The state offers supplemental learning for grades 6-8, though none for K-5 at this point. Fully-online school is available for K-8, however. At least 42 fully-online K-12 schools combine to provide virtual learning for all students in the state. According to the California Department of Education, over 56,000 students are taking one or more online classes, and over 14,000 students are taking at least 50 percent of their course load online. High school students also have the opportunity to get a jump-start on earning college credit earning their high school diploma by taking online courses via the California Community College System.
|SCHOOL NAME||GRADE LEVELS||CITY||SCHEDULE||TYPE||PHONE NUMBER|
|California Virtual Academies||K - 12||Simi Valley||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(866) 339-6790|
|Elk Grove Unified School District Virtual Academy||K - 12||Sacramento||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(916) 686-7747|
|Laurel Springs School||K - 12||Ojai||Both Live/On-Demand||Private||(800) 377-5890|
|Oak Knoll Virtual Academy||K - 12||Glendora||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(626) 914-3961|
|Pacific View Charter School||K - 12||Oceanside||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(760) 757-0161|
|EPGY Online High School||7 - 12||Stanford||Both Live/On-Demand||Private||(800) 372-3749|
|Halstrom High School Online||7 - 12||Vista||Both Live/On-Demand||Private||(760) 639-4900|
|iQ Academy California - Los Angeles||6 - 12||Rowland Heights||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(888) 997-4722|
|Riverside Virtual School||6 - 12||Riverside||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(951) 276-2006|
California has a large community college system, as well as two large university systems: University of California (UC), and California State Universities (CSU). Both entities have a growing collection of online courses and full degree programs The University of California system offers its UC Online Education program, which expands accessibility to high-demand courses while providing the flexibility of online. There are also a number of private and for-profit colleges that offer online courses, certificates and degrees in a variety of subject areas.
The California Community College (CCC) System is composed of 112 two-year public institutions that are organized into 72 districts across the state. As one of the largest higher education systems in the nation, it serves approximately 2.4 million students. With its focus on job-readiness and accessibility, the system offers a broad range of education options, from professional training and certification to academic and technical associate degrees. The CCC system is also becoming well-known for its alternative modes of learning, including online courses, off-campus classes in non-traditional facilities like high schools and shopping malls, and study abroad programs at select campuses.
Although there is a wealth of education options to prepare students for a career within two years or less, the system does allow students to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree.
|SCHOOL NAME||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Santa Ana College||1530 W. 17th Street||Santa Ana||+|
|Citrus College||1000 W Foothill Blvd||Glendora||+|
|West Hills College Lemoore||555 College Avenue||Lemoore||+|
|West Hills College Coalinga||300 Cherry Lane||Coalinga||+|
|Los Angeles Harbor College||1111 Figueroa Place||Wilmington||+|
|Monterey Peninsula College||980 Fremont St||Monterey||+|
|West Los Angeles College||9000 Overland Avenue||Culver City||+|
|Foothill College||12345 El Monte Rd||Los Altos Hills||+|
|Santa Barbara City College||721 Cliff Drive||Santa Barbara||+|
The second tier within California’s higher education system is the state university level, which consists of 23 four-year campuses that offer more than 2,700 undergraduate and certificate programs. According to the California State University website, the CSU system, which serves around 437,000 students, produces the most job-ready graduates in industries such as public administration, social work, engineering and information technology, life sciences and biomedicine, and business and professional services.
The UC system is home to nine undergraduate four-year public institutions, as well as the University of California San Francisco, which offers professional and graduate degree programs exclusively in health sciences. Serving 233,000 students, this system is well-known for its academic excellence, including world-renowned faculty and staff, medical centers, laboratories, research centers and innovations in the fields of biotechnology, computer science, art and architecture.
Beyond its significant public education options, California is also home to more than 75 private nonprofit colleges and universities, ranging from small liberal arts colleges to professional schools in specialized areas such as business, law and medicine. This system enrolls more than 20 percent of the state’s undergraduate student population and over 50 percent of its graduate student population. Unlike the UC and CSU systems, these colleges and universities have their own governing boards, which allows each school to offer diverse, unique academic opportunities tailored to the needs of various interests, values and goals.
University of California, Berkeley
While the University of California, Berkeley does not currently offer full degrees online, it does offer a number of Web-based courses in a range of academic areas, including art and design, business, education, and technology and information management. Online courses are offered in one of two ways: continuous enrollment or fixed-date enrollment. Continuing enrollment is offered year-round and allows students to begin a course at any time, as long as they are completed within 180 days from the date of enrollment. Fixed-date courses are term-based and have set start and end dates. Students must complete fixed-date courses within the specified timeframe.
Most of UC Berkeley’s online courses require a final examination. All exams must be supervised by an acceptable proctor, such as a professional or school testing center, high school principal or administrator, college or university faculty or administrator, U.S. Embassy office staff or military education officer.
To find out more about online education at Cal, visit http://extension.berkeley.edu/static/online/.
California State University East Bay
California State University East Bay offers a number of online degree and certificate programs, as well as continuing education courses, for students who are unable to come to campus on a regular basis. Online students can choose from undergraduate degree programs in business administration or women’s studies. Online graduate-level programs are available in education, education leadership and health care administration. In addition to degree options, Cal State East Bay also offers certificate programs for academic credit or continuing education (CEU) credit in subjects such as online teaching and learning, pharmacy technician, and medical terminology.
For more information on distance learning options at Cal State East Bay, visit http://www.ce.csueastbay.edu/courses/distance_learning.shtml.
University of Southern California (USCNow)
The University of Southern California’s USCNow gives students a flexible way to earn a degree from a world-renowned institution. These programs focus exclusively on graduate-level study, with master’s degrees and graduate certificates available in business, communication, engineering, dentistry, social work and more. In most cases, USCNow’s admission requirements mirror those of USC’s campus-based graduate programs, which includes a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, a satisfactory GRE or GMAT score, an excellent GPA and strong moral character.
