California provides numerous higher-education opportunities to students through its public universities, colleges and community colleges located across the state. Additional choices are available through the 150-plus private nonprofit schools that provide undergraduate and graduate education opportunities for students. As a matter of fact, about 25 percent of all the students enrolled in California colleges attend these schools.
Although California does not have a governing body that coordinates higher education, its legislature has worked to establish goals to help improve the current skills gap in the state as well as to improve rates of college completion and to provide more college access to more students. In fact, to close the skills gap, the state is encouraging more public and private colleges in California to award more degrees. Initiatives like the California Dream Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals also are expanding enrollment and have helped to provide education to 200,000-plus immigrants in recent years.
Among the well-known universities in California is the University of California at Berkeley. The average GPA of freshman admitted to this school if 4.41. As well, seven current faculty hold Nobel Prizes. Cal-Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, has six different colleges including one offering architecture and environmental design degrees. Of note, the school has its own solar farm, which provides about 25 percent of electricity to campus. The University of California at Santa Barbara is recognized for its advancements in the treatment of autism through its graduate school of education.
For more details on public institutions of higher education in California, see http://www.ppic.org/publication/higher-education-in-california-californias-higher-education-system/
|School||City||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles||47,310||Four or more years||$56,225||600|
|University of California-Los Angeles||Los Angeles||44,537||Four or more years||$13,226||322|
|University of California-Berkeley||Berkeley||42,501||Four or more years||$14,184||297|
|California State University-Fullerton||Fullerton||40,280||Four or more years||$6,886||112|
|California State University-Northridge||Northridge||40,212||Four or more years||$6,893||147|
|University of California-Davis||Davis||38,167||Four or more years||$14,402||298|
|University of California-San Diego||La Jolla||37,887||Four or more years||$14,167||215|
|California State University-Long Beach||Long Beach||37,466||Four or more years||$6,798||180|
|University of California-Irvine||Irvine||36,032||Four or more years||$13,700||252|
|East Los Angeles College||Monterey Park||35,403||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$1,220||113|
|San Jose State University||San Jose||35,400||Four or more years||$7,796||170|
|San Diego State University||San Diego||35,303||Four or more years||$7,488||230|
|Ashford University||San Diego||34,710||Four or more years||$12,160||93|
|California State University-Sacramento||Sacramento||31,902||Four or more years||$7,310||101|
|American River College||Sacramento||31,366||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$1,104||183|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/