Top Community Colleges in California
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Top 15 Community Colleges in California

2015-2016 Rankings

Top Community Colleges, California - EDsmart AwardsThere’s a myth going around that says students go to community colleges because they weren’t accepted by a four year school.  The truth is, many students start their post-secondary degrees in college as a money saving factor. By taking the first two years of a four-year degree in a community college, students take out fewer loans and won’t carry as large of a debt burden. Many students (and parents) are seeing community colleges as a great stepping stone. In recent years, this trend hasn’t lessened.

Thus if your goal is to attend a four-year university, the name of the game is to pay attention to the graduation and transfer rate of the community college. These two rates are representative of how well a student does in school and their chances of transferring into the schools of their choice (also pay attention to what classes will transfer to the school of your choice—really helps).

Some schools have strong relationships with major universities and offer honors programs that provide a sort of “backdoor” into these schools. What ultimately matters most is your own academic performance. Keep your head down, work hard and you’ll be able to make it.

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California increased it’s national ranking for community college graduation and transfer rates to #20 from #24 just two years ago.

The following is a list of some of the top community colleges in California based on graduation and transfer rates. Please note that the cost of attendance varies for those that are in-state residents and out of state residents.

Best Community Colleges in California by size

Large Schools

De Anza College

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 72.7%
First Year Retention Rate: 90.7%
Cost of Attendance: $12,300 – $19,302
Number of Students: Approx. 24,781

De Anza College still tops the list this year with the highest graduation and transfer rates in the state. Based in Cupertino, California, this community college services the Silicon Valley region, and is an integral part of the culture of California’s higher education. Students of De Anza often transfer to California State Schools as well as the University of California schools.  De Anza is known for more than its transfer rates—the school also boasts a remarkably diverse student population and excellent animation program that is ranked among programs from universities like New York University, UCLA, and USC.

Orange Coast College

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 54.2%
First Year Retention Rate: 91.2%
Cost of Attendance: $20,244 – $26,346
Number of Students: Approx. 25,000

Orange Coast College finds its sunny home in Orange County, California and offers a wide variety of two year degrees and certifications. More than 25,000 students enroll in this Costa Mesa based college every semester. Close to beautiful beaches and Disneyland, OCC is perfect for students hoping to enjoy life in the OC. Among colleges in the county, Orange Coast College is the highest ranked in transfers to University of California and California States schools as well as other schools across the country.

Santa Barbara City College

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 53.8%
First Year Retention Rate: 83.4%
Cost of Attendance: $11,882-18,524  
Number of Students: Approx. 30,687

As a recent recipient of the Aspen Prize for College Excellence, Santa Barbara City College is an affordable solution for students looking to begin their higher education at a community college. As a school committed to its students, Santa Barbara City College supports its students through talented and hardworking academic support organizations. SBCC understands that many of its students see the school as a launching pad to other universities, so it provides workshops for students throughout the entire transfer process.

Diablo Valley College

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 50.2%
First Year Retention Rate: 90.5%
Cost of Attendance: $14,839-20,579  
Number of Students: Approx. 24,781

Contra Costa County is home to Diablo Valley, a school known in the region for its ability to facilitate transfers to four-year universities.  Offering more than 40 different associates degrees, DVC serves more than 24,000 students each semester. A short distance to San Francisco, this institution is an ideal transfer setting for larger universities in the region. Fact: the land near Diablo Valley College was once home to the Costanoan Indians.

Pasadena City College

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 50.2%
First Year Retention Rate: 92.1%
Cost of Attendance: $12,708-17,666  
Number of Students: Approx. 22,000

Pasadena City College is ranked #1 for first-year retention rates on our list of Top Community Colleges in CA.

A perennial contender on our list of top ten community colleges in the state of California, the Pasadena City College is one of the largest community colleges in the country and a high performer. Thanks to its proximity to Best Community Colleges in Los Angeles Area County, students of PCC are close to top schools like UCLA, USC, and the prestigious Art Center College of Design. Many even claim that the PCC is a shortcut to admission in the Art Center (though you didn’t hear it from us). Pasadena City College’s programs prepare students for degrees and careers in mathematics, music, ethnic studies, health care, product design, visual arts, television, radio, publishing and more.

Medium Schools

Foothill College

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 68.8%
First Year Retention Rate: 87.5%
Cost of Attendance: $12,300 – 19,302  
Number of Students: Approx. 18,0362

Foothill College has the second highest graduation and transfer rate of all top community colleges in CA.

