Walnut Creek, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

Students willing to venture a few miles outside of Walnut Creek, CA, have access to roughly 50 public and private not-for-profit schools, including a well-known state university. Based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), these local schools are compared in terms of proximity to Walnut Creek, student populations, estimated costs and graduation rates.

Closest Schools to Walnut Creek, California

For students who aren't interested in a lengthy commute, there are six schools within 10 miles of Walnut Creek, CA. The closest option is Saint Mary's College of California, which is about 3.4 miles from downtown. The five other closest institutions are:

  • Diablo Valley College (5.8 miles from downtown)
  • John F. Kennedy University (5.8 miles from downtown)
  • Holy Names University (8.2 miles from downtown)
  • Merritt College (8.2 miles from downtown)
  • Mills College (8.7 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Walnut Creek, California

With so many schools in the area, finding one that's the right size for you is pretty important. In some cases, larger schools may offer more student resources than smaller colleges, including more extracurricular clubs, social events or even academic programs. Here are the five largest schools in the area, according to NCES student population reports as of 2015:

  • University of California-Berkeley (38,189 enrolled students)
  • San Francisco State University (30,256 enrolled students)
  • City College of San Francisco (23,391 enrolled students)
  • Diablo Valley College (19,694 enrolled students)
  • California State University-East Bay (15,528 enrolled students)

Lowest Net Price

A school's net price is determined by taking the total cost of attendance for full-time undergraduate students and subtracting the average amount of financial aid received. Schools in the Walnut Creek area had net prices that ranged from less than $5,000 to almost $45,000. The following five schools are the least expensive options among traditional, not-for-profit schools in the region, according to NCES figures from 2014-2015:

  • City College of San Francisco ($4,849)
  • Las Positas College ($5,712)
  • Los Medanos College ($6,086)
  • Chabot College ($6,811)
  • Diablo Valley College ($7,023)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES has identified a school's overall graduation rate as the percentage of students who complete their programs within 150% of the normal time required. Overall graduation rates at schools in the Walnut Creek region varied; one school had a rate of just seven percent, while another featured a figure of 100%. The following list includes the five traditional, not-for-profit institutions in the area that had the highest overall graduation rates as of 2015, according to NCES figures.

  • University of California-Berkeley (92% graduation rate)
  • Saint Mary's College of California (71% graduation rate)
  • University of San Francisco (71% graduation rate)
  • Mills College (65% graduation rate)
  • San Francisco State University (51% graduation rate)

To make an informed decision about where to apply in the Walnut Creek, CA, area, students are encouraged to compare schools based on NCES data for location, graduation rates, average net prices and total student enrollment.

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