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Vista, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

There are 13 colleges within a 25-mile radius of Vista, California, excluding for-profit institutions. Read about the top schools in several categories to find the best one for you.

If you live in or near Vista, CA, you'll find a number of postsecondary options. Here we will set our sights on the public and private, not-for-profit schools that offer a diverse array of programs. You can look over the student populations, net prices, graduation rates, and closest colleges using statistics calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Vista, California

Of the five closest schools to Vista, three are community colleges and two are 4-year institutions. You can take undergraduate and graduate classes at one of these schools as well. The nearest schools to Vista are:

  • MiraCosta College (3.7 miles)
  • California College San Diego (4.8 miles)
  • Palomar College (4.8 miles)
  • California State University-San Marcos (5.3 miles)
  • San Diego Miramar College (19.9 miles)

Largest Schools Near Vista, California

The biggest schools near Vista are located in a mix of urban and suburban campus settings. Most of them are public, though there is a private college in the mix. The most populated schools go in this order:

  • University of California-San Diego (32,906 students)
  • Palomar College (23,482 students)
  • National Univeristy (17,488 students)
  • MiraCosta College (15,062 students)
  • San Diego Miramar College (13,008 students)

Lowest Net Price

The calculation of net price is conducted by subtracting the average sum of provided financial aid from the total cost of attendance. Here we'll be dealing with prices applying to full-time undergraduate students who were enrolled during the 2014-2015 school year. The least expensive net tuitions around Vista are:

  • Palomar College ($5,220)
  • San Diego Miramar College ($6,955)
  • MiraCosta College ($7,194)
  • California State University-San Marcos ($10,543)
  • University of California-San Diego ($14,933)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates can say a lot about a school, and these rates are based on full-time undergraduates who were able to complete their degree programs within 150% of normal time (e.g., six years or less for a bachelor's program). In 2015, the best graduation rates in the Vista area were:

  • University of California-San Diego (87%)
  • California State University-San Marcos (51%)
  • San Diego Miramar College (36%)
  • National University (33%)
  • MiraCosta College (31%)

Residents of Vista will find a somewhat limited amount of options close by, though there is a little something for everyone in terms of community, public, and private colleges in the mix.

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