California Online Colleges & Universities

California is well known for its higher education system and expanding distance learning options. From community colleges to UC Online courses to prestigious private universities such as Stanford, California colleges and universities strive to offer students—both online and campus-based—high quality education that meets the needs of the state’s diverse population and job market demands.

 
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Monterey Park, California
$1,218 56,395 2 Year Public No +
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San Francisco, California
N/A 48,279 2 Year Public No +
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Sacramento, California
N/A 47,974 2 Year Public No +
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Santa Ana, California
$1,104 47,065 2 Year Public No +
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Santa Monica, California
$1,104 42,660 2 Year Public No +
6. $11,220 42,057 4 Year Public No +
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Los Angeles, California
$43,722 41,924 4 Year Private YES +
8. $5,472 39,844 4 Year Public YES +
9. $11,220 39,459 4 Year Public No +
10. $5,970 39,103 4 Year Public YES +
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Best Colleges for Future Service Members

California has more than sunny skies and beaches to offer prospective students. California is also home to some of the best universities for students interested in serving their country. Along with a vast choice of degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students, many of these universities also possess impressive ROTC programs. No matter your degree goals, if you are service-oriented, our list is sure to help you find a perfect match. Below are all of the non-profit California schools that offer four-year degrees,and offer at least two ROTC programs. Also noted are the schools that cost less than $20,000 per year, while still offering ROTC programs for Army, Navy, and/or Air Force. Congrats to these excellent California colleges for providing their students affordable education amidst superb service opportunities.

College Name Tuition City ROTC - Army ROTC - Navy ROTC - Air Force
California State University-Los Angeles $5,472 Los Angeles Yes Yes Yes
San Diego State University $5,472 San Diego Yes Yes Yes
California State University-San Marcos $5,472 San Marcos Yes Yes Yes
University of California-Berkeley $11,220 Berkeley Yes Yes Yes
University of California-Davis $11,220 Davis Yes Yes Yes
University of California-Los Angeles $11,220 Los Angeles Yes Yes Yes
California State University-San Bernardino $5,472 San Bernardino Yes No Yes
California State University-Dominguez Hills $5,472 Carson Yes No Yes
California State University-Fresno $5,472 Fresno Yes No Yes
California State University-Long Beach $5,472 Long Beach Yes No Yes
California State University-Sacramento $5,472 Sacramento Yes No Yes
San Francisco State University $5,472 San Francisco Yes No Yes
San Jose State University $5,472 San Jose Yes No Yes
Sonoma State University $5,472 Rohnert Park Yes No Yes
California Maritime Academy $5,472 Vallejo No Yes Yes
University of California-Irvine $11,220 Irvine Yes No Yes
University of California-Riverside $11,220 Riverside Yes No Yes
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Best Colleges for Personal Attention

Colleges and universities in California offer a true range of high-end programs to students, whether they're looking for a school with a broad range of degrees and certificates or a training program offering one focused subject. Regardless of what they're looking for in their education, many students in California are searching for colleges and universities that boast a high enrollment without overcrowding problems. The California colleges below make the cut, each offering enrollment over 5,000 and less than 20 students per instructor, on average. Congratulations to these four-year, non-profit California colleges and universities that feature the state's best student-teacher ratio.

