Ontario, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

While there are no schools in Ontario, there are many schools located within a ten-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including lowest net price and highest graduation rate, to find the school for you.

School Ranking Overview

Ontario, CA, is home only to several for-profit schools. However, students in this area seeking a more traditional postsecondary education will find colleges and universities in nearby cities such as Pomona and Claremont. To help students choose from among these schools, seven of these institutions are compared and ranked within each of the following four categories:

  • Most Program Variety
  • Lowest Net Price
  • Highest Graduation Rate
  • Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

Ontario is within an hour of the mountains, the beach, the desert, and downtown Los Angeles. Schools near Ontario include large public schools and several highly-rated private liberal arts colleges. The three nearby schools offering the greatest variety of programs leading to academic awards are ranked below.

1 - Chaffey College

Chaffey College, a two-year public college in Rancho Cucamonga, presents roughly 131 programs of study to beginning students. Chaffey was founded as a private college in 1883, but has been publicly funded since 1916, according to the school's website. The school's academic awards include 1- to 2-year certificates, associate's degrees, and 2- to 4-year certificates. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), humanities studies were the school's most popular program in 2011, granting associate's degrees to 538 students that year. Liberal arts graduates were next most numerous; 254 liberal arts students received associate's degrees in 2011. Biological and physical sciences graduates numbered 160.

2 - California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona offers about 87 study tracks leading to academic awards. Among western regional universities, U.S. News and World Report ranked this public school 34th in 2013. Students may aspire to achieve bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees. The NCES shows that 1,028 business administration students received bachelor's degrees in 2011. Hospitality administration graduates numbered 231, and civil engineering majors earned 226 bachelor's degrees.

3 - University of La Verne

The University of La Verne has around 76 different study programs. La Verne, privately founded in 1891, ranked 165th among national universities in 2013, according to U.S. News and World Report. La Verne students may earn associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees, as well as postbaccalaureate certificates. Numbering 210, business administration students were the school's most numerous bachelor's program graduates in 2011, according to NCES statistics. Organizational leadership students were awarded 205 bachelor's degrees that year, and liberal arts students earned 119.

Lowest Net Price

The price of college is of interest to most prospective college students. The NCES posts an annual net price calculation that takes into account the expenses a student is likely to incur during a year's attendance, and the average awards in scholarships and grants received by those who applied for financial aid. Here are the three schools with the lowest net price near Ontario.

1 - Chaffey College

The NCES estimates that the cost of attending Chaffey College in 2011 was $8,228. Seventy-three percent of full-time, first-year students received financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants, averaging $4,970 each. The total of tuition and fees for in-state students in 2012 was $1,153, a 28.4% rise over the previous year.

2 - California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

The net price of a year at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona was $9,707 in 2011, according to NCES figures. An average of $8,956 in scholarships and grants was awarded to 57% of full-time beginning freshmen. In 2012, the tuition and fees for in-state students rose .3% over 2011, to total $6,125.

3 - Pomona College

The NCES posts a net price calculation of $18,112 for attendance at Pomona College in 2011. Fifty-five percent of beginning full-time first-year students received scholarship and grants awards averaging $37,207. The total of in-state tuition and fees in 2012 rose 3.9% to $41,438. In 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked Pomona College 4th among national liberal arts colleges.

Highest Graduation Rate

The best graduation rates are found at those schools that do the best job of keeping students engaged and focused on their academic goals. For the purpose of calculating graduation rates, the NCES considers that every student finishing in one and a half times the nominally required time for a program has graduated successfully. This means, for instance, that a student finishing a four-year degree in six years contributes to a school's graduation rate. Here are the three schools with the highest graduation rates near Ontario.

1 - Pomona College

Of the freshmen who first began school full-time in the fall of 2005, the NCES shows Pomona College graduated 95%. Full-time first-year students who began in 2010 returned to continue in 2011 at a rate of 99%.

2 - Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College graduated 91% of its fall 2005 cohort of beginning full-time freshmen, according to NCES statistics. The school retained 96% of its 2010 enrollment of full-time beginning freshmen in the fall of 2011. Claremont McKenna was ranked number 10 among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report in 2013.

3 - Scripps College

Scripps College, a women's college in Claremont, graduated 88% of the first-time beginning freshmen who enrolled in the fall of 2005, according to the NCES. Ninety percent of the 2010 freshmen class returned to continue in 2011. First open for classes in 1927, Scripps College's campus is on the National Register of Historic Places. U.S. News and World Report ranked the school 24th among national liberal arts colleges in 2013.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Students seeking personal attention and mentoring from their professors might do well to consider a college with a low ratio of students to teachers. The NCES calculates a school's student-faculty ratio using undergraduate enrollment and faculty employment figures. The following three schools near Ontario have the lowest student-faculty ratios of nearby institutions.

1 - Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College, in Claremont, boasts an 8-1 student-faculty ratio, as posted by the NCES. There were 784 undergraduates enrolled in 2011, with 87 full-time and 7 part-time instructional faculty members on staff. U.S. News and World Report, which ranked the school 12th among national liberal arts colleges in 2013, notes that Harvey Mudd is one of the best undergraduate schools in the U.S. for math, science, and engineering.

1 - Pomona College

The NCES also calculates an 8-1 student-faculty ratio for Pomona College. In 2011, Pomona's 1,586 undergraduates were taught by 201 full-time professors, and 45 part-time instructors.

3 - Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna students experience a 9-1 student-faculty ratio, the NCES shows. In 2011, Claremont McKenna's 1,301 undergraduate students were taught by 152 full-time instructors, and 22 part-time teachers.

Ontario Area Schools at a Glance

School NameLocationSchool TypeAwards OfferedArea Ranking
California State Polytechnic University-PomonaPomona (6.2 miles from Ontario)4-year, publicBachelor's degree, master's degree, doctor's degree2nd Most Program Variety,
2nd Lowest Net Price
Chaffey CollegeRancho Cucamonga (8.3 miles from Ontario)2-year, public1- to 2-year certificates; associate's degree; 2- to 4-year certificateMost Program Variety,
Lowest Net Price
Claremont McKenna CollegeClaremont (4.7 miles from Ontario)4-year, private not-for-profitBachelor's degree, master's degree2nd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Harvey Mudd CollegeClaremont (4.7 miles from Ontario)4-year, private not-for-profitBachelor's degreeLowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Pomona CollegeClaremont (4.7 miles from Ontario)4-year, private not-for-profitBachelor's degreeHighest Graduation Rate,
Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
3rd Lowest Net Price
Scripps CollegeClaremont (4.7 miles from Ontario)4-year, private not-for-profitBachelor's degree; postbaccalaureate certificate3rd Highest Graduation Rate
University of La VerneLa Verne (7.1 miles from Ontario)4-year, private not-for-profitAssociate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctor's degree; postbaccalaureate certificate3rd Most Program Variety

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