One distinguishing aspect of USCNow is the daily use of technology. In addition to a standard computer and web browser, students are encouraged to acquire and maintain a web camera and chat software with video capability. Programs are also available via iPhone and iPad applications.
Many degrees can be earned fully online through Rutgers, such as a doctorate in nursing, a master’s in public administration and a master’s in biomedical engineering. Distance learners can complete coursework at their convenience while still benefitting from small classes and frequent interactions with professors. Non-credit professional development, continuing education and individual online courses are also available.
For a full list of these online schools in California, visit USCNow’s online program page at http://uscnow.usc.edu/programs/.
California State University â€“ Fullerton (Online Advantage)
California State University Fullertonâ€™s Online Advantage offers two fully-virtual degree programs at the bachelorâ€™s level: a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Admission requires completion of all lower division courses and between 60 – 69 credits from a community college or another regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Students also need a C or better average in prior coursework for general acceptance.
Anyone who fails to meet Fullertonâ€™s credit requirements may apply for conditional admission. In general, this means the student is either completing the coursework during the admission cycle, or plans to take the necessary courses while in the actual program. Whether granted standard or conditional admission, students must keep pace with their peers. This cohort-based method organizes students into groups that stick together throughout the length of the program.
For more information about California State University Fullertonâ€™s online programs, visit the schoolâ€™s Online Advantage homepage at http://www.onlineadvantage.fullerton.edu/.
California State University – Dominguez Hills (Dominguez Online)
California State University Dominguez Hills offers the most distance learning options in the California State University system, including nine bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in a variety of academic areas, such as quality assurance, humanities and nursing, as well as MBA and MPA programs. Unlike many of its CSU partners, Dominguez Hills boasts seven online certificate programs for students looking to earn a specific, career-focused credential in a flexible environment.
CSU Dominguez Hills utilizes two types of distance learning delivery systems: Blackboard and TV/Internet broadcasting. Blackboard classes leverage the learning management system (LMS) to facilitate assignment submission, exam completion and student/professor interaction. The TV/Internet classes occur live on the school’s website and run on a set schedule. The college also archives footage on its YouTube channel. Finally, Dominguez Online’s Young Scholar program allows high school students to earn college credit for $3.50 per semester, up to six credits.
For more information about California State University Dominguez Online programs, visit http://dominguezonline.csudh.edu/programs.php.
|Score||Student/teacher ratio||Financial aid||Cost||more|
|1||Monterey Peninsula College||99.68||26:1||66%|
Distance students have several options for associate's degree programs at Monterey Peninsula College. Curriculum fulfills general education requirements while imparting information literacy, business, computer science, and technology skills. In additional to associate's degrees, students can also earn certificates through online coursework. Topics of study include history, social sciences, business administration, and nutrition. Some programs, such as the early childhood education track, require fieldwork that must be completed in person. New and current online students at MPC can access tutorials and orientations that outline how to use the online learning platform, how to find classes, how to access student services, and more.
|2||West Los Angeles College||99.06||31:1||76%|
West Los Angeles College's online programs include general programs that prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions, such as business, English, and liberal arts, as well as more specific programs for career tracks such as real estate and fire technology. Students can earn nearly all credits for the online programs as LACCD; math courses can be taken online through one of the school's sister colleges. International students can earn an associate's degree in business administration or economics online through LACCD as well, with no need to leave their country or acquire a student visa. These credits can then be transferred if the student wishes to come to the U.S. to earn a bachelor's degree.
|3||Los Angeles Harbor College||98.91||35:1||73%|
Students interested in public safety careers can pursue one of two online associate's degrees at Los Angeles Harbor College. The Administration of Justice and Fire Technology programs can be completed fully online, with a flexible schedule and no on-campus meetings. However, students may be required to attend some proctored exams. Courses are not self-paced, but instead follow a traditional schedule that includes assignments, readings, and testing for specific dates. Students are expected to communicate with peers and instructors frequently for an interactive learning experience. Courses use the Etudes online learning management system, and the school offers help for new and current online students and Etudes tutorials to assist learners in using the system effectively.
|4||West Hills College-Coalinga||98.68||27:1||82%|
Students over the age of 21 can complete a number of associate's degrees fully online at West Hills Community College. Younger students can also take the majority of their courses online; however they must take two units of physical education on campus. Available programs include law enforcement, math and science, psychology, and computer information systems, among others. Many students in the program are parents of young children or working professionals who require a flexible class schedule. Course materials are available 24 hours a day, and students can expect to spend about 10-15 hours per week on each online class.
Foothill College's online offerings range from art history to psychology, allowing students to complete an associate's degree, certificate of achievement, career certificate, or certificate of proficiency while maintaining a busy personal or professional schedule. Most online courses require no on-campus presence; for those that have proctored exams, students can take tests on campus or through an arranged proctor service at a more convenient location. Students at Foothill can monitor their degree progress online through the DegreeWorks program. This allows students to see what courses they have completed and what courses they need to graduate, calculate how long it would take to graduate if they changed majors, view their grade point average, and more.
|6||Santa Ana College||98.14||38:1||77%|
The Online Degree Pathway Program at Santa Ana College is open to new or existing students of the college who wish to earn an associate's degree in business administration or liberal arts. The two-year degree groups students into cohorts of 30-35 participants who progress through a set sequence of courses together. Courses are held in an eight-week format, and most students take two classes per session. The program also provides activities and mixers for online students to meet one another and form professional connections. Students are required to participate in at least two of these activities each year.
|7||Santa Barbara City College||96.78||47:1||42%|
Online programs at Santa Barbara City College offer distance students an opportunity to earn an associate's degree, certificate, skill competency award, or department award through fully online coursework. Virtual classrooms are available at all times, and students are encouraged to ask questions to their professors and interact with classmates through bulletin boards, chat rooms, and email. Students new to online learning may want to complete COMP 103, a one-credit course that introduces the web and electronic communication. The course is self-paced, so students can take it prior to beginning their online degree in order to ensure that they will be comfortable with the technologies used in their program.