The campus, located in Los Altos Hills, California is simply stunning. An award winning campus for its architecture, this school is a prominent part of the Silicon Valley community. Foothill College was the first community college in California to offer online courses. Keeping with that legacy, the school now offers more than 500 different online courses that for students in the area and around the world. FC also features a Japanese Cultural Center, an Observatory, an all-weather track and more facilities for its students. Strong academics give Foothill College a high transfer rate to universities around the state and country, making it the second highest ranked schools in the state.

Napa Valley College

Graduation and Transfer Rate: 48.0%
First Year Retention Rate: 88.7%
Cost of Attendance: $14,120 – 18,920  
Number of Students: Approx. 8,996

There are few places more picturesque in California than the Napa Valley region. Home to beautiful lodges, wineries, restaurants, wineries, spas, and wineries, Napa Valley is a go to place for many tourists. But Napa Valley College exists as a means to an ends for locals. A local alternative to four year universities and a training destination for residents seeking better wages, Napa Valley College has had its hand in helping people attain their dreams for more than 70 years. NVC takes great pride in what it does.

Ohlone College

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 52.1%
First Year Retention Rate: 91.1%
Cost of Attendance: $10,898 – 15,878    
Number of Students: Approx. 18,000

Serving 18,000 students every year, Ohlone Community College District is a multi-campus college found in Fremont, California—San Francisco’s East Bay. Thanks to its proximity to top California schools like Stanford and UC Berkeley, many students attend Ohlone with plans of transferring. A richly diverse campus, Ohlone features a unique center for deaf studies, a program that helps students that are hard of hearing obtain an education. This school offers more than 177 degrees and certificates, as well as 21 associate degrees for transfers.

Irvine Valley College

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 51.1%
First Year Retention Rate: 90.3%
Cost of Attendance: $14,415 – 20,577   
Number of Students: Approx. 14,384

Offering classes during the day, evening, for eight weeks or full semesters, Irvine Valley College services the people of Irvine, California with flexibility. Strategically located within fifty miles of nine Californian universities, the school was opened to take advantage of this geographical benefit. Irvine Valley College owns a consistent spot on our list, with strong academics and transfer rates. Beyond this, IVC also features an honors program that enables students to obtain top priority into schools like UCLA, UCI, and other programs in the area.

Cuesta College

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 50.7%
First Year Retention Rate: 86.2%
Cost of Attendance: $12,052 – 19,135  
Number of Students: Approx. 9,571

Cuesta College finds its home near the central coast of California. Offering over 76 associate degree programs in the science and arts on top of 96 certificate programs, students here will find that the strong academics will prepare them for life in the real world as well as in a four-year university.  Cuesta College also features the Cuesta College Promise, a scholarship program enabling all San Luis Obispo County high school graduates to attend their first year of college fee-free. This isn’t the only way Cuesta looks to help the community. Summer camps at Cuesta allow middle school students to have a taste of what different careers feel like with hands on experience in business, health, information science, and welding.

Small Schools

Feather River Community College District

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 53.6%
First Year Retention Rate: 83.3%
Cost of Attendance: $9,012 – 14,362  
Number of Students: Approx. 1,635

As a small college with mountains of opportunities, Feather River Community College is nestled on the side of a forested mountain. The 256-acre is literally home to wildlife (deer), and makes education a beautiful prospect in this unique setting. Removed from the crowds and noise of city noise, FRC offers students an opportunity for study, relaxation, and self-discovery, while maintaining high levels of academic rigor. With strong relationships with universities in the state and a high transfer rate, FRC is a special education experience that students are unlikely to find anywhere else.

College of the Siskiyous

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 50.8%
First Year Retention Rate: 82.0%
Cost of Attendance: $15,306 – 21,936  
Number of Students: Approx. 2,473

Located at the base of Mount Shasta in northern California, College of the Siskiyous is one of the most beautiful campuses in the state.  Having served the residents of far northern California (practically Oregon) for nearly 60 years, the college is widely recognized for its excellent programs in the humanities and arts, sciences and technology, and athletics. COS takes advantage of its pristine scenery in its educational offerings, using the outdoors as a workshop for many different classes.  Small class sizes of 15-30 students ensure that students at COS won’t just be another face in the crowd.

