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2749
Cladic Seminary Los Angeles CA 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Claremont Graduate University Claremont CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1969
Claremont Mckenna College Claremont CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1003
Claremont School of Theology Claremont CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 490
Clarita Career College Canyon Country CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 177
Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 643
Clovis Adult Education Clovis CA Less than 2-year public 339
Coast Career Institute Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Coastal Valley College Emeryville CA 2-year private, for-profit 15
Coastline Community College Fountain Valley CA 2-year public 7873
Coba Academy Orange CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 73
Cogswell Polytechnical College Sunnyvale CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 426
Coleman College - San Diego San Diego CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 448
Coleman College - San Marcos San Marcos CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 448
Colleen Oharas Beauty Academy Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 169
College of Alameda Alameda CA 2-year public 5088
College of Buddhist Studies - Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
College of Instrument Technology Bellflower CA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
College of Marin Kentfield CA 2-year public 8317
College of Oceaneering Wilmington CA 2-year private, for-profit 245
College of San Mateo San Mateo CA 2-year public 10756
College of the Canyons Santa Clarita CA 2-year public 10528
College of the Desert Palm Desert CA 2-year public 6972
College of the Redwoods Eureka CA 2-year public 6986
College of the Sequoias Visalia CA 2-year public 10251
College of the Siskiyous Weed CA 2-year public 2786
Columbia College Sonora CA 2-year public 3340
Columbia College Hollywood Tarzana CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 100
Columbia Pacific University Novato CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Community Career Development Inc Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Comprehensive Training Systems Inc San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Comprehensive Training Systems Inc Imperial Beach CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Compton Community College Compton CA 2-year public 6643
Compucollege Studio City CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Computer and Electronic Training Center Signal Hill 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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