Citrus College has five associate of arts and two associate of science degrees that can be completed through online coursework. Classes are delivered through Blackboard, a platform where students can access course materials, communicate with peers and professors, and submit assignments and assessments. Some of Blackboard's features can be accessed by mobile devices including iPhones and iPads, and Android and Blackberry devices. Many of the programs are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university upon graduation. They include required general education courses, as well as major-specific courses, that can apply towards the student's bachelor's degree.
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|1||University of La Verne||98.37||17:1||97%|
Business and education students may find the right online program at the University of La Verne. Courses at the undergraduate and graduate level use the Blackboard learning management system for all class activities, including distribution of materials, submission of assignments, and administration of exams. Courses are held in ten week terms, and students should anticipate about eight to ten hours of work each week for every course. Full- and part-time course loads are permitted, but students must follow minimum and maximum credit allowances per semester. Undergraduates take four units for part time and eight units for full time, and graduate students take three units for part time and six units for full time study.
|2||Azusa Pacific University||97.98||14:1||92%|
Azusa Pacific University's online programs bring a Christian viewpoint to their academics, with topics of study ranging from art history to management. Courses are held with the Sakai learning management system in an asynchronous format, allowing students to access materials and complete assignments at their convenience throughout the week. Online students at the university have access to many of the same resources as on-campus students, such as tutoring and disability services, and assistance for military and veterans. The school offers additional support through its Center for Career and Calling. Students can access tips about landing internships and jobs, and schedule an appointment to discuss majors of interest, career exploration, and resume or cover letter writing with career counselors.
|3||Hope International University||97.83||14:1||98%|
With four bachelor's and one associate's degree online, Hope International University has a thriving distance degree program with a Christian focus. Prospective students can attend an information session webinar about their specific program of interest, or sample an online course. Technologies used in the university's distance courses include video lectures, chat tools, and forums for discussion with peers and instructors. Each student is assigned an academic coach to guide course selection and ensure on-time graduation. Graduates can access a job portal, as well as resume and cover letter writing tips, through the university's career services.
Vanguard University offers an online associate's or bachelor's degree program in early childhood education. Students learn about child development from a Christian worldview, with curriculum addressing families and communities, principles and practices of teaching, and observation and assessment of young children. The university has another degree program with online courses that may suit working professionals: nurses local to the university can enroll in a hybrid program to earn a master's degree in nursing. Online courses are taught an in eight-week format, with three semesters each year. Students can access course materials at any time through the Moodle learning management system.
|5||Shasta Bible College and Graduate School||97.61||5:1||100%|
Students seeking a degree in a religious field may find what they're looking for at Shasta Bible College and Graduate School. The school offers certificates, associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees through online coursework, with areas of study including biblical counseling, pastoral ministry, and Christian teacher education. Online and on-campus courses follow the same semester schedule, with 15 weeks of classes and one week for final exams. Semesters begin in August, January, and May. Courses are asynchronous and available at any time, and students typically have several days to respond to group discussions. Students with prior schooling, including college-level courses and AP units, can transfer credits towards their degree.
|6||Touro University Worldwide||97.53||3:1||100%|
Touro University Worldwide bases its online courses on project- and problem-based models, with interactive learning and assessment. Curriculum is focused on career advancement combined with intellectual and ethical growth. Programs can lead to degrees as the associate, bachelor, graduate, and doctoral levels. All courses are fully online, and even course materials are online - there are no required textbooks. Courses are given in an accelerated eight-week format. The school welcomes transfer students, and awards credits not only for prior schooling but also for challenge examinations and standardized tests. Active and former military may earn credits from their training or experience, as well.
|7||World Mission University||97.46||7:1||100%|
World Mission University's online degree programs are designed to offer religious education to Koreans around the country and internationally. Students study Christian counseling, divinity, and theology, among other topics, and learn to serve their church and community. Instruction is delivered in English. Courses use the Moodle online learning management system. All distance students at the university must take Moodle tutorial and pass a test on using the system before enrolling in any classes. The school accepts new students year-round. Students are expected to set their own schedule to keep up with readings and assignments, and to be proficient in basic technology skills.
|8||Mount St Mary’s College||97.36||12:1||100%|
Online students at Mount Saint Mary's College are supported by personal success coaches that work with them individually throughout their time at the school. Coaches are trained to provide guidance in personal, academic, and professional areas, with frequent communication through email, phone calls, and social media. The school enrolls new students every eight week. Students can earn associate's or bachelor's degrees, with topics of study including business administration, liberal arts, and gerontology. Current students and graduates of the program have access to an online job database that includes paid positions, internships, and volunteer opportunities.
|9||California Baptist University||97.35||18:1||95%|
With over 45 degree programs available online, California Baptist University distance programs in a wide variety of subject areas, including graphic design, public health, and business administration. Courses are held in an eight-week format and can be taken fully online, as a hybrid online/on-campus combination, or as evening in-person sessions. Students receive support from an enrollment counselor, a student service advisor, and the academic success center, all available online or over the phone. An online career services team is available as well, offering tips for resumes writing and interviews, as well as job search tools.
