Colleges in California

California boasts numerous colleges and universities, including some of the most lauded institutions in the country.

The state features nine University of California (UC) campuses, which provide world-class educational and research opportunities for undergraduates and graduates. The UC schools include over 200,000 students and 120,000 faculty and staff.

The Golden State also features 23 California State University campuses, the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. There are 437,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff in the CSU schools.

The 75 independent, nonprofit California colleges and universities offer diverse and truly unique educational opportunities for over 240,000 students. Located throughout the state and featuring renowned institutions, such as Stanford University and the University of Southern California, this group of colleges and universities includes nearly 28,000 faculty members and over 350 degree programs. Many specialize in a particular academic focus, such as technology or liberal arts, while others cater to characteristics of the student body, such as faith or gender.

  • Stanford University

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    Stanford, CA 94305
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    Younger than the Ivies and sunnier, too, Stanford has become the nation's most selective institution by providing a world-class education to those dreaming of Silicon… learn more

    Great Facilities, Heavy Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Research University
  • California Institute Of Technology

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    1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125
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    Engineering,Computer Science and Mathematics are among the most popular majors at California Institute of Technology, located in sunny Pasadena, CA. Often compared to other… learn more

    Heavy Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Research University, Undergraduate Professions Focus
  • Pomona College

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    550 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
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    The most selective of California's Claremont Colleges, Pomona deserves its place amid the top liberal arts colleges in the nation; however, it does have distinct… learn more

    Great Facilities, Baccalaureate College, Heavy Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Liberal Arts College
  • Harvey Mudd College

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    301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711
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    With such a name and a founding mission to integrate math, science and engineering with the open-ended inquiry valued in a liberal arts education, Harvey Mudd College is… learn more

    Baccalaureate College, Heavy Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Liberal Arts College, Undergraduate Professions Focus
  • University Of California-Berkeley

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    200 California Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
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    The University of California was once the envy of all interested in low-cost, high-quality public higher education. The reputation of Berkeley may have reached its zenith… learn more

    Heavy Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Land Grant, Research University
  • University Of Southern California

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    University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
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    Once known at the University of Spoiled Children, USC has long since raised its standards to where most students have to work hard to get in, and harder still once on… learn more

    Sports Culture, Research University, Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Undergraduate Professions Focus
  • University Of California-Los Angeles

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    405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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    The distinguished Los Angeles campus of the University of California enrolls about 27,000 undergraduate students, and offers a wide range of programs including respected… learn more

    Heavy Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Research University
  • Claremont McKenna College

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    500 E 9th St, Claremont, CA 91711
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    If I had a personal talk with God about creating a great school, He would create CMC," says an obviously satisfied student at truly exceptional Claremont McKenna College in… learn more

    Baccalaureate College, Heavy Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Liberal Arts College
  • University Of California-San Diego

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    9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
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    The San Diego campus of the University of California is actually located in the quaint community of La Jolla. UCSD offers a solid liberal arts and science education, and… learn more

    Heavy Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Research University
  • Scripps College

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    1030 North Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
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    Scripps College is the women's college in the Claremont Colleges cluster (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps). Overall, 2500 courses are available… learn more

    Great Facilities, Baccalaureate College, Heavy Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Liberal Arts College
  • University Of California-Irvine

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    501 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697
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    The Irvine campus of the University of California is located about an hour from Los Angeles, and provides a research oriented education in the arts and sciences. Irvine's… learn more

    Great Facilities, Heavy Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Research University
  • Pitzer College

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    1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
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    Pitzer is a place for individuals," and by far the most "flexible" and liberal of the five Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps).… learn more

    Arts Culture, Baccalaureate College, Heavy Undergraduate Arts And Sciences Focus, Liberal Arts College

Facts About Colleges in California

  • There are 427 Colleges in California.
  • The average size of Colleges in California is 5,063 students.

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