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    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

      Stanford University Save

      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 Valley riches, as well as those with Olympic medals on their minds. In fact, given ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • California Institute of Technology

      California Institute of Technology Save

      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 well-known tech schools like MIT, Caltech stands out due to its small size and favorable student-to-faculty ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Pomona College

      Pomona College Save

      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 differences from the others in the top handful. Not as intensely competitive in intercollegiate athletics ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Harvey Mudd College

      Harvey Mudd College Save

      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 indeed unique. Situated a short skateboard ride from Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Pomona ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of California-Berkeley

      University of California-Berkeley Save

      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 before the Vietnam-era campus protests that associated "Berzerkley" with nearby "People's Park," and the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Land Grant
    • University of Southern California

      University of Southern California Save

      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 campus—rather than cruise LA in convertibles, hoping for at ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Los Angeles

      University of California-Los Angeles Save

      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 pre-med programs. The educational and extracurricular opportunities on campus are vast, but require student initiative, and ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Claremont McKenna College

      Claremont McKenna College Save

      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 sunny Claremont, California. CMC - one of the five "Claremont Colleges" ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of California-San Diego

      University of California-San Diego Save

      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 its engineering and science programs are rated particularly high. For fun, ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Scripps College

      Scripps College Save

      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 to students here, and nearly all classes are "very small." Professors are accessible and receive high ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of California-Irvine

      University of California-Irvine Save

      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 programs in science are legendary. The beach is a mere five minutes ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Pitzer College

      Pitzer College Save

      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). The "not-exactly-gorgeous" campus is dotted with "student murals and the occasional hammock," but ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees

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    • There are 379 Colleges in California.

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