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
Zemlocks Helicopter Sevice Chino CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Yuin University Compton CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Yuba College Marysville CA 2-year public 10295
Yosemite Community College District Office Modesto CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 145
Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 71
Yamano Beauty College Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ya - Ka - Ama Indian Education Forestville CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Wyotech Fremont CA 2-year private, for-profit 1249
World University of America Ojai CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
World Mission University Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Word Bible College Escondido CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Woodbury University Burbank CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1342
Wolden Multimedia Institute Anaheim CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
William Jessup University Rocklin CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 395
William Howard Taft University Santa Ana CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
William Carey International University Pasadena CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 29
Whittier College Whittier CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2682
Westmont College Santa Barbara CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1332
Westminster Theological Seminary in California Escondido CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 132
Western University of Health Sciences Pomona CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1471
Western Truck School Union City CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Truck School West Sacramento CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Truck School West Sacramento CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Truck School San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western State University - College of Law - Argosy Fullerton CA 4-year private, for-profit 501
Western Sierra Law School San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Seminary - San Jose Los Gatos CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Western Pacific Truck School Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Pacific Truck School Modesto CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Pacific Truck School Stockton CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Operations Inc - Helicopter Division Rialto CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy Laguna Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Institute for Social Research Berkeley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Western Graduate School of Psychology San Leandro CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Western College of Travel Careers Inc Walnut Creek CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western College of Therapeutic Massage Campbell CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Western Career College San Leandro CA 2-year private, for-profit 345
Western Career College Pleasant Hill CA 2-year private, for-profit 200
Western Career College Sacramento CA 2-year private, for-profit 574
Westech College Ontario CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 87
West Valley Occupational Center Woodland Hills CA Less than 2-year public 5240
West Valley College Saratoga CA 2-year public 10719
West Los Angeles College Culver City CA 2-year public 10404
West Hills Community College Coalinga CA 2-year public 4344
West Coast Schools Atascadero CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
West Coast School of Travel Woodland Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
West Coast Detective Academy Northridge CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Weist - Baron - Hill School of Television Burbank CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Weimer College Weimar CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Wcil Computer Training Project Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Waynes College of Beauty - Watsonville Watsonville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Waynes College of Beauty Santa Cruz CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Waynes College of Beauty Salinas CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Waynes College of Beauty Seaside CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Watterson College Pasadena CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 498
Waterman Training Institute Martinez CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 18
Waterman Training Institute Union City CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 20
Vision Christian University Ramona CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Virginia Sewing Machines and School Center Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 65
Vintage Academy of Hair Design Inc Napa CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vineyard Bible Institute Anaheim CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Vidal Sasoon Academy Santa Monica CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Victor Valley Community College Victorville CA 2-year public 9221
Victor Valley Beauty College Inc Victorville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 72
Verliz Travel Schools Cerritos CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ventura County Community College System Office Camarillo CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Ventura College of Law Ventura CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Ventura College Ventura CA 2-year public 11837
Ventura Adult and Continuing Education Ventura CA Less than 2-year public 165
Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1654
Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture and Tv Acting Hollywood CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Valley Travel College Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Valley Hypnosis Center Riverside CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Valley Career College El Cajon CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Valley Beauty College Castro Valley CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vallecitos Cet Inc Hayward CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Vallecitos Cet Inc Berkeley CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Vale National Training Center Western Campus Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
University of the Pacific Stockton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 5609
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 29194
University of Santa Monica Santa Monica CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
University of Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
University of San Francisco San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 7917
University of San Diego San Diego CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 6943
University of Redlands Redlands CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 4143
University of Phoenix - Southern California Campus Fountain Valley CA 4-year private, for-profit 18075
University of Phoenix - San Diego Campus San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Phoenix - Sacramento Valley Campus Sacramento CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Phoenix - Bay Area Campus San Jose CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Northern Ca - Lorenzo Patino Sch Law Sacramento CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Metaphysics Studio City CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
University of La Verne La Verne CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 6603
University of Judaism Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 198
University of California System Admin Central Off Oakland CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
University of California Hastings College of Law San Francisco CA 4-year public 1201
University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz CA 4-year public 12144
University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA 4-year public 19962
University of California - San Francisco San Francisco CA 4-year public 3517

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

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