15 of the Best 2 Year and 4 Year Colleges in California

With over 400 two, and four-year colleges in California alone it can quickly become a difficult decision on where to apply. There are some perks to deciding on a California higher education; warmer weather, gorgeous scenery, not to mention a number of highly prestigious schools to choose from, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best overall two and four-year colleges located in California for you.

 

FOUR YEAR COLLEGES

Four year colleges are for those looking to get a bachelor’s degree or higher. For most four year colleges it is expected that it will take at least four years to complete a program, some taking a few extra. Many of these schools in California are highly competitive and difficult to get into.

 

There are both private and public four year colleges available in California, many of which being considered prestigious. So, not only is California a great place to go to school because of weather, but students are bound to get an excellent education through some hard work and amazing resources.

University of California, Berkeley

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Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Western Association of Schools and Colleges
(WASC) since 1949
200 California Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Average In-State: $12,874 per year
Average out of state: $35,752 per year
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 61 high 44 low
Fall: (Sep-Oct)=74 high 53.5
Spring: (March-May)=67 high 47 low
Summer: (June-August)=73 high 53 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • 170 academic departments and programs.
  • 17:1 student to faculty ratio.
  • One of the state’s most prestigious universities.
  • 48 of the 52 available doctoral programs rank in the top ten nationwide.

 

Weather:

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University of Southern California

USC

Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Western Association of Schools and Colleges
(WASC) since 1949
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Average In-State: $44,463 per year
Average out of state: $44,463 per year
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 68 high 52 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 76.5 high 60 low
Spring: (march-may)= 68.5 high 53 low
Summer: (June-august)= 76 high 60.5 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • Recognized for outstanding academics, arts, and athletics.
  • Offers global service and research opportunities in 50 countries worldwide.
  • Strives to uplift the arts and allows the fine arts, music, and theatre to perform for the surrounding community.

 

Weather:

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California State University

Cal State

Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Western Association of Schools and Colleges
(WASC) since 1968
18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91330
Average In-State: $6,296 per semester
Average out of state: $17,954 per semester
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 70.5 high 40 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 88.5 high 52 low
Spring: (march-may)= 78 high 45 low
Summer: (June-august)= 93 high 55.5 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • Diverse student body and diverse campus activities.
  • ~34,000 undergraduate students in attendance.
  • Over 1,500 full time staff members.
  • Over 200 clubs and organizations available.

 

Weather:

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California State University, Fullerton

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Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Western Association of Schools and Colleges
(WASC)
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
Average In-State: $6,195 per semester
Average out of state: $17,853 per semester
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 69 high 47 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 81 high 60 low
Spring: (march-may)= 72.5 high 53 low
Summer: (June-august)= 82 high 63.5 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • Several study abroad programs available.
  • ~38,954 students enrolled.
  • ~ 1,800 full- and part-time faculty members.
  • NCAA Division I in baseball , basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track and field.

 

Weather:

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California State University, Long Beach

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Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Western Association of Schools and Colleges
(WASC)
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
Average In-State: $6,052 per year
Average out of state: $17,710 per year
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 68 high 48 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 79.5 high 60.5 low
Spring: (march-may)= 71.5 high 54 low
Summer: (June-august)= 81 high 61 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • A teaching-intensive and research-driven university.
  • CSULB graduates have the necessary skills for successful careers in various fields and disciplines.
  • Recognized for its rich diversity.
  • An “engaged campus” where students take part in the community, campus, and activities.

 

Weather:

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University of California, Davis

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Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Western Association of Schools and Colleges
(WASC)
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Average In-State: $13,877 per year
Average out of state: $36,755 per year
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 58 high 40 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 84 high 51.5 low
Spring: (march-may)= 73 high 47 low
Summer: (June-august)= 91 high 56 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • 104 undergraduate majors.
  • 96 graduate programs.
  • 18:1 student to faculty ratio.
  • More than 700 student clubs, 70 fraternities/sororities, student government, and more.

 

Weather:

weather at UC Davis

 

 

San Diego State University

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Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Western Association of Schools and Colleges
(WASC)
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182
Average In-State: $6,578 per year
Average out of state: $18,236 per year
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 66 high 50.5 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 74.5 high 63 low
Spring: (march-may)= 67 high 56 low
Summer: (June-august)= 74 high 64.5 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • ~35,000 students.
  • ~7,700 staff members.
  • 19 athletic teams.
  • 191 degree programs.
  • One of the largest universities in the state of California.
  • Highly regarded for the contributions to minority education.
  • Over 200 student organizations available.

 

Weather:

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University of Phoenix, Oakland Learning Center

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Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by the Higher Learning Commission since 1978 2100 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Average In-State: $12,692 per year
Average out of state: $35,570 per year
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 61 high 46 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 73 high 55.5 low
Spring: (march-may)= 66 high 51 low
Summer: (June-august)= 72 high 56 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • Known for the real world applications throughout the education process.
  • Small class sizes for better learning.
  • Multiple class times available to fit busy schedules.
  • Online classes & resources available.

