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.

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  • Stanford University

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    Stanford, CA 94305
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    Stanford University boasts some of the brightest minds in the world. This is an Ivy-caliber university with a California atmosphere. The engineering, physical sciences, and… 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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    Arguably the best school in the country for science and technology, Caltech is also "a weird, wacky, wonderful place." Though some profs can't really teach at all, the… 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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    The overall environment is very conducive to learning at Pomona College, where students rave about everything from the financial aid office to the "incredible professors."… 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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    Students study over four hours a day on average at Harvey Mudd College, the engineering branch of the five Claremont Colleges (Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Scripps,… 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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    The Berkeley campus of the University of California offers a tremendously diverse education in the liberal arts, natural sciences, and technology. The school enrolls about… 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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    If you are looking for a "world-class university" with awesome facilities and a "strong academic reputation," check out the University of Southern California, which is… 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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    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… 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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    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… 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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    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… 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 the women's college in the Claremont Colleges cluster (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps). Overall, 2500 courses are available… 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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    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… 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 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).… 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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