Petaluma, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

While there are no colleges in Petaluma, CA, there are 15 schools within a 25-mile radius. Learn about a variety of these institutions to help you find the one that's right for you.

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With Petaluma's options being rather sparse, it is important to consider as many things as possible to narrow down your choices. Preview data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on graduation rates, locations, student populations, and net prices for several schools in the area.

Closest Schools to Petaluma, CA

There are only a handful of colleges near Petaluma. All of the major options are fairly spread out, though all are closer than 25 miles away. According to the NCES, these are the closest schools to the city:

  • Sonoma State University (7.1 miles from Petaluma)
  • Santa Rosa Junior College (15.2 miles from Petaluma)
  • Dominican University of California (20.5 miles from Petaluma)
  • Napa Valley College (20.5 miles from Petaluma)
  • College of Marin (20.9 miles from Petaluma)

Largest Schools Near Petaluma, CA

Many students prefer attending a larger school with many other students from a diverse set of backgrounds to socialize with. However, most of the colleges near Petaluma are fairly average or small in size. For 2015, the following schools had the highest student enrollment numbers:

  • Santa Rosa Junior College (22,411)
  • Sonoma State University (9,408)
  • Napa Valley College (6,257)
  • College of Marin (5,490)
  • Dominican University of California (1,863)

Lowest Net Price

Cost is always a major determining factor in where you will attend school, and the best way to look at it is by examining the net price. The NCES determines a college's average net price by subtracting the amount of financial aid the average student receives from the total cost of attendance, which includes in-district or in-state tuition and fees, room and board, books and miscellaneous supplies. The following schools had the lowest net prices for full-time undergraduate students during the 2014-2015 school year:

  • Santa Rosa Junior College ($8,776)
  • College of Marin ($9,781)
  • Napa Valley College ($11,454)
  • Sonoma State University ($15,585)
  • Dominican University of California ($34,908)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates can often indicate how effective a school is as a learning institution. The overall graduation rate for a school is the percentage of students who complete their studies in 150% of the 'normal' time period. For instance, two years is the 'normal' time it takes to earn an associate's degree, so the overall graduation rate reflects the number of students who graduated in three years. Based on figures for full-time undergraduate students, the schools with the highest graduation rates in 2015 were:

  • Dominican University of California (64%)
  • Sonoma State University (59%)
  • Napa Valley College (34%)
  • Santa Rosa Junior College (34%)
  • College of Marin (26%)

While researching your options for Petaluma schools, you might want to consider certain factors like school size, distance, cost and graduation figures for the colleges and universities you're considering.

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