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
Southern California Institute of Architecture Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 257
Southern California Inst for Bioenergetic Analysis Costa Mesa CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Southern California Conservatory of Music Corp Sun Valley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Southern California College of Optometry Fullerton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 378
South Orange County Community College District Mission Viejo CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
South Coast College Orange CA 2-year private, for-profit 538
South Baylo University Anaheim CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 711
Sound Master Recording Engineer School - Audio/video Alhambra CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 68
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park CA 4-year public 7402
Sonoma College Petaluma CA 2-year private, for-profit 45
Somos Hermanas Unidas Colton CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Solano Community College Fairfield CA 2-year public 10507
Soka University of America Aliso Viejo CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 17
Skyline College San Bruno CA 2-year public 8689
Skill Center of America Education Institute San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Simpson University Redding CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1214
Simi Valley Adult School and Career Institute Simi Valley CA Less than 2-year public 5902
Silicon Valley College Fremont CA 4-year private, for-profit 721
Silicon Valley College San Jose CA 4-year private, for-profit 473
Silicon Valley College Walnut Creek CA 4-year private, for-profit 651
Sierra Valley Business College Fresno CA 2-year private, for-profit 113
Sierra Hi - Tech Carmichael CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Sierra College of Beauty Merced CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 40
Sierra College Rocklin CA 2-year public 17517
Sierra Academy of Aeronautics Technical Institute Oakland CA 2-year private, for-profit 477
Shiloh Bible College Oakland CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Shiatsu Massage School of California Santa Monica CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Shen Real Estate School Walnut CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Shasta School of Cosmetology Redding CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Shasta College Redding CA 2-year public 9112
Shasta Bible College Redding CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 54
Shasta Abbey Mt Shasta CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Security Officers Training Academy San Bernardino CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Scripps Research Institute La Jolla CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Scripps College Claremont CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 800
School of Lock Technology Orange CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
School of Lock Technology San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
School of Healing Arts San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
School of Culinary Arts Los Angeles CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
School of Communications Electronics Oakland CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 49
School of Applied Theology Oakland CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
School for Self Healing San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 421
Santiago Canyon College Orange CA 2-year public 10039
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 2-year public 27020
Santa Monica Montessori Institute Santa Monica CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Santa Monica College Santa Monica CA 2-year public 27868
Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 7356
Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine Santa Barbara CA 4-year private, for-profit 101
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA 2-year public 13834
Santa Barbara Business College - Santa Maria Santa Maria CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 250
Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 276
Santa Barbara Business College Santa Barbara CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 276
Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA 2-year public 27571
San Mateo County Office of Education - Reg Occ Prog Redwood City CA Less than 2-year public No Data
San Mateo County Community College District Office San Mateo CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
San Jose State University San Jose CA 4-year public 26698
San Jose City College San Jose CA 2-year public 11295
San Jose - Evergreen Community College District San Jose CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
San Joaquin Valley College - Visalia Visalia CA 2-year private, for-profit 627
San Joaquin Valley College - Fresno Fresno CA 2-year private, for-profit 669
San Joaquin Valley College - Bakersfield Bakersfield CA 2-year private, for-profit 742
San Joaquin Valley College - Aviation - Fresno Fresno CA 2-year private, for-profit 123
San Joaquin General Hospital School of Rad Techn French Camp CA 2-year public 20
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA 2-year public 16973
San Joaquin College of Law Clovis CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 204
San Francisco Theological Seminary San Anselmo CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 637
San Francisco State University San Francisco CA 4-year public 26826
San Francisco Spca Pet Grooming College San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
San Francisco School of Travel San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
San Francisco School of Piano Tuning South San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
San Francisco School of Massage San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
San Francisco Law School San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
San Francisco Conservatory of Music San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 263
San Francisco Barber College San Francisco CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 625
San Fernando Beauty Academy Van Nuys CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 179
San Diego Urban League Training Center San Diego CA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
San Diego State University San Diego CA 4-year public 31609
San Diego Miramar College San Diego CA 2-year public 8439
San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA 2-year public 21233
San Diego Golf Academy Vista CA 2-year private, for-profit 173
San Diego Community College District - District Off San Diego CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
San Diego City College San Diego CA 2-year public 27165
San Diego Christian College El Cajon CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 675
San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino CA 2-year public 12025
San Bernardino Community College District San Bernardino CA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
San Bernardino Bible College Colton CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Samuel Merritt College Oakland CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 693
Samra University of Oriental Medicine Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 344
Salon Success Academy Corona CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 27
Salinas Beauty College Salinas CA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Saint Patricks Seminary Menlo Park CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 123
Saint Marys College of California Moraga CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 4150
Saint Johns Seminary Camarillo CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 74
Saint Johns Hospital School of Radiologic Techn Oxnard CA 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Sage College Moreno Valley CA 2-year private, for-profit 348
Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA 2-year public 18563
Sacramento County Regional Occupational Program Mather CA Less than 2-year public No Data
Sacramento City College Sacramento CA 2-year public 20878

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

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