Colleges in Southern California | Schools in Southern California

With over 200 public and private non-for-profit colleges in Southern California, applicants have a number of factors to consider when choosing where to apply. This guide will compare some of these schools to help you determine which school suits your needs.

Southern California provides numerous options in city, suburban and rural settings for prospective students to consider. This guide compares a few of the private non-for-profit and public colleges that offer a traditional variety of programs, in the following categories, as they are presented by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Southern California Schools Near Large Cities

There are a number of reasons why students apply to schools in urban areas. Some appreciate the networking and extracurricular activities it provides, other just like the city atmosphere. For these students, below is a list of five of the many schools located in large cities.

  • Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, CA)
  • California State University-Northridge (Northridge, CA)
  • Los Angeles Valley College (Valley Glen, CA)
  • California State University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • La Sierra University (Riverside, CA)

Largest Schools in Southern California

Schools with larger student populations usually offer a variety of academic programs and extracurricular activities. According to 2015 NCES reports, the following schools had the largest student populations in Southern California.

  • University of Southern California (43,401 graduation rate)
  • University of California-Los Angeles (41,908 graduation rate)
  • California State University-Northridge (41,548 graduation rate)
  • California State University-Fullerton (38,948 graduation rate)
  • California State University-Long Beach (37,446 graduation rate)

Lowest Net Price

The decision of where to attend college is determined by many factors and cost is usually hovering around the top of the list. Thankfully, the NCES has researched the average net price of attendance for institutions across the nation for the 2014-2015 school year for first-time full-time undergraduate students. Listed below are a few of the most affordable schools in the Southern California:

  • College of the Sequoias ($1,354)
  • Grossmont College ($2,296)
  • California State University-Los Angeles ($3,160)
  • Cuyamaca College ($3,576)
  • Porterville College ($3,724)

Highest Graduation Rate

Prospective students should take into account graduation rates when deciding where to attend college. This statistic may demonstrate how devoted these institutions are to seeing the academic success of their full-time undergraduate students. The schools listed below represent a few of the schools that have the highest graduation rates for their students as calculated by the NCES in 2015 (percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal time).

  • Pomona College (94% graduation rate)
  • Claremont McKenna College (92% graduation rate)
  • University of Southern California (92% graduation rate)
  • Harvey Mudd College (92% graduation rate)
  • Scripps College (92% graduation rate)

When applying to schools, it helps to consider the schools location, student population, net price and graduation rate. This information should help you make an informed decision about which schools may be right for you.

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