College Name Student-Teacher-Ratio Undergraduate Students Tuition Type City
La Sierra University 20 to 1 2,216 $27,180 Private not-for-profit Riverside
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary 19 to 1 361 $7,800 Private not-for-profit Oakland
San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus 19 to 1 801 $5,472 Public Calexico
University of California-Riverside 19 to 1 19,795 $11,220 Public Riverside
University of California-Irvine 19 to 1 23,765 $11,220 Public Irvine
University of California-San Diego 19 to 1 24,835 $11,220 Public La Jolla
Palo Alto University 18 to 1 171 $14,348 Private not-for-profit Palo Alto
California Baptist University 18 to 1 5,076 $25,090 Private not-for-profit Riverside
University of California-Santa Cruz 18 to 1 16,977 $11,220 Public Santa Cruz
San Diego Christian College 17 to 1 794 $23,824 Private not-for-profit El Cajon
Patten University 17 to 1 1,484 $8,036 Private not-for-profit Oakland
Vanguard University of Southern California 17 to 1 2,454 $28,500 Private not-for-profit Costa Mesa
Biola University 17 to 1 4,628 $31,004 Private not-for-profit La Mirada
University of La Verne 17 to 1 5,935 $33,350 Private not-for-profit La Verne
University of California-Santa Barbara 17 to 1 20,236 $11,220 Public Santa Barbara
University of California-Berkeley 17 to 1 28,774 $11,220 Public Berkeley
California Institute of Integral Studies 16 to 1 121 $24,960 Private not-for-profit San Francisco
Columbia College Hollywood 16 to 1 354 $18,375 Private not-for-profit Tarzana
California Lutheran University 16 to 1 3,026 $33,910 Private not-for-profit Thousand Oaks
Fresno Pacific University 16 to 1 3,314 $24,960 Private not-for-profit Fresno
University of San Francisco 16 to 1 6,870 $38,490 Private not-for-profit San Francisco
University of California-Davis 16 to 1 27,171 $11,220 Public Davis
University of California-Los Angeles 16 to 1 29,421 $11,220 Public Los Angeles
Pacific States University 15 to 1 24 $18,740 Private not-for-profit Los Angeles
Southern California Institute of Architecture 15 to 1 250 $33,276 Private not-for-profit Los Angeles
Golden Gate University-San Francisco 15 to 1 679 $14,160 Private not-for-profit San Francisco
Menlo College 15 to 1 742 $35,510 Private not-for-profit Atherton
California Maritime Academy 15 to 1 901 $5,472 Public Vallejo
Marymount College 15 to 1 1,031 $28,220 Private not-for-profit Rancho Palos Verdes
Simpson University 15 to 1 1,162 $22,400 Private not-for-profit Redding
Concordia University-Irvine 15 to 1 1,843 $27,900 Private not-for-profit Irvine
University of Redlands 15 to 1 3,894 $39,038 Private not-for-profit Redlands
University of San Diego 15 to 1 5,853 $39,486 Private not-for-profit San Diego
South Baylo University 14 to 1 248 $7,650 Private not-for-profit Anaheim
Antioch University-Los Angeles 14 to 1 267 $25,080 Private not-for-profit Culver City
Azusa Pacific Online University 14 to 1 308 $14,400 Private not-for-profit Glendora
Alliant International University 14 to 1 469 $14,880 Private not-for-profit San Diego
Holy Names University 14 to 1 990 $31,260 Private not-for-profit Oakland
Hope International University 14 to 1 1,230 $26,544 Private not-for-profit Fullerton
Pacific Union College 14 to 1 1,980 $25,740 Private not-for-profit Angwin
Chapman University 14 to 1 5,747 $41,040 Private not-for-profit Orange
California Christian College 13 to 1 43 $8,060 Private not-for-profit Fresno
William Jessup University 13 to 1 1,132 $21,452 Private not-for-profit Rocklin
Notre Dame de Namur University 13 to 1 1,321 $30,202 Private not-for-profit Belmont
Whittier College 13 to 1 1,680 $38,280 Private not-for-profit Whittier
Point Loma Nazarene University 13 to 1 2,494 $28,900 Private not-for-profit San Diego
Mount St. Mary’s College 13 to 1 2,524 $31,924 Private not-for-profit Los Angeles
Pepperdine University 13 to 1 3,622 $42,520 Private not-for-profit Malibu
University of the Pacific 13 to 1 4,086 $37,800 Private not-for-profit Stockton
Santa Clara University 13 to 1 5,620 $40,572 Private not-for-profit Santa Clara
Azusa Pacific University 13 to 1 6,394 $30,236 Private not-for-profit Azusa
Touro University Worldwide 12 to 1 127 $15,960 Private not-for-profit Los Alamitos
