Post-Secondary Options

Getting to College

The options for post-secondary pathways in California include:

  • Four-year colleges or universities
  • Two-year colleges
  • Career Technical Education programs

Four-year options, which offer bachelor’s degrees, include the California State University, University of California, and Private and Independent Colleges and Universities.

California Community Colleges offer different educational opportunities to students, including two-year associate degrees, a transfer pathway to a four-year college or university, and certificate programs in specific careers, such as Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician, or Early Childhood Education. 

A variety of Career Technical Programs offer specific credentials on specific program of study.

For more general information in regards to post-secondary options, visit CaliforniaColleges.Edu


University of California (UC)

  • World-class public research institution
  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees over a wide range of academic disciplines
  • 10 campuses total with 9 undergraduate campuses

California State University (CSU)

  • High-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education
  • Choose from a wide range of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees
  • 23 campuses located throughout the state

California Community Colleges (CCC)

  • Largest public system of higher education in the nation with 2.1 million students attending
  • Provides workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs, and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions through a wide range of educational offerings
  • 112 campuses throughout California
  • Specially designed four-year bachelor degree programs available as well as a transfer agreement with many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

Private and Independent

  • Private and independent institutions range from large to small traditional liberal arts schools
  • Wide range of academic programs for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees offered depending on the campus
  • 76 private and independent institutions in California with over 200 campus locations statewide 

Career Technical Programs

  • Various career technical programs are available in California including Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Mechanized Agriculture Technology, and Automotive Technology, are offered at public (i.e. the California Community Colleges), private non-profit, and private for-profit school systems
  • Career Technical Programs provide the skillset necessary to perform the job in a particular chosen area of study
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