Best Colleges in Los Angeles

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The City of Angels

With over 110 accredited colleges and universities to choose from, you’ll have your pick in Los Angeles.* The city not only attracts students from all 50 US states but also from over 100 other countries.* As you might have already guessed, film and media, telecommunications and entertainment, and fashion and apparel are major areas of study in Los Angeles. However, you might be surprised to learn that international trade, engineering, agriculture, aerospace, and aviation are just as popular, with thousands of companies located within the city walls.* Other hot job markets include the fitness and health industry with a beach body mentality all year around and the organic Californian minds wanting to “go green”.* LA has the world’s 3rd largest economic center, following Tokyo and New York City, so you’ll be sure to find your dream job somewhere in the city.*

LA is one of the most populated cities in the US, as well as one of the most ethnically diverse.* It is also often referred to as the “Creative Capitol of the World,” known for its dancers, musicians, actors, writers, artists, filmmakers, etc.* Music lovers may enjoy the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, or the Los Angeles Opera House.* Must see for movie buffs are Universal Studios, the Hollywood Sign, and the annual Academy Awards.* Sports fanatics can’t miss out on the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, or Kings.* And of course, there’s beaches, waterfront sunsets, and surf to keep you busy during your off hours. So, do you think you have what it takes to become an Angel of this city?

*discoverlosangeles.com *laalmanac.com/education *Wikipedia, “Los Angeles” *losangeles.about.com

Best Four Year Universities in Los Angeles

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California offers 589 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 16,393 students graduated with students earning 8,077 Master's degrees, 5,915 Bachelor's degrees, 1,669 Doctoral degrees, and 732 Certificates degrees.

Based on 52 Reviews
2 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA

California Institute of Technology offers 99 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 565 students graduated with students earning 243 Bachelor's degrees, 196 Doctoral degrees, 125 Master's degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Based on 4 Reviews
3 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

University of California-Los Angeles offers 425 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 13,293 students graduated with students earning 8,770 Bachelor's degrees, 3,072 Master's degrees, 1,450 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Based on 88 Reviews
4 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University offers 136 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,532 students graduated with students earning 1,259 Master's degrees, 972 Bachelor's degrees, and 301 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
5 University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA

University of California-Irvine offers 311 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 9,629 students graduated with students earning 7,055 Bachelor's degrees, 1,681 Master's degrees, 636 Doctoral degrees, and 257 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
6 Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA

Claremont McKenna College offers 115 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 391 students graduated with students earning 354 Bachelor's degrees, and 37 Master's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
7 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA

Occidental College offers 75 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 610 students graduated with students earning 610 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
8 Pomona College Claremont, CA

Pomona College offers 102 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 462 students graduated with students earning 462 Bachelor's degrees.

9 Chapman University Orange, CA

Chapman University offers 117 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,530 students graduated with students earning 1,740 Bachelor's degrees, 544 Master's degrees, and 246 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
10 Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA
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Harvey Mudd College offers 54 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 198 students graduated with students earning 198 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Los Angeles

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Santa Monica College Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica College offers 89 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a small city. In 2015, 3,764 students graduated with students earning 2,240 Associate's degrees, and 1,524 Certificates degrees.

2 Cypress College Cypress, CA

Cypress College offers 130 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,925 students graduated with students earning 974 Associate's degrees, and 951 Certificates degrees.

3 College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA

College of the Canyons offers 85 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,029 students graduated with students earning 1,366 Associate's degrees, and 663 Certificates degrees.

4 El Camino Community College District Torrance, CA

El Camino Community College District offers 158 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,508 students graduated with students earning 2,019 Associate's degrees, and 489 Certificates degrees.

5 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA

Orange Coast College offers 179 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,830 students graduated with students earning 2,040 Associate's degrees, and 1,790 Certificates degrees.

6 Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA

Pasadena City College offers 150 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 4,043 students graduated with students earning 3,201 Associate's degrees, and 842 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
7 Mt San Antonio College Walnut, CA

Mt San Antonio College offers 177 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,726 students graduated with students earning 2,184 Associate's degrees, and 1,542 Certificates degrees.

8 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA

Saddleback College offers 195 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,797 students graduated with students earning 2,379 Certificates degrees, and 1,418 Associate's degrees.

9 Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA

Golden West College offers 70 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,513 students graduated with students earning 1,379 Certificates degrees, and 1,134 Associate's degrees.

