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 1869
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 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 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 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-Marina Monterey California State University 1994
California State University, Northridge Northridge Los Angeles California State University 1958
California State University, Sacramento Sacramento Sacramento 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

State graduate institutions[edit]

Private colleges and universities[edit]

Name City County Founded Carnegie Classification[1] Type[2] Athletics Affiliation Notes
Academy of Art University San Francisco San Francisco 1929 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools for-profit NCAA Div. II --- Arts & Design
Alliant International University San Diego San Diego 1952 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity for-profit --- --- ---
American Heritage University of Southern California Ontario San Bernardino 2003 Not classified for-profit --- --- Business
American Jewish University Los Angeles Los Angeles 1947 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit --- Judaism ---
Anaheim University Anaheim Orange 1996 Not classified for-profit --- --- Graduate school
Antioch University Los Angeles Culver City Los Angeles 1972 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit --- --- ---
Argosy University-Inland Empire Ontario San Bernardino 2001 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity for-profit --- Argosy University No longer enrolling students
Argosy University-Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles 2001 Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs for-profit --- Argosy University ---
Argosy University-Orange County Orange Orange 2001 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity for-profit --- Argosy University ---
Argosy University-San Diego San Diego San Diego 2001 Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs for-profit --- Argosy University No longer enrolling students
Argosy University-San Francisco Bay Area San Francisco San Francisco 2001 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools for-profit --- Argosy University No longer enrolling students
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California various various 1997 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools non-profit --- Argosy University Arts & Design; 8 locations in California, 4 no longer enrolling students
Art Center College of Design Pasadena Los Angeles 1930 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools not-for-profit --- --- Arts & Design
Azusa Pacific University Azusa Los Angeles 1899 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity not-for-profit NCAA Div. II Christian (Inter-denominational) ---
Berean Bible College Poway San Diego 1971 Not classified --- --- Christian (non-denominational) Religion, unaccredited
Biola University La Mirada Los Angeles 1908 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity not-for-profit NAIA Evangelical Christian ---
Brandman University Irvine Orange 2009 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit --- --- ---
California Baptist University Riverside Riverside 1950 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. II Christian (Southern Baptist) ---
California College of the Arts San Francisco San Francisco 1907 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools not-for-profit --- --- Arts & Design
California College San Diego San Diego San Diego 1978 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools not-for-profit --- --- Healthcare, business & technology
[[California Health Sciences University] [[Clovis] [[Fresno County] 2012 Doctoral Universities: Health Professions Schools For-profit --- --- Healthcare, business & technology
California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco San Francisco 1968 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity not-for-profit --- --- ---
California Institute of Technology Pasadena Los Angeles 1891 Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity not-for-profit NCAA Div. III --- ---
California Institute of the Arts Valencia Los Angeles 1961 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools not-for-profit --- --- Arts, Music & Design
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks Ventura 1959 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. III Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ---
California Miramar University San Diego San Diego 2005 Special Focus Four-Year: Business & Management Schools for-profit --- --- Business
California South Bay University Sunnyvale Santa Clara 2007 Not classified --- --- --- unaccredited
California Southern University Costa Mesa Orange 1978 Not classified for-profit --- --- Online
California Southern Law School Riverside Riverside 1971 --- --- --- --- Last new students admitted Fall 2016[3]
California University of Management and Sciences Anaheim Orange 1998 Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs not-for-profit --- --- ---
California University of Management and Technology San Jose Santa Clara --- Not classified --- --- --- ---
Chapman University Orange Orange 1861 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. III Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ---
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Willowbrook Los Angeles 1966 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools not-for-profit --- HBCU Health sciences
Claremont Graduate University Claremont Los Angeles 1925 Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity not-for-profit --- Claremont Colleges ---
Claremont McKenna College Claremont Los Angeles 1946 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit NCAA Div. III Claremont Colleges ---
Cogswell College Sunnyvale Santa Clara 1887 Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields for-profit --- --- ---
Concordia University Irvine Irvine Orange 1976 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. II Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod ---
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone St. Helena Napa 1995 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Special Focus Institutions not-for-profit --- --- Culinary
Deep Springs College Deep Springs Inyo 1917 Not classified --- --- --- 2-year degree
Design Institute of San Diego San Diego San Diego 1977 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools for-profit --- --- Interior design
DeVry University of California various various 1931 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs for-profit --- --- 10 locations in California
Dominican University of California San Rafael Marin 1890 Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. II Roman Catholic (Dominican Order) ---
Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine Santa Monica Los Angeles 1983 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools not-for-profit --- --- Oriental medicine
Epic Bible College Sacramento Sacramento 1974 Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions not-for-profit --- Christian (non-denominational) ---
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles Los Angeles 1969 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools for-profit --- --- Design
Fresno Pacific University Fresno Fresno 1944 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. II Mennonite Brethren Church ---
Fuller Theological Seminary Pasadena Los Angeles 1947 Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions not-for-profit --- Christian (multidenominational) Religion
Golden Gate University San Francisco San Francisco 1901 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit --- --- ---
Graduate Theological Union Berkeley Alameda 1962 Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions not-for-profit --- --- multifaith
Harvey Mudd College Claremont Los Angeles 1955 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit NCAA Div. III Claremont Colleges Science & engineering
Herguan University Sunnyvale Santa Clara 2008 Not classified --- --- --- ---
Holy Names University Oakland Alameda 1868 Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs not-for-profit --- Roman Catholic (Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary) ---
Hope International University Fullerton Orange 1928 Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs not-for-profit --- Christian churches and churches of Christ ---
Hult International Business School San Francisco San Francisco 1964 Special Focus Four-Year: Business & Management Schools not-for-profit --- --- Business
Humphreys College Stockton San Joaquin 1896 Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields not-for-profit --- --- ---
Imago Dei College Oak Glen San Bernardino 2010 Not classified --- --- Evangelical ---
International Technological University San Jose Santa Clara 1994 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit --- --- ---
John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill Contra Costa 1964 Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs not-for-profit --- National University ---
John Paul the Great Catholic University Escondido San Diego 2003 Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields not-for-profit --- Roman Catholic ---
Keck Graduate Institute Claremont Los Angeles 1997 Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs not-for-profit --- Claremont Colleges ---
La Sierra University Riverside Riverside 1992 Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs not-for-profit --- Seventh-day Adventist Church ---
Laguna College of Art and Design Laguna Beach Orange 1961 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools not-for-profit --- --- Arts & Design
Life Pacific College San Dimas Los Angeles 1923 Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions not-for-profit NAIA International Church of the Foursquare Gospel ---
Lincoln University Oakland Alameda 1926 Special Focus Four-Year: Business & Management Schools not-for-profit --- --- ---
Loma Linda University Loma Linda San Bernardino 1905 Special Focus Four-Year: Medical Schools & Centers not-for-profit --- Seventh-day Adventist Church ---
Los Angeles College of Music Pasadena Los Angeles 1996 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools for-profit --- --- Music
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles Los Angeles 1911 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. I Roman Catholic (Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (Marymount Sisters), Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange) ---
Marymount California University Rancho Palos Verdes Los Angeles 1932 Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields not-for-profit NAIA Roman Catholic (Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary) ---
The Master's College and Seminary Santa Clarita Los Angeles 1927 Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs not-for-profit NAIA Christian (non-denominational) ---
Menlo College Atherton San Mateo 1927 Special Focus Four-Year: Business & Management Schools not-for-profit NAIA --- ---
Mills College Oakland Alameda 1852 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. III --- ---
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Monterey Monterey 1955 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit --- Middlebury College ---
Mount St. Mary's University Los Angeles Los Angeles 1925 Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs not-for-profit --- Roman Catholic (Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet) ---
National University La Jolla San Diego 1971 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit --- --- ---
New York Film Academy Los Angeles Los Angeles 1992 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools for-profit --- --- Film
NewSchool of Architecture and Design San Diego San Diego 1980 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools for-profit --- Laureate International Universities Arts & Design
Northwestern Polytechnic University Fremont Alameda 1984 Not classified not-for-profit --- --- Business & engineering
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont San Mateo 1851 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. II Roman Catholic (Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur) ---
Oak Valley College San Dimas San Bernardino 2016 Not classified not-for-profit --- Christian Business
Occidental College Los Angeles Los Angeles 1887 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit NCAA Div. III --- ---
Otis College of Art and Design Westchester Los Angeles 1918 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools not-for-profit --- --- Arts & Design
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary Berkeley Alameda 1950 Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions not-for-profit --- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, California Lutheran University ---
Pacific Oaks College Pasadena Los Angeles 1958 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Special Focus Institutions not-for-profit --- --- Education, psychology, social justice
Pacific School of Religion Berkeley Alameda 1866 Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions not-for-profit --- United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Disciples of Christ ---
Pacific Union College Angwin Napa 1882 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit NAIA Seventh-day Adventist Church ---
Pacifica Graduate Institute Santa Barbara Santa Barbara 1976 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools for-profit --- --- Psychology
Palmer College of Chiropractic (West Campus) San Jose Santa Clara 1980 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools not-for-profit --- --- Doctor of Chiropractic
