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
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 2-year public 27020
Santiago Canyon College Orange CA 2-year public 10039
Shasta College Redding CA 2-year public 9112
Sierra College Rocklin CA 2-year public 17517
Skyline College San Bruno CA 2-year public 8689
Solano Community College Fairfield CA 2-year public 10507
Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 2-year public 17994
Taft College Taft CA 2-year public 7331
Ventura College Ventura CA 2-year public 11837
Victor Valley Community College Victorville CA 2-year public 9221
West Hills Community College Coalinga CA 2-year public 4344
West Los Angeles College Culver City CA 2-year public 10404
West Valley College Saratoga CA 2-year public 10719
Yuba College Marysville CA 2-year public 10295
Academy of Art University San Francisco CA 4-year private, for-profit 5995
American College of Law Anaheim CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
American Graduate University Covina CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
American Institute of Hypnotherapy Santa Ana CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Argosy University - Orange Campus Santa Ana CA 4-year private, for-profit 50
Art Institute of California - Los Angeles Santa Monica CA 4-year private, for-profit 1185
Art Institute of California - San Diego San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit 280
Brooks Institute of Photography Santa Barbara CA 4-year private, for-profit 670
California Coast University Santa Ana CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
California Northern School of Law Chico CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
California Southern Law School Riverside CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Central California College School of Law Fresno CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Columbia Pacific University Novato CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Design Institute of San Diego San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit 358
Devry University Long Beach CA 4-year private, for-profit 4006
Devry University Fremont CA 4-year private, for-profit 4006
Devry University - Pomona Pomona CA 4-year private, for-profit 3674
Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine Santa Monica CA 4-year private, for-profit 334
Empire College School of Law Santa Rosa CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Glendale University College of Law Glendale CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Huron International University San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Institute for Medical Studies Inc Laguna Niguel CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies Westlake Village CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Institute of Computer Technology Los Angeles CA 4-year private, for-profit 329
Institute of Psychostructural Balancing San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Integrated Body Psychotherapy Rosenberg Kitaen Ctr Venice CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Interior Designers Institute Newport Beach CA 4-year private, for-profit 134
Internet Islamic University Los Angeles CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
ITT Technical Institute West Covina CA 4-year private, for-profit 849
ITT Technical Institute Hayward CA 4-year private, for-profit 447
ITT Technical Institute San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit 909
ITT Technical Institute Oxnard CA 4-year private, for-profit 503
ITT Technical Institute San Bernardino CA 4-year private, for-profit 817
ITT Technical Institute Rancho Cordova CA 4-year private, for-profit 476
ITT Technical Institute Anaheim CA 4-year private, for-profit 705
ITT Technical Institute Sylmar CA 4-year private, for-profit 591
Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University Fremont CA 4-year private, for-profit 2591
Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University Pamona CA 4-year private, for-profit 2591
Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit 2591
Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University Long Beach CA 4-year private, for-profit 2591
Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University Irvine CA 4-year private, for-profit 2591
Kensington University Glendale CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Larry H Layton School of Law Acton CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Lincoln Law School of Sacramento Sacramento CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
M & N Institutes Monterey Park CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Masters Institute San Jose CA 4-year private, for-profit 1131
Montessori Western Teacher Training Program Garden Grove CA 4-year private, for-profit 23
Mt Sierra College Monrovia CA 4-year private, for-profit 734
Musicians Institute Hollywood CA 4-year private, for-profit 586
Newport University Newport Beach CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Newschool of Architecture and Design San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit 144
Northwestern California University School of Law Sacramento CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Ola Grimsby Institute San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit 370
Pacific Southern University Los Angeles CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Pacific West College of Law Anaheim CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Pacific Western University Los Angeles CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Pacifica Graduate Institute Carpinteria CA 4-year private, for-profit 837
Peninsula University Evening School of Law Mountain View CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Professional School of Psychology Sacramento CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Promise Christian University Pasadena CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Remington College - San Diego San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit 180
Roth - Williams Center for Functional Occlusion Burlingame CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine Santa Barbara CA 4-year private, for-profit 101
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
Southern California Institute of Technology Anaheim CA 4-year private, for-profit 102
Southern California International College - Brea Brea CA 4-year private, for-profit 111
Southern California University for Prof Studies Santa Ana CA 4-year private, for-profit 672
Southern States University Huntington Beach CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
The Art Institute of California - San Francisco San Francisco CA 4-year private, for-profit 329
Thomas Jefferson School of Law San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit 575
University of Northern Ca - Lorenzo Patino Sch Law 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 Phoenix - Sacramento Valley Campus Sacramento CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Phoenix - San Diego Campus San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Phoenix - Southern California Campus Fountain Valley CA 4-year private, for-profit 18075
Western Sierra Law School San Diego CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Western State University - College of Law - Argosy Fullerton CA 4-year private, for-profit 501
William Howard Taft University Santa Ana CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Yuin University Compton CA 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences Oakland CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 167
Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College - Berkeley Berkeley CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 56
Agape Christian University Los Angeles CA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Alliant International University San Francisco CA 4-year private, not-for-profit 692

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

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