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715 Colleges in California

So you want to attend college in California?

If California state is home for you, childhood aspirations or sports opportunities are just two of numerous reasons you may have for wanting to attend college locally.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top-ranking schools in California state were:

  1. Stanford University - located in Stanford, it was ranked 2nd in the nation
  2. University of California-Berkeley - located in Berkeley, it was ranked 5th in the nation
  3. University of California-Los Angeles - located in Los Angeles, it was ranked 5th in the nation

 

Programs Offered

Nearly 22.5% of California's 11,022,181 students are enrolled in one of the 3,169 bachelor's degree programs offered in the state. Another 57.3% of students are enrolled in one of California's 8,068 certificate or associate's degree programs. The remaining 20.2% of California college students are pursuing graduate-level degrees from one of California's 2,846 master's or Ph.D. level programs.

The most popular courses of study in California are:

  1. Healthcare - 10% of students graduated from healthcare programs
  2. Business - 6% of students graduated from business programs
  3. Liberal Arts - 6% of students graduated from liberal arts programs

Tuition

The average cost of in-state tuition at California schools was $6,196 per year in 2011, with highest tuition costs being $41,130 per year and the lowest being $624 per year. The highest tuition rates in California were charged at the following schools in 2011:

  1. Pitzer College - located in Claremont, it charged students a tuition of $41,130 per year
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, it charged students a tuition of $41,022 per year
  3. Occidental College - located in Los Angeles, it charged students a tuition of $40,939 per year

In 2011, the California schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. San Joaquin Delta College - located in Stockton, it charged students a tuition of $624 per year
  2. West Hills College Lemoore - located in Lemoore, it charged students a tuition of $624 per year
  3. Barstow Community College - located in Barstow, it charged students a tuition of $624 per year

Financial Aid

Students in California received $5,352,704,831 in financial aid in 2008. Institutional grants and scholarships accounted for 72% of this aid. In 2008, the schools providing the most institutional financial aid to students were:

California Student Demographics

California schools have an average student population of 4,236 students, with 106 schools having a population of over 10,000 students each. In 2010, the following the California colleges and universities had the largest student populations:

  1. University of California-Los Angeles - located in Los Angeles, it had 38,550 students
  2. Riverside Community College - located in Riverside, it had 36,586 students
  3. California State University-Fullerton - located in Fullerton, it had 36,262 students

The following the California colleges and universities had the smallest student populations:

  1. Career Development Institute - located in Los Angeles, it had 7 students
  2. Academy of Esthetics and Cosmetology - located in San Fernando, it had 15 students
  3. Bridges Academy of Beauty - located in Barstow, it had 17 students

Graduation Rates

In California, 896,133 students graduated from colleges and universities in 2010. The schools with the highest graduation rates in California in 2010 were:

  1. Universal College of Beauty Inc - located in Compton, it had a graduation rate of 100%
  2. Marinello Schools of Beauty - located in Sacramento, it had a graduation rate of 100%
  3. Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre - located in Blue Lake, it had a graduation rate of 100%

The schools with the lowest graduation rates in California were:

  1. Bryan College - located in Los Angeles, it had a graduation rate of 2%
  2. Humphreys College-Stockton and Modesto Campuses - located in Stockton, it had a graduation rate of 5%
  3. Sierra Valley Business College - located in Fresno, it had a graduation rate of 5%

Diversity

Overall, California schools have a relatively diverse student population, with an average of 66% of undergraduate students identifying themselves to be from a racial or ethnic minority background in 2009. The male to female ratio for undergraduates was 4 to 10. About 64% of undergraduate students at California schools were 24 years of age or younger. The following California colleges and universities had the greatest percentage of minority students:

  1. David's Academy of Beauty - located in Temple City, 100% of students were from minority backgrounds
  2. Professional Institute of Beauty - located in El Monte, 100% of students were from minority backgrounds
  3. Borner's Barber College - located in Los Angeles, 100% of students were from minority backgrounds

California Faculty Demographics

Like the students at California schools, the faculty at California colleges and universities is also diverse. In 2009, there were a total of 539,391 faculty members employed by California colleges and universities. Approximately 36% of them were from an ethnically-diverse background. The female to male ratio amongst California faculty was 1 to 1.

