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Carson, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

While there is only one school in Carson, there are 211 schools located within a 25-mile radius. Go over the top schools in several categories, including student population and lowest net price, to find the school for you.

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There are more than 200 traditional and specialty schools located near Carson, California, including a range of private and public two-year and four-year institutions, including non-profit and for-profit schools. We compare several of the non-specialty schools in four specific categories, using information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Carson, California

If you currently live in the area of Carson, California, you have numerous options to choose from when it comes to postsecondary education. If you would like a shorter commute from your area, these five schools have the closest campuses to Carson:

  • Los Angeles Harbor College (2.3 miles)
  • California State University-Dominguez Hills (3.1 miles)
  • UEI College-Gardena (4.9 miles)
  • El Camino Community College District (5.7 miles)
  • El Camino College-Compton Center (6.1 miles)

Largest Schools near Carson, California

Many of the schools near Carson are larger universities, including a few with student population exceeding 35,000. If you are interested in studying in a larger environment, the five schools with the largest student bodies near Carson are:

  • University of Southern California (43,401 students)
  • University of California-Los Angeles (41,908 students)
  • California State University-Fullerton (38,948 students)
  • California State University-Long Beach (37,446 students)
  • East Los Angeles College (37,188 students)

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  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES determines the net price of a school by taking the average cost of attendance and subtracting from it the average amount of financial aid awarded to full-time undergrads. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the schools near Carson with the lowest net prices were:

  • California State University-Los Angeles ($3,160)
  • California State University-Dominguez Hills ($3,764)
  • Long Beach City College ($5,546)
  • Santa Ana College ($6,006)
  • Rio Hondo College ($6,060)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A school's NCES graduation rate refers to the percentage of the full-time undergraduate population who finishes a degree program in no longer than 150% of the normal length of time for that degree. The following five schools near Carson had the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • Argosy University-Los Angeles (100% graduation rate)
  • University of Southern California (92% graduation rate)
  • University of California-Los Angeles (91% graduation rate)
  • California Institute of Technology (91% graduation rate)
  • Occidental College (88% graduation rate)

Given Carson's location in such a large area, students living here should pay attention to factors like campus location, school size, graduation rate and net price to make sure that the schools they apply to fit well with their specific goals and preferences.

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