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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 seven of the nation's leading universities, according to the 2018 U.S. News National University Rankings:
- California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (ranked #10 & second in California only to #5 Stanford)
- University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles (tied #21)
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles (tied #21)
- Pepperdine University, Malibu (tied #46)
- Biola University, La Mirada (tied #159)
- University of La Verne, La Verne (tied #159)
- Azusa Pacific University, Azusa ranked (tied #187)


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 64 Religious 2000 Los Angeles 90024
American Film Institute Conservatory Masters 338 Independent 1967 Los Angeles 90027
American Jewish University Masters 159 Religious 1947 Bel Air
Antioch University Masters 736 Independent 1972 Culver City
ArtCenter College of Design Masters 2,138 Independent 1930 Pasadena
Azusa Pacific University Doctorate 10,020 Religious 1899 Azusa
Biola University Doctorate 6,095 Religious 1908 La Mirada
California Institute of Technology Doctorate 2,240 Independent 1891 Pasadena
California Institute of the Arts Masters 1,455 Independent 1961 Valencia
California State Polytechnic Univ., Pomona Masters 25,326 Public 1938 Pomona
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
California State Univ., Dominguez Hills Masters 14,731 Public 1960 Carson
California State Univ., Long Beach Masters 37,776 Public 1949 Long Beach 90840
California State Univ., Los Angeles Masters 27,827 Public 1947 Los Angeles 90032
California State Univ., Northridge Masters 39,916 Public 1958 Northridge
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Doctorate 40 (2) Independent 2008 Los Angeles 90048
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science Doctorate 459 Independent 1966 Los Angeles 90059
Claremont Graduate University (Claremont Colleges) Doctorate 2,038 Independent 1925 Claremont
Claremont Lincoln University Masters 82 Independent 2011 Claremont
Claremont McKenna College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,347 Independent 1946 Claremont
Claremont School of Theology Doctorate 351 Independent 1885 Claremont
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Columbia College Hollywood Bachelors 367 Independent 1952 Tarzana
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Bachelors 2,624 Independent 1969 Los Angeles 90015
Fuller Theological Seminary Doctorate 2,435 Religious 1947 Pasadena
Harvey Mudd College (Claremont Colleges) Masters 842 Independent 1955 Claremont
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Doctorate N/A Religious 1954 Los Angeles 90007
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope Doctorate 75 (2) Independent 1994 Duarte
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences Doctorate 534 Independent 1997 Claremont
Life Pacific College Bachelors 627 Religious 1925 San Dimas
Logos Evangelical Seminary Doctorate 185 (2) Religious 1989 El Monte
Los Angeles Film School Bachelors 3,128 Independent 1999 Hollywood 90028
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Loyola Marymount University Doctorate 9,330 Religious 1865 Los Angeles 90045
Marymount California University Masters 985 Religious 1932 Rancho Palos Verdes
Mount Saint Mary's University Masters 3,496 Religious 1925 Los Angeles 90049
Occidental College Masters 1,969 Independent 1888 Los Angeles 90041
Otis College of Art & Design Masters 1,078 Independent 1917 Los Angeles 90045
Pacific Oaks College Masters 1,197 Independent 1945 Pasadena
Pardee RAND Graduate School Doctorate 106 Independent 1970 Santa Monica
Pepperdine University Doctorate 7,826 Religious 1937 Malibu
Philips Graduate University Doctorate 278 Independent 1971 Chatsworth
Pitzer College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,062 Independent 1963 Claremont
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
Pomona College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,563 Independent 1887 Claremont
Providence Christian College Bachelors 164 Religious 2005 Pasadena
Scripps College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,057 Independent 1926 Claremont
Shepherd University Doctorate 257 Religious 1999 Los Angeles 90065
Southern California Institute of Architecture Masters 519 Independent 1972 Los Angeles 90013
Southern California University of Health Sciences Doctorate 935 Independent 1911 Whittier
The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems Masters N/A Independent 2001 Los Angeles 90067
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Doctorate 2,292 Independent 2008 Los Angeles 90017
The Master's College & Seminary Masters 1,895 Religious 1927 Santa Clarita
Touro College Los Angeles Bachelors N/A Independent 2005 (6) West Hollywood
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded Location
University of Antelope Valley Masters 1,146 Independent 2009 Lancaster
University of California, Los Angeles Doctorate 43,548 Public 1919 Los Angeles 90095
University of La Verne Doctorate 8,369 Independent 1891 La Verne
University of Southern California Doctorate 43,871 Independent 1880 Los Angeles 90089
University of the West Doctorate 324 Religious 1990 Rosemead
Western University of Health Sciences Doctorate 3,839 Independent 1975 Pomona
Whittier College Masters 2,072 Independent 1887 Whittier
Woodbury University Masters 1,283 Independent 1884 Burbank
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad/West Coast Talmudical Seminary Bachelors 151 Religious 1977 Los Angeles 90046

* Listed institutions as of 2016, except for Shepherd University, are accredited by a regional accreditation association, such as the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC), or other similar body. Shepherd University is a Candidate for Accreditation as of December 2016.
N/A Information not available
Except where otherwise noted, enrollment numbers are for Fall 2016 from the National Center of Education Statistics
(2) Enrollment number from Peterson's
(3) Women’s College
(4) Formerly Phillips Graduate Institute
(5) Formerly Los Angeles Chiropractic College
(6) Establishment date for Los Angeles campus
(7) Private, for-profit institution


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.