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212 Colleges
25,147 Yearly Graduations
$36,196 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,885 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

California ranked #3 in the nation for nursing degrees handed out in 2019. Around 25,147 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $9,049 per year to get their degree at a college in California, while out of state students will pay an average of $15,044 per year.

About 43% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,471 per year.

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#1

Unitek College

Fremont, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
997 Yearly Degrees
$35,284 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Unitek College is 2,147, which includes 2,147 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

28% of Unitek College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $11,406 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
825 Yearly Degrees
$26,645 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Coast University - Orange County is 3,976, of which 2,802 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,324 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at West Coast University - Orange County. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

Around 97% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 31% are men and 69% are women.

86% of West Coast University - Orange County students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $16,729 a year. West Coast University - Orange County has a 2.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from West Coast University - Orange County is $74,600.

#3

Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
792 Yearly Degrees
$50,138 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,029 students at Samuel Merritt University in total, 768 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 549 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 0.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Samuel Merritt University is $100,100.

#4

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
697 Yearly Degrees
$40,220 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,297 students at Azusa Pacific in total, 5,136 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,411 are full-time. It takes the average Azusa Pacific undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 60% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

58% of Azusa Pacific students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,587 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,000 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
669 Yearly Degrees
$7,717 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,837 undergraduates at CSUSM, of which 12,155 are full-time, and there are 16,053 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

About 57% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Approximately 37% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,386 a year. CSUSM has a 3.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CSUSM is $37,800.

#6

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts

San Mateo, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
665 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,042 full-time undergraduates at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, and 2,042 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 85% of students at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,585 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#7

West Coast University - Los Angeles

North Hollywood, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
587 Yearly Degrees
$35,110 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,021 full-time undergraduates at West Coast University - Los Angeles, and 2,215 students altogether. For undergraduates at West Coast University - Los Angeles, the average graduation time is 4.0 years.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

89% of West Coast University - Los Angeles students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $16,380 a year. West Coast University - Los Angeles has a 2.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from West Coast University - