College Search
Dismiss notification

Colleges in California

Whether you're looking to soak up some sun, hit the ski slopes, or just study hard, you may want to begin your college search in California. There are 316 colleges in California, 154 public and 157 private, offering a wide range of programs and majors. California has both small schools (defined as less than 2000 students) and "very large" ones (10,000 or more students) and everything in between, including community colleges, in urban and rural environments.

According to Rachel G., a student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, "An obvious attraction of attending college is Southern California is the weather: cloudless days, low humidity, mild winters, etc. But in addition, California offers a multitude of cultural and educational benefits. I believe that California is perhaps the one state that is truly representative of the US as a whole: it has diverse people, big cities and small towns, agriculture and industry, mountains, deserts and beaches. I'm excited to take beach trips with my dorm, go to National Parks, explore Hollywood and LA's fashion district and much more. The people I've met here are friendly, diverse and interesting--one of my suitemates is from India! It's also great to live in the middle of a thriving large city, an ideal location for getting career contacts and internships. California is a vibrant place to learn and live!"

Also praising the unique opportunities California presents, Matt M., a student at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, said, "In one day, I can go skiing, surfing, and hiking in three different temperatures zones, and still have time to get a good night's rest."

For those interested in a bigger college experience, the University of California consists of ten campuses, altogether housing over 230,000 students. Each campus offers a unique educational experience, and a buzzing nightlife. The flagship campus, University of California - Berkeley, is located on the eastern side of the San Francisco bay and is one of the most-decorated schools in the country.

You can't discuss prestige without also mentioning Stanford University. This Palo-Alto, Silicon Valley technological powerhouse has bred some of the world's leading developers, and faculty and alumni have founded a number of prominent companies, including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, LinkedIn, Netflix, and Yahoo! just to name a few.

Other California colleges include California State University - Fullerton, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Occidental College in Los Angeles, Pepperdine University in Malibu, San Diego State University, and many, many more.

Cappex has tons of resources for students considering a college in California, including plenty of ways to help you find and apply for scholarships. Begin by browsing the complete list of colleges and universities below.

