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Information About California Colleges

 

California offers three public college systems and many private/independent campuses. With many educational opportunities to select from, it is important to find a college that fits your lifestyle and educational needs. Learn what California has to offer below:


California Community Colleges (CCC)

Santa Monica College


  • Admits all students who are 18 years old or are high school graduates
  • Encourages students to attend for two years and then transfer to a college or university for a bachelor’s degree
  • For more information, visit: www.cccco.edu

California State University (CSU)

Cal State Long Beach


  • Each campus has its own academic focus, strengths, special geographic features and traditions
  • Offers quality education in the liberal arts and sciences and specialized training for a variety of career fields
  • On-campus housing available on most campuses
  • For more information, visit: www.calstate.edu

University of California (UC)

UC San Diego


  • Each campus has its own academic focus, strengths, special geographic features and traditions
  • Offers various degrees, including medicine and law
  • On-campus housing available on all campuses
  • For more information, visit: www.universityofcalifornia.edu

Independent California Colleges and Universities

USC


  • Many colleges are regionally and nationally ranked
  • They offer more than 350 different types of degrees
  • Costs differ from school to school, but financial aid is available
  • For more information, visit: www.aiccu.edu
Type of Colleges California Community Colleges (CCC) California State University (CSU) University of California (UC) Independent Colleges
& Universities
Number of Campuses 112 23 10 75
College Entrance Test none required ACT or SAT ACT or SAT and two SAT Subject Tests Varies: check with college or university
Degrees Offered associate degrees and vocational certificates

bachelor’s, master’s

and joint doctoral degrees

bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees
Student Fees/Tuition
(subject to change)
$46 per unit Approximately
$6,000 per year
Approximately
$15,000 per year
Varies: approximately
$35,000 per year