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Visalia, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

While there are eight schools in Visalia, there are 13 schools located within a 25-mile radius. Learn about the top schools in several categories, including student population and lowest net price, to find the school for you.

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While students living near Visalia, CA, can attend a variety of postsecondary for-profit institutions, including quite a few cosmetology institutes and beauty schools, the area is home to only a handful of traditional colleges. We take information from the National Center for Education Research (NCES) to compare and contrast some of these schools in four important categories.

Closest Schools to Visalia, California

Although Visalia is not located within the most populated region of California, students who live here do have a few options to choose from in terms of postsecondary education. If you live in Visalia and would like to apply somewhere with a shorter commute, the following five traditional schools, all 2-year institutions, have the closest campuses to downtown Visalia:

  • College of the Sequoias (downtown)
  • Milan Institute - Visalia (downtown)
  • San Joaquin Valley College - Visalia (3.3 miles from downtown)
  • San Joaquin Valley College - Hanford (18.7 miles)
  • Reedley College (21.4 miles)

Largest Schools Near Visalia, California

There aren't many large schools close to Visalia - the closest large 4-year school is California State University in Fresno, located about 43 miles away. According to the NCES, these five schools have the largest student populations among schools near Visalia:

  • College of the Sequoias (11,266 students)
  • Reedley College (9,836 students)
  • San Joaquin Valley College - Visalia (5,605 students)
  • Porterville College (4,074 students)
  • Milan Institute - Visalia (354 students)

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • 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

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The net price for a particular school is determined by subtracting the average amount of financial aid given to full-time undergrads from the total cost of attendance. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the five schools with the lowest net prices near Visalia were:

  • College of the Sequoias ($1,354)
  • Porterville College ($3,724)
  • Reedley College ($4,615)
  • San Joaquin Valley College - Visalia ($18,142)
  • Milan Institute-Visalia ($19,423)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES determines the graduation rate for a specific school by taking the percentage of that school's full-time undergraduate population who complete their degree programs within 150% of the normal length of time for that degree. These five Visalia-area schools had the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • Milan Institute-Visalia (73% graduation rate)
  • San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia (52% graduation rate)
  • College of the Sequoias (26% graduation rate)
  • Reedley College (25% graduation rate)
  • Porterville College (24% graduation rate)

When you are looking at potential schools near Visalia, you can find a host of 2-year schools offering associate's degrees and certificates as well as mid-size student bodies and low net prices.

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