Lake Tahoe Community College

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 48.0%
First Year Retention Rate: 82.8%
Cost of Attendance: $14,199-19,620  
Number of Students: Approx. 3,000

Ahhhh, Lake Tahoe—one of California’s dream vacations in the mountains and beauty of rugged nature. This beautiful town is home to Lake Tahoe Community College, an institution that hosts approximately 3000 students every quarter. Not content to have strong academics, LTCC capitalizes on its unique setting. Like some of the other smaller schools on our list, outdoor activities are practically at on the doorstep at Lake Tahoe Community College with outdoor recreation activities available all year round. Students at LTCC are minutes away from three different ski resorts, and are close to 14 different resorts all located around the lake. In the summer, students can participate in hiking, fishing, mountain biking and a host of other outdoor activities.

West Hills College-Coalinga

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 40.5%
First Year Retention Rate: 83.6%
Cost of Attendance: $13,349 – 21,935 
Number of Students: Approx. 4,000

West Hills College-Coalinga prides itself as a safe and friendly academic setting in the west side of Central California’s San Joaquin Valley. Recently the MetLife Foundation and Jobs for the Future groups honored West Hills as a small community college that best exemplifies helping underserved youth and adults prepare for further education. As a smaller school than its larger cousins, WHCC is home to approximately 4,000 students and guarantees small class sizes. Particular care and attention is given to their English as a Second Language program, as they seek to serve students from all backgrounds. With more than 30 associate degrees offered in a wide variety of subjects, WHCC also takes advantage of a unique partnership with California State University – Fresno to allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree entirely on their campus.

Palo Verde College

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Graduation and Transfer Rate: 31.2%
First Year Retention Rate: 82.7%
Cost of Attendance: $14,266  
Number of Students: Approx. 3,898

Located in the agriculturally fertile Palo Verde Valley of southeastern California, Palo Verde College has served its community for almost 60 years. Palo Verde College boasts a dedicated earning environment with top quality educational programs and support services. Palo Verde College understands that its students are busy people. Students here can take advantage of course times in the morning, afternoon, evening, late evening, and even weekends. Offering a wide variety of associate degrees, and transfer programs to four year universities, PVC is a great starting place for students in the region.

Sources:

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Community Colleges in California

The California Community Colleges System (CCCS) consists of 121 community colleges in 72 community college districts. CCCS is the largest system of higher education in the world, serving more than 2.1 million students every year. The CCCS empowers students with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in today’s workplace.

With a wide variety of educational offerings, California community colleges provide certificate and degree programs to prepare students for the workplace or to transfer to four-year colleges.

At California community colleges, students can take courses in more than 175 different fields of study. These courses can lead students to an associate’s degree, transfer to a four-year college or university, or a Career Technical Education (CTE)/vocational certificate.

Starting at a community college is a great and affordable way to complete general education courses and major preparation courses. Following which, students can transfer to a college or university for bachelor degree completion.

The new Associate Degree for Transfer program (AA-T/AS-T) allows California community college students to more easily transfer to California colleges within the California State University (CSU) system. The program allows students to opportunity to complete both the associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in only 120 units. See ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com for more information.

California community colleges are also the least expensive, all-around colleges in the nation. Residents currently pay an average of $46 per credit hour. For full-time students at 12 credits per semester, this equates to $552 per semester. Non-California residents pay an out-of-state tuition that typically costs $140-$400 per credit hour.