 

Weather:

weather at the university of phoenix oakland

 

 

University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA

Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Western Association of Schools and Colleges
(WASC) since 1949
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Average In-State: $13,251 per year
Average out of state: $37,959 per year
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 68 high 52 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 76.5 high 60.5 low
Spring: (march-may)= 68.5 high 53 low
Summer: (June-august)=76 high 60.5 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • Nationally respected for their top-ranking undergraduate and graduate academics.
  • Highly competitive and selective university.
  • Known for their reputable school of medicine & film programs.

 

Weather:

weather at UCLA

 

 

San Jose State University

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Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Western Association of Schools and Colleges
(WASC)
1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192
Average In State: $6,852 per year
Average out of state: $18,210 per year
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 65 high 43.5 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 83 high 57.5 low
Spring: (march-may)= 70.5 high 49.5 low
Summer: (June-august)= 83 high 57 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • Ranked as one of the top western universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • 145 available areas of study.
  • Offers unique opportunities such as; zoology, occupational therapy, library science, and more.

 

Weather:

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TWO YEAR COLLEGES

Two year colleges offer a great opportunity to get an associates degree or learn specific needs for certification in a number of different programs. Two year schools are run with the busy student in mind; they typically have flexible classes and flexible hours to help students find the time that works best for them.

 

City College of San Francisco

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Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by the Accrediting Commission for
Community and Junior Colleges,
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
Average In-State Tuition: $46 per unit
Average Out of State Tuition: $211 flat fee plus $46 per unit
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 59 high 47 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 69.5 high 54.5 low
Spring: (march-may)= 63 high 49.5 low
Summer: (June-august)= 67 high 54 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • One of the largest multi-campus, multi-cultural colleges in the country.
  • Over 50 academic programs and 100 occupational disciplines.
  • Over 80 clubs and student organizations available.
  • Intercollegiate sports available for baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, softball, tennis, track, badminton, volleyball, and judo

 

Weather:

weather at the city college of san francisco

 

 

American River College

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Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Accrediting Commission for Community
and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the The Western
Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
4700 College Oak Dr
Sacramento, CA 95841
Average In-State Tuition: $36 per unit
Average Out of State Tuition: $234 per unit
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 58 high 40 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 82.5 high 57 low
Spring: (march-may)= 73 high 47 low
Summer: (June-august)= 90 high 57 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • ARC is founded upon assuring students identify their educational goals and needs and successfully accomplish learning in the four educational areas; Career & Technical Education, Developmental Education, General Education, Lower Division Post-Secondary Education.
  • Student government, peer tutoring, clubs, counseling, and many more resources.
  • Many financial aid options available.

 

Weather:

weather at the american river college in california

 

 

Santa Ana College

santa-ana

Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Accrediting Commission for Community and
Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the The Western Association
of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
1530 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Average In-State: $12,874 per year
Average out of state: $35,752 per year
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 70.5 high 48 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 82 high 60 low
Spring: (march-may)= 74 high 53 low
Summer: (June-august)= 82 high 62 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • SAC is known for its academic programs as well as top-ranked student services.
  • Timing and class schedules are flexible.
  • Over 300 subjects available for study.
  • Caters to international students from more than 40 countries through their International Student Program.

 

Weather:

weather at santa ana college

 

 

Santa Monica College

santa-monica

Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Accrediting Commission for Community and
Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the The Western Association
of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Average In-State Tuition: $1,140 per year
Average Out of State Tuition: $7,568 per year
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 64.5high 51.5low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 71.5 high 61 low
Spring: (march-may)=62 high 54 low
Summer: (June-august)= 68 high 61 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • John Drescher Planetarium available for student use and educational classes.
  • The campus includes a beautiful Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center.
  • Over 80 fields of study available.
  • One of the most affordable colleges available in the world.

 

Weather:

weather at santa monica college

 

 

Sacramento City College

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Accreditation: Address: Tuition: Weather:
by Accrediting Commission for Community and
Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the The Western Association
of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822
Average In-State Tuition: $1,104 per year
Average Out of State Tuition: $7,200 per year
Winter: (Nov-Feb)= 58 high 40 low
Fall: (sep-oct)= 82.5 high 57 low
Spring: (march-may)= 73 high 47 low
Summer: (June-august)= 90 high 57 low

 

Quick Facts:

  • 212 degree and certification programs.
  • Fosters a community that celebrates diversity, nurtures personal growth, and inspires academic and economic leadership.
  • Has a longstanding history of excellence, innovation, and accessibility.

 

Weather:

weather at the sacramento city college