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Private Colleges and Universities in Southern California

Higher Education Articles February 11, 2013

There are over fifty private schools in the Southern California area, the largest being the University of Phoenix – Southern California Campus, National University and University of Southern California. In this article, we will take a closer look at private colleges and universities in Southern California.

University of Phoenix – Costa Mesa, California

This private, for-profit school has campuses located all over the United States. The midsize town of Costa Mesa houses the Southern California campus for this university. Certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered at the school, in both occupational and academic fields. Among the more popular programs the University of Phoenix – Costa Mesa, California offers are those relating to management, health administration, accounting, business and criminal justice.

Contact Information
•Address: 3090 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, California 92626
•Phone Number: (800) 888-1968

National University – La Jolla, California

National University is a private school that is located in the town of La Jolla, in Southern California, has campuses all over the state. Academic programs are offered by the university within five colleges and schools, including the School of Business and Management, School of Engineering and Technology, School of Media and Communication, College of Letters and Education, School of Health and Human Services and School of Sciences. Students seeking admission to the college can choose from associate, bachelor and master degree programs. The school is also renowned for teaching programs and produces more teachers than any other school in California (source: Commission on Teacher Credentialing).

Contact Information
•Address: 11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037
•Phone Number: (800) 628-8648

University of Southern California – Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California is located in the center of Los Angeles and it is the largest private university; the school is one of the largest private research universities in the country. University of Southern California is one of the most selective schools in the state and only admitting around twenty-one percent of students who applied from a pool of thousands of potential candidates according to U.S. News & World Report. The university features some academic schools and colleges in the areas of sciences and liberal arts along with a graduate school; School of communication, School of Engineering, and School of Cinematic Arts. In total, the school offers ninety-five bachelor degree and one thirty-four master degree programs.

Contact Information
•Address: University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089
•Phone Number: (213) 740-2311

List of the Largest Private Colleges and Universities in Southern California

College/University Student Population
University of Southern California 33,747
National University 15,521
University of Phoenix – Southern California Campus 12,339
Loyola Marymount University 9,011
Azusa Pacific University 8,548
Trident University International 8,004
Pepperdine University 7,614
University of La Verne 7,511
DeVry University California 7,234
Chapman University 6,128
Biola University 5,893
The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising – Los Angeles 4,651
University of Redlands 4,317
Loma Linda University 4,040
California Baptist University 4,013
California Lutheran University 3,499
Concordia University – Irvine 2,543
Gemological Institute of America 2,366
Mount St. Mary’s College 2,363

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