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Enrollment, Degrees, Type, Year Founded

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

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School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded
Academy for Jewish Religion California Masters 65 Religious 2000
American Film Institute Masters 356 Independent 1967
American Jewish University Masters 112 Religious 1947
Antioch University Los Angeles Masters 819 Independent 1972
Art Center College of Design Masters 1,824 Independent 1930
Azusa Pacific University Doctorate 6,160 Religious 1899
Biola University Doctorate 4,373 Religious 1908
California Institute of Technology Doctorate 983 Independent 1891
California Institute of the Arts Masters 895 Independent 1961
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Masters 22,395 Public 1938
California State University, Dominguez Hills Masters 12,617 Public 1960
California State University, Long Beach Masters 31,523 Public 1949
California State University, Los Angeles Masters 20,668 Public 1947
California State University, Northridge Masters 35,206 Public 1958
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Doctorate 35 Independent 2008
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Doctorate 230 Independent 1966
Claremont Graduate University (Claremont Colleges) Doctorate 2,160 Independent 1925
Claremont Lincoln University Masters 41 Independent 2011
Claremont McKenna College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,301 Independent 1946
Claremont School of Theology Doctorate 254 Independent 1885
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment** Type of Institution Year Founded
Columbia College Hollywood Bachelors 359 Independent 1952
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Bachelors 3,142 Independent 1969
Fuller Theological Seminary Doctorate 2,805 Religious 1947
Harvey Mudd College (Claremont Colleges) Masters 804 Independent 1955
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
(Jack H. Skirball Campus)
Doctorate 297 Religious 1954
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences
at City of Hope
Doctorate 79 Independent 1994
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences Doctorate 84 Independent 1997
Life Pacific College Bachelors 514 Religious 1925
Logos Evangelical Seminary Doctorate 170 Religious 1989
Loyola Marymount University Doctorate 6,184 Religious 1865
Marymount California University Masters 1,086 Religious 1932
Mount Saint Mary's University (2) Masters 2,667 Religious 1925
Occidental College Masters 2,117 Independent 1888
Otis College of Art and Design Masters 1,032 Independent 1917
Pacific Oaks College Masters 257 Independent 1945
Pardee RAND Graduate School Doctorate 102 Independent 1970
Pepperdine University Doctorate 3,451 Religious 1937
Phillips Graduate University (4) Doctorate 210 Independent 1971
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment** Type of Institution Year Founded
Pitzer College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,081 Independent 1963
Pomona College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,650 Independent 1887
Providence Christian College Bachelors 100 Religious 2005
Scripps College (Claremont Colleges) (2) Bachelors 972 Independent 1926
Shepherd University Doctorate 46 Religious 1999
Southern California Institute of Architecture Masters 263 Independent 1972
Southern California University of Health Sciences (3) Doctorate 507 Independent 1911
The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems Masters 42 Independent 2001
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Doctorate 249 Independent 2008
The Master's College and Seminary Masters 1,137 Religious 1927
University of California, Los Angeles Doctorate 29,633 Public 1919
University of La Verne Doctorate 2,713 Independent 1891
University of Southern California Doctorate 18,740 Independent 1880
University of the West Doctorate 142 Religious 1990
Western University of Health Sciences Doctorate 3,862 Independent 1975
Whittier College Masters 1,665 Independent 1887
Woodbury University Masters 1,357 Independent 1884

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* 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). Shepherd University is a Candidate for Accreditation as of December 2016.
(1) Enrollment numbers are from Peterson's, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education or are self-reported.
(2) Women’s College
(3) Formerly Los Angeles Chiropractic College
(4) Formerly Phillips Graduate Institute


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.


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


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