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Monterey, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

There are thirteen colleges located within a 50 mile radius of Monterey. Discussing only public and private not-for-profit schools, we'll take a look at key aspects of these colleges to assist you in your search for the right one.

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Learn about the graduation rates, net prices, population sizes, and distance for several schools in Monterey and the surrounding area. These statistics have been calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Monterey, California

There are a few schools located within five miles of Monterey, with the closest two being positioned right in town. Those who expand their search will find seven more schools within 30 miles and a few additional colleges within fifty miles. Most of these institutions are community colleges. The closest schools are as follows:

  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (located downtown)
  • Monterey Peninsula College (located downtown)
  • California State University - Monterey Bay (2.4 miles from downtown)
  • Hartnell College (13.2 miles from downtown)
  • Cabrillo College (26.7 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools near Monterey, California

University of California-Santa Cruz is the largest college in the Monterey area. Students who choose this college will find a fellow student count of 17,868. This college is one of the few 4-year public options on the list. The next largest colleges near Monterey are:

  • Cabrillo College (13,086students)
  • Hartnell College (11,176 students)
  • West Valley College (8,799 students)
  • Evergreen Valley College (8,691 students)
  • Monterey Peninsula College (8,277 students)

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Lowest Net Price

There are several schools with a net price of below $10,000 in the Monterey area. Net price can be a helpful statistic when figuring out what you'll still need to pay for college after financial aid. In this section we'll be talking about numbers that apply to full-time undergraduate students based on the 2014-2015 school year. The college offering the lowest net price nearby is Gavilan College, which boasts a net cost of $5,699. Other relatively low-cost schools are:

  • Monterey Peninsula College ($7,980)
  • Cabrillo College ($9,680)
  • Hartnell College ($10,705)
  • California State University-Monterey Bay ($10,913)
  • West Valley College ($11,581)

Highest Graduation Rate

The University of California-Santa Cruz has the highest graduation rate in the Monterey area at a solid 78%. The rates detailed in this section apply solely to undergraduates enrolled full-time. They're calculated from the 2015 school year and are based on 150% of normal time needed to complete a program, meaning six years. With several schools in the area being community colleges, their low graduation rates are largely due to students transferring out. The next highest rates in the area belong to:

  • California State University-Monterey Bay (53%)
  • West Valley College (31%)
  • Gavilan College (29%)
  • Hartnell College (27%)
  • Monterey Peninsula College (27%)

Students looking to attend school close to Monterey have relatively limited options, though public and community colleges are available without going too far and students can make a choice based on factors like student population, net price, graduation rates, and proximity to the city.

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