All of Concordia University's online courses are at least partially synchronous, with real-time virtual classrooms that meet at a set day and time. This is combined with independent work including reading, completing assignments, and contributing to discussion forums, to build students' marketable skills and develop a professional network amongst peers and instructors. Students local to the Southern California region can also opt for hybrid programs, with some online and some in-person classes. In addition to program-specific courses, students can complete all general education requirements online. These courses can contribute towards an online degree from the university, or can serve as general education transfer credits towards a program at another school.
|11||Humboldt State University||96.66||21:1||74%|
Humboldt State University's online offerings include a bachelor's degree completion program in leadership studies. This interdisciplinary program culminates in a personal leadership project, and guides students to develop a career plan that they can follow after graduation. The school also offers online master's and certificate programs. Distance courses are delivered using the Moodle learning management system for distribution of materials, communication with peers and instructors, and submission of assignments and assessments. Students can complete work on their own schedule, with an asynchronous course format that is flexible for work or personal schedules. The university encourages active engagement amongst students, with online discussion forums and personalized attention from professors.
Students of religion, biblical studies, and divinity can find online degree programs at Bethesda University. Curriculum includes a strong foundation in Bible studies and theology that enables students to succeed in their chosen areas of study while thinking as Christians. Applicants will be reviewed by the university for their moral character, academic records, and religious commitment. Courses use the Moodle learning management platform. Through Moodle, students can register for courses, access course materials, and view their grades. All course syllabi are available on the university's website, so prospective students can view topics of study and course contents to determine if the school, program, or particular course is right for them.
Online programs at National University are available through five schools: business and management; education; engineering and computing; health and human services; and letters and sciences. The university's division of extended learning offers non-degree online course options, such as an autism education certificate and teacher development self-paced courses. Courses are flexible and asynchronous, allowing students to participate at any time during the week. Classes include the instructional and communication methods of email, lectures, exams, and readings, as well as multimedia-rich presentations and interactive technology. Those who need assistance can contact the university's Student Concierge Service, where advocates provide guidance in admissions, credentials, graduation, and more.
|14||Golden Gate University||94.57||14:1||N/A|
Golden Gate University offers online degree programs in 14 areas of study, many relating to management, finance, and technology. Prospective students can take a narrated tour or try a demonstration class to view how distance courses work and learn some tips on how to succeed in an online classroom. The university offers small class sizes and a seminar-style environment that promotes discussions and builds relationships among students and teachers. Classes for the school's online programs can be completed fully from a distance. Local students can also choose to enroll in hybrid classes that mix online and in-person instruction, or WebEnhanced classes that are in-person but use online tools to enhance curriculum.
|15||California State University-Dominguez Hills||94.48||23:1||88%|
Students at California State University - Dominguez Hills can choose from nine degree programs and seven certificates available through distance courses. While most courses are delivered online, the school also provides distance learning through live, interactive broadcasts on cable television, mobile devices, and the internet. Students view the broadcast on their device, and call or email during the show to ask questions and speak with the professor. Archives of these broadcasts are available for those who cannot view the live showing. High school students have the opportunity to take distance courses and earn college credits as well, through the university's Young Scholars Program.
|16||California State University-Northridge||94.34||24:1||74%|
"Midcareer professionals" are the target audience of California State University - Northridge's online degree programs. Curriculum is career-focused and provides students with marketable skills as they complete their bachelor's or master's degree. Many of the university's online programs are science- and health-based. Programs at the university follow the cohort model, where groups of students progress through the program at the same time, taking classes together from their first semester to graduation. This format is intended to build professional relationships and a supportive learning community that will benefit the student during schooling and after graduation. Students know from the onset what courses they will take each semester, and are guaranteed a spot in each required course.
Distance courses at Brandman University follow the Brandman iDEAL model: Instructional Design for Engaged Adult Learning. This model combines independent and collaborative online learning, and uses technology to enrich the educational experience. Sessions are held year-round, and online students can access the same student support services as on-campus students. Areas of study include education, nursing, business administration, and criminal justice, among others. Prospective students can view a demonstration course on the university's website. The demo includes information on what students can expect in class, how to access course information, technical requirements, and how to participate in class discussions.
|18||California State University-Fullerton||94.08||24:1||66%|
California State University's Fullerton Campus offers online degree completion programs at the bachelor's level, and fully online programs for graduate degrees or professional development. Some of the school's online programs, such as the bachelor's degree in business administration, follow a cohort model. This format puts students into groups that progress through the program together. Courses follow a weekly schedule, with assignments and participation requirements set for each week. Some courses may also require online chat sessions, and/or tests taken with an online proctoring service. No on-campus visits are required, but students are invited to participate in the university's graduation ceremony.
|19||Cal State Online – The California State University||94.01||20:1||70%|
Part of the California State University System, Cal State Online brings together the online education of the state university system's 23 campuses. Students at the school study business, engineering, library science, and other subject areas, with degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctorate level. Graduates will receive a California State diploma, with no distinction that it was earned online. Creating a "green workforce" is one focus of curriculum at Cal State Online. The school aims to graduate students who can lead sustainable practices in business and work in management in environmental fields as these areas of study become increasingly important in California and nationwide.
|20||Southern California Seminary||93.99||12:1||N/A|
Southern California Seminary offers most of its degrees online, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Religion-related degrees are available, as well as a number of degree programs that are not religious-specific. At the undergraduate level, the school offers everything from an Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry to a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. There are even more graduate degrees available, ranging from a Master of Arts in Science and Religion to a Doctor of Psychology. Southern California Seminary also offers a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry, both highly sought-out degree programs in America.
|21||California State University-San Marcos||93.92||24:1||73%|
The online offerings at California State University San Marcos are plentiful. The school offers a master's degree in education fully online, as well as many credit and non-credit certificates and courses. These range in subjects from health care to legal studies to business to personal development. Also available is a fully online RN to BSN program for current nurses, with six start dates a year. Some of these online programs are funding-eligible, as well. California State University San Marcos also boasts having a number of faculty members who are nationally known authors.
