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Irvine Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Irvine Colleges and Schools

With a population of 250,384 in 2014, Irvine California has become a premier destination for young and old alike. As a center for outdoor recreation, Irvine boasts 19 community parks, 39 neighborhood parks, 155 acres of sports fields, and 5,600 acres of open space preservation areas. An amazing 64.9 percent of Irvine's adult residents ages 25-64 held a Bachelor's degree or higher through 2013, and more than 96 percent held a high school diploma. Further, the median household income in the area was $90,585 through 2013, which is much higher than the national average.

With such high levels of degree attainment, it's no wonder that Irvine offers so many colleges, trade schools, and community colleges. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, seven institutions of higher education call the area home, and they boast a combined enrollment of more than 55,000 students.

Colleges in Irvine, California


Brandman University

  • Tuition for 2014-15: $12,200
  • Books and Supplies: $1,752
  • Overall Graduation Rate: nearly 70%

With a total enrollment of 7,795 students in 2014, Brandman University aims to prepare as many Irvine residents for the workforce as possible. Current programs on their roster include online and traditional degrees in fields such as criminal justice, legal studies, information systems management and business administration. Many programs can be completed in a fully online format.


Concordia University - Irvine

  • Tuition for 2014-15: $30,640
  • Books and Supplies: $1,700
  • Overall Graduation Rate (Fall 2008): 56%

As a midsize school, Concordia University in Irvine has a lot to offer students seeking educational attainment. With an enrollment of 4,311 students, they offer Associate, Bachelor's, and graduate degrees in academic disciplines such as graphic design, international studies, economics, English and musical theater. In total, the school offers 20 undergraduate programs, nine graduate degrees, three adult bachelor's degree completion programs, and four nursing programs.


Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

  • Tuition for 2014-15: $29,930
  • Books and Supplies: $2,640
  • Overall Graduation Rate (Fall 2014): 81%

Located in Irvine, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising features a wide range of degree programs in subjects such as jewelry design, menswear, digital media, graphic design, and social media. Enrollment for 2014-15 included 156 students and the school boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1.


Irvine Valley College

  • Tuition for 2014-15: $1,326
  • Books and Supplies: $1,746
  • Overall Graduation Rate (Fall 2014): 79% for full-time students, 54% for part-time students

With 13,157 students in 2014, Irvine Valley was the area's largest among Irvine colleges. As a two-year career development institution, they offer a wide range of associate degrees and certificates in disciplines such as business, computer science, health care and technology.


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Irvine

  • Tuition for 2014-15: $22,680
  • Fees:$1,635
  • Overall Graduation Rate: not reported

As a graduate school aimed at preparing psychologists for the real world, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers graduate and doctoral degrees to students seeking careers in a dynamic number of psychology professions. Enrollment figures included 267 students as of 2014.


University of California - Irvine

  • Tuition for 2014-15: $13,179
  • Books and Supplies: $1,732
  • Overall Graduation Rate (Fall 2008): 86%

As one of the state's premier schools and part of the University of California system, the University of California - Irvine educates more than 30,000 students each year. Current degree programs include options in a wide range of career fields and disciplines including nursing, law, public health, humanities, engineering and education.


Facts for Irvine College Students

Economics

As part of Orange County, California, Irvine is a popular place to live for anyone seeking the Southern California lifestyle. Major industries in the area include higher education, health care, temporary help services, and tourism. Median household income in Irvine came out to $90,585 in 2013, the same year the median housing value averaged out to $643,200.

Demographics

With 250,284 residents in 2014, Irvine is sometimes considered a suburb of greater Los Angeles and San Diego. More than 36 percent of Irvine's population was foreign born in 2013, and 44.8 percent of households spoke languages other than English at home. Nearly 50 percent of Irvine residents owned their own homes in 2013.

Fun Facts for Online Learners

With a location so close to Hollywood and all it has to offer, Irvine hosts its share of fun and exciting events including festivals like the Irvine Global Village Festival. Dozens of movies have also been filmed in Irvine, including Iron Man, You, Me and Dupree and The Hangover Part III.

Sources:

  1. City of Irvine, California, http://www.cityofirvine.org/
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=CA&of=1&od=0&pg=11
  3. Irvine Chamber of Commerce, http://www.irvinechamber.com/
  4. Join Our Long History of Distinctive Graduates, Brandman University, https://www.brandman.edu/about/history
  5. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Irvine, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0636770.html

Featured Colleges in the Irvine Area (QuickSchools™)

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Platt College


Anaheim, CA

Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor

Intercoast Colleges


Anaheim, CA

Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

  • Program Categories: Psychology, Counseling and Mental Health, Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate

US Colleges


Anaheim, CA

U.S. Colleges has been helping students enhance their career skills since 1996.

 

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Certificate

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology


Irvine, CA

Pursue a certificate, master, or doctorate degree in Psychology at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology.

  • Program Categories: Psychology, Counseling and Mental Health
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate

Argosy University


Orange, CA

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Program Categories: Business, Criminal Justice, Legal and Safety, Psychology, Counseling and Mental Health
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

National Holistic Institute


Santa Ana, CA

At National Holistic Institute, our history and network of relationships in the field continue to help our graduates succeed. With campuses across California, we offer a comprehensive massage therapy training program that prepares our graduates for a successful career in massage therapy. Whether you are looking to start your career or take it to the next level, NHI has a program for you.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Diploma
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Colleges in Irvine with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612-3299

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: educational admin and supervision, curriculum and instruction, business management, liberal arts and humanities, education courses, elementary school teaching, psychology, communication and journalism
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,392 students, 2,129 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 963 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 480-640. Math: 520-680.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County
17590 Gillette Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614-5610

  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's.
  • Student Body: 604 students, 491 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

University of California-Irvine

Irvine, CA 92697

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: biology, social psychology, psychology, sociology, economics, criminology, political science, business management
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 26,483 students, 28,420 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 10,629 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 510-610. Math: 550-670. Writing: 520-630.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Irvine Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Irvine Valley College
5500 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618-0301

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, business management, child development, accounting, criminal justice and police, sports and fitness management, chemistry, art studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 9,805 students, 6,412 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
(2000)
Students Dorms
Costa Mesa Colleges 7 108,724 27,912 1,084
Fountain Valley Colleges 2 54,978 9,581  
Laguna Hills Colleges 2 31,178 368 500
Lake Forest Colleges 2 58,707 51  
Newport Beach Colleges 1 70,032 468  
Santa Ana Colleges 7 337,977 33,742  

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