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Key facts:


State population


Top 4 cities

Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco

Number of Universities/Colleges


Number of International students in the state


Leading places of origin for International students

China, South Korea, India, Saudi Arabia, Japan

Highest number of International students

University of Southern California (10,932)


University of California - Los Angeles (9,579)


University of California - Berkeley (6,372)


Academy of Art University (5,233)


University of California - San Diego (4,790)

Universities and Colleges in California


This is the first University Finder/College Search that is customized to the search criteria of prospective international students. Great for both international students and US students.


In order to simplify and declutter the search & review process, the growing international student community has increasingly requested a platform for searching and reviewing only “real” and “normal” US universities and college (meaning, traditional universities/colleges) that are not “too small” in terms of student population. In Study Destination USA’s customized list of universities & colleges in California you will find:


  • Only accredited US universities and colleges offering a variety of degrees
  • Only Universities & Colleges with a minimum of 1,000 enrolled students
  • No online universities or colleges
  • No for-profit universities or colleges
  • No language schools
  • No vocational schools (aviation, culinary etc.)
  • No religious seminars
  • No military universities/colleges/academies
  • Only traditional ("normal") US universities and colleges


Only available at Study Destination USA, this is a helpful list of US universities and colleges for both US students and international students intending to study for a bachelor's, master's or doctorate (PhD) degree in California. Since these are traditional universities and colleges offering a variety of degrees, you are very likely to find that most, if not all, offer popular degrees at bachelor, master, and PhD level, such as Business and Management degrees, Engineering degrees, Math and Computer Science degrees, Social Sciences degrees, Physical and Life Science degrees, and Health & Medicine degrees.


Click or tap on one of the links below to be redirected to the institution's official home page. Find your university or college in California today and start preparing your application. US students are equally welcome to review our customized list of universities and colleges.

Universities and Colleges in California









Academy of Art University

Gavilan College

Sacramento City College

Advanced College

Glendale Community College

Saddleback College

Allan Hancock College

Golden Gate University

Saint Marys College of California

Alliant International University

Golden West College

Samuel Merritt University

American Academy of Dramatic Arts-West

Grossmont College

San Bernardino Valley College

American Film Institute


San Diego Christian College

American River College


San Diego City College

American University of Health Sciences

Hartnell College

San Diego Mesa College

Antelope Valley College

Harvey Mudd College

San Diego Miramar College

Antioch University - Los Angeles

Heald College - Fresno

San Diego State University

Antioch University - Santa Barbara

Heald College - San Jose

San Francisco Art Institute

Art Center College of Design

Hope International University

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Azusa Pacific University

Humboldt State University

San Francisco State University


Humphreys College

San Joaquin College of Law



San Joaquin Delta College

Bakersfield College


San Jose City College

Barstow Community College

Imperial Valley College

San Jose State University

Berkeley City College

Irvine Valley College

Santa Ana College

Bethesda Christian University


Santa Barbara City College

Biola University


Santa Clara University

Brooks Institute

John F. Kennedy University

Santa Monica College

Butte College


Santa Rosa Junior College



Saybrook University


Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences

Scripps College

Cabrillo College


Shasta College

California Baptist University


Sierra College

California College of the Arts

La Sierra University

Simpson University

California Institute of Integral Studies

Laguna College of Art & Design

Skyline College

California Institute of Technology

Lake Tahoe Community College

Soka University of America

California Institute of the Arts

Laney College

Solano Community College

California International Business University

Las Positas College

Sonoma State University

California Lutheran University

Lassen Community College

South Baylo University

California Maritime Academy

Life Pacific College

Southern California Institute of Architecture

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Lincoln University

Southern California University of Health Sciences

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Loma Linda University

Southern States University

California State University Bakersfield

Long Beach City College

Southwestern College

California State University Channel Islands

Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art

Stanford University

California State University Chico

Los Angeles City College


California State University Dominguez Hills

Los Angeles Harbor College


California State University East Bay

Los Angeles Mission College

Taft College

California State University Fresno

Los Angeles Pacific College

The Art Institute of California - Hollywood

California State University Fullerton

Los Angeles Pierce College

The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles

California State University Long Beach

Los Angeles Southwest College

The Art Institute of California - Orange County

California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

The Art Institute of California - San Diego

California State University Monterey Bay

Los Angeles Valley College

The Art Institute of California - San Francisco

California State University Northridge

Los Medanos College

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

California State University Sacramento

Loyola Marymount University

The Master's College

California State University San Bernardino

Marymount College

Touro University California

California State University San Marcos

Menlo College


California State University Stanislaus

Merced College


Canada College

Merritt College

United States University

Cerritos College

Mills College

University of California at Berkeley

Chabot College

MiraCosta College

University of California at Davis

Chaffey College

Mission College

University of California at Irvine

Chapman University

Modesto Junior College

University of California at Los Angeles

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science

Monterey Institute of International Studies

University of California at Merced

Citrus College

Monterey Peninsula College

University of California at Riverside

City College of San Francisco

Moorpark College

University of California at San Diego

Claremont Graduate University

Mount Saint Mary's College

University of California at San Francisco

Claremont McKenna College

Mt. San Antonio College

University of California at Santa Barbara

Coastline Community College

Mt. San Jacinto Community College

University of California at Santa Cruz

Cogswell Polytechnical College

Musicians Institute

University of California Hastings College of Law

College of Alameda


University of La Verne

College of Marin


University of Redlands

College of San Mateo

Napa Valley College

University of San Diego

College of the Canyons

National University

University of San Francisco

College of the Desert

Naval Postgraduate School

University of Southern California

College of the Redwoods

Newschool of Architecture and Design

University of the Pacific

College of the Sequoias

Northwestern Polytechnic University

University of the West

College of the Siskiyous

Notre Dame de Namur University


Columbia College - Sonora



Concordia University - Irvine


Vanguard University of Southern California

Contra Costa College

Occidental College

Victor Valley College

Copper Mountain Community College

Ohlone College


Cosumnes River College

Orange Coast College


Crafton Hills College

Otis College of Art & Design

West Hills College - Coalinga

Cuesta College

Oxnard College

West Hills College - Lemoore

Cuyamaca College


West Los Angeles College

Cypress College


West Valley College


Pacific Oaks College

Western State University College of Law


Pacific Union College

Western University of Health Sciences

De Anza College

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Westmont College

Diablo Valley College

Palmer College of Chiropractic - West Campus

Whittier College

Dominican University of California

Palo Alto University

William Jessup University


Palo Verde College

Woodbury University


Palomar College


East Los Angeles College

Pasadena City College


El Camino Community College

Pepperdine University


Evergreen Valley College

Phillips Graduate Institute


Ex-Pression College for Digital Arts

Pitzer College

Yuba College


Nazarene University



Pomona College


Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Porterville College


Feather River Community College



Fielding Graduate University



Folsom Lake College



Foothill College



Fresno City College

Reedley College


Fresno Pacific University

Rio Hondo College


Fullerton College

Riverside Community College


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