Types of California Colleges and Universities
The University of California (UC) is a public university system with an emphasis on research. It has nine undergraduate campuses with 150 academic programs. It is designed for the top 4% of students.
The California State University is a public state university system with an emphasis on teaching and teacher and workforce preparation. It is designed for the top 50% of students. It has 23 campuses located throughout the state. The CSU offers more than 1,400 baccalaureate degrees, and Master’s degrees in over 200 subject areas.
California has 77 non-profit, independent colleges and universities. These schools all have their own governing boards which conform to their own unique set of values. As a result, they are very diverse and offer many different opportunities for students.