10 East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA

East Los Angeles College offers 98 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a small city. In 2015, 4,373 students graduated with students earning 2,545 Certificates degrees, and 1,828 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Southern California University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
5/5
16 : 1 43,401
California Institute of Technology California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
5/5
7 : 1 2,255
University of California-Los Angeles University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
3/5
12 : 1 41,908
Pepperdine University Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
5/5
16 : 1 7,632
University of California-Irvine University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA
3/5
17 : 1 30,836
Claremont McKenna College Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,349
Occidental College Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
5/5
11 : 1 2,023
Pomona College Pomona College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,663
Chapman University Chapman University Orange, CA
5/5
14 : 1 8,305
Harvey Mudd College Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 825
Loyola Marymount University Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
5/5
13 : 1 9,392
California State University-Long Beach California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA
2/5
27 : 1 37,446
Scripps College Scripps College Claremont, CA
5/5
10 : 1 989
University of La Verne University of La Verne La Verne, CA
5/5
21 : 1 8,334
California State University-Fullerton California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA
2/5
30 : 1 38,948
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona, CA
2/5
31 : 1 23,717
Whittier College Whittier College Whittier, CA
5/5
12 : 1 2,187
Azusa Pacific University Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
5/5
14 : 1 9,975
Vanguard University of Southern California Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA
5/5
21 : 1 2,184
California State University-Northridge California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA
2/5
32 : 1 41,548
Mount Saint Mary's University Mount Saint Mary's University Los Angeles, CA
5/5
14 : 1 3,431
Concordia University-Irvine Concordia University-Irvine Irvine, CA
5/5
24 : 1 4,505
California State University-Los Angeles California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
2/5
32 : 1 27,680
Pitzer College Pitzer College Claremont, CA
5/5
12 : 1 1,067
Soka University of America Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA
5/5
8 : 1 444

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Questions About Going to College in Los Angeles

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Los Angeles?

Career opportunities are looking great for recent grads! LA’s unemployment rate is consistently below the state and national average. And, according to the Collegiate Employment Research Institute, employment opportunities for new grads in Los Angeles are expected to increase by as much as 15% in 2016. That’s great news considering UCLA also projects California's unemployment rate to fall to 4.8% by 2017. L.A. is known for industries like fitness, entertainment, apparel, and hospitality, where young opinions and high motivation (e.g. willingness to work lots of hours!) are valued by employers. That makes them great places for younger grads to start their career.

Growing industries? What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Los Angeles?

Graduates looking for work in the education, financial services, and aerospace industries are in the right city. Lots of traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach mean lots of job opportunities in moving consumer goods around the county. Since the city is so large, there are also tons of job openings in government offices. If you’re searching for more fun and excitement, look to companies like the Beverly Hills Hotel or Buzzfeed, which represent L.A.’s hot tourism and tech industries.

Is Los Angeles more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family? What communities are best?

There are huge universities peppered throughout L.A., but that’s probably the last thing the city is known for. More common? Hollywood, sunshine, and traffic. Spaces surrounding the universities naturally fill with students who stay after graduation. Virtually anything you could want, from the perfect bite of food of sushi at Nobu to the perfect job at Paramount, can be found in L.A., which makes it a hard city to leave. Looking for hot nightlife? Rent a place in Hollywood. Ready to settle down? Find a home in a just far enough away suburb like Pasadena or Glendale where you’ll be able to plant roots but still have access to all the glamour and culture L.A. has to offer.

What do the locals in Los Angeles like to do for fun?

Day and night, L.A. loves to play. All the beautiful people take advantage of beautiful weather by driving with the top down on their way to famous food trucks like the Lobster Truck and CoolHaus before hitting the beach. At night, they’re frequenting some of the country’s best bars and clubs, including the multi-level club Avalon and Ruby Room, which serves top notch food and even better drinks.

What's the dating scene like in Los Angeles? Will I meet my perfect mate?

Dating in L.A. is random and unpredictable. Men outnumber women in the downtown area, but women outnumber men across most of the west side. The people are cultured, passionate, driven but often shallow and it can be hard to tell what you’re going to get. Although Tinder was born here, many people meet at work or out in bars and clubs. In a city very much driven by looks, be intentional with your dating strategy. There are plenty of opportunities to have fun, but when you want more, change your strategy. The city transforms itself from day to night, so if you plan to take things to a more serious level, try making plans before the sun goes down. And always remember that somehow, even in a town as big as L.A., it seems that everybody seems to know everybody.

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