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.
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.
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.
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.
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|Point Loma Nazarene University||4,592||Four or more years||$35,700||76|
|San Diego Community College District-District Office||N/A||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||N/A|
|San Diego State University||35,303||Four or more years||$7,488||230|
|Paul Mitchell the School-San Diego||254||At least 2 but less than 4 years||N/A||4|
|Thomas Jefferson School of Law||377||Four or more years||N/A||2|
|Ashford University||34,710||Four or more years||$12,160||93|
|Associated Technical College-San Diego||98||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|CET-San Diego||174||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||4|
|San Diego Mesa College||22,284||Four or more years||$1,144||137|
|San Diego Miramar College||15,893||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$1,144||95|
|University of San Diego||9,073||Four or more years||$49,358||90|
|Northcentral University||10,535||Four or more years||N/A||52|
|United States University||790||Four or more years||$10,800||13|
|Alliant International University-San Diego||3,780||Four or more years||$14,600||50|
|Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-San Diego||988||Four or more years||$9,791||4|