Palo Alto University Palo Alto Santa Clara 1975 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools not-for-profit --- --- Psychology
Pardee RAND Graduate School Santa Monica Los Angeles 1970 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Special Focus Institutions not-for-profit --- --- Public policy
Patten University Oakland Alameda 1944 Baccalaureate Colleges (Diverse Fields) for-profit --- --- No longer enrolling students
Pepperdine University Malibu Los Angeles 1937 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity not-for-profit NCAA Div. I Churches of Christ ---
Pitzer College Claremont Los Angeles 1963 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit NCAA Div. III Claremont Colleges ---
Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego San Diego 1902 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. II Church of the Nazarene ---
Pomona College Claremont Los Angeles 1887 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit NCAA Div. III Claremont Colleges ---
Providence Christian College Pasadena Los Angeles 2002 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit --- Christian (non-denominational) ---
Saint Mary's College of California Moraga Contra Costa 1863 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. I Roman Catholic (De La Salle Brothers) ---
Samuel Merritt University Oakland Alameda 1909 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools not-for-profit --- --- Nursing, health sciences
San Diego Christian College Santee San Diego 1970 Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields not-for-profit NAIA Christian ---
San Diego University for Integrative Studies San Diego San Diego 1999 Not classified --- --- --- ---
San Francisco Institute of Architecture Berkeley Alameda 1990 Not classified --- --- --- Online
San Joaquin College of Law Clovis Fresno 1969 Special Focus Four-Year: Law Schools not-for-profit --- --- ---
Santa Clara University Santa Clara Santa Clara 1851 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. I Roman Catholic (Society of Jesus (Jesuits)) ---
Saybrook University Oakland Alameda 1971 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools --- --- --- Psychology & health sciences; Online
Scripps College Claremont Los Angeles 1926 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit NCAA Div. III Claremont Colleges ---
Simpson University Redding Shasta 1921 Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs not-for-profit NAIA Christian and Missionary Alliance ---
Soka University of America Aliso Viejo Orange 2001 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit NAIA --- ---
Southern California Institute of Architecture Los Angeles Los Angeles 1972 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools not-for-profit --- --- Architecture
Southern States University San Diego San Diego 1983 Not classified for-profit --- --- ---
Stanford University Stanford Santa Clara 1891 Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity not-for-profit NCAA Div. I FBS --- ---
Starr King School for Ministry Berkeley Alameda 1904 Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions not-for-profit --- Unitarian Universalist ---
Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula Ventura 1971 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit --- Roman Catholic ---
Touro University California Vallejo Solano 1997 Special Focus Four-Year: Medical Schools & Centers not-for-profit --- --- ---
Trident University International Cypress Orange 1998 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity for profit --- --- Online
University of Antelope Valley Lancaster Los Angeles 1997 Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate's for-profit NAIA --- ---
University of La Verne La Verne Los Angeles 1891 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity not-for-profit NCAA Div. III Church of the Brethren ---
University of Northern California Petaluma Sonoma 1993 --- --- --- --- Closed
University of Redlands Redlands San Bernardino 1907 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs not-for-profit NCAA Div. III --- ---
University of San Diego San Diego San Diego 1949 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity not-for-profit NCAA Div. I FCS Roman Catholic ---
University of San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco 1855 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity not-for-profit NCAA Div. I Roman Catholic (Society of Jesus (Jesuits)) ---
University of Southern California Los Angeles Los Angeles 1880 Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity not-for-profit NCAA Div. I FBS --- ---
University of the Pacific Stockton San Joaquin 1851 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity not-for-profit NCAA Div. I --- ---
University of the People Pasadena Los Angeles 2009 Not classified not-for-profit --- --- Online
University of the West Rosemead Los Angeles 1990 Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields not-for-profit --- --- ---
University of West Los Angeles Inglewood Los Angeles 1966 Special Focus Institutions (Law) not-for-profit --- --- Law & Business
Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa Orange 1920 Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs not-for-profit NAIA Assemblies of God ---
Western Seminary Sacramento Campus Sacramento Sacramento 1927 Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions not-for-profit --- Christian ---
Western Seminary San Jose Campus Santa Clara Santa Clara 1927 Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions not-for-profit --- Christian ---
Western State College of Law at Argosy University Fullerton Orange 1966 Special Focus Four-Year: Law Schools for-profit --- Argosy University Law
Western University of Health Sciences Pomona Los Angeles 1977 Special Focus Four-Year: Medical Schools & Centers not-for-profit --- --- ---
Westmont College Montecito Santa Barbara 1937 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit NAIA Evangelical Christian ---
Whittier College Whittier Los Angeles 1887 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus not-for-profit NCAA Div. III --- ---
William Jessup University Rocklin Sacramento 1939 Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields not-for-profit NAIA Evangelical Christian ---
Woodbury University Burbank Los Angeles 1884 Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs not-for-profit --- --- ---
Zaytuna College Berkeley Alameda 2008 Not classified not-for-profit --- Islam ---

Defunct institutions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Classification are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  2. ^ School types are based on the control classification of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  3. ^ "The Future of California Southern Law School". California Southern Law School. California Southern Law School. Retrieved 25 July 2018.

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