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Oakland, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

There are roughly 55 postsecondary, public and private non-profit schools within a 25-mile radius of Oakland, CA. We've placed the schools into four categories, based on things like location to the city and highest graduation rates, to help you decide on one that is right for you.

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Oakland has about 55 postsecondary public and private non-profit schools within 25 miles of its downtown area. We've categorized the schools based on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Oakland, California

The closest schools to Oakland are mostly 4-year private non-profit institutions. They offer potential students the chance to work towards undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • Laney College (Oakland)
  • Lincoln University (Oakland)
  • College of Alameda (Alameda)
  • Berkeley City College (Berkeley)
  • University of California-Berkeley (Berkeley)

Largest Schools Near Oakland, California

The largest schools near the city are public schools, either 2- or -4 year institutions. The following schools had the largest student populations as of Fall 2015:

  • University of California-Berkeley (38,189 students)
  • San Francisco State University (30,256 students)
  • City College of San Francisco (23,391 students)
  • Diablo Valley College (19,694 students)
  • California State University-East Bay (15,528 students)

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  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • 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

Lowest Net Price

If affordability is a deciding factor when choosing an Oakland-area college or university, individuals may want to consider a school's net price. The NCES determines this figure by taking the total cost of attendance for full-time, first-time, in-state or in-district students and subtracting the amount of scholarship or grant aid received. The following schools had the lowest net price for full-time undergraduates, from 2014-2015.

  • College of San Mateo ($4,800)
  • City College of San Francisco ($4,849)
  • Skyline College ($5,022)
  • Canada College ($6,165)
  • Chabot College ($6,811)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES determined graduation rates by counting how many students completed their education programs within 150% of 'normal' time (e.g. 3 years for an associate's program or 6 years for a bachelor's program). The following schools had the highest graduation rates for full-time undergraduates who began their programs in 2009.

  • University of California-Berkeley (92% graduation rate)
  • Saint Mary's College of California (71% graduation rate)
  • University of San Francisco (71% graduation rate)
  • Mills College (65% graduation rate)
  • Dominican University of California (64% graduation rate)

The public and private non-profit schools in Oakland, California, have been organized into categories based on their location, price, student enrollment, and graduation rates in order to help you make an informed decision about which institution is right for your learning expectations.

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