List of Community Colleges in California

Northern | Southern | Central | Bay Area | Los Angeles Area

Northern CA

AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE
4700 COLLEGE OAK DRIVE
SACRAMENTO ,   CA   95841
Los Rios Community College District
(916) 568-3101
BUTTE COLLEGE
3536 BUTTE CAMPUS DRIVE
OROVILLE ,   CA   95965
Butte-Glenn Community College District
(530) 895-2400
CLEAR LAKE CAMPUS
15880 DAM ROAD EXT.
CLEARLAKE ,   CA   95422
Yuba Community College District
(707) 995-7900
COSUMNES RIVER COLLEGE
8401 CENTER PARKWAY
SACRAMENTO ,   CA   95823-5704
Los Rios Community College District
(916) 568-3101
EL DORADO CENTER
6699 CAMPUS DRIVE
PLACERVILLE ,   CA   95667-7744
Los Rios Community College District
(916) 568-3112
FEATHER RIVER COLLEGE
570 GOLDEN EAGLE AVE
QUINCY ,   CA   95971
Feather River Community College District
(530) 283-0202 X257
FOLSOM LAKE COLLEGE
10 COLLEGE PARKWAY
FOLSOM ,   CA   95630-6798
Los Rios Community College District
(916) 608-6500
LAKE TAHOE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ONE COLLEGE DRIVE
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ,   CA   96150
Lake Tahoe Community College District
(530) 541-4660
LASSEN COLLEGE
478-200 HWY 139
SUSANVILLE ,   CA   96130
Lassen Community College District
(530) 251-8811
MENDOCINO COLLEGE
1000 HENSLEY CREEK RD
UKIAH ,   CA   95482
Mendocino-Lake Community College District
(707) 468-3062
NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE
2277 NAPA-VALLEJO HIGHWAY
NAPA ,   CA   94558
Napa Valley Community College District
(707) 256-7107
REDWOODS, COLLEGE OF THE
7351 TOMPKINS HILL RD
EUREKA ,   CA   95501
Redwoods Community College District
(707) 476-4141
SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE
3835 FREEPORT BOULEVARD
SACRAMENTO ,   CA   95822
Los Rios Community College District
(916) 568-3101
SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE
1501 MENDOCINO AVENUE
SANTA ROSA ,   CA   95401
Santa Rosa Junior College
(707) 527-4954
SHASTA COLLEGE
11555 OLD OREGON TRAIL
REDDING ,   CA   96049
Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District
(530) 242-7640
SIERRA COLLEGE
5000 ROCKLIN ROAD
ROCKLIN ,   CA   95677
Sierra Joint Community College District
(800) 242-4004
SISKIYOUS, COLLEGE OF THE
800 COLLEGE AVENUE
WEED ,   CA   96094
Siskiyous Joint Community College District
(530) 938-5317
SOLANO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
4000 SUISUN VALLEY ROAD
FAIRFIELD ,   CA   94585
Solano Community College District
(707) 864-7128
WOODLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
2300 E GIBSON ROAD
WOODLAND ,   CA   95776
Yuba Community College District
(530) 661-5700
YUBA COLLEGE
2088 NORTH BEALE ROAD
MARYSVILLE ,   CA   95901
Yuba Community College District
(530) 741-6975

