California Colleges and Universities Quick Comparison

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   University of California (UC) California State University (CSU) California Independent Colleges & Universities
Campuses 10 23 70 +
Transfer Admission Requirements
  •  60 transferable units
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • Two UC transferable courses in English (ENGL 100 + Critical Thinking)
  • One UC transferable course in Mathematics
  • Four UC transferable courses chosen from:
    • Arts & Humanities,
    • Social / Behavior Science
    • Physical / Biological
  • Language other than English
  • Preparation for the major
  • 60 transferable units (CC courses 100-299)
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • 30 units of General
    Education coursework
    with a “C” grade or higher, including:


    • Oral Communication
    • Written Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics
  • Preparation for the major
  • Requirements will vary.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA (many are higher)
Academic Calendar 8 Campuses on Quarter System 2 on Semester (Berkeley and Merced) 16 Campuses on Semester System
7 on Quarter System
Varies by campus
Refer to individual catalog
General Education Pattern IGETC IGETC or CSU GE Breadth School specific pattern or some colleges / universities will accept the IGETC or CSU GE-Breadth pattern.



Degrees Awarded Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, and Professional degrees.  Teaching Credentials. Bachelor, Master, Ed.D. at selected campuses.  Teaching Credentials.
Doctorate at select campuses–in conjunction with UC/Private Campus.
Associate, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate, Professional degrees.  Teaching Credential
Approximate Cost of Attendance*
(Tuition and fees Per Year)


*Does not include books, room & board, transportation, or personal expenses.

CA Residents:  $14,000/year


Non-Residents are required to pay out-of state tuition.

CA Residents: Approximately $6,500 year for full time.


Non-Residents are required to pay out-of-state tuition


Varies – Refer to individual catalog.
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