Epic Bible College 12 to 1 390 $10,755 Private not-for-profit Sacramento
Pitzer College 12 to 1 1,131 $43,136 Private not-for-profit Claremont
Westmont College 12 to 1 1,389 $35,920 Private not-for-profit Santa Barbara
Saint Marys College of California 12 to 1 3,180 $38,300 Private not-for-profit Moraga
Brandman University 12 to 1 5,878 $10,243 Private not-for-profit Irvine
Stanford University 12 to 1 8,264 $41,250 Private not-for-profit Stanford
Antioch University-Santa Barbara 11 to 1 208 $16,812 Private not-for-profit Santa Barbara
King’s University 11 to 1 311 $8,280 Private not-for-profit Van Nuys
Thomas Aquinas College 11 to 1 365 $23,600 Private not-for-profit Santa Paula
Laguna College of Art and Design 11 to 1 462 $25,000 Private not-for-profit Laguna Beach
San Francisco Art Institute 11 to 1 511 $35,748 Private not-for-profit San Francisco
Mills College 11 to 1 1,007 $38,850 Private not-for-profit Oakland
California College of the Arts 11 to 1 1,633 $38,448 Private not-for-profit Oakland
Dominican University of California 11 to 1 1,843 $38,600 Private not-for-profit San Rafael
Loyola Marymount University 11 to 1 6,395 $38,212 Private not-for-profit Los Angeles
Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre 10 to 1 34 $12,000 Private not-for-profit Blue Lake
Horizon University 10 to 1 84 $6,300 Private not-for-profit San Diego
John Paul the Great Catholic University 10 to 1 160 $23,400 Private not-for-profit San Diego
Pacific Oaks College 10 to 1 355 $17,664 Private not-for-profit Pasadena
Scripps College 10 to 1 1,052 $43,406 Private not-for-profit Claremont
Occidental College 10 to 1 2,191 $43,490 Private not-for-profit Los Angeles
Woodbury University 10 to 1 2,303 $31,925 Private not-for-profit Burbank
John F Kennedy University 9 to 1 421 $14,500 Private not-for-profit Pleasant Hill
Soka University of America 9 to 1 441 $27,214 Private not-for-profit Aliso Viejo
Samuel Merritt University 9 to 1 842 $39,456 Private not-for-profit Oakland
Southern California University of Health Sciences 9 to 1 866 $ Private not-for-profit Whittier
The Master’s College and Seminary 9 to 1 1,245 $27,300 Private not-for-profit Santa Clarita
Claremont McKenna College 9 to 1 1,319 $43,840 Private not-for-profit Claremont
Art Center College of Design 9 to 1 2,282 $35,052 Private not-for-profit Pasadena
National University 9 to 1 14,156 $11,736 Private not-for-profit La Jolla
University of Southern California 9 to 1 19,094 $43,722 Private not-for-profit Los Angeles
The University of America 8 to 1 22 $2,500 Private not-for-profit Murrieta
Harvey Mudd College 8 to 1 785 $44,159 Private not-for-profit Claremont
Pomona College 8 to 1 1,600 $41,120 Private not-for-profit Claremont
Providence Christian College 7 to 1 71 $21,936 Private not-for-profit Pasadena
World Mission University 7 to 1 158 $4,560 Private not-for-profit Los Angeles
San Francisco Conservatory of Music 7 to 1 190 $37,600 Private not-for-profit San Francisco
California Institute of the Arts 7 to 1 923 $38,438 Private not-for-profit Valencia
Otis College of Art and Design 7 to 1 1,200 $36,350 Private not-for-profit Los Angeles
University of the West 6 to 1 104 $8,400 Private not-for-profit Rosemead
Bethesda University of California 6 to 1 240 $8,200 Private not-for-profit Anaheim
Coleman University 6 to 1 1,024 $19,500 Private not-for-profit San Diego
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School 5 to 1 59 $9,600 Private not-for-profit Redding
Southern California Seminary 5 to 1 123 $13,320 Private not-for-profit El Cajon
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science 4 to 1 125 $11,549 Private not-for-profit Los Angeles
American Jewish University 4 to 1 136 $25,992 Private not-for-profit Los Angeles
California Institute of Technology 3 to 1 1,013 $38,085 Private not-for-profit Pasadena
Loma Linda University 3 to 1 1,580 $27,600 Private not-for-profit Loma Linda
Bergin University of Canine Studies 2 to 1 25 $8,250 Private not-for-profit Santa Rosa
Monterey Institute of International Studies 1 to 1 17 $33,950 Private not-for-profit Monterey
American Conservatory Theater 1 to 1 80 $20,500 Private not-for-profit San Francisco
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Best Colleges for Women in Tech