Southern CA

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION PARK (ATEP)
15445 LANSDOWNE ROAD
TUSTIN ,   CA   92782
South Orange County Community College District
(949) 582-4850
ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE
800 SOUTH COLLEGE DR
SANTA MARIA ,   CA   93454
Allan Hancock Community College District
(805) 922-6966 x3338
BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE
1801 PANORAMA DRIVE
BAKERSFIELD ,   CA   93305
Kern Community College District–KERN COUNTY
(661) 336-5140
BARSTOW COLLEGE
2700 BARSTOW ROAD
BARSTOW ,   CA   92311
Barstow Community College District
(760) 252-2411
CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
3000 COLLEGE HEIGHTS BOULEVARD
RIDGECREST ,   CA   93555
Kern Community College District–KERN COUNTY
(760) 384-6229
CHAFFEY COLLEGE
5885 HAVEN AVE
RANCHO CUCAMONGA ,   CA   91737
Chaffey Community College District
(909) 941-2158
COASTLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
11460 WARNER AVENUE
FOUNTAIN VALLEY ,   CA   92708
Coast Community College District
(714) 438-4715
COLLEGE OF THE DESERT
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert ,   CA   92260
College of the Desert–Desert Community College District
(760) 346-8041
COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
6162 ROTARY WAY
JOSHUA TREE ,   CA   92252
Copper Mountain College District
(760) 366-5267
CRAFTON HILLS COLLEGE
11711 SAND CANYON ROAD
YUCAIPA ,   CA   92399
San Bernardino Community College District
(909) 382-4040
CUESTA COLLEGE
CUESTA COLLEGE, HWY ONE
SAN LUIS OBISPO ,   CA   93403
Cuesta College – San Luis Obispo County Community College District
(805) 546-3129
CUYAMACA COLLEGE
900 RANCH SAN DIEGO PKWY
EL CAJON ,   CA   92019
Grossmont / Cuyamaca Community College District
(619) 644-7637
CYPRESS COLLEGE
9200 Valley View St
Cypress ,   CA   90630
North Orange County Community College District
(714) 484-7000
FULLERTON COLLEGE
321 EAST CHAPMAN AVE
FULLERTON ,   CA   92832
North Orange County Community College District
(714) 992-7000
GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE
15744 GOLDENWEST STREET
HUNTINGTON BEACH ,   CA   92647
Coast Community College District
(714) 438-4715
GROSSMONT COLLEGE
8800 GROSSMONT COLLEGE DRIVE
EL CAJON ,   CA   92020
Grossmont / Cuyamaca Community College District
(619) 644-7000
IMPERIAL VALLEY COLLEGE
380 EAST ATEN RD
IMPERIAL ,   CA   92251
Imperial Community College District
(760) 355-6212
IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE
5500 IRVINE CENTER DRIVE
IRVINE ,   CA   92618
South Orange County Community College District
(949) 582-4466
MIRACOSTA COLLEGE
1 BARNARD DRIVE
OCEANSIDE ,   CA   92056
MiraCosta Community College District
(760) 795-6854
MOORPARK COLLEGE
7075 CAMPUS WAY
MOORPARK ,   CA   93021
Ventura County Community College District
(805) 378-1400
MORENO VALLEY COLLEGE (RIVERSIDE CCD)
16130 LASSELLE STREET
MORENO VALLEY ,   CA   92551-2045
Riverside Community College District
(951) 571-6100
MT. SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE
1100 NORTH GRAND AVE
WALNUT ,   CA   91789
Mt. San Antonio Community College District
(909) 594-5611
MT. SAN JACINTO COLLEGE
1499 NORTH STATE STREET
SAN JACINTO ,   CA   92583
Mt. San Jacinto Community College District
(951) 487-3150
NORCO CAMPUS (RIVERSIDE CCD)
2001 THIRD STREET
NORCO ,   CA   92860-2600
Riverside Community College District
(951) 372-7000
ORANGE COAST COLLEGE
2701 FAIRVIEW ROAD
COSTA MESA ,   CA   92626
Coast Community College District
(714) 438-4715
OXNARD COLLEGE
4000 SOUTH ROSE AVENUE
OXNARD ,   CA   93033
Ventura County Community College District
(805) 986-5800
PALO VERDE COLLEGE
ONE COLLEGE DRIVE
BLYTHE ,   CA   92225
Palo Verde Community College District
(760) 921-5408
PALOMAR COLLEGE
1140 WEST MISSION RD
SAN MARCOS ,   CA   92069
Palomar Community College District
(760) 744-1150 x4181
PORTERVILLE COLLEGE
100 EAST COLLEGE AVENUE
PORTERVILLE ,   CA   93257
Kern Community College District–KERN COUNTY
(559) 791-2457
RIVERSIDE CITY COLLEGE
4800 Magnolia Ave
RIVERSIDE ,   CA   92506-1299
Riverside Community College District
(951) 222-8000
SADDLEBACK COLLEGE
28000 MARGUERITE PARKWAY
MISSION VIEJO ,   CA   92692
South Orange County Community College District
(949) 582-4850
SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY COLLEGE
701 SOUTH MOUNT VERNON AVENUE
SAN BERNARDINO ,   CA   92410
San Bernardino Community College District
(909) 382-4040
SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE
1313 PARK BLVD
SAN DIEGO ,   CA   92101
San Diego Community College District
(619) 388-6579
SAN DIEGO CONTINUING EDUCATION (SDCE)
4343 OCEAN VIEW BLVD
SAN DIEGO ,   CA   92113-1915
San Diego Community College District
(619) 388-6579
SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE
7250 MESA COLLEGE DRIVE
SAN DIEGO ,   CA   92111
San Diego Community College District
(619) 388-6579
SAN DIEGO MIRAMAR COLLEGE
10440 BLACK MOUNTAIN ROAD
SAN DIEGO ,   CA   92126
San Diego Community College District
(619) 388-6579
SANTA ANA COLLEGE
1530 W 17TH STREET
SANTA ANA ,   CA   92706
Rancho Santiago Community College District
(714) 480-7490
SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE
721 CLIFF DRIVE
SANTA BARBARA ,   CA   93109
Santa Barbara Community College District
(805) 965-0581 x3870
SANTIAGO CANYON COLLEGE
8045 E CHAPMAN AVENUE
ORANGE ,   CA   92869
Rancho Santiago Community College District
(714) 480-7484
SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION, NORTH ORANGE COUNTY
1830 W ROMNEYA DR
ANAHEIM ,   CA   92801
North Orange County Community College District
(714) 808-4999
SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE
900 OTAY LAKES ROAD
CHULA VISTA ,   CA   91910
Southwestern Community College District
(619) 482-6395
TAFT COLLEGE
29 EMMONS PARK DRIVE
TAFT ,   CA   93268
Taft College–West Kern Community College District
(661) 763-7700
VENTURA COLLEGE
4667 TELEGRAPH ROAD
VENTURA ,   CA   93003
Ventura County Community College District
(805) 654-6465
VICTOR VALLEY COLLEGE
18422 BEAR VALLEY ROAD
VICTORVILLE ,   CA   92395
Victor Valley Community College District
(760) 245-4271 x2486

