List of colleges and universities in California

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This is a list of colleges and universities in California.

Federal institutions[edit]

Graduate institutions[edit]

Other academic institutions[edit]

State institutions[edit]

Two-year institutions[edit]

Four-year institutions[edit]

University of California[edit]

Name City County System Founded
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley Alameda University of California 1868
University of California, Davis Davis Yolo University of California 1908
University of California, Irvine Irvine Orange University of California 1965
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles University of California 1919
University of California, Merced Merced Merced County University of California 2005
University of California, Riverside Riverside Riverside University of California 1954
University of California, San Diego La Jolla, San Diego San Diego University of California 1960
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara-Goleta Santa Barbara University of California 1891**
University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Santa Cruz University of California 1965

California State University[edit]

Name City County System Founded
California Maritime Academy Vallejo Solano California State University 1929
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo California State University 1901*
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona Los Angeles California State University 1938
California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield Kern California State University 1965
California State University, Channel Islands Camarillo Ventura County California State University 2002
California State University, Chico Chico Butte California State University 1887
California State University, Dominguez Hills Carson Los Angeles California State University 1960
California State University, East Bay Hayward Alameda California State University 1959
California State University, Fresno Fresno Fresno California State University 1911
California State University, Fullerton Fullerton Orange California State University 1957
California State University, Long Beach Long Beach Los Angeles California State University 1949
California State University, Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles California State University 1947
California State University, Monterey Bay Seaside Monterey California State University 1994
California State University, Northridge Northridge Los Angeles California State University 1958
California State University, Sacramento Sacramento Sacramento County California State University 1947
California State University, San Bernardino San Bernardino San Bernardino California State University 1965
California State University, San Marcos San Marcos San Diego California State University 1988
California State University, Stanislaus Turlock Stanislaus California State University 1957
Humboldt State University Arcata Humboldt California State University 1913
San Diego State University San Diego San Diego California State University 1897
San Francisco State University San Francisco San Francisco California State University 1899
San Jose State University San Jose Santa Clara California State University 1857
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park Sonoma California State University 1960

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo was originally founded as a vocational high school. It became a vocational school in 1924, and then started awarding bachelor's degrees in 1940.

University of California, Santa Barbara was originally founded in 1891 as an independent teachers' college. It joined the University of California system in 1944.

State graduate institutions[edit]

Private colleges and universities[edit]

