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 College Systems At A Glance

System California Community Colleges California State University University of California Independent Colleges & Universities
College Entrance Exam None Required ACT or SAT ACT or SAT I
SAT II recommended for STEM majors
Varies: check with the college or university of your choice
Degrees Offered Associate Degrees and Vocational Certificates Bachelor's, Master's and Joint Doctoral Degrees Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral and Professional Degrees Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral and Professional Degrees
Cost (CA residents) Approximately $1,636 per year Approximately $6,881 per year Approximately $13,900 per year Varies: check with the college or university of your choice

- Information is subject to change


California Colleges & Universities