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
University of California - San Diego La Jolla CA 4-year public 20197
University of California - Riverside Riverside CA 4-year public 13015
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 4-year public 36890
University of California - Irvine Irvine CA 4-year public 20211
University of California - Davis Davis CA 4-year public 26094
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley CA 4-year public 31277
University for Humanistic Studies Rosemead CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Universal Training Center Highlands CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Universal Technical Institute of California Inc Rancho Cucamonga CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 211
Universal College of Beauty Inc Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 93
Universal College of Beauty Inc Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 35
United Truck Driving San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
United States Truck Driving School Rialto CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
United States Truck Driving School Victorville CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Unitec Santa Fe Springs CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Union College of California Garden Grove CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Ukiah Beauty College Ukiah CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Uei College - Van Nuys Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Uei College - San Diego San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Uei College - San Bernardino San Bernardino CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Uei College - Ontario Ontario CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Uei College - Huntington Park Huntington Park CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Uei College - Chula Vista Chula Vista CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
U S International University San Diego CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1334
Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts Santa Cruz CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Tulare Beauty College Tulare CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 65
Truck Driving Academy Sacramento CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Truck Driving Academy Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Trinity Life Bible College Sacramento CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 300
Trinity Law and Graduate School Santa Ana CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 142
Trinity College of Graduate Studies Anaheim CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Trinity College San Francisco CA 2-year private, for-profit 134
Trinity College San Jose CA 2-year private, for-profit 63
Travel University International San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 158
Travel Experts Training Schools San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Travel and Trade Career Institute Long Beach CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 160
Travel and Tourism Institute Sacramento CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Travel - World College and Agency Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Transportation Guidance & Assistance Truck Driving Whittier CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Translation and Interpretation Education Center San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Training Directions College Inc San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Touch Therapy Institute Encino CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Toror School of Truck Driving Bellflower CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Todays Training Center Cudahy CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 95
Tien Tao Chong Hua University Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Thomas Jefferson School of Law San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit 575
Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 277
Therapeutic Learning Center Fresno CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Theatre of Arts Los Angeles CA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The Wright Institute Berkeley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 281
The University of West Los Angeles Inglewood CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 182
The Union Institute Sacramento CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
The Union Institute Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
The Salvation Army College for Officers Training Rancho Palos Verdes CA 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
The Right Way Adult Learning Center Gardena CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 106
The National Hispanic University San Jose CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 340
The Masters College and Seminary Santa Clarita CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1448
The Graduate Center for Child Develop & Psychother Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
The California Institute of Jewelery Training Carmichael CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The Art Institute of California - San Francisco San Francisco CA 4-year private, for-profit 329
The Advanced Career College Palmdale CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The Academy of Radio Broadcasting Huntington Beach CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 232
The Academy of Radio Broadcasting Fremont CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 69
Thanh Le College School of Cosmetology Midway City 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
Teller Training Academy Cerritos CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Technologic Institute of Southern California Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Tarbell Real Estate School Chino Hills CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Tarbell Real Estate School Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Taft College Taft CA 2-year public 7331
Sutech School of Vocational Technical Training Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 152
Sutech School Anaheim CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sussex Aviation Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sunrise Aviation Santa Ana CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Summit College Oakland CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Summit Career College Colton CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 244
Studio of Creative Makeup Art - Special Effects Arcadia CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Studio Makeup Academy Hollywood CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Stone Boat Yard Alameda CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Stella Adler Academy of Acting Hollywood CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Stefan University La Jolla CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
State Center Community College District System Off Fresno CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Starr King School for Ministry Berkeley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 62
Stanford University Stanford CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 18549
St Pauls Foundation Temecula CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
St John S Seminary College Camarillo CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 95
St Giles Language Teaching Center San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Spectrum Community Services Inc Hayward CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 35
Southwestern University School of Law Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 837
Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 2-year public 17994
Southern States University Huntington Beach CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Southern California University of Health Sciences Whittier CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 638
Southern California University for Prof Studies Santa Ana CA 4-year private, for-profit 672
Southern California Seminary El Cajon CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 199
Southern California School of Massage Riverside CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Southern California School of Floral Design Anaheim CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Southern California School of Evangelism Buena Park CA 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Southern California Merchant Marine Training Serv San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Southern California International College - Brea Brea CA 4-year private, for-profit 111
Southern California Institute of Technology Anaheim CA 4-year private, for-profit 102

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

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