Name City Founded Type Focus Affiliation
Academy of Art University San Francisco 1929 for-profit Arts
Alliant International University* San Diego 1952 non-profit
American Heritage University of Southern California* San Bernardino 2003 Law
American Jewish University Los Angeles 1947 non-profit Judaism
Antioch University* Culver City 1972 non-profit Liberal Arts
Argosy University Alameda 2001 for-profit
Art Center College of Design Pasadena 1930 non-profit Arts
The Art Institute of California - San Francisco San Francisco 1997 for-profit Arts
Azusa Pacific University Azusa 1899 non-profit Christian (Interdomintional)
Berean Bible College Poway 1971 non-profit Charismatic Christianity
Biola University La Mirada 1908 non-profit Liberal Arts evangelical Christian
Brandman University Irvine 1958 non-profit
Brooks Institute Santa Barbara 1945 for-profit Visual Arts
California Baptist University Riverside 1950 non-profit California Southern Baptist Convention
California College of the Arts San Francisco 1907 Art, Design, Architecture, and Writing
California College San Diego* San Diego 1978 non-profit Arts
California Institute of the Arts Valencia 1961 for-profit Arts
California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco
California Institute of Technology Pasadena 1891 non-profit Research
International Technological University San Jose 1994 non-profit Business, Engineering
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks 1959 non-profit Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
California Miramar University San Diego 2005 for-profit Distance Education
California Pacific University Escondido 1979 Distance Learning
California South Bay University Sunnyvale 1976 Graduate
California Southern Law School Riverside 1971 Law
California University of Management and Technology San Jose
California University of Management and Sciences Anaheim
Chapman University Orange 1861 non-profit Research Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles 1966 non-profit HBCU
Claremont McKenna College Claremont 1946 non-profit Liberal Arts Claremont Colleges
Harvey Mudd College Claremont 1955 non-profit Liberal Arts Claremont Colleges
Pitzer College Claremont 1963 non-profit Liberal Arts Claremont Colleges
Pomona College Claremont 1887 non-profit Liberal Arts Claremont Colleges
Scripps College Claremont 1926 non-profit Women's Liberal Arts Claremont Colleges
Claremont Graduate University Claremont 1925 non-profit Graduate Claremont Colleges
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences Claremont 1997 non-profit Graduate Claremont Colleges
Cogswell College Sunnyvale 1887 for-profit
Columbia College (Missouri)
Concordia University Irvine Irvine 1976 Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone St. Helena 1995 Culinary Arts The Culinary Institute of America
Deep Springs College Deep Springs 1917 Two Year
Dominican University of California San Rafael 1890 non-profit
Drexel University Sacramento Sacramento 2009 not-for-profit Satellite Campus Drexel University
Design Institute of San Diego
Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine Santa Monica 1983 Oriental Medicine
Epic Bible College (formerly Trinity Life Bible College) Sacramento 1974 Bible College non-denominational
Fresno Pacific University Fresno 1944 Liberal Arts Mennonite Brethren Church
Fuller Theological Seminary Pasadena 1947 Seminary
Golden Gate University San Francisco 1923 non-profit
Herguan University Sunnyvale 2008
Holy Names University Oakland 1868 non-profit Roman Catholic
Hope International University Fullerton 1928 Christian
Hult International Business School San Francisco 1964 Business
Humphreys College Stockton 1896 non-profit Liberal Arts
ICDC College Culver City 1995 for-profit
Imago Dei College Oak Glen 2010 Liberal Arts Evangelical
John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill 1964 non-profit Non-traditional Students
John Paul the Great Catholic University San Diego 2003 Catholic
Laguna College of Art and Design Laguna Beach 1961 Fine Arts
La Sierra University Riverside 1922 Doctoral Seventh-day Adventist
Life Pacific College San Dimas 1923 Ministry International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
Lincoln University Oakland 1919 non-profit Business
Loma Linda University Loma Linda 1905 non-profit Health Sciences Seventh-day Adventist
Los Angeles College of Music Los Angeles 1996 for-profit Music
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles 1911 non-profit Jesuit, Marymount
Master's College Newhall 1927 Christian Liberal Arts Grace Community Church
Marymount California University Palos Verdes 1932 Liberal Arts Roman Catholic
Mayfield College (Closed) Cathedral City
Menlo College Atherton 1927 Business
Mills College Oakland 1852 Liberal Arts
Monterey Institute of International Studies Monterey 1955 International Studies
Mount St. Mary's College Los Angeles 1925 non-profit Liberal Arts Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
National Hispanic University San Jose
National University San Diego
NewSchool of Architecture and Design San Diego
New York Film Academy Universal City
Northwestern Polytechnic University Fremont
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont
Occidental College Los Angeles
Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles
Pacifica Graduate Institute Carpinteria
Pacific Oaks College Pasadena
Pacific Union College Angwin
Palo Alto University Palo Alto
Patten University Oakland
Pepperdine University Malibu 1937 non-profit Research Churches of Christ
Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego
Providence Christian College Pasadena
San Francisco Institute of Architecture Berkeley 1990 Architecture
Saint Mary's College of California Moraga 1863 non-profit Roman Catholic(De La Salle Brothers)
Samuel Merritt University Oakland
San Diego University for Integrative Studies Old Town 1999
San Diego Christian College El Cajon
San Joaquin College of Law Clovis
San Luis Rey College Oceanside
Santa Clara University Santa Clara 1851 non-profit Research Roman Catholic(Jesuit)
Saybrook University San Francisco
Silicon Valley University San Jose
Simpson University Redding
Soka University of America Aliso Viejo 2001 non-profit Liberal Arts Sōka University of Japan
Southern California Institute of Architecture Los Angeles 1972 non-profit Architecture
Southern States University San Diego
Stanford University Stanford 1891 non-profit Research
Starr King School for the Ministry Berkeley
Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula
Trinity International University
Touro University California Vallejo 1997 non-profit Health Science Judaism
University of La Verne La Verne 1891 non-profit Church of the Brethren
University of Northern California Santa Rosa
University of Philosophical Research Los Angeles (Online)
University of Redlands Redlands 1907 non-profit
University of the Pacific Stockton 1851 non-profit Research Non-sectarian
University of the People Pasadena 2009 non-profit Online
University of San Diego San Diego 1949 non-profit Doctoral Roman Catholic
University of San Francisco San Francisco 1859 non-profit Research Roman Catholic(Jesuit)
University of Southern California Los Angeles 1880 non-profit Research
University of West Los Angeles Inglewood 1966 for-profit Law
University of the West Rosemead 1990 non-profit Fo Guang Shan
Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa 1920 Liberal Arts
Western Seminary Sacramento Campus Sacramento
Western Seminary San Jose Campus Santa Clara
Western University of Health Sciences Pomona
Westmont College Santa Barbara 1937
Whittier College Whittier 1887
William Howard Taft University Santa Ana
William Jessup University Rocklin
Woodbury University Burbank 1884 non-profit
Zaytuna College Berkeley
International Technological University San Jose

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