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Colleges in San Diego: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

A perfect climate, gorgeous beaches, and more than a few interesting things to do — what's not to love about San Diego? Known for the famous San Diego Zoo and unique attractions like LEGOLAND California, San Diego is also home to several colleges, universities and vocational and trade schools that can prepare students for their future careers.

The wealth of educational opportunity gets a big boost from local initiatives that help ensure the best education for all. One of these is the San Diego Promise, a program that makes the first two years of community college a "no cost" option for first-time, full-time students. To help students even further, the Community Scholars Initiative through The San Diego Foundation provides wrap-around services and scholarships for up to 300 students each year.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in San Diego

San Diego is home to numerous trade, technical, vocational and community colleges. From medical training at California Medical College to San Diego Bartending School, several options provide opportunities for unique careers. Those seeking a diploma, associate degree or to earn transfer credits to one of the many colleges and universities in the area can turn to the San Diego Community College District. It's the second largest community school systems in the state with over 100,000 students spread out over three main campuses and seven continuing education campuses.

Fun Facts about San Diego Colleges and Universities

Higher education opportunities abound in San Diego. There many colleges in San Diego as well as universities, including San Diego State University and University of California San Diego. Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the city; today it is home to over 36,000 students. The distinctive UC San Diego campus is home to just slightly more students, making it the largest university in the area.

Graduate Schools in San Diego

Students interested in pursuing graduate-level education in San Diego, can find opportunities to study law, medicine, social work and many other fields. The Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the California Western School of Law are great for aspiring legal professionals, while the UC San Diego School of Medicine serves as the region's only institution through which to become a doctor. Most universities in San Diego provide some sort of graduate experience, whether it's a handful of programs or a full-fledged graduate school.

To learn more about higher education opportunities int he state, view our extensive list of California Colleges.

Sources:

  • About UC San Diego, University of California San Diego, https://ucsd.edu/about/index.html, accessed September 2018
  • "Hundreds More Low-Income Students Targeted for College Success with Community Scholars Initiative," The San Diego Foundation, April 17, 2018, https://www.sdfoundation.org/news-events/sdf-news/hundreds-low-income-students-targeted-college-success-community-scholars-initiative/
  • List of San Diego Universities and Colleges, https://www.sandiego.org/articles/san-diego-universities-and-colleges.aspx, accessed September 2018
  • San Diego Community College District, https://www.sdccd.edu/about/index.aspx, accessed September 2018
  • San Diego Promise, https://www.sdccd.edu/about/departments-and-offices/student-services-department/promise/, accessed September 2018
  • SDSU Mission and History, San Diego State University, https://marcomm.sdsu.edu/sdsu-mission-and-history, accessed September 2018

Education Institutes in San Diego
Total Number of Educational Institutes
39
Total Enrollment in all institutes
166,982
Number of Public Educational Institutes
5
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
22
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
11
Graduation Rate
15.6%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
4,133
On Campus and Online Programs in San Diego
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
12
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
3
Number of Institutes Offering both
24
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in San Diego
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Associated Technical College-San Diego62Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
California Western School of Law750Four or more yearsN/A4
CET-San Diego195Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
Design Institute of San Diego143Four or more years20,7761
Mueller CollegeN/AAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/AN/A
Platt College-San Diego202Four or more years25,1208
Point Loma Nazarene University4,098Four or more years32,90075
San Diego Community College District-District OfficeN/AAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/AN/A
San Diego City College16,726At least 2 but less than 4 years1,104133
San Diego Mesa College23,560Four or more years1,104125
San Diego Miramar College14,722At least 2 but less than 4 years1,10490
San Diego State University34,688Four or more years5,472217
University of San Diego8,508Four or more years45,54091
FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Diego75At least 2 but less than 4 years30,5751
Bethel Seminary-San Diego160Four or more yearsN/A5
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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