Head west to California to find some of the nation’s best colleges for women in technology. Though STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) graduates earn the highest paychecks when entering the workforce, women have historically been a small percentage of these graduating classes. But, at the following California colleges, women enjoy a healthy percentage of the degree population. Furthermore, many schools now offer mentorship programs for new female tech students to learn from more experienced female students. Some schools are even creating communities for tech women by offering all-female student residences. Women in technology fields are also encouraged by these colleges to find role models through field-related conferences and through college-funded centers that focus on women in technology. We’ve catalogued the very best California colleges for women in technology and engineering, and listed them below. Click here to view our methodology.

College Name Tuition + Fees City Women in Tech Degrees Awarded Total Enrollment Institution Type
Stanford University $42,225 Stanford 493 15,294 Private Not for Profit
University of Southern California $44,463 Los Angeles 444 33,082 Private Not for Profit
University of California-Berkeley $12,874 Berkeley 331 34,450 Public
San Jose State University $6,852 San Jose 290 23,054 Public
University of California-Los Angeles $12,692 Los Angeles 269 38,128 Public
University of California-Davis $13,877 Davis 266 30,449 Public
University of California-San Diego $13,217 La Jolla 225 27,677 Public
University of California-Irvine $13,122 Irvine 190 26,344 Public
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo $8,043 San Luis Obispo 175 17,843 Public
Santa Clara University $40,572 Santa Clara 132 6,963 Private Not for Profit
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona $6,125 Pomona 127 17,417 Public
California State University-Northridge $6,296 Northridge 99 27,763 Public
California State University-Long Beach $6,052 Long Beach 82 27,356 Public
San Diego State University $6,578 San Diego 77 25,091 Public
University of California-Riverside $12,960 Riverside 71 20,322 Public
California Institute of Technology $39,588 Pasadena 70 2,231 Private Not for Profit
California State University-Los Angeles $6,101 Los Angeles 69 16,359 Public
California State University-Fullerton $6,195 Fullerton 66 26,824 Public
National University $11,736 La Jolla 64 7,721 Private Not for Profit
Naval Postgraduate School N/A Monterey 56 1,783 Public
Northwestern Polytechnic University $8,170 Fremont 55 652 Private Not for Profit
International Technological University N/A San Jose 48 843 Private Not for Profit
California State University-Chico $6,890 Chico 45 14,422 Public
University of California-Santa Barbara $13,671 Santa Barbara 44 21,199 Public
California State University-Sacramento $6,620 Sacramento 42 22,300 Public
Loyola Marymount University $39,125 Los Angeles 42 8,428 Private Not for Profit
California State University-Fresno $6,228 Fresno 41 18,430 Public
San Francisco State University $6,440 San Francisco 38 23,826 Public
California Institute of the Arts $39,014 Valencia 28 1,423 Private Not for Profit
University of California-Santa Cruz $13,416 Santa Cruz 26 16,926 Public
Harvey Mudd College $44,442 Claremont 25 780 Private Not for Profit
University of the Pacific $38,320 Stockton 21 5,987 Private Not for Profit
California State University-Dominguez Hills $6,095 Carson 20 8,980 Public
California State University-Channel Islands $6,216 Camarillo 20 3,417 Public
Pepperdine University $42,772 Malibu 18 5,333 Private Not for Profit
Loma Linda University N/A Loma Linda 17 3,515 Private Not for Profit
University of San Francisco $38,884 San Francisco 16 9,053 Private Not for Profit
Humboldt State University $7,135 Arcata 15 7,241 Public
Brandman University N/A Irvine 15 2,739 Private Not for Profit
University of California-Merced $13,070 Merced 13 5,158 Public
California State University-San Marcos $6,452 San Marcos 11 7,677 Public
University of San Diego $39,970 San Diego 11 6,969 Private Not for Profit
California State University-Monterey Bay $5,963 Seaside 11 4,639 Public
University of California-San Francisco N/A San Francisco 7 3,054 Public
California Maritime Academy $6,536 Vallejo 7 860 Public
Claremont McKenna College $44,085 Claremont 6 1,313 Private Not for Profit
California State University-East Bay $6,309 Hayward 5 10,506 Public
California College of the Arts $38,798 Oakland 5 1,856 Private Not for Profit
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Colleges Fighting for Families

California is home to some of the best programs for those students who are focused on families within the social work curriculum. These California colleges fully prepare their students for a career centered on children, youth, and families. With one of the largest job market growth rates in any field, social work is an excellent degree choice, and these California colleges are the best places to earn that diploma. These programs grant access to both class and clinical settings, and offer unsurpassed internships in preparation for a career helping families. These schools also provide amazing scholarship opportunities, and an array of field study openings. Based on awards, rankings, facilities, and academic opportunities, we’ve compiled the very best California colleges for family-focused social work. These exceptional programs are listed below. Click here to view our methodology.

