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San Diego Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

San Diego Colleges and Schools

Colleges in San Diego, California

There are at least 36 colleges in San Diego, listed and described below. These schools represent 157,294 or more students (full-time and part-time), a combined student body equivalent to 125,823 full-time students, and a reported 18,378 dorm rooms.

The largest schools here include San Diego State University, University of California-San Diego, National University and San Diego Mesa College. For a prestigious selective school, you might want to look at University of California-San Diego, University of San Diego or Point Loma Nazarene University.

We also provide an extensive list of California Colleges.

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Brightwood College


San Diego, CA; Vista, CA

About Brightwood College

Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

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

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology


San Diego, CA; 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

California College San Diego


San Diego, CA; National City, CA; San Marcos, CA

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

  • Program Categories: Business
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Associate

Argosy University


San Diego, 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

Accounting Academy


San Diego, CA

The Accounting Academy was founded in 2005 and has been continuously approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private-Pstsecondary Education. 

 

  • Program Categories: Business, Computers and Technology
  • Degrees: Certificate
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Colleges in San Diego with Selective Admissions

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

Alliant International University
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131-1799

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: clinical psychology, business management, marriage and family therapy, psychology, teacher education, international business, forensic psychology, organizational psychology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 3,704 students, 3,475 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 416 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Bethel Seminary San Diego
6116 Arosa St
San Diego, CA 92115

  • Programs: pastoral counseling, theology, ministry
  • Degrees/Certificates: Master's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 190 students, 121 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

California Western School of Law
225 Cedar St
San Diego, CA 92101-3046

  • Programs: law, foreign lawyers, US law
  • Degrees/Certificates: Master's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 877 students, 32 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Concorde Career College San Diego
4393 Imperial Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113-1964

  • Programs: medical assistant, health and medical administrative, dental assistant, various nursing, massage therapy, surgical tech, respiratory therapy assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 531 students, 584 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Design Institute of San Diego
8555 Commerce Ave
San Diego, CA 92121

  • Programs: interior design
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 457 students, 225 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Dr
San Diego, CA 92106-2899

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: education, business management, registered nursing, psychology, business communications, liberal arts and sciences, graphic design, biology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 3,480 students, 3,243 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,697 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 510-600. Math: 510-620. Writing: 500-610.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, psychology, criminal justice and safety, education, art studies, liberal arts and sciences, health and physical education, speech and rhetoric
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 35,695 students, 30,994 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 2,876 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 460-570. Math: 480-590.
  • 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.

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Diego
350 Tenth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101-4903

  • Programs: fashion merchandising
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's.
  • Student Body: 304 students, 229 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law
2121 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110

  • Programs: law
  • Degrees/Certificates: Master's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 769 students.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option.

University of California-San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: psychology, economics, biology, biochemistry, anatomy, management science, political science, communication studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 27,020 students, 27,806 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 10,836 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 540-660. Math: 590-700. Writing: 550-670.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, law, legal assistant, communication studies, psychology, business administration, accounting, registered nursing
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 7,504 students, 6,945 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 2,553 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 540-630. Math: 560-650. Writing: 550-650.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

San Diego Colleges with Open Admissions

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

Associated Technical College San Diego
707 Broadway-Ste 300
San Diego, CA 92101

  • Programs: communications tech, computer support
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 58 students, 63 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Avance Beauty College
750 Beyer Way
San Diego, CA 92154

  • Programs: cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 57 students, 90 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.

California College-San Diego
2820 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92108-3824

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: respiratory care tech, medical assistant, health care administration, accounting, business management, computer science, business and related services, computer systems tech
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 568 students, 901 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

CET-San Diego
3295 Market St
San Diego, CA 92102

  • Programs: property management, welding, medical assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 185 students, 341 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Fashion Careers College
1923 Morena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110-3555

  • Programs: fashion merchandising, fashion design, fashion consultant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 130 students, 79 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

National University
11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037-1011

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: multilingual education, teacher ed, special ed, business management, educational admin and supervision, education, educational administration, creative writing
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 26,363 students, 21,312 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine San Diego
7445 Mission Valley Rd Ste 105
San Diego, CA 92108-4407

  • Programs: acupuncture, massage therapy
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 515 students, 753 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

Paul Mitchell the School-San Diego
410 A St
San Diego, CA 92101

  • Programs: cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 318 students, 435 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

San Diego City College
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101-4787

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, child development, substance abuse counseling, registered nursing, electrician, plumbing, power transmission, biology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 17,013 students, 10,854 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. Member of a national athletic association.

San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Dr
San Diego, CA 92111-4998

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, business management, interior design, radiographer, psychology, real estate, accounting, physical therapist assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 21,437 students, 12,200 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. Member of a national athletic association.

San Diego Miramar College
10440 Black Mountain Rd
San Diego, CA 92126-2999

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, fire-fighting, child development, business management, legal assistant, criminal justice and police, aircraft maintenance, automobile mechanics
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 10,650 students, 5,725 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. Member of a national athletic association.
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(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
Chula Vista Colleges 4 173,556 813  
El Cajon Colleges 9 94,869 27,808 210
La Mesa Colleges 1 54,749 132  
National City Colleges 3 54,260 224  
Poway Colleges 2 48,044 275  

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