Central CA

CABRILLO COLLEGE
6500 SOQUEL DR
APTOS ,   CA   95003
Cabrillo Community College District
(831) 479-6217
CLOVIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (STATE CENTER CCD)
10309 N. Willow Avenue
Fresno ,   CA   93730
State Center Community College District
(559) 325-5200
COLUMBIA COLLEGE
11600 COLUMBIA COLLEGE DR
SONORA ,   CA   95370
Yosemite Community College District
(209) 588-5100
FRESNO CITY COLLEGE (STATE CENTER CCD)
1101 EAST UNIVERSITY AVE
FRESNO ,   CA   93741
State Center Community College District
(559) 226-0720
GAVILAN COLLEGE
5055 SANTA TERESA BLVD
GILROY ,   CA   95020
Gavilan Joint Community College District
(408) 848-4755
HARTNELL COLLEGE
156 HOMESTEAD AVE
SALINAS ,   CA   93901
Hartnell Community College District
(831) 755-6706
MADERA AND OAKHURST CENTERS (STATE CENTER CCD)
CLOVIS, FRESNO,
MADERA AND OAKHURST ,   CA
State Center Community College District
(559) 226-0720
MERCED COLLEGE
3600 M STREET
MERCED ,   CA   95348
Merced Community College District
(209) 384-6102
MODESTO JUNIOR COLLEGE
435 COLLEGE AVENUE
MODESTO ,   CA   95350
Yosemite Community College District
(209) 575-6968
MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE
980 FREMONT STREET
MONTEREY ,   CA   93940
Monterey Peninsula Community College District
(831) 646-4016
REEDLEY COLLEGE (STATE CENTER CCD)
995 NORTH REED AVENUE
REEDLEY ,   CA   93654
State Center Community College District
(559) 226-0720
SAN JOAQUIN DELTA COLLEGE
5151 PACIFIC AVE
STOCKTON ,   CA   95207
San Joaquin Delta Community College District
(209) 954-5056
SEQUOIAS, COLLEGE OF THE
915 S MOONEY BLVD
VISALIA ,   CA   93277
Sequoias Community College District
(559) 737-6165
WEST HILLS COLLEGE COALINGA
300 Cherry Lane
COALINGA ,   CA   93210
West Hills Community College District
(559) 934-2155
WEST HILLS COLLEGE LEMOORE
555 College Avenue
Lemoore ,   CA   93245
West Hills Community College District
(559) 934-2155

