California Colleges and Universities


Colleges and Universities in California

California residents flock to the state's beaches, wine country and mountain getaways to take advantage of California's natural bounty. With its famously mild climate, glamorous cities and plenty of activities within easy reach, California is a great place to pursue higher education. Residents can find a wide variety of public and private universities as well as schools specifically geared toward legal, medical and even seminary training. Cal-Poly State University in San Louis Obispo is one of the state's 23 campus schools and provides an education in areas such as aerospace engineering, architecture, biomedical engineering, computer science, and more. Of course, for those who want to make their film dreams come true, an education with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television or the Los Angeles Acting School could be exactly what is needed.

Acting on your career dreams: Life after school

California has the eighth largest economy in the world, according to the Governor's Office of Economic Development, and is a leader in science and technology--think Google!--high-tech exports, foreign direct investments, and research and development. The largest employment falls within the sectors of government, trade, transportation and utilities, and professional and business services.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (, 2012), many occupations in California are expected to grow by 20 percent or more during the 2010 to 2020 decade. This growth is expected to occur for computer software engineers working in applications, database administrators, environmental engineers, home health aides, networks systems and data communications analysts, respiratory therapists, and more. reports that as of May 2011 the mean annual wages for some of these occupations were:

  1. Database administrators: $83.080
  2. Environmental engineers: $91,050
  3. Home health aides: $23,410
  4. Network and computer systems administrators: $82,750
  5. Respiratory therapists: $69,930
  6. Software developers, applications: $104,450

You don't need to have a star on Hollywood Boulevard to attest to career success. An education with one of the universities, colleges or training centers in California could develop your talent so you can shine in your own right.

See also: California Vocational Schools and Career Training

Directory of California Colleges & Universities

Campus & Online Schools Accepting Students from California

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Other Colleges & Universities in California

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Alliant International University
San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Mexico City. Clinical Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Business, Education, Forensics, International Studies
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Hollywood, California; also New York
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, California (formerly University of Judaism and Brandeis-Bardin Institute)
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa and satellite locations, California
Bethany University
Scotts Valley, California
Bethesda Christian University
Anaheim, California
Biola University
La Mirada, California
Butte College
Oroville, California
California Baptist University
Riverside, California
California Christian College
Fresno, California
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, California
California Maritime Academy
Vallejo, California
California State University - Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Central California School of Continuing Education
San Luis Obispo, California
Cerritos College
Norwalk, California
Chabot College
Hayward, California
Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, California
Chapman University
Orange, California
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, California
Citrus College
Glendora, California
Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California; also Kansas City
Coastline Community College
Fountain Valley, California; also numerous satellite centers in Orange County
Cogswell Polytechnical College
Sunnyvale, California
College of Alameda
Alameda, California
College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita, California
College of the Desert
Palm Desert, California
College of the Redwoods
Eureka, California
College of the Sequoias
Visalia, California
College of the Siskiyous
Weed, Yreka, California
Copper Mountain College
Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, California
Crafton Hills College
Yucaipa, California
Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, California
Cypress College
Cypress, California
De Anza College
Cupertino, California
Design Institute of San Diego
San Diego, California
Diablo Valley College
Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, California
Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA
Don Bosco Technical Institute
Rosemead, California
El Camino College
Torrance, California
El Camino College Compton Center
Compton, California
Feather River Community College District
Quincy, California
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, California
Gavilan College
Gilroy, California
Grossmont College
El Cajon, California
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, California
Holy Names University
Oakland, California
Hope International University
Fullerton, California
Humboldt State University
Arcata, California
Imperial Valley College
Imperial, California
Irvine Valley College
Irvine, California
Laguna College of Art and Design
Laguna Beach, California
Lassen Community College
Susanville, California