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Colleges and Universities in Southern California

Higher Education Articles January 16, 2013

The whole region from Ventura County up to the border that includes the metropolitan areas of San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Clarita is known as South California. This region is full of two- and four-year universities and colleges, in addition to several degree and certificate programs. In this article, we will look at some of the most popular colleges and universities in Southern California.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

This is a spacious research institution located in the western part of Los Angeles city and part of the California public university system, which comprises of many other institutions, such as the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and University of California, San Diego (UCSD). UCLA is among the biggest and highly rated universities in Southern California. In 2010, it was ranked 35th on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 400 best universities in the world, and it was rated  as 11th among the world’s research universities by Times Higher Education magazine. The university offers doctoral, master and bachelor degree programs in almost every field. Sociology, political science, education, history, economics and anthropology are among the most popular majors selected by students at the university. UCLA also offers several graduate professional programs through its architecture, engineering, medicine, law, business and arts divisions.

Riverside Community College District (RCCD)

Three campuses in the cities of Norco, Riverside and Moreno Valley make up the Riverside Community College District (RCCD). They combine to form the region’s second-largest and the state’s fifth largest college system. Associate and certificate programs are offered at the RCCD. The RCCD school offers nearly one hundred degree programs that can be categorized as transfer-oriented and vocational. A wide range of training programs in diverse fields such as fire science, construction, office technology and nursing are imparted to students aspiring to join the workforce. Various academic degree programs are available to students planning to transition to a four-year university. Examples of such programs are history, biology, foreign language and English.

San Diego State University (SDSU)

San Diego State University (SDSU), located within a stone’s throw from downtown San Diego, belongs to the California State University (CSU) system, which is the state’s second biggest network of public educational institutions. There are also other institutions in the region that belong to the CSU system, such as California State University, Long Beach and California State University, Fullerton. SDSU is highly rated among research schools; in 2011, the U.S. News & World Report ranked it 183rd on its list of the best universities in the United States, as well as the best educational schools and top 100 universities. Doctoral, master and bachelor degree programs are offered at SDSU, which has more than eighty undergraduate majors in social sciences, sciences and the humanities; these include environmental engineering, classics and accounting, among others. The school offers master degree programs in many of these specialties apart from doctoral programs in sixteen majors in the fields of science, psychology and education.

List of Colleges and Universities in Southern California

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School Name Total Student Enrollment Location
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 22,273 Pomona, California
California State University, Fullerton 36,262 Fullerton, California
California State University, Long Beach 35,557 Long Beach, California
California State University, Northridge 35,198 Northridge, California
Cerritos College 21,776 Norwalk, California
East Los Angeles College 35,717 Monterey Park, California
El Camino Community College District 27,237 Torrance, California
Fullerton College 22,469 Fullerton, California
Long Beach City College 27,894 Long Beach, California
Pierce College 21,928 Woodland Hills, California
Mt. San Antonio College 29,935 Walnut, California
Orange Coast College 25,316 Costa Mesa, California
Palomar College 27,442 San Marcos, California
Pasadena City College 26,453 Pasadena, California
Rio Hondo College 22,432 Whittier, California
Riverside Community College 36,586 Riverside County, California
Saddleback College 23,260 Mission Viejo, California
San Diego State University 32,817 San Diego, California
Santa Ana College 31,073 Santa Ana, California
Santa Monica College 32,313 Santa Monica, California
University of California, Irvine 27,142 Irvine, California
University of California, Los Angeles 38,550 Los Angeles, California
University of California, San Diego 28,418 La Jolla, California
University of California, Santa Barbara 22,850 Santa Barbara, California
University of Southern California 34,824 Los Angeles, California

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