Bay Area

BERKELEY CITY COLLEGE
2050 CENTER STREET
BERKELEY ,   CA   94704
Peralta Community College District
(510) 981-2800
CAÑADA COLLEGE
4200 FARM HILL BOULEVARD
REDWOOD CITY ,   CA   94061
San Mateo County Community College District
(650) 306-3100
CHABOT COLLEGE
25555 HESPERIAN BLVD
HAYWARD ,   CA   94545
Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
(925) 485-5236
CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO
50 PHELAN AVENUE
SAN FRANCISCO ,   CA   94112
San Francisco Community College District
(415) 241-2246
COLLEGE OF ALAMEDA
555 RALPH APPEZZATO MEMORIAL PKWY
ALAMEDA ,   CA   94501
Peralta Community College District
(510) 466-7297
COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO
1700 WEST HILLSDALE BLVD
SAN MATEO ,   CA   94402
San Mateo County Community College District
(650) 574-6555
CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE
2600 MISSION BELL DRIVE
SAN PABLO ,   CA   94806
Contra Costa Community College District
(925) 229-6868
DE ANZA COLLEGE
21250 STEVENS CREEK BLVD.
CUPERTINO ,   CA   95014
Foothill – De Anza Community College District
(650) 949-6217
DIABLO VALLEY COLLEGE
321 GOLF CLUB ROAD
PLEASANT HILL ,   CA   94523
Contra Costa Community College District
(925) 229-6868
EVERGREEN VALLEY COLLEGE
3095 YERBA BUENA ROAD
SAN JOSE ,   CA   95135
San Jose / Evergreen Community College District
(408) 270-6406
FOOTHILL COLLEGE
12345 EL MONTE RD
LOS ALTOS HILLS ,   CA   94022
Foothill – De Anza Community College District
(650) 949-6217
LANEY COLLEGE
900 FALLON STREET
OAKLAND ,   CA   94607
Peralta Community College District
(510) 466-7297
LAS POSITAS COLLEGE
3033 COLLIER CANYON RD
LIVERMORE ,   CA   94550
Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
(925) 485-5236
LOS MEDANOS COLLEGE
2700 EAST LELAND ROAD
PITTSBURG ,   CA   94565
Contra Costa Community College District
(925) 229-6868
MARIN, COLLEGE OF
835 COLLEGE AVE
KENTFIELD ,   CA   94904
Marin Community College District
(415) 485-9340
MERRITT COLLEGE
12500 CAMPUS DRIVE
OAKLAND ,   CA   94619
Peralta Community College District
(510) 466-7297
MISSION COLLEGE
3000 MISSION COLLEGE BLVD
SANTA CLARA ,   CA   95054
West Valley-Mission Community College District
(408) 741-2155
OHLONE COLLEGE
43600 MISSION BLVD
FREMONT ,   CA   94539
Ohlone Community College District
(510) 659-6088
SAN JOSE CITY COLLEGE
2100 MOORPARK AVE
SAN JOSE ,   CA   95128
San Jose / Evergreen Community College District
(408) 270-6406
SAN RAMON VALLEY CENTER
3150 CROW CANYON PLACE
SAN RAMON ,   CA   94583
Contra Costa Community College District
(925) 229-6868
SKYLINE COLLEGE
3300 COLLEGE DRIVE
SAN BRUNO ,   CA   94066
San Mateo County Community College District
(650) 738-4100
WEST VALLEY COLLEGE
14000 FRUITVALE AVE
SARATOGA ,   CA   95070
West Valley-Mission Community College District
(408) 741-2155

Los Angeles Area

ANTELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE
3041 WEST AVENUE K
LANCASTER ,   CA   93536
Antelope Valley Community College District
(661) 722-6311
CANYONS, COLLEGE OF THE
26455 ROCKWELL CANYON RD
SANTA CLARITA ,   CA   91355
Santa Clarita Community College Dist
(661) 362-3427
CERRITOS COLLEGE
11110 ALONDRA BLVD
NORWALK ,   CA   90650
Cerritos Community College District
(562) 860-2451 X2284
CITRUS COLLEGE
1000 WEST FOOTHILL BLVD
GLENDORA ,   CA   91741-1899
Citrus Community College District
(626) 914-8550
EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE
1301 AVENIDA CESAR CHAVEZ
MONTEREY PARK ,   CA   91754
Los Angeles Community College District
(213) 891-2215
EL CAMINO COLLEGE
16007 CRENSHAW BLVD
TORRANCE ,   CA   90506
El Camino Community College District
(310) 660-3593 X3807
EL CAMINO COLLEGE COMPTON CENTER
1111 EAST ARTESIA BLVD
COMPTON ,   CA   90221
El Camino College Compton Center
(310) 900-1600 X2144
GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1500 NORTH VERDUGO RD
GLENDALE ,   CA   91208
Glendale Community College District
(818) 240-1000 x5173
LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE
4901 EAST CARSON STREET
LONG BEACH ,   CA   90808
Long Beach Community College District
(562) 938-4372
LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE
855 NORTH VERMONT AVENUE
LOS ANGELES ,   CA   90029
Los Angeles Community College District
(213) 891-2080
LOS ANGELES HARBOR COLLEGE
1111 FIGUEROA PLACE
WILMINGTON ,   CA   90744
Los Angeles Community College District
(213) 891-2211
LOS ANGELES MISSION COLLEGE
13356 ELDRIDGE AVENUE
SYLMAR ,   CA   91342
Los Angeles Community College District
(213) 891-2080
LOS ANGELES PIERCE COLLEGE
6201 WINNETKA AVENUE
WOODLAND HILLS ,   CA   91371
Los Angeles Community College District
(213) 891-2211
LOS ANGELES SOUTHWEST COLLEGE
1600 WEST IMPERIAL HWY
LOS ANGELES ,   CA   90047
Los Angeles Community College District
(213) 891-2211
LOS ANGELES TRADE-TECH.COLLEGE
400 WEST WASHINGTON BLVD.
LOS ANGELES ,   CA   90015
Los Angeles Community College District
(213) 763-7022
LOS ANGELES VALLEY COLLEGE
5800 FULTON AVENUE
VALLEY GLEN ,   CA   91401
Los Angeles Community College District
(213) 891-2211
PASADENA CITY COLLEGE
1570 EAST COLORADO BLVD
PASADENA ,   CA   91106
Pasadena Area Community College District
(626) 585-7361
RIO HONDO COLLEGE
3600 WORKMAN MILL ROAD
WHITTIER ,   CA   90601
Rio Hondo Community College District
(562) 908-3405
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE
1900 PICO BOULEVARD
SANTA MONICA ,   CA   90405
Santa Monica Community College District
(310) 434-4419
WEST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE
9000 OVERLAND AVE
CULVER CITY ,   CA   90230
Los Angeles Community College District
(213) 891-2211