Faculty to Student Ratio

In 2009, on average for every 100 students, there were 13 faculty at California schools. The following colleges and universities in California schools had the largest faculty to student ratio:

  1. Elite Beauty College
  2. Virginia Sewing Machines and School Center
  3. Asian American International Beauty College

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Check out our list of the Top 50 Jobs in California!

Rank Occupation Num of Jobs Avg Salary Avg Salary (Nat'l) Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Retail Salespersons 429,730 $25,810 $25,000 -10.4%
2
Office Clerks, General 321,790 $31,090 $28,240 -19.5%
3
Registered Nurses 240,030 $87,480 $67,720 6.0%
4
General and Operations Managers 226,480 $128,440 $113,100 3.5%
5
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 184,090 $39,820 $35,340 -12.1%
6
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 176,110 $63,010 $54,330 -2.7%
7
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 173,130 $56,420 $50,770 -1.0%
8
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants 168,420 $49,760 $45,860 -17.1%
9
Security Guards 131,780 $26,790 $26,870 -3.7%
10
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 123,950 $36,940 $32,000 5.2%
11
Accountants and Auditors 118,550 $74,360 $68,960 1.4%
12
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers 117,310 $41,970 $39,890 -2.4%
13
Cooks, Fast Food 106,470 $19,140 $18,540 10.7%
14
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 106,240 $27,920 $25,140 7.0%
15
Cooks, Restaurant 94,910 $25,050 $23,260 3.9%
16
Construction Laborers 88,440 $40,220 $33,590 -27.6%
17
Medical Secretaries 84,420 $33,810 $31,820 99.3%
18
Medical Assistants 83,000 $31,260 $29,760 61.1%
19
Software Developers, Applications 78,150 $102,280 $90,410
20
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 75,730 $77,290 $55,620 5.0%
21
Management Analysts 68,450 $92,060 $87,260 22.5%
22
Lawyers 68,010 $155,740 $129,440 12.7%
23
Financial Managers 65,780 $130,040 $116,970 2.2%
24
Carpenters 63,610 $54,600 $43,890 -53.7%
25
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 62,850 $50,490 $41,360 19.8%
26
Home Health Aides 59,750 $22,790 $21,760 42.0%
27
Billing and Posting Clerks 57,470 $36,300 $33,270 1.3%
28
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 54,880 $42,690 $38,200 -21.3%
29
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 54,650 $62,970 $54,880 3.6%
30
Sales Managers 54,470 $120,310 $114,110 11.7%
31
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 45,990 $31,230 $29,200 0.4%
32
Dental Assistants 44,410 $35,290 $34,140 5.5%
33
Electricians 44,130 $59,650 $51,810 -25.4%
34
Correctional Officers and Jailers 44,120 $65,500 $42,780 30.7%
35
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 41,810 $75,000 $62,260 -30.6%
36
Computer and Information Systems Managers 38,380 $141,410 $123,280 9.4%
37
Managers, All Other 38,170 $122,380 $102,160 -6.9%
38
Civil Engineers 36,120 $94,970 $82,280 -6.3%
39
Computer Programmers 34,840 $84,470 $74,900
40
Social and Human Service Assistants 33,740 $35,040 $30,100 24.5%
41
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 33,040 $70,130 $71,280 -38.0%
42
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 32,770 $56,330 $50,360 -32.4%
43
Chief Executives 30,980 $198,710 $173,350 -13.7%
44
Food Service Managers 30,100 $52,030 $52,220 2.0%
45
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 29,920 $64,060 $60,160 -5.9%
46
Marketing Managers 29,730 $139,170 $122,720 -5.7%
47
Pharmacy Technicians 29,270 $37,280 $29,330 32.2%
48
Legal Secretaries 29,230 $49,940 $43,270 -19.9%
49
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 29,210 $63,110 $55,970 22.5%
50
Architectural and Engineering Managers 28,860 $144,940 $125,900 -16.0%