|22||Loma Linda University||93.67||3:1||N/A|
Loma Linda University only requires its online students to come to campus twice: orientation and graduation. Otherwise, work can be done whenever and wherever. Online students even get program advisors ? not offered to online students at all schools. The university offers many programs online, with the School of Allied Health Professions offering the most. At the certificate and associate level, students can study online everything from lifestyle intervention to imaging informatics. At the undergraduate level, online bachelor's degree programs are in health care administration, radiation sciences and dental hygiene (a completion program). Master's and doctorate degree programs are also available online.
|23||California State University-Chico||93.5||24:1||63%|
Online students at California State University, Chico never have to come to campus. However, lectures are filmed, for the online student to stream, which brings the campus to the student. Online degrees are offered entirely online both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Online bachelor's degrees are offered in social sciences-multidisciplinary studies, social science-specialization studies, liberal studies and sociology. The school also offers a Master of Science in Nursing and a Career and Life Planning certificate completely online. Online students are also allowed to take whichever on-campus and summer courses they want, though it's not required.
|24||Azusa Pacific Online University||93.02||17:1||83%|
There are 36 degree programs offered online at Azusa Pacific University. These range from certificates to master's degree programs. Some topics include: nursing, special education, psychology, modern art history, criminal justice, health sciences, liberal studies and physical education. In other words: The offerings are many. The school even offers an MBA and a credential to become a disabilities specialist (a rare offering). The online format is interactive. Students engage in discussions with faculty and other students on a forum. There's also a way for students to chat with faculty and other students in real time, through an online chatting medium.
|25||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Irvine||88.16||N/A||N/A|
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers a lot of online degree programs at all levels. Students can earn an online bachelor's degree in psychology, with a number of specializations to choose from. There are also many online master's degree programs available, from a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis to a Master of Art in Forensic Psychology. The school even offers online PhD programs, in different psychology fields such as business psychology and international psychology. Online students also benefit from a personal student advisor, a 24/7 online technology staff and career and alumni resources.
4 Year Online Colleges in California
|SCHOOL NAME||TYPE||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|University of San Diego||Private not-for-profit||5998 Alcala Park||San Diego||+|
|California State University-Channel Islands||Public||One University Dr||Camarillo||+|
|Shasta Bible College and Graduate School||Private not-for-profit||2951 Goodwater Ave.||Redding||+|
|Touro University Worldwide||Private not-for-profit||10601 Calle Lee #179||Los Alamitos||+|
|California Institute of Integral Studies||Private not-for-profit||1453 Mission Street||San Francisco||+|
|Hope International University||Private not-for-profit||2500 E Nutwood Ave||Fullerton||+|
|National University||Private not-for-profit||11255 North Torrey Pines Road||La Jolla||+|
|Loma Linda University||Private not-for-profit||11139 Anderson Street||Loma Linda||+|
|The Master's College and Seminary||Private not-for-profit||21726 Placerita Canyon Road||Santa Clarita||+|
Best for Future Service Members
California offers much more than sunny skies and beaches; it’s also home to some of the best universities for students interested in serving their country. Along with a vast array of degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students, many online schools in California have impressive ROTC programs. Below are all of the nonprofit California schools that offer four-year degrees and at least two ROTC programs.
Best for Personal Attention
Colleges and universities in California offer a range of high-end programs to students. Whether they’re seeking a school with a broad range of degrees and certificates or a training program focused on one subject, many students are searching for online schools in California that boast a high enrollment without the challenge of overcrowding. These four-year, nonprofit California colleges and universities offer enrollment with less than 20 students per instructor, on average.
|La Sierra University||20 to 1||2,216||$27,180||Private not-for-profit||Riverside|
|SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary||19 to 1||361||$7,800||Private not-for-profit||Oakland|
|San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus||19 to 1||801||$5,472||Public||Calexico|
|University of California-Riverside||19 to 1||19,795||$11,220||Public||Riverside|
|University of California-Irvine||19 to 1||23,765||$11,220||Public||Irvine|
|University of California-San Diego||19 to 1||24,835||$11,220||Public||La Jolla|
|Palo Alto University||18 to 1||171||$14,348||Private not-for-profit||Palo Alto|
|California Baptist University||18 to 1||5,076||$25,090||Private not-for-profit||Riverside|
|University of California-Santa Cruz||18 to 1||16,977||$11,220||Public||Santa Cruz|
|San Diego Christian College||17 to 1||794||$23,824||Private not-for-profit||El Cajon|
|Patten University||17 to 1||1,484||$8,036||Private not-for-profit||Oakland|
|Vanguard University of Southern California||17 to 1||2,454||$28,500||Private not-for-profit||Costa Mesa|
|Biola University||17 to 1||4,628||$31,004||Private not-for-profit||La Mirada|
|University of La Verne||17 to 1||5,935||$33,350||Private not-for-profit||La Verne|
|University of California-Santa Barbara||17 to 1||20,236||$11,220||Public||Santa Barbara|
|University of California-Berkeley||17 to 1||28,774||$11,220||Public||Berkeley|
|California Institute of Integral Studies||16 to 1||121||$24,960||Private not-for-profit||San Francisco|
|Columbia College Hollywood||16 to 1||354||$18,375||Private not-for-profit||Tarzana|
