Alameda, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

While there are only three schools in Alameda, there are 102 schools located within a 25-mile radius. Learn about the top schools in several categories, including lowest net price and largest student body, to find the school for you.

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Prospective college students in and around Alameda, CA, in search of a school that meets their educational needs have plenty of options. This video takes a closer look at the public and private non-profit institutions in the area offering a traditional college experience, comparing and contrasting these colleges and universities in different categories according to information from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Alameda, California

Given its location in the area of San Francisco, Alameda is within close distance to a large number of colleges and universities. If you are a prospective student in the Alameda area who would like to apply to schools nearby, these five schools have the closest campuses to Alameda:

  • College of Alameda (Alameda)
  • Lincoln University (3.3 miles)
  • Saybrook University (3.3 miles)
  • Laney College (3.4 miles)
  • Mills College (4.2 miles)

Largest Schools near Alameda, California

The largest school in the area of Alameda is the University of California-Berkeley, with a student population of 38,189. If you are interested in studying at a large school, the colleges and universities with the next highest student populations near Alameda are:

  • San Francisco State University (30,256 students)
  • City College of San Francisco (23,391 students)
  • Diablo Valley College (19,694 students)
  • Stanford University (16,980 students)
  • California State University-East Bay (15,528 students)

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  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
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Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by taking the average cost of attendance for that school and subtracting the average amount of financial aid given to full-time undergrads. The NCES lists these five schools as having the lowest net prices in the Alameda area for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • 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)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A school's graduation rate describes the percentage of that school's full-time undergraduate population that graduates in no more than 150% of the standard timeline for that degree. In 2015, the schools near Alameda with the highest graduation rates were:

  • Stanford University (94% graduation rate)
  • 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)

Any time you are looking at schools located near larger urban centers, it's a good idea to examine factors like campus location, school size, net price and graduation rate, so that you may be confident in your ultimate decision.

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