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Enrollment, Degrees, Type, Year Founded

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)

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

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School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded
Academy for Jewish Religion California Masters 64 Religious 2000
American Film Institute Conservatory Masters 338 Independent 1967
American Jewish University Masters 159 Religious 1947
Antioch University Los Angeles Masters 736 Independent 1972
ArtCenter College of Design Masters 2,138 Independent 1930
Azusa Pacific University Doctorate 10,020 Religious 1899
Biola University Doctorate 6,095 Religious 1908
California Institute of Technology Doctorate 2,240 Independent 1891
California Institute of the Arts Masters 1,455 Independent 1961
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Masters 25,326 Public 1938
California State University, Dominguez Hills Masters 14,731 Public 1960
California State University, Long Beach Masters 37,776 Public 1949
California State University, Los Angeles Masters 27,827 Public 1947
California State University, Northridge Masters 39,916 Public 1958
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Graduate Education Doctorate 40 (2) Independent 2008
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Doctorate 459 Independent 1966
Claremont Graduate University (Claremont Colleges) Doctorate 2,038 Independent 1925
Claremont Lincoln University Masters 82 Independent 2011
Claremont McKenna College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,347 Independent 1946
Claremont School of Theology Doctorate 351 Independent 1885
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded
Columbia College Hollywood Bachelors 367 Independent 1952
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Bachelors 2,624 Independent 1969
Fuller Theological Seminary Doctorate 2,435 Religious 1947
Harvey Mudd College (Claremont Colleges) Masters 842 Independent 1955
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
(Jack H. Skirball Campus)
Doctorate N/A Religious 1954
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences
at City of Hope
Doctorate 75 (2) Independent 1994
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences Doctorate 534 Independent 1997
Life Pacific College Bachelors 627 Religious 1925
Logos Evangelical Seminary Doctorate 185 (2) Religious 1989
Los Angeles Film School Bachelors 3,128 Independent 1999
Loyola Marymount University Doctorate 9,330 Religious 1865
Marymount California University Masters 985 Religious 1932
Mount Saint Mary's University (3) Masters 3,496 Religious 1925
Occidental College Masters 1,969 Independent 1888
Otis College of Art and Design Masters 1,078 Independent 1917
Pacific Oaks College Masters 1,197 Independent 1945
Pardee RAND Graduate School Doctorate 106 Independent 1970
Pepperdine University Doctorate 7,826 Religious 1937
Phillips Graduate University (4) Doctorate 278 Independent 1971
School Highest Degree Student Enrollment (1) Type of Institution Year Founded
Pitzer College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,062 Independent 1963
Pomona College (Claremont Colleges) Bachelors 1,563 Independent 1887
Providence Christian College Bachelors 164 Religious 2005
Scripps College (Claremont Colleges) (3) Bachelors 1,057 Independent 1926
Shepherd University Doctorate 257 Religious 1999
Southern California Institute of Architecture Masters 519 Independent 1972
Southern California University of Health Sciences (5) Doctorate 935 Independent 1911
The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems Masters N/A Independent 2001
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Doctorate 2,292 Independent 2008
The Master's College and Seminary Masters 1,895 Religious 1927
Touro College Los Angeles Bachelors N/A Independent 2005 (6)
University of Antelope Valley (7) Masters 1,146 Independent 2009
University of California, Los Angeles Doctorate 43,548 Public 1919
University of La Verne Doctorate 8,369 Independent 1891
University of Southern California Doctorate 43,871 Independent 1880
University of the West Doctorate 324 Religious 1990
Western University of Health Sciences Doctorate 3,839 Independent 1975
Whittier College Masters 2,072 Independent 1887
Woodbury University Masters 1,283 Independent 1884
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad/West Coast Talmudical Seminary Bachelors 151 Religious 1977

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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), 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.