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Salinas, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

There are 12 colleges within 25 miles of Salinas, CA. Here you can study up on these colleges and how they relate to several important factors when it comes to searching for the right school.

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Students hoping to attend college near Salinas, CA, can compare schools by checking out the student populations, distance from town, graduation rates, and net prices of the schools in the surrounding area. The statistics provided have been calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Salinas, California

The Salinas, CA, area is home to several traditional post-secondary schools. Most are public schools, both 2- and 4-year, and there is one private not-for-profit school as well. The schools closest to town are:

  • Hartnell College (0 miles)
  • California State University-Monterey Bay (10.8 miles)
  • Naval Postgraduate School (11.5 miles)
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (13.2 miles)
  • Monterey Peninsula College (13.2 miles)

Largest Schools Near Salinas, California

Students seeking a medium-sized college around Salinas will find several options at their disposal. Most of these schools are public colleges located in suburban settings, while the largest school is right in the city of Salinas. The largest schools nearby are:

  • Hartnell College (11,176 students)
  • Monterey Peninsula College (8,277 students)
  • California State University-Monterey Bay (7,102 students)
  • Gavilan College (6,119 students)
  • Naval Postgraduate School (2,665 students)

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  • Agriculture
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  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

The calculation of net price, involving a subtraction of the average amount of financial aid received from the costs of attendance, can help students figure out how much college will cost post-financial aid. This section goes over figures that apply singly to undergraduate students attending school full-time over the course of the 2014-2015 school year. Gavilan College offers the lowest net tuition in the area at $5,699, with the next lowest net costs belonging to:

  • Monterey Peninsula College ($7,980)
  • Hartnell College ($10,705)
  • California State University-Monterey Bay ($10,913)
  • Central Coast College ($17,725)

Highest Graduation Rate

As in the lowest net price section, the rates we'll detail here are only applicable to undergraduate students whose class schedule constitutes full-time enrollment. These rates are based on 150% of the standard amount of time needed to complete a program by the 2015 school year. The highest graduation rates are:

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

Students in Salinas have a limited scope of options nearby, but there are a few community colleges and public universities to choose from, as well as one private school in nearby Monterey.

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