College Name City Social Degrees Awarded Women Men Tuition & Fees Total Enrollment
University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara 713 489 224 $13,671 21,199
University of Southern California Los Angeles 652 538 114 $44,463 33,082
California State University-Northridge Northridge 604 434 170 $6,296 27,763
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley 523 395 128 $12,874 34,450
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles 495 364 131 $12,692 38,128
California State University-Long Beach Long Beach 433 357 76 $6,052 27,356
California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles 387 294 93 $6,101 16,359
California State University-Sacramento Sacramento 376 300 76 $6,620 22,300
San Jose State University San Jose 356 278 78 $6,852 23,054
University of California-Irvine Irvine 342 230 112 $13,122 26,344
California State University-Fullerton Fullerton 333 269 64 $6,195 26,824
University of California-Davis Davis 296 209 87 $13,877 30,449
San Diego State University San Diego 272 217 55 $6,578 25,091
California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson 269 214 55 $6,095 8,980
University of California-Riverside Riverside 267 185 82 $12,960 20,322
University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz 262 188 74 $13,416 16,926
California State University-Fresno Fresno 256 208 48 $6,228 18,430
California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino 249 198 51 $6,327 13,996
San Francisco State University San Francisco 226 168 58 $6,440 23,826
California State University-East Bay Hayward 224 178 46 $6,309 10,506
California State University-Chico Chico 180 146 34 $6,890 14,422
University of California-San Diego La Jolla 177 126 51 $13,217 27,677
California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield 169 142 27 $6,709 6,726
California State University-Stanislaus Turlock 160 131 29 $6,582 7,129
Azusa Pacific University Azusa 138 116 22 $31,076 7,002
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona 128 90 38 $6,125 17,417
California State University-San Marcos San Marcos 123 101 22 $6,452 7,677
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park 109 77 32 $7,162 7,540
Humboldt State University Arcata 82 59 23 $7,135 7,241
Mount St. Mary’s College Los Angeles 79 78 1 $32,894 2,165
California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo 79 58 21 $6,216 3,417
Brandman University Irvine 70 55 15 N/A 2,739
University of San Diego San Diego 53 43 10 $39,970 6,969
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles 51 32 19 $39,125 8,428
University of San Francisco San Francisco 48 42 6 $38,884 9,053
Stanford University Stanford 45 31 14 $42,225 15,294
Biola University La Mirada 40 33 7 $31,004 4,912
Loma Linda University Loma Linda 40 35 5 N/A 3,515
Santa Clara University Santa Clara 34 25 9 $40,572 6,963
Occidental College Los Angeles 30 25 5 $44,570 2,117
California Baptist University Riverside 27 23 4 $26,900 4,398
Chapman University Orange 26 20 6 $42,084 6,449
Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa 23 19 4 $28,500 1,550
University of La Verne La Verne 22 13 9 $33,350 4,908
Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego 22 14 8 $29,510 2,927
National University La Jolla 21 18 3 $11,736 7,721
University of Redlands Redlands 21 17 4 $39,338 3,579
Pepperdine University Malibu 20 18 2 $42,772 5,333
University of the Pacific Stockton 19 13 6 $38,320 5,987
Pitzer College Claremont 18 14 4 $43,402 1,058
Saint Marys College of California Moraga 18 11 7 $38,450 3,342
Fresno Pacific University Fresno 17 14 3 $25,336 2,658
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont 17 14 3 $30,522 1,004
Pomona College Claremont 17 10 7 $41,438 1,572
Mills College Oakland 16 16 $40,080 1,407
University of California-Merced Merced 16 11 5 $13,070 5,158
Westmont College Santa Barbara 15 15 $37,020 1,339
Whittier College Whittier 15 11 4 $38,640 2,156
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks 13 12 1 $34,360 3,395
La Sierra University Riverside 12 11 1 $28,314 1,890
Alliant International University San Diego 11 4 7 $15,190 2,327
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo 10 8 2 $8,043 17,843
Pacific Union College Angwin 7 6 1 $26,640 1,358
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