|California Lutheran University||16 to 1||3,026||$33,910||Private not-for-profit||Thousand Oaks|
|Fresno Pacific University||16 to 1||3,314||$24,960||Private not-for-profit||Fresno|
|University of San Francisco||16 to 1||6,870||$38,490||Private not-for-profit||San Francisco|
|University of California-Davis||16 to 1||27,171||$11,220||Public||Davis|
|University of California-Los Angeles||16 to 1||29,421||$11,220||Public||Los Angeles|
|Pacific States University||15 to 1||24||$18,740||Private not-for-profit||Los Angeles|
|Southern California Institute of Architecture||15 to 1||250||$33,276||Private not-for-profit||Los Angeles|
|Golden Gate University-San Francisco||15 to 1||679||$14,160||Private not-for-profit||San Francisco|
|Menlo College||15 to 1||742||$35,510||Private not-for-profit||Atherton|
|California Maritime Academy||15 to 1||901||$5,472||Public||Vallejo|
|Marymount College||15 to 1||1,031||$28,220||Private not-for-profit||Rancho Palos Verdes|
|Simpson University||15 to 1||1,162||$22,400||Private not-for-profit||Redding|
|Concordia University-Irvine||15 to 1||1,843||$27,900||Private not-for-profit||Irvine|
|University of Redlands||15 to 1||3,894||$39,038||Private not-for-profit||Redlands|
|University of San Diego||15 to 1||5,853||$39,486||Private not-for-profit||San Diego|
|South Baylo University||14 to 1||248||$7,650||Private not-for-profit||Anaheim|
|Antioch University-Los Angeles||14 to 1||267||$25,080||Private not-for-profit||Culver City|
|Azusa Pacific Online University||14 to 1||308||$14,400||Private not-for-profit||Glendora|
|Alliant International University||14 to 1||469||$14,880||Private not-for-profit||San Diego|
|Holy Names University||14 to 1||990||$31,260||Private not-for-profit||Oakland|
|Hope International University||14 to 1||1,230||$26,544||Private not-for-profit||Fullerton|
|Pacific Union College||14 to 1||1,980||$25,740||Private not-for-profit||Angwin|
|Chapman University||14 to 1||5,747||$41,040||Private not-for-profit||Orange|
|California Christian College||13 to 1||43||$8,060||Private not-for-profit||Fresno|
|William Jessup University||13 to 1||1,132||$21,452||Private not-for-profit||Rocklin|
|Notre Dame de Namur University||13 to 1||1,321||$30,202||Private not-for-profit||Belmont|
|Whittier College||13 to 1||1,680||$38,280||Private not-for-profit||Whittier|
|Point Loma Nazarene University||13 to 1||2,494||$28,900||Private not-for-profit||San Diego|
|Mount St. Mary’s College||13 to 1||2,524||$31,924||Private not-for-profit||Los Angeles|
|Pepperdine University||13 to 1||3,622||$42,520||Private not-for-profit||Malibu|
|University of the Pacific||13 to 1||4,086||$37,800||Private not-for-profit||Stockton|
|Santa Clara University||13 to 1||5,620||$40,572||Private not-for-profit||Santa Clara|
|Azusa Pacific University||13 to 1||6,394||$30,236||Private not-for-profit||Azusa|
|Touro University Worldwide||12 to 1||127||$15,960||Private not-for-profit||Los Alamitos|
|Epic Bible College||12 to 1||390||$10,755||Private not-for-profit||Sacramento|
|Pitzer College||12 to 1||1,131||$43,136||Private not-for-profit||Claremont|
|Westmont College||12 to 1||1,389||$35,920||Private not-for-profit||Santa Barbara|
|Saint Marys College of California||12 to 1||3,180||$38,300||Private not-for-profit||Moraga|
|Brandman University||12 to 1||5,878||$10,243||Private not-for-profit||Irvine|
|Stanford University||12 to 1||8,264||$41,250||Private not-for-profit||Stanford|
|Antioch University-Santa Barbara||11 to 1||208||$16,812||Private not-for-profit||Santa Barbara|
|King’s University||11 to 1||311||$8,280||Private not-for-profit||Van Nuys|
|Thomas Aquinas College||11 to 1||365||$23,600||Private not-for-profit||Santa Paula|
|Laguna College of Art and Design||11 to 1||462||$25,000||Private not-for-profit||Laguna Beach|
|San Francisco Art Institute||11 to 1||511||$35,748||Private not-for-profit||San Francisco|
|Mills College||11 to 1||1,007||$38,850||Private not-for-profit||Oakland|
|California College of the Arts||11 to 1||1,633||$38,448||Private not-for-profit||Oakland|
|Dominican University of California||11 to 1||1,843||$38,600||Private not-for-profit||San Rafael|
|Loyola Marymount University||11 to 1||6,395||$38,212||Private not-for-profit||Los Angeles|
|Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre||10 to 1||34||$12,000||Private not-for-profit||Blue Lake|
|Horizon University||10 to 1||84||$6,300||Private not-for-profit||San Diego|
|John Paul the Great Catholic University||10 to 1||160||$23,400||Private not-for-profit||San Diego|
|Pacific Oaks College||10 to 1||355||$17,664||Private not-for-profit||Pasadena|
|Scripps College||10 to 1||1,052||$43,406||Private not-for-profit||Claremont|
|Occidental College||10 to 1||2,191||$43,490||Private not-for-profit||Los Angeles|
|Woodbury University||10 to 1||2,303||$31,925||Private not-for-profit||Burbank|
|John F Kennedy University||9 to 1||421||$14,500||Private not-for-profit||Pleasant Hill|
|Soka University of America||9 to 1||441||$27,214||Private not-for-profit||Aliso Viejo|
|Samuel Merritt University||9 to 1||842||$39,456||Private not-for-profit||Oakland|
|Southern California University of Health Sciences||9 to 1||866||$||Private not-for-profit||Whittier|
|The Master’s College and Seminary||9 to 1||1,245||$27,300||Private not-for-profit||Santa Clarita|
|Claremont McKenna College||9 to 1||1,319||$43,840||Private not-for-profit||Claremont|
|Art Center College of Design||9 to 1||2,282||$35,052||Private not-for-profit||Pasadena|
|National University||9 to 1||14,156||$11,736||Private not-for-profit||La Jolla|
|University of Southern California||9 to 1||19,094||$43,722||Private not-for-profit||Los Angeles|
|The University of America||8 to 1||22||$2,500||Private not-for-profit||Murrieta|
|Harvey Mudd College||8 to 1||785||$44,159||Private not-for-profit||Claremont|
|Pomona College||8 to 1||1,600||$41,120||Private not-for-profit||Claremont|
|Providence Christian College||7 to 1||71||$21,936||Private not-for-profit||Pasadena|
|World Mission University||7 to 1||158||$4,560||Private not-for-profit||Los Angeles|
|San Francisco Conservatory of Music||7 to 1||190||$37,600||Private not-for-profit||San Francisco|
|California Institute of the Arts||7 to 1||923||$38,438||Private not-for-profit||Valencia|
|Otis College of Art and Design||7 to 1||1,200||$36,350||Private not-for-profit||Los Angeles|
|University of the West||6 to 1||104||$8,400||Private not-for-profit||Rosemead|
