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Southern California Universities and Colleges: List of Largest Colleges

Higher Education Articles February 14, 2013

The region between Ventura County and the Mexican border is commonly referred to as South California; this includes urban settlements such as Riverside, Los Angeles and Santa Clarita. There are hundreds of universities and colleges in this region, from vocational schools and two-year community colleges to sprawling four-year research universities. In this article, we will take a look at some of the largest and best post-secondary institutions in South California.

California State University – Fullerton

California State University – Fullerton is located in Fullerton, California, which is north of Anaheim, and this school is part of the other major public university system in California. Other large California State University institutions in Southern California include California State University – North Ridge and California State University – Long Beach. CSU – Fullerton is ranked as being the top public universities in the nation along with having the top ten master’s institutions in the Western United States according to the U.S. News and World Report. This school has a hugely diverse student body. California State University – Fullerton have been ranked fifth in the country for the number of undergraduate degrees that have been awarded to minority students according to the Diverse Issues in Higher Education. CSU – Fullerton awards professional, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in a wide range of disciplines. Divisions at Fullerton include engineering, computer science, natural sciences, mathematics, communication, education, social sciences, humanities, arts, business, and human development.

Riverside Community College District

The Riverside Community College District (RCCD) ranks first among Southern California’s largest two-year college systems and fifth among the largest in the state. The college has three campuses spread across Riverside County in the urban settings of Moreno Valley, Riverside and Norco. Students are trained for jobs at RCCD colleges and prepared for transfer to four-year colleges. Degrees are granted at the associate degree and certificate levels. Students are trained for jobs in diverse fields such as microbiology, engineering, construction, Computer Information Systems (CIS), nursing, and business. There are also specific vocational programs offered, ranging from welding technology to geographic information systems (GIS). Transfer to four-year secondary institutions is facilitated in many areas with degrees awarded in a range of subjects including sociology, health care, foreign language, chemistry, and anthropology among others.

University of California – Los Angeles

University of California – Los Angeles is located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California and it is part of the University of California public university system. Other University of California institutions in Southern California include the University of California – San Diego and the University of California – Riverside. UCLA is more than just the largest public research university in Southern California. The school was ranked eleventh in the world by the Times Higher Education international rankings. UCLA boasts a ninety-one percent progress and success rate that refer to the percentage of students who either are in good standing or graduate by their fourth academic year. UCLA awards undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional degrees in almost every subject. The College of Letters and Sciences offers programs in majors such as life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities; these range from evolutionary biology to English. Professional degrees can also be pursued at UCLA by graduate students; these include areas such as the arts, engineering, architecture, education, law and business. Students who want to pursue careers in health care can study public health, dentistry, psychiatry, nursing or medicine.

Largest Universities and Colleges in Southern California

College/University Student Enrollments 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
College of the Canyons 21,575 Santa Clarita, 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, California
Saddleback College 23,260 Mission Viejo, 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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