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
Faunt School of Creative Music Studio City CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Feather River Community College District Quincy CA 2-year public 892
Federico Beauty Institute Sacramento CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 134
Federicos Career Colleges Inc Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Felde Publication and Programs Manhattan Beach CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara CA private, not-for-profit 1046
Fil - Am Employment and Training Center San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Film Industry Workshops Inc Burbank CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Five Branches Institute Santa Cruz CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 174
Flavio Torrance Beauty College Torrance CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Fls Language Center Pasadena CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Foothill College Los Altos Hills CA 2-year public 14193
Foster Elite Truck Driving School Red Bluff CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Foundation College San Diego CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 66
Four - D College Colton CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 179
Franciscan School of Theology Berkeley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 94
Fredrick and Charles Beauty College Eureka CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 34
Fremont Beauty College Fremont 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
Fuller Theological Seminary in California Pasadena CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2475
Fullerton College Fullerton CA 2-year public 19993
Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants Modesto CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 137
Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants Visalia CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 34
Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 141
Ganaye Academy of Cosmetology Inc San Jose CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Gavilan College Gilroy CA 2-year public 5681
Gemological Institute of America Carlsbad CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 5928
Gendarme Security Training School Garden Grove CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Girards College of Beauty Inc Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Glamour Beauty College Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
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
Golden Gate Baptist Seminary Mill Valley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 463
Golden Gate Baptist Seminary - Southern California Brea CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 183
Golden Gate University - Irvine Irvine CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Golden Gate University - Los Altos Los Altos CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Golden Gate University - Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Golden Gate University - Monterey Monterey CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Golden Gate University - Rohnert Park Rohnert Park CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Golden Gate University - Sacramento San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Golden Gate University - San Francisco San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 5322
Golden Gate University - San Jose San Jose CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Golden Gate University - Walnut Creek Walnut Creek CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Golden State College Visalia CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 206
Golden West College Huntington Beach CA 2-year public 13538
Goodwill Industries Marina CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Goodwill Industries of Santa Cruz Santa Cruz CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Graduate Theological Union Berkeley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 263
Great Western University San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Green Hornets Aviation Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Grossmont - Cuyamaca Community College District El Cajon CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Grossmont College El Cajon CA 2-year public 16309
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District - Adult Education City Of Industry CA Less than 2-year public 2030
Hair Masters University San Bernardino CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 42
Harbor - Ucla Medical Center Torrance CA 2-year public 18
Hartnell College Salinas CA 2-year public 7757
Harvey Mudd College Claremont CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 719
Hayward Beauty College Hayward CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Heald College - Concord Concord CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 554
Heald College - Fresno Fresno CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 735
Heald College - Hayward Hayward CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 1241
Heald College - Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 778
Heald College - Roseville Roseville CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 1048
Heald College - Salinas Salinas CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 669
Heald College - San Francisco San Francisco CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 1070
Heald College - San Jose Milpitas CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 1329
Heald College - Stockton Stockton CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 592
Healing Arts Institute Roseville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Health and Career Institute South El Monte CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Health Occupations Center Santee CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Healthstaff Training Institute Inc Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 32
Heartwood Institute Garberville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hebrew Union College - California Branch Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Heli Stream Inc Costa Mesa CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Helicopter Adventures Inc Concord CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hellier Associates Pacific Inc Fullerton CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hemphill Schools Pasadena CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
High - Tech Institute - Sacramento Sacramento CA 2-year private, for-profit 338
Hilltop Beauty School Daly City CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 106
Hollywood Art Center School Hollywood CA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute Hollywood CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hollywood Technical Institute Hollywood CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Holy Names University Oakland CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 945
Hope International University Fullerton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 840
Hospitality Management Training Institute San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Humboldt State University Arcata CA 4-year public 7433
Humphreys College - Modesto Modesto CA 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Humphreys College - Sacramento Gold River Gold River CA 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Humphreys College - Stockton Stockton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 593
Huntington College of Dental Technology Westminster CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 95
Huntington Memorial Hospital School of Xray Techn Pasadena CA 2-year private, not-for-profit 7
Huron International University San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Hypnosis Motivation Institute Tarzana CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 300
Hypnotherapy Training Institute Santa Rosa CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles Glendale CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Icdc College Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 370
Icu Agoura CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ila Polytechnic Institute Long Beach 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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