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Graduate Schools in Northern California with Program Overviews

There are 49 schools within a 25-mile radius of the Northern California cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Learn about post-secondary institutions in the area that offer programs at the graduate level to help you with your educational goals.

The following pertains to schools in Northern California offering graduate programs within close proximity of major cities, feature the lowest net price, have the highest rate of graduation, and the most students. All of the information is based off of statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Northern California Schools Near Large Cities

Students in San Jose, San Francisco, or Oakland can select a variety of schools offering graduate degree programs. Consider the following schools located near those three major cities:

  • Golden Gate University - San Francisco (1.4 miles from San Francisco)
  • University of San Francisco (1.5 miles from San Francisco)
  • University of California - Berkeley (6.6 miles from Oakland)
  • Mills College (1.7 miles from Oakland)
  • San Jose State University (3.0 miles from San Jose)

Largest Schools in Northern California

There are multiple schools in Northern California that had over 2,000 graduate level students enrolled in 2015-2016. These schools offer both undergraduate and graduate level programs. If population size is important for you, consider the following institutions:

  • University of California - Berkeley (10,439 graduate students)
  • Stanford University (9,944 graduate students)
  • San Jose State University (6,049 graduate students)
  • San Francisco State University (3,527 graduate students)
  • California State University - East Bay (2,483 graduate students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES determines the lowest net price for a school by finding the difference between average financial aid received and the total cost for students to enter a program. The following lists the lowest net prices for undergraduate students during the 2014-2015 year.

  • California State University - East Bay ($10,131)
  • San Francisco State University ($12,941)
  • San Jose State University ($13,642)
  • University of California - Berkeley ($16,601)
  • Stanford University ($19,245)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

The graduation rates listed on NCES are found by analyzing how many undergraduate students studying full-time complete their programs within 150% of the typical time frame. Two schools in the region feature graduation rates of over 90%.

  • Stanford University (94% graduation rate)
  • University of California - Berkeley (92% graduation rate)
  • Santa Clara University (84% graduation rate)
  • University of San Francisco (71% graduation rate)
  • Saint Mary's College of California (71% graduation rate)

For those seeking schools that are close to large cities, have high student populations, low net costs, or strong graduation rates, there are numerous options in the Northern California area.

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