|Bethesda University of California||6 to 1||240||$8,200||Private not-for-profit||Anaheim|
|Coleman University||6 to 1||1,024||$19,500||Private not-for-profit||San Diego|
|Shasta Bible College and Graduate School||5 to 1||59||$9,600||Private not-for-profit||Redding|
|Southern California Seminary||5 to 1||123||$13,320||Private not-for-profit||El Cajon|
|Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science||4 to 1||125||$11,549||Private not-for-profit||Los Angeles|
|American Jewish University||4 to 1||136||$25,992||Private not-for-profit||Los Angeles|
|California Institute of Technology||3 to 1||1,013||$38,085||Private not-for-profit||Pasadena|
|Loma Linda University||3 to 1||1,580||$27,600||Private not-for-profit||Loma Linda|
|Bergin University of Canine Studies||2 to 1||25||$8,250||Private not-for-profit||Santa Rosa|
|Monterey Institute of International Studies||1 to 1||17||$33,950||Private not-for-profit||Monterey|
|American Conservatory Theater||1 to 1||80||$20,500||Private not-for-profit||San Francisco|
Best for Women in Technology
Head west to California to find some of the nation’s best colleges for women in technology. Though STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) graduates earn the highest paychecks when entering the workforce, women have historically been a small percentage of these classes. However, some online schools in California are breaking that stereotype. Many schools offer mentorship programs that enable new female tech students to learn from their more experienced counterparts. Some schools are also offering all-female residences and college-funded centers focusing on women in technology. We’ve catalogued the best California colleges for women in technology and engineering.
|TUITION + FEES||CITY||WOMEN IN TECH DEGREES AWARDED||TOTAL ENROLLMENT||TYPE|
|Stanford University||$42,225||Stanford||493||15,294||Private Not for Profit|
|University of Southern California||$44,463||Los Angeles||444||33,082||Private Not for Profit|
|University of California-Berkeley||$12,874||Berkeley||331||34,450||Public|
|San Jose State University||$6,852||San Jose||290||23,054||Public|
|University of California-Los Angeles||$12,692||Los Angeles||269||38,128||Public|
|University of California-Davis||$13,877||Davis||266||30,449||Public|
|University of California-San Diego||$13,217||La Jolla||225||27,677||Public|
|University of California-Irvine||$13,122||Irvine||190||26,344||Public|
|California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo||$8,043||San Luis Obispo||175||17,843||Public|
|Santa Clara University||$40,572||Santa Clara||132||6,963||Private Not for Profit|
|California State Polytechnic University-Pomona||$6,125||Pomona||127||17,417||Public|
|California State University-Northridge||$6,296||Northridge||99||27,763||Public|
|California State University-Long Beach||$6,052||Long Beach||82||27,356||Public|
|San Diego State University||$6,578||San Diego||77||25,091||Public|
|University of California-Riverside||$12,960||Riverside||71||20,322||Public|
|California Institute of Technology||$39,588||Pasadena||70||2,231||Private Not for Profit|
|California State University-Los Angeles||$6,101||Los Angeles||69||16,359||Public|
|California State University-Fullerton||$6,195||Fullerton||66||26,824||Public|
|National University||$11,736||La Jolla||64||7,721||Private Not for Profit|
|Naval Postgraduate School||N/A||Monterey||56||1,783||Public|
|Northwestern Polytechnic University||$8,170||Fremont||55||652||Private Not for Profit|
|International Technological University||N/A||San Jose||48||843||Private Not for Profit|
|California State University-Chico||$6,890||Chico||45||14,422||Public|
|University of California-Santa Barbara||$13,671||Santa Barbara||44||21,199||Public|
|California State University-Sacramento||$6,620||Sacramento||42||22,300||Public|
|Loyola Marymount University||$39,125||Los Angeles||42||8,428||Private Not for Profit|
|California State University-Fresno||$6,228||Fresno||41||18,430||Public|
|San Francisco State University||$6,440||San Francisco||38||23,826||Public|
|California Institute of the Arts||$39,014||Valencia||28||1,423||Private Not for Profit|
|University of California-Santa Cruz||$13,416||Santa Cruz||26||16,926||Public|
|Harvey Mudd College||$44,442||Claremont||25||780||Private Not for Profit|
|University of the Pacific||$38,320||Stockton||21||5,987||Private Not for Profit|
|California State University-Dominguez Hills||$6,095||Carson||20||8,980||Public|
|California State University-Channel Islands||$6,216||Camarillo||20||3,417||Public|
|Pepperdine University||$42,772||Malibu||18||5,333||Private Not for Profit|
|Loma Linda University||N/A||Loma Linda||17||3,515||Private Not for Profit|
|University of San Francisco||$38,884||San Francisco||16||9,053||Private Not for Profit|
|Humboldt State University||$7,135||Arcata||15||7,241||Public|
|Brandman University||N/A||Irvine||15||2,739||Private Not for Profit|
|University of California-Merced||$13,070||Merced||13||5,158||Public|
|California State University-San Marcos||$6,452||San Marcos||11||7,677||Public|
|University of San Diego||$39,970||San Diego||11||6,969||Private Not for Profit|
|California State University-Monterey Bay||$5,963||Seaside||11||4,639||Public|
|University of California-San Francisco||N/A||San Francisco||7||3,054||Public|
|California Maritime Academy||$6,536||Vallejo||7||860||Public|
|Claremont McKenna College||$44,085||Claremont||6||1,313||Private Not for Profit|
|California State University-East Bay||$6,309||Hayward||5||10,506||Public|
|California College of the Arts||$38,798||Oakland||5||1,856||Private Not for Profit|
Schools Fighting for Families
California is home to some of the best programs for students who are focused on families within the social work curriculum. With one of the largest job market growth rates in any field, social work is an excellent career choice. These California colleges fully prepare students for careers centered on children, youth and families. These programs grant access to both class and clinical settings, and offer unsurpassed internships in preparation for a career helping families. These online schools in California also provide abundant scholarship opportunities and field study openings. Based on awards, rankings, facilities and academic opportunities, we’ve compiled the very best California colleges for family-focused social work.
