Types of California Colleges & Universities
California has three public college systems and private campuses to choose from. It is important to find a college that meets your educational needs and fits your lifestyle.
California Colleges & Universities
- The CCC system is composed of 113 campuses.
- Must be 18 years of age, a high school graduate or equivalent to attend.
- CCC offers associate degrees and a wide range of program certificates.
- Students may attend for two years then transfer to a college or university.
- The CSU system has 23 campuses.
- CSU usually admits the top third of high school graduates.
- CSU is the largest four-year system of higher education in the nation.
- Each campus reflects its own personality, academic focus and strengths.
- CSU offers an applied hands-on education that prepares students for either graduate school or the job market.
- The UC system has 10 campuses.
- UC usually admits the top 12.5 percent of high school graduates.
- UC has nationally ranked academic and athletic programs.
- UC provides an education based in research and theory that prepares many students for graduate or advanced degree programs.
- The AICCU has 75 colleges and universities throughout the state.
- AICCU offers a number of different degree programs.
Costs vary depending on the school. Financial aid is available to qualifying students.