Modesto, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

Aspiring students who are willing to venture beyond Modesto's city limits have more diverse school options than the many private for-profits available. To help students with their educational decisions, we'll compares area schools using several facts and figures from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), covering topics such as net cost, location, size, and graduation rate.

Schools Closest to Modesto, California

The Modesto area offers a 2-year college in its immediate vicinity. Students willing to drive can attend a state university or a number of smaller institutions. Below is a list of the 5 schools closest to Modesto:

  • Modesto Junior College (downtown Modesto)
  • Humphreys College (3.2 miles away)
  • Brightwood College-Modesto (6.2 miles away)
  • San Joaquin Valley College (6.2 miles away)
  • California State University-Stanislaus (12.7 miles away)

Largest Schools Near Modesto, California

The highest populated schools in and near Modesto range from nearly 10,000 to over 17,000 total students. The remaining 12 schools near Modesto have 500 or less students. The list below provides the 5 largest schools near Modesto:

  • Modesto Junior College (17,739 total students)
  • California State University-Stanislaus (9,282 total students)
  • Brightwood College-Modesto (429 total students)
  • ITT Technical Institute-Lathrop (387 total students)
  • Humphreys College-Modesto (not reported)

Lowest Net Price

Students may want to consider the net cost of a school before making a final decision regarding which school they want to attend. The NCES determines a school's net cost by taking the total cost of full-time attendance and then subtracting the average amount of government or institutional aid received by students. The 2014-2015 net costs for 5 traditional schools in the Modesto area include:

  • California State University-Stanislaus ($7,387)
  • Modesto Junior College ($9,582)
  • Brightwood College-Modesto ($22,449)
  • ITT Technical Institute-Lathrop ($23,244)
  • Humphreys College-Modesto (not reported)

Highest Graduation Rate

The graduation rates for traditional schools in the Modesto area range from 24%-76%, according to the NCES. The rates of the top five traditional schools below reflect full-time students who completed their programs within 150% of normal graduation time, which is six years for a bachelor's degree and three years for an associate's degree.

  • Brightwood College-Modesto (76% graduation rate)
  • California State University-Stanislaus (55% graduation rate)
  • ITT Technical Institute-Lathrop (40% graduation rate)
  • Modesto Junior College (24% graduation rate)
  • Humphreys College-Modesto (not reported)

Considering these critical factors, including graduation rate, price, size, and location, are enormously valuable in the college selection process for students thinking about enrolling in a school near Modesto.

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