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Santa Ana, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

While there is only one traditional, non-profit school in Santa Ana, CA, there are 141 institutions located within a 25-mile radius. Learn about the top schools in several categories to find the right school for you.

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Numerous postsecondary options exist in the Santa Ana region, including for-profit universities, specialty schools, law schools, art institutes and much more. To help the average student who wants to attend a traditional college offering plenty of programs, this article looks at the public and private universities and colleges near Santa Ana. In order to narrow down the search, students are encouraged to utilize data from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES) covering topics including: location, graduation rate, price, and student population.

Schools Closest to Santa Ana, California

Within a short driving distance, there is a mix of 2 and 4-year institutions, both public and privately-owned. There are dozens of schools that are less than 10 miles away. Below are the top 5 closest schools to Santa Ana.

  • Santa Ana College (2.1 miles away)
  • Chapman University (2.4 miles away)
  • Santiago Canyon College (4.1 miles away)
  • Alliant International University-Irvine (4.6 miles away)
  • Orange Coast College (6.1 miles away)

Largest Schools Near Santa Ana, California

Santa Ana offers a significant number of large schools, with 10 schools having over 20,000 total students. The top 5 largest schools, listed below, range from nearly 29,000 to 39,000 students. One common characteristic between the 5 schools is that they are all public institutions.

  • California State University-Fullerton (38,948 total students)
  • California State University-Long Beach (37,446 total students)
  • University of California-Irvine (30,836 total students)
  • Santa Ana College (29,808 total students)
  • Mt San Antonio College (28,991 total students)

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  • Agriculture
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  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • 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 NCES determined the average net price of a college by subtracting the amount of governmental or institutional financial aid a full-time undergraduate student receives from the total cost of attending the college. Listed below are the five colleges with the lowest 2014-2015 net prices in the Santa Ana area; these schools' net prices all fell under $6,100.

  • California State University-Dominguez Hills ($3,764)
  • Mt San Antonio College ($4,042)
  • Long Beach City College ($5,546)
  • Santa Ana College ($6,006)
  • Rio Hondo College ($6,060)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES determines a 4-year university's graduation rate based on the number of full-time undergraduate students who graduated within 150% of the 'normal time' it would take to complete the program (which is typically six years for a bachelor's degree). The following five schools are ranked the highest in terms of graduation rates, all having graduation rates of 70% or higher.

  • University of California-Irvine (88% graduation rate)
  • Chapman University (79% graduation rate)
  • Stanbridge College (76% graduation rate)
  • Biola University (70% graduation rate)
  • American Career College-Anaheim (68% graduation rate)

With so many schools to choose from in the Santa Ana region, prospective students should place substantial weight on important evaluation factors such as: graduation rates, price, size, and location.

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