San Fernando Valley, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

The traditional schools around the San Fernando Valley area include 2-year and 4-year public schools in addition to private universities. In this article, traditional non-profit institutions are compared in four different categories based on information we have compiled from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to San Fernando Valley, California

Cities in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area, such as the San Fernando Valley, are usually located close by to a large quantity of different types of postsecondary educational institutions. In the area of the San Fernando Valley, the schools with the closest campuses are:

  • Los Angeles Mission College (1.5 miles)
  • California State University-Northridge (4.7 miles)
  • Los Angeles Valley College (7.5 miles)
  • Los Angeles ORT College-Van Nuys Campus (7.6 miles)
  • Woodbury University (9.1 miles)

Largest Schools near San Fernando, California

The Los Angeles area, including the San Fernando Valley, contains several universities and colleges with large student bodies, with five exceeding 30,000 students. The NCES lists these schools as having the largest student bodies in the area of the San Fernando Valley:

  • University of Southern California (43,401 students)
  • University of California-Los Angeles (41,908 students)
  • California State University-Northridge (41,548 students)
  • East Los Angeles College (37,188 students)
  • Santa Monica College (30,615 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

When calculating the net price for a specific school, the NCES subtracts the average amount of financial aid given to full-time undergrads from the average cost of attending that school. In the San Fernando Valley, the schools with the lowest net prices in the 2014-2015 academic year are:

  • Los Angeles ORT College-Van Nuys Campus ($1,088)
  • California State University-Los Angeles ($3,160)
  • Glendale Community College ($3,785)
  • Pasadena City College ($6,544)
  • Los Angeles City College ($6,621)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A school's graduation rate refers to the percentage of that school's full-time undergraduate population who complete their degree within 150% of the average amount of time for that degree. The following schools near the San Fernando Valley had the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • University of Southern California (92% graduation rate)
  • University of California-Los Angeles (91% graduation rate)
  • California Institute of Technology (91% graduation rate)
  • Los Angeles ORT College-Van Nuys Campus (88% graduation rate)
  • Occidental College (88% graduation rate)

Since the San Fernando Valley is located in one of the most populated metropolitan areas in the country, prospective students in this area should be particularly careful to investigate these types of factors when looking to which schools would be best for them.

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