Lancaster Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Lancaster Colleges and Schools

With a population of 161,043 in 2014, Lancaster was one of California's larger cities. A median housing price of just $159,200 through 2013 also made Lancaster one of California's most affordable areas. Current residents enjoy over 600 acres of developed or planned parkland and numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Known for its business-friendly environment, Lancaster has also attracted major manufacturers such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, BAE, and Northrop Grumman in recent years.

Colleges and Schools in Lancaster, California

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), four institutions of higher education can be found in and around Lancaster. That list encompasses a diverse array of schools, including both career institutes and beauty colleges. The total enrollment of Lancaster colleges was 15,498 in 2014, which was the last time schools reported.

Antelope Valley College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $1,104
  • Graduation rate (2011): 24%, although 12% also transferred
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 19 transfer degrees, 28 technical programs

As a public, two-year school, Antelope Valley College focuses on career preparation courses and associate degrees. Enrollment included 14,578 students in 2014, and each enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of 26:1.

Career Care Institute

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $27,961
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 94%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 4 career training programs

As a health care focused training school, Career Care Institute offers career training in disciplines such as X-ray technology, vocational nursing, medical assisting, and dental assisting. Enrollment included 585 students in 2014, and programs culminated in career diplomas.

High Desert Medical College

  • Tuition (2014-15): $29,932
  • Graduation rate (2011): 100%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 6 technical training programs

With a focus on health care, High Desert Medical College offers a handful of technical training programs. Included are programs in ultrasound technology, dental assisting, medical administration, pharmacy technician, and vocational nursing. As of 2014, student enrollment was 211.

Lancaster Beauty School

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $15,500
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 67%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 5 beauty training programs

As a beauty and cosmetology school, Lancaster Beauty School offers training in barbering, skin care, nail technology, advanced manicuring, and cosmetology instructing. Enrollment included 124 students in 2014, and each enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of 21:1.

Facts for Students of Lancaster Colleges and Schools

Lancaster Economy

Key industries such as health care, technology, and manufacturing continue feeding Lancaster's economic growth. Meanwhile, a low median housing value of just $159,200 through 2013 helped keep Lancaster affordable for families.

Lancaster Demographics

According to U.S. Census estimates, Lancaster's population was approximately 161,043 in 2014. Through 2013, 15.7 percent of Lancaster adults held a Bachelor's degree and 79.8 percent held a high school diploma or better. A total of 14.6 percent of the population was foreign-born through 2013, and 25.6 percent spoke a language other than English at home that year.

Lancaster Fun Facts

Lancaster, California has won numerous awards over the years. That list includes the National Energy Globe Award, several Helen Putnam Awards of Excellence, and multiple 3CMA awards. The city also prides itself on its forward-thinking alternative energy and water conservation efforts.


  1. Awards, City of Lancaster, http://www.cityoflancasterca.org/index.aspx?page=225
  2. City of Lancaster Official Website, http://www.cityoflancasterca.org/
  3. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Lancaster, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0640130.html

Featured Colleges in the Lancaster Area (QuickSchools™)

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San Joaquin Valley College

Lancaster, CA

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  • Program Categories: Business, Health, Healthcare and Nursing, Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Associate, Certificate
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Lancaster Colleges with Open Admissions

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

Antelope Valley College
3041 West Ave K
Lancaster, CA 93536-5426

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, registered nursing, business management, criminal justice and police, fire-fighting, HVAC tech, child development, aircraft maintenance
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 13,312 students, 9,491 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Antelope Valley Medical College
44201 10th St West
Lancaster, CA 93534

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: health and medical administrative, medical assistant, medical billing, chef training, nursing assistant, pharmacy tech, EMT paramedic, massage therapy
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 834 students, 574 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Career Care Institute
43770 Fifteenth St W Ste 115
Lancaster, CA 93534

  • Programs: licensed practical nurse, dental assistant, medical assistant, medical billing, massage therapy
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 222 students, 398 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Lancaster Beauty School
44646 N 10th St W
Lancaster, CA 93534

  • Programs: cosmetology, manicurist, barber, aesthetician and skin care, trade and industrial teaching, personal grooming
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 206 students, 260 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.
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