|CITY||SOCIAL DEGREES AWARDED||WOMEN||MEN||TUITION & FEES||TOTAL ENROLLMENT|
|University of California-Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara||713||489||224||$13,671||21,199|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles||652||538||114||$44,463||33,082|
|California State University-Northridge||Northridge||604||434||170||$6,296||27,763|
|University of California-Berkeley||Berkeley||523||395||128||$12,874||34,450|
|University of California-Los Angeles||Los Angeles||495||364||131||$12,692||38,128|
|California State University-Long Beach||Long Beach||433||357||76||$6,052||27,356|
|California State University-Los Angeles||Los Angeles||387||294||93||$6,101||16,359|
|California State University-Sacramento||Sacramento||376||300||76||$6,620||22,300|
|San Jose State University||San Jose||356||278||78||$6,852||23,054|
|University of California-Irvine||Irvine||342||230||112||$13,122||26,344|
|California State University-Fullerton||Fullerton||333||269||64||$6,195||26,824|
|University of California-Davis||Davis||296||209||87||$13,877||30,449|
|San Diego State University||San Diego||272||217||55||$6,578||25,091|
|California State University-Dominguez Hills||Carson||269||214||55||$6,095||8,980|
|University of California-Riverside||Riverside||267||185||82||$12,960||20,322|
|University of California-Santa Cruz||Santa Cruz||262||188||74||$13,416||16,926|
|California State University-Fresno||Fresno||256||208||48||$6,228||18,430|
|California State University-San Bernardino||San Bernardino||249||198||51||$6,327||13,996|
|San Francisco State University||San Francisco||226||168||58||$6,440||23,826|
|California State University-East Bay||Hayward||224||178||46||$6,309||10,506|
|California State University-Chico||Chico||180||146||34||$6,890||14,422|
|University of California-San Diego||La Jolla||177||126||51||$13,217||27,677|
|California State University-Bakersfield||Bakersfield||169||142||27||$6,709||6,726|
|California State University-Stanislaus||Turlock||160||131||29||$6,582||7,129|
|Azusa Pacific University||Azusa||138||116||22||$31,076||7,002|
|California State Polytechnic University-Pomona||Pomona||128||90||38||$6,125||17,417|
|California State University-San Marcos||San Marcos||123||101||22||$6,452||7,677|
|Sonoma State University||Rohnert Park||109||77||32||$7,162||7,540|
|Humboldt State University||Arcata||82||59||23||$7,135||7,241|
|Mount St. Mary’s College||Los Angeles||79||78||1||$32,894||2,165|
|California State University-Channel Islands||Camarillo||79||58||21||$6,216||3,417|
|University of San Diego||San Diego||53||43||10||$39,970||6,969|
|Loyola Marymount University||Los Angeles||51||32||19||$39,125||8,428|
|University of San Francisco||San Francisco||48||42||6||$38,884||9,053|
|Biola University||La Mirada||40||33||7||$31,004||4,912|
|Loma Linda University||Loma Linda||40||35||5||N/A||3,515|
|Santa Clara University||Santa Clara||34||25||9||$40,572||6,963|
|Occidental College||Los Angeles||30||25||5||$44,570||2,117|
|California Baptist University||Riverside||27||23||4||$26,900||4,398|
|Vanguard University of Southern California||Costa Mesa||23||19||4||$28,500||1,550|
|University of La Verne||La Verne||22||13||9||$33,350||4,908|
|Point Loma Nazarene University||San Diego||22||14||8||$29,510||2,927|
|National University||La Jolla||21||18||3||$11,736||7,721|
|University of Redlands||Redlands||21||17||4||$39,338||3,579|
|University of the Pacific||Stockton||19||13||6||$38,320||5,987|
|Saint Marys College of California||Moraga||18||11||7||$38,450||3,342|
|Fresno Pacific University||Fresno||17||14||3||$25,336||2,658|
|Notre Dame de Namur University||Belmont||17||14||3||$30,522||1,004|
|University of California-Merced||Merced||16||11||5||$13,070||5,158|
|Westmont College||Santa Barbara||15||15||$37,020||1,339|
|California Lutheran University||Thousand Oaks||13||12||1||$34,360||3,395|
|La Sierra University||Riverside||12||11||1||$28,314||1,890|
|Alliant International University||San Diego||11||4||7||$15,190||2,327|
|California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo||San Luis Obispo||10||8||2||$8,043||17,843|
|Pacific Union College||Angwin||7||6||1||$26,640||1,358|