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Los Angeles, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

There are about 230 colleges and universities in or near the Los Angeles, California, area. Read about the schools that are closest to downtown Los Angeles, have the largest student bodies, those with the lowest net prices, and institutions with the highest graduation rates.

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It's not surprising that the Los Angeles area has a high concentration of colleges; in fact, there are roughly 50 traditional schools that operate as non-profit institutions (either public or private) and offer multiple educational tracks. Review the traditional schools on the basis of location, size, net price and graduation rates, according to information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Los Angeles, California

As the second largest city in the United States, Los Angeles unsurprisingly has a multitude of different colleges, universities and training programs to choose from. Look into the following schools to see which ones are closest to downtown Los Angeles:

  • University of Southern California (3.7 miles)
  • Los Angeles Southwest College (3.9 miles)
  • Mount Saint Mary's University--Doheny (4.3 miles)
  • National Polytechnic College (5.5 miles)
  • Golden Gate University (5.5 miles)

Largest Schools near Los Angeles, California

If you would like to pursue your studies in a large student environment, the city of Los Angeles has numerous options for you to choose from. The following schools have the largest student populations of any in the Los Angeles region:

  • University of Southern California (42,453 students)
  • University of California--Los Angeles (41,845 students)
  • California State University--Northridge (40,131 students)
  • California State University--Fullerton (38,128 students)
  • California State University--Long Beach (36,809 students)

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  • Education
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  • 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 statistics from 2014-2015 tabulates a school's net price as the average financial aid amount subtracted from the average cost of attending that school. These five schools offer the lowest net price in the L.A. region:

  • Los Angeles ORT College--Van Nuys ($1,088)
  • California State University--Los Angeles ($3,160)
  • California State University--Dominguez Hills ($3,764)
  • Glendale Community College ($3,785)
  • Mt. San Antonio College ($4,042)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

You can understand a school's graduation rate as the percentage of total student population that completes a degree program within 150% of the standard amount of time. The following Los Angeles schools were listed by the NCES as having the highest graduation rates as of 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)
  • Bristol University (89% graduation rate)

Since Los Angeles has such a large and diverse array of postsecondary educational options, it's important for any potential student to consider these kinds of factors when making a final decision on their educational future.

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