California has a school for everyone. Let us help you discover your perfect one.
Home to the eighth largest economy in the world, Silicon Valley and a myriad of top-ranking universities, California is not only beautiful, but a smart place to build your future.
Whether you dream of studying at a hot beach or a cool mountain; at an enormous public research university or a modest smaller college; in the bustling city or the humble countryside – with so many schools to choose from, you’re sure to find your academic home in our state.
With its unique three-tiered higher education system, as well as hundreds of other private universities, California has a school to match your needs.
Three-Tiered Education System
California is home to a unique, three-tiered education system that includes three sectors of educational institutions.
- The California Community Colleges System encompasses 110 colleges in 72 community college districts across the state. The system educates a whopping 2.9 million students statewide and can provide learners with the first two years of a four-year university’s coursework.
- The University of California public university system houses 10 campuses, educates over 200,000 students and is often regarded to as one of the top public university systems in the world.
- California State University (CSU), one of the largest public university systems in the United States, is home to 23 campuses, 47,000 staff members and over 400,000 students. Approximately half of the bachelor’s degrees and a third of the master’s degrees awarded each year in California are from CSU.
In addition to its expansive three-tiered education network, California also has hundreds of private colleges and universities, including religious and special-purpose schools. Several highly noted, world-renowned schools call California home, including: Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the California Institute of Technology, and the Claremont Colleges.
When you enter into English language instruction, you are offered a wide range of English as a Second Language (ESL) programs designed to help you reach your personal, academic and career goals. Many of California’s schools offer ESL programs – from small community colleges to large public universities.