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 (bls.gov, 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. Bls.gov 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

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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 www.alliant.edu/
            American Academy of Dramatic Arts
            Hollywood, California; also New York www.aada.org
            American Jewish University
            Los Angeles, California (formerly University of Judaism and Brandeis-Bardin Institute) www.ajula.edu
            Azusa Pacific University
            Azusa and satellite locations, California www.remingtoncollege.edu
            Bethany University
            Scotts Valley, California www.bethany.edu
            Bethesda Christian University
            Anaheim, California www.bcu.edu
            Biola University
            La Mirada, California www.biola.edu
            Butte College
            Oroville, California www.butte.edu
            California Baptist University
            Riverside, California www.calbaptist.edu
            California Christian College
            Fresno, California www.calchristiancollege.org
            California Lutheran University
            Thousand Oaks, California www.callutheran.edu
            California Maritime Academy
            Vallejo, California www.csum.edu
            California State University - Fullerton
            Fullerton, CA www.fullerton.edu
            Central California School of Continuing Education
            San Luis Obispo, California www.ccsce.org
            Cerritos College
            Norwalk, California www.cerritos.edu
            Chabot College
            Hayward, California www.chabotcollege.edu
            Chaffey College
            Rancho Cucamonga, California www.chaffey.edu
            Chapman University
            Orange, California www.chapman.edu
            Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
            Los Angeles, California www.cdrewu.edu
            Citrus College
            Glendora, California www.citruscollege.edu
            Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles
            Los Angeles, California; also Kansas City www.cleveland.edu
            Coastline Community College
            Fountain Valley, California; also numerous satellite centers in Orange County www.coastline.edu
            Cogswell Polytechnical College
            Sunnyvale, California www.cogswell.edu
            College of Alameda
            Alameda, California alameda.peralta.edu
            College of the Canyons
            Santa Clarita, California www.canyons.edu
            College of the Desert
            Palm Desert, California www.collegeofthedesert.edu
            College of the Redwoods
            Eureka, California www.redwoods.edu
            College of the Sequoias
            Visalia, California www.cos.edu
            College of the Siskiyous
            Weed, Yreka, California www.siskiyous.edu
            Copper Mountain College
            Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, California www.cmccd.edu
            Crafton Hills College
            Yucaipa, California www.craftonhills.edu
            Cuesta College
            San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, California www.cuesta.edu
            Cypress College
            Cypress, California www.cypresscollege.edu
            De Anza College
            Cupertino, California www.deanza.edu
            Design Institute of San Diego
            San Diego, California www.disd.edu
            Diablo Valley College
            Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, California www.dvc.edu
            Dominican University of California
            San Rafael, CA www.dominican.edu
            Don Bosco Technical Institute
            Rosemead, California www.boscotech.edu
            El Camino College
            Torrance, California www.elcamino.edu
            El Camino College Compton Center
            Compton, California http://www.compton.edu
            Feather River Community College District
            Quincy, California www.frc.edu
            Fresno Pacific University
            Fresno, California www.fresno.edu
            Gavilan College
            Gilroy, California www.gavilan.edu
            Grossmont College
            El Cajon, California www.grossmont.edu
            Harvey Mudd College
            Claremont, California www.hmc.edu
            Holy Names University
            Oakland, California www.hnu.edu
            Hope International University
            Fullerton, California www.hiu.edu
            Humboldt State University
            Arcata, California www.humboldt.edu
            Imperial Valley College
            Imperial, California www.imperial.edu
            Irvine Valley College
            Irvine, California www.ivc.edu
            Laguna College of Art and Design
            Laguna Beach, California www.lagunacollege.edu
            Lassen Community College
            Susanville, California www.lassencollege.edu