Gardena, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

The traditional non-profit colleges in the Gardena area include both 2-year and 4-year public colleges as well as private universities. We compare and contrast these mainstream schools using information taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) according to each of the following categories:

Closest Schools to Gardena, California

Located near the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Gardena lies within a 25-mile radius of numerous colleges, universities and other types of postsecondary specialty schools. If you currently live in Gardena, and would like to apply for schools with shorter commutes, these five schools have the closest campuses to your area:

  • El Camino Community College District (2.1 miles)
  • California State University-Dominguez Hills (2.7 miles)
  • Los Angeles Southwest College (4.8 miles)
  • El Camino College-Compton Center (5.3 miles)
  • Los Angeles Harbor College (7.2 miles)

Largest Schools near Gardenia, California

The area surrounding Los Angeles contains many schools with very large student populations, including several with current enrollments of over 35,000 students. Near Gardena, the schools with the highest student populations are:

  • University of Southern California (43,401 students)
  • University of California-Los Angeles (41,908 students)
  • California State University-Fullerton (38,948 students)
  • California State University-Long Beach (37,446 students)
  • East Los Angeles College (37,188 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

You can understand a school's NCES net price as the amount of financial aid given to full-time undergrads at a particular school subtracted from the average cost of attendance. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the schools with the lowest net prices near Gardena were:

  • Los Angeles ORT College-Van Nuys Campus ($1,088)
  • California State University-Los Angeles ($3,160)
  • California State University-Dominguez Hills ($3,764)
  • Glendale Community College ($3,785)
  • Long Beach City College ($5,546)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES graduation rate for a specific schools refers to the percentage of that school's undergraduate population who completes their degree program within 150% of the standard amount of time for that degree. The following five Gardena schools had the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • University of Southern California (92% graduation rate)
  • University of California-Los Angeles (91% graduation rate)
  • California Institute of Technology (91% graduation rate)
  • Occidental College (88% graduation rate)
  • Los Angeles ORT College-Van Nuys Campus (88% graduation rate)

If you live in a well-populated metropolitan area--such as Gardena--and would like to apply to schools in your area, it's helpful to examine factors like location, size, price and graduation rate to ensure that you make the best decisions for you and your specific preferences.

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