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Long Beach, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

While there are only 5 schools in Long Beach, there are many schools located within a 10-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including most affordable and highest graduation rate, to find the school for you.

There are 211 postsecondary schools located within a 25-mile radius of Long Beach, California. Most of these schools are for-profit and/or narrowly specialized schools, but students who want a nonprofit, traditional college or university near Long Beach will find several nearby schools to choose from. Some are 2-year schools, others are 4-year colleges.

Closest Schools to Long Beach, California

Since Long Beach is part of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area, it's no surprise that there is an abundance of different types of schools located within a 25-mile radius. The following schools have campuses that are closest to Long Beach itself:

  • Los Angeles Harbor College (2.3 miles)
  • California State University Dominguez Hills (3.1 miles)
  • El Camino Community College District (5.7 miles)
  • El Camino College--Compton Center (6.1 miles)
  • Marymount University--Waterfront Campus (6.2 miles)

Largest Schools near Long Beach, California

If you are a prospective student interested in attending a big school teeming with students, the area surrounding Long Beach has numerous options for you, including several schools with student populations over 30,000. These are the largest schools near Long Beach:

  • University of Southern California (42,453 students)
  • University of California-Los Angeles (41,845 students)
  • California State University-Fullerton (38,128 students)
  • California State University-Long Beach (36,809 students)
  • East Los Angeles College (36,012 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

In order to understand a school's NCES net price, look at the average amount of financial aid that each student at that school receives, and subtract it from the average cost of attending that school as a full-time undergraduate. Some of the colleges and universities near Long Beach that have the lowest net prices are:

  • 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 with a higher graduation rate has a higher percentage of its full-time undergraduate student body completing their degree programs in 150% of the normal timeline. For bachelor's programs, that translates to 6 years or less. Schools near Long Beach with high graduation rates are:

  • 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)

Since Long Beach, California, is such a populous and diverse area, with numerous postsecondary educational institutions to choose from, it's a good idea to look at schools' graduation rates, net prices, location and enrollment when making an academic decision.

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