Facts and Resources

California Community College Graduates’ Salaries

According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office,

Associate degrees with the highest median incomes five years after graduation are:

  • Electrical and Power Systems Transmission ($96,200)
  • Physician Assistant ($95,700)
  • Radiation Therapy Technician ($91,300)

– The statewide median income for graduates five years after earning an associate degree in a vocational discipline is $61,600. In contrast, the median income for those in the state whose highest level of education is a high school diploma is about $24,400.

– Nearly 45 percent of California students who graduated with an associate degree earned more than $54,000 annually five years later. That is the median wage of someone with a bachelor’s degree living in California. 

– About 25 percent of associate degree holders had median wages of more than $77,000 five years after graduating.

Helpful Resources for California Community College Students

CCCApply.org — find and apply to a community college in California. CCC Apply is a one-stop solution for finding and choosing a college and submitting your college application along with financial aid forms.

ICanAffordCommunityCollege — follow the step-by-step guide to finding and securing aid to finance your community college journey.

Salary Surfer — comparative information about the earnings of recent graduates who received an award in a specific program area at California community colleges.

California Virtual Campus — tool for finding online courses and degree programs offered by colleges and universities in California. Make sure that your community college credits transfer to CSU.

Associate Degree For Transfer — Make sure that your community college credits transfer to CSU.

California Student Aid Commission — Cal Grants are one of the smartest ways for students to get cash for college–it’s money that you don’t have to pay back.

CaliforniaColleges.edu — The official source for college and career planning in California. Offers advice and tools for high school, college, career, and financial aid planning.

CollegeBuys — offers up to 85% discounts for students on a wide range of educational products.

HBCU Transfer website — The California Community Colleges System guarantees admission to transfer students to nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

California Career Cafe — a virtual career center for California community college students.

Who Do U Want 2B? — provides information on California high school and community college courses, career options, and financial assistance.

California Career Zone — explore exciting jobs and occupations in California and learn about what career path interests you.

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5 Comments
  • Kim
    May 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    if only the 4 year California colleges actually accepted the in-state transfers rather than recruiting internationally and out of state to fill their rolls with higher paying students. California tax payers should get the first shot at attending the schools we support with our taxes. This is not the case at CSU-Long Beach.

    • Brian
      January 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Yes, I had to apply twice to CSU – LONG Beach before I was accepted. Let’s see how it goes, looking forward to attending this coming Spring 2016 semester

    • George
      July 13, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Kim although your comment has its merits, the other truth is that it is still not very difficult to get into a CSU. In the past few years, California has done a great job with new initiatives such as SSSP and AST ( Associate Degree for Transfer) where community college students are guaranteed admission into a CSU.

  • Sasha
    January 16, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    That’s weird I went to a community college that wasn’t even on the list and go into UC Davis first try! I was accepted to every CSU but denied obviously

  • Randy
    June 8, 2016 at 3:15 am

    What about college of san mateo? I heard that students get into top colleges with huge scholarships from that college.

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