Colleges in California

School Scholarships Available
Academy for Jewish Religion-California No scholarships
Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences No scholarships
Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College-Berkeley No scholarships
Allan Hancock College No scholarships
Alliant International University-San Diego 33 scholarships
AMDA- College of the Performing Arts- Los Angeles 1 scholarships
American Baptist Seminary of the West 2 scholarships
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine 2 scholarships
American Conservatory Theater No scholarships
American Film Institute Conservatory 1 scholarships
American Jewish University 4 scholarships
American River College No scholarships
Antelope Valley College No scholarships
Antioch University-Los Angeles 10 scholarships
Antioch University-Santa Barbara No scholarships
Art Center College of Design 1 scholarships
Azusa Pacific University 5 scholarships
Bakersfield College No scholarships
Barstow Community College No scholarships
Beaumont Adult School No scholarships
Bergin University of Canine Studies No scholarships
Berkeley City College No scholarships
Bethel Seminary-San Diego No scholarships
Bethesda University No scholarships
Biola University 11 scholarships
Brandman University No scholarships
Butte College No scholarships
Cabrillo College No scholarships
California Baptist University 23 scholarships
California Christian College No scholarships
California College of the Arts 8 scholarships
California College San Diego No scholarships
California College San Diego No scholarships
California Institute of Advanced Management No scholarships
California Institute of Integral Studies 15 scholarships
California Institute of Technology 1 scholarships
California Institute of the Arts 1 scholarships
California International Business University No scholarships
California Jazz Conservatory No scholarships
California Lutheran University 3 scholarships
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo 3 scholarships
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona 36 scholarships
California State University, Monterey Bay 39 scholarships
California State University-Bakersfield 28 scholarships
California State University-Channel Islands 2 scholarships
California State University-Chico 4 scholarships
California State University-Dominguez Hills 52 scholarships
California State University-East Bay 18 scholarships
California State University-Fresno 250 scholarships
California State University-Fullerton 389 scholarships
California State University-Long Beach 127 scholarships
California State University-Los Angeles 84 scholarships
California State University-Northridge 4 scholarships
California State University-Sacramento 23 scholarships
California State University-San Bernardino 115 scholarships
California State University-San Marcos 29 scholarships
California State University-Stanislaus 3 scholarships
California University of Management and Sciences No scholarships
California Western School of Law 10 scholarships
Canada College No scholarships
Cerritos College No scholarships
Cerro Coso Community College No scholarships
Chabot College No scholarships
Chaffey College No scholarships
Chapman University 17 scholarships
Charles A Jones Career and Education Center No scholarships
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science 2 scholarships
Church Divinity School of the Pacific No scholarships
Citrus College 9 scholarships
City College of San Francisco No scholarships
Claremont Graduate University No scholarships
Claremont McKenna College 6 scholarships
Claremont School of Theology 1 scholarships
Coastline Community College No scholarships
Cogswell College No scholarships
College of Alameda No scholarships
College of Marin No scholarships
College of San Mateo No scholarships
College of the Canyons No scholarships
College of the Desert No scholarships
College of the Redwoods No scholarships
College of the Sequoias No scholarships
College of the Siskiyous No scholarships
Columbia College (CA) No scholarships
Columbia College Hollywood 3 scholarships
Compton College No scholarships
Concordia University-Irvine 10 scholarships
Contra Costa College No scholarships
Copper Mountain Community College No scholarships
Cosumnes River College No scholarships
Crafton Hills College No scholarships
Cuesta College No scholarships
Cuyamaca College No scholarships
Cypress College No scholarships
De Anza College No scholarships
Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre 1 scholarships
Diablo Valley College No scholarships
Dominican University of California 12 scholarships
Dongguk University-Los Angeles 1 scholarships
Downey Adult School No scholarships
East Los Angeles College No scholarships
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program No scholarships
El Camino Community College District No scholarships
Epic Bible College 3 scholarships
Evergreen Valley College No scholarships
Feather River Community College District No scholarships
Five Branches University 1 scholarships
Folsom Lake College No scholarships
Foothill College No scholarships
Franciscan School of Theology 2 scholarships
Fresno City College 29 scholarships
Fresno Pacific University 26 scholarships
Fuller Theological Seminary 17 scholarships
Fullerton College No scholarships
Gavilan College No scholarships
Glendale Community College No scholarships
Golden Gate University-San Francisco 4 scholarships
Golden West College No scholarships
Grace Mission University No scholarships
Graduate Theological Union No scholarships
Grossmont College No scholarships
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education No scholarships
Hartnell College No scholarships
Harvey Mudd College 7 scholarships
High Tech High Graduate School of Education No scholarships
Holy Names University 2 scholarships
Homestead Schools No scholarships
Hope International University 5 scholarships
Horizon University No scholarships
Humboldt State University 2 scholarships
Humphreys College-Stockton and Modesto Campuses No scholarships
Imperial Valley College No scholarships
International Technological University No scholarships
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope No scholarships
Irvine Valley College No scholarships
John F. Kennedy University 8 scholarships
John Paul the Great Catholic University 1 scholarships
Keck Graduate Institute 18 scholarships
La Sierra University 1 scholarships
Laguna College of Art and Design 1 scholarships
Lake Tahoe Community College No scholarships
Laney College No scholarships
Las Positas College No scholarships
Lassen Community College No scholarships
Life Chiropractic College West 2 scholarships
Life Pacific College 1 scholarships
Lincoln University 2 scholarships
Loma Linda University No scholarships
Long Beach City College No scholarships
Los Angeles City College No scholarships
Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health No scholarships
Los Angeles Harbor College No scholarships
Los Angeles Mission College No scholarships
Los Angeles Pacific University No scholarships
Los Angeles Pierce College No scholarships
Los Angeles Southwest College No scholarships
Los Angeles Trade Technical College No scholarships
Los Angeles Valley College No scholarships
Los Medanos College No scholarships
Loyola Marymount University 24 scholarships
Make School No scholarships
Marshall B Ketchum University No scholarships
Marymount California University 11 scholarships
Mendocino College No scholarships
Menlo College 3 scholarships
Merced College No scholarships
Merritt College No scholarships
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey 1 scholarships
Mills College 11 scholarships
Minerva Schools at KGI No scholarships
Minerva Schools at KGI - Claremont No scholarships
MiraCosta College No scholarships
Mission College No scholarships
Modesto Junior College No scholarships
Monterey Peninsula College No scholarships
Moorpark College No scholarships
Moreno Valley College No scholarships
Mount Saint Mary's University 11 scholarships
Mt San Antonio College No scholarships
Mt San Jacinto Community College District No scholarships
Napa Valley College No scholarships
National University 9 scholarships
Naval Postgraduate School 2 scholarships
Norco College No scholarships
Northwestern Polytechnic University No scholarships
Occidental College 13 scholarships
Ohlone College No scholarships
Orange Coast College No scholarships
Otis College of Art and Design 4 scholarships
Oxnard College No scholarships
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary 1 scholarships
Pacific Oaks College 17 scholarships
Pacific School of Religion 3 scholarships
Pacific States University 1 scholarships
Pacific Union College 16 scholarships
Palo Alto University 1 scholarships
Palo Verde College No scholarships
Palomar College No scholarships
Pardee RAND Graduate School No scholarships
Pasadena City College No scholarships
Patten University 8 scholarships
Pepperdine University 3 scholarships
Phillips Graduate University 1 scholarships
Pitzer College 1 scholarships
Point Loma Nazarene University 136 scholarships
Pomona College 4 scholarships
Porterville College No scholarships
Presidio Graduate School No scholarships
Providence Christian College No scholarships
Reedley College 11 scholarships
Rio Hondo College No scholarships
Riverside City College 2 scholarships
Rudolf Steiner College No scholarships
Sacramento City College No scholarships
Saddleback College No scholarships
Saint Mary's College of California 9 scholarships
Saint Patrick's Seminary and University No scholarships
Samuel Merritt University 4 scholarships
San Bernardino Valley College No scholarships
San Diego Christian College 25 scholarships
San Diego City College No scholarships
San Diego Mesa College No scholarships
San Diego Miramar College No scholarships
San Diego State University 1 scholarships
San Francisco Art Institute 9 scholarships
San Francisco Conservatory of Music 1 scholarships
San Francisco State University 487 scholarships
San Francisco Theological Seminary 2 scholarships
San Joaquin College of Law 21 scholarships
San Joaquin Delta College No scholarships
San Jose City College No scholarships
San Jose State University 5 scholarships
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute No scholarships
Santa Ana College No scholarships
Santa Barbara City College No scholarships
Santa Clara University 62 scholarships
Santa Monica College No scholarships
Santa Rosa Junior College No scholarships
Santiago Canyon College No scholarships
Saybrook University 4 scholarships
Scripps College 2 scholarships
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School 2 scholarships
Shasta College No scholarships
Sierra College No scholarships
Simpson University 11 scholarships
Skyline College No scholarships
Sofia University 5 scholarships
Soka University of America 3 scholarships
Solano Community College No scholarships
Sonoma State University 6 scholarships
South Baylo University 6 scholarships
Southern California Institute of Architecture 2 scholarships
Southern California Seminary 1 scholarships
Southern California University of Health Sciences No scholarships
Southwestern College No scholarships
Southwestern Law School No scholarships
St John's Seminary No scholarships
St Luke University No scholarships
Stanbridge University No scholarships
Stanford University 1 scholarships
Starr King School for the Ministry No scholarships
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary 1 scholarships
Taft College No scholarships
The California Maritime Academy 6 scholarships
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Irvine No scholarships
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles No scholarships
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Westwood No scholarships
The Master's University 15 scholarships
The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law at Santa Barbara No scholarships
The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law at Ventura No scholarships
The University of America No scholarships
The University of West Los Angeles No scholarships
The Wright Institute No scholarships
The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts 1 scholarships
Thomas Aquinas College 1 scholarships
Thomas Jefferson School of Law No scholarships
Touro University California No scholarships
Touro University Worldwide No scholarships
Trinity Law School No scholarships
University of California-Berkeley 8 scholarships
University of California-Davis 4 scholarships
University of California-Hastings College of Law 7 scholarships
University of California-Irvine 32 scholarships
University of California-Los Angeles 33 scholarships
University of California-Merced 16 scholarships
University of California-Riverside 7 scholarships
University of California-San Diego 26 scholarships
University of California-San Francisco 3 scholarships
University of California-Santa Barbara 2 scholarships
University of California-Santa Cruz 6 scholarships
University of La Verne 10 scholarships
University of Redlands 7 scholarships
University of San Diego 4 scholarships
University of San Francisco 3 scholarships
University of Southern California 24 scholarships
University of the Pacific 78 scholarships
University of the West No scholarships
Vanguard University of Southern California 12 scholarships
Ventura College No scholarships
Victor Valley College No scholarships
West Hills College-Coalinga No scholarships
West Hills College-Lemoore No scholarships
West Los Angeles College No scholarships
West Valley College No scholarships
Western University of Health Sciences No scholarships
Westminster Theological Seminary in California No scholarships
Westmont College 10 scholarships
Whittier College 4 scholarships
William Jessup University 15 scholarships
Woodbury University 6 scholarships
Woodland Community College No scholarships
World Mission University 7 scholarships
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary No scholarships
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine No scholarships
Yuba College No scholarships
Zaytuna College No scholarships