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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    In 1876, former California Governor Leland Stanford purchased 650 acres of Rancho San Francisquito for a country home and began the development of his famous Palo Alto… learn more

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

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    1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125
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    The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students… learn more

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

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    550 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711
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    Throughout its history, Pomona College has educated men and women of exceptional promise. We gather students, regardless of financial circumstances, into a small… learn more

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

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    301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711
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    Our name is Mudd, and we're proud of it. We're one of the premier math, science and engineering colleges in the nation. We're also unique because we are a liberal arts… learn more

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

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    200 California Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
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    Founded in the wake of the gold rush by leaders of the newly established 31st state, the University of California's flagship campus at Berkeley has become one of the… learn more

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

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    University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
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    The University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts,… 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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    UCLA represents the very best of what a university can be--a diverse community of talented people who enrich our society through education, research and service. Our… learn more

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

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    500 E 9th St, Claremont, CA 91711
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    Established in 1946, Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is a highly selective, independent, coeducational, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college with a curricular… learn more

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

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    9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
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    UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who… learn more

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

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    1030 North Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
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    Scripps College is frequently described as one of America's most beautiful college campuses. The successful placement of buildings in a lush garden landscape and the… learn more

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

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    501 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697
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    Founded in 1965, the University of California, Irvine combines the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location.… learn more

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

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    1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
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    Pitzer College produces engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world through an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary liberal arts education emphasizing social… learn more

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

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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