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||Programs Offered|
|Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences||Oakland||126||Four or more years||N/A||1|
|The Academy of Radio and TV Broadcasting||Huntington Beach||11||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|College of Alameda||Alameda||6,397||At least 2 but less than 4 years||1,104||50|
|Allan Hancock College||Santa Maria||12,012||At least 2 but less than 4 years||1,288||104|
|American Academy of Dramatic Arts-Los Angeles||Los Angeles||303||At least 2 but less than 4 years||32,440||2|
|American Baptist Seminary of the West||Berkeley||56||Four or more years||N/A||3|
|American Film Institute Conservatory||Los Angeles||338||Four or more years||N/A||2|
|American Beauty College||West Covina||126||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||5|
|American Conservatory Theater||San Francisco||54||Four or more years||27,600||3|
|American River College||Sacramento||30,519||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||176|
|Antelope Valley College||Lancaster||14,105||Four or more years||1,104||115|
|Art Center College of Design||Pasadena||2,138||Four or more years||40,046||17|
|Associated Technical College-San Diego||San Diego||62||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|Azusa Pacific University||Azusa||10,020||Four or more years||35,540||63|
|Bakersfield College||Bakersfield||22,710||Four or more years||1,288||116|