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Oakland Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Oakland Colleges and Schools

Colleges in Oakland, California

There are at least 15 colleges in Oakland, listed and described below. These schools represent 25,531 or more students (full-time and part-time), a combined student body equivalent to 16,494 full-time students, and a reported 1,612 dorm rooms.

The largest schools here include Laney College and Merritt College.

We also provide an extensive list of California Colleges.

Of Note For College Students

  • There are a lot of studio and one-bedroom apartments in Oakland.

Featured Colleges in the Oakland Area (QuickSchools™)

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The Art Institutes system of schools


San Francisco, CA

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

  • Program Categories: Art and Design, Communications and Media
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Associate

Aviation Institute of Maintenance


Oakland, CA

Aviation Institute of Maintenance schools are distinguished institutes committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student interested in the Aviation Industry.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate

Alameda Beauty College


Alameda, CA

Start your career with training from Alameda Beauty College.

  • Program Categories:
  • Degrees: Certificate

Unitek College


Hayward, CA

Unitek College™ is a privately held vocational school dedicated to helping you gain the skills needed to advance your career or begin a brand new career. 

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

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America


Modesto, CA; San Bernardino, CA

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) is committed to be a leading educational institution offering effective training while maintaining a high standard of quality and integrity.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate

National Holistic Institute


Emeryville, CA; San Jose, CA; Petaluma, 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 Oakland with Selective Admissions

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

Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences
1601 Clay St
Oakland, CA 94612

  • Programs: acupuncture
  • Degrees/Certificates: Master's.
  • Student Body: 102 students, 126 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

English Center for International Women
66 Franklin Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94607

  • Programs: general office occupations, English
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 98 students, 124 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619-1699

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, philosophy and religious studies, registered nursing, nursing administration, education, liberal arts and sciences, nurse practitioner, education of learning disabled
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 1,114 students, 953 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 425 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 420-530. Math: 410-503.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: managerial economics, creative writing, early childhood education, psychology, English, pre-med, secondary teaching, educational administration
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 1,446 students, 1,287 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 650 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 520-650. Math: 490-590. Writing: 520-620.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Samuel Merritt University
370 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

  • Programs: registered nursing, nurse practitioner, podiatry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, nurse anesthetist
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 1,278 students, 1,649 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 98 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

School of Urban Missions
735 - 105th Ave
Oakland, CA 94603

  • Programs: bible studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 84 students, 65 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 80 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

Oakland Colleges with Open Admissions

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

California College of the Arts
5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618-1487

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: painting, architecture, creative writing, graphic design, photography, illustration, interior design, interdisciplinary studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 1,613 students, 1,515 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 275 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Laney College
900 Fallon St
Oakland, CA 94607

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, business management, social services, office management, biological and physical sciences, culinary arts, accounting, cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 11,745 students, 6,387 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services.

Lincoln University Oakland
401 15th Street
Oakland, CA 94612-2801

  • Programs: business management, sonography and ultrasound tech, medical staff tech, medical assistant, English
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 319 students, 196 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Merritt College
12500 Campus Dr
Oakland, CA 94619-3196

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: child development, liberal arts and sciences, social services, biological and physical sciences, human services, radiographer, dietetic technician, real estate
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 6,944 students, 3,449 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Moler Barber College
3815 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609-2419

  • Programs: barber
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 30 students, 37 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

Patten University
2433 Coolidge Ave
Oakland, CA 94601

  • Programs: bible studies, general studies, business and related services, child development, elementary school teaching, liberal arts and sciences, education
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 758 students, 706 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 84 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services. Member of a national athletic association.
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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
Alameda Colleges 2 72,259 5,979  
Berkeley Colleges 13 102,743 41,814 7,753
Daly City Colleges 3 103,621 170  
Moraga Colleges 1 16,290 3,801 1,553
San Francisco Colleges 24 776,733 105,015 7,977
San Pablo Colleges 1 30,215 7,147  

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