There are three major public college systems in the state of California: the California Community College system, the University of California system, and the California State University system. The community college system consists of roughly 110 colleges all with the opportunity to obtain an Associates of Arts, Associates of Science, and/or certificates in various trades, as well as the opportunity to transfer to a 4 year university. The University of California consists of 10 campuses with 9 accepting undergraduate students. Designed as a research insitution, the University of California boasts Pulitzer Prize winners among their faculty, as well as opportunities to do research with Nobel Prize winners. The California State University system numbered at 23 campuses, graduates the largest number of students with bachelors degrees in California. Initially focused in producing educators and engineers, it now offers programs in more majors than any other system in California. Click here to access any of these three systems by campus. Click on UC/CSU Requirements for more information.
California Institute of Technology
California has some of the best known private schools in the country. From Stanford University to the University of Southern California, many have great undergraduate programs that rival their California public university counterparts. From Cal Tech's science programs to Santa Clara University's business school, many are nationally ranked. Roughly over 100 private colleges and universities operate in the state of California, some of them starting over a century ago. Access the Private Colleges page for more information.