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4+ Year Colleges & Universities*
Los Angeles County

Enrollment, Degrees, Type, Year Founded, Location

CalTech Beckman Institute, Pasadena

Beckman Institute at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Photo by Canon_vs_nikon, Wikimedia Commons.


Los Angeles County boasts four universities within the nation's top 50 universities, according to the 2021 U.S. News National University Rankings:

- California Institute of Technology (ranked #9, tied with Johns Hopkins, Northwestern and Duke; second in California only to #6 Stanford)
- University of California, Los Angeles (ranked #20)
- University of Southern California (ranked #24, tied with U. Michigan-Ann Arbor)
- Pepperdine University (ranked #49, tied with Lehigh, Northeastern, U. Miami)


Also see:
-- Tuition for Four-Year Colleges & Universities in Los Angeles County
-- Community Colleges & Private 2-Year Colleges in Los Angeles County



School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Academy for Jewish Religion California Masters 60 Religious 2000 Los Angeles 90024
American Film Institute Conservatory Masters 334 Non-Profit 1967 Los Angeles 90027
American Jewish University Masters 108 Religious 1947 Bel Air
Antioch University Masters 792 For-Profit 1972 Culver City
ArtCenter College of Design Masters 2,335 Non-Profit 1930 Pasadena
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Azusa Pacific University Doctorate 9,297 Religious 1899 Azusa
Biola University Doctorate 6,103 Religious 1908 La Mirada
California Institute of Technology Doctorate 2,237 Non-Profit 1891 Pasadena
California Institute of the Arts Doctorate 1,520 Non-Profit 1961 Valencia
California State Polytechnic Univ., Pomona Doctorate 28,058 Public 1938 Pomona
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
California State Univ., Dominguez Hills Masters 17,977 Public 1960 Carson
California State Univ., Long Beach Doctorate 38,674 Public 1949 Long Beach 90840
California State Univ., Los Angeles Doctorate 26,671 Public 1947 Los Angeles 90032
California State Univ., Northridge Doctorate 39,910 Public 1958 Northridge
Cedars-Sinai Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Doctorate 40 (2) Non-Profit 2008 Los Angeles 90048
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science Doctorate 748 Non-Profit 1966 Los Angeles 90059
Claremont Graduate University (Claremont Colleges) Doctorate 1,950 Non-Profit 1925 Claremont
Claremont Lincoln University Masters 254 Non-Profit 2011 Claremont
Claremont McKenna College (Claremont Colleges) Masters 1,346 Non-Profit 1946 Claremont
Claremont School of Theology Doctorate 331 Non-Profit 1885 Claremont
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Columbia College Hollywood Bachelors 870 Non-Profit 1952 Tarzana
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Masters 2,227 For-Profit 1969 Los Angeles 90015
Fuller Theological Seminary Doctorate 2,265 Religious 1947 Pasadena
Harvey Mudd College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 904 Non-Profit 1955 Claremont
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Doctorate N/A Religious 1954 Los Angeles 90007
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope Doctorate 91 Non-Profit 1994 Duarte
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences Doctorate 580 Non-Profit 1997 Claremont
Life Pacific College Masters 552 Religious 1925 San Dimas
Logos Evangelical Seminary Doctorate 185 (2) Religious 1989 El Monte
Los Angeles Film School Bachelors 5,151 For-Profit 1999 Hollywood 90028
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Los Angeles Pacific University Masters 1,953 Religious 2018 San Dimas
Loyola Marymount University Doctorate 9,822 Religious 1865 Los Angeles 90045
Marymount California University Masters 647 Religious 1932 Rancho Palos Verdes
Mount Saint Mary's University (3) Doctorate 2,855 Religious 1925 Los Angeles 90049
Occidental College Masters 1,985 Non-Profit 1888 Los Angeles 90041
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Otis College of Art & Design Masters 1,183 Non-Profit 1917 Los Angeles 90045
Pacific Oaks College Masters 1,163 Non-Profit 1945 Pasadena
Pardee RAND Graduate School Doctorate 108 Non-Profit 1970 Santa Monica
Pepperdine University Doctorate 8,824 Religious 1937 Malibu
Pitzer College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,086 Non-Profit 1963 Claremont
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Pomona College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,637 Non-Profit 1887 Claremont
Providence Christian College Bachelors 151 Religious 2005 Pasadena
Scripps College (Claremont Colleges) (3) Bachelors 1,109 Non-Profit 1926 Claremont
Southern California Institute of Architecture Masters 497 Non-Profit 1972 Los Angeles 90013
Southern California University of Health Sciences Doctorate 1,386 Non-Profit 1911 Whittier
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
The Broad Center at Yale School of Management Masters N/A Non-Profit 2001 Los Angeles 90067
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Doctorate 2,999 Non-Profit 2008 Los Angeles 90017
The Master's University & Seminary Doctorate 2,006 Religious 1927 Santa Clarita
Touro College Los Angeles Bachelors 1,940 Non-Profit 2005 (4) West Hollywood
University of Antelope Valley Masters 814 For-Profit 2009 Lancaster
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
University of California, Los Angeles Doctorate 44,371 Public 1919 Los Angeles 90095
University of La Verne Doctorate 7,396 Non-Profit 1891 La Verne
University of Southern California Doctorate 48,321 Non-Profit 1880 Los Angeles 90089
University of the West Doctorate 284 Religious 1990 Rosemead
Western University of Health Sciences Doctorate 3,792 Non-Profit 1975 Pomona
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Whittier College Masters 1,841 Non-Profit 1887 Whittier
Woodbury University Masters 1,225 Non-Profit 1884 Burbank
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad/West Coast Talmudical Seminary Bachelors 138 Religious 1977 Los Angeles 90046

* Listed institutions, as of 2021, are accredited by a regional accreditation association, such as the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC), or other similar body.
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(1) Except where otherwise noted, enrollment numbers are for 2019 from the National Center of Education Statistics
(2) Enrollment number for 2016
(3) Primarily a women’s college
(4) Year in which campus in West Hollywood established


Touro College Los Angeles is the only regionally-accredited Orthodox Jewish college in the West Coast.


The California Graduate Institute merged with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2008. The California Graduate Institute was the first independent graduate school of psychology in the nation, founded in 1968.


Whittier College was founded in 1887 by members of the Society of Friends (Quakers).


The University of Southern California is a private research university of international distinction, and as such, the oldest in the Western United States. The university attracts students from all 50 states and 107 other countries.


California Institute of the Arts was founded in 1961 with the help of Walt and Roy Disney and Lulu May Von Hagen. It merged the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music (founded 1883) and Chouinard Art Institute (founded 1921).


Cleveland Chiropractic College Los Angeles, founded in 1911, closed in 2011.


UCLA is the only campus among the nation's top 10 research universities that was established in the 20th century.


Aerial View of University of California Los Angeles Campus, 1933. Photo by Airscapes Program, U.S. War Department, courtesy of the National Archives.

UCLA is the largest (per enrollment) of the University of California Campuses.


USC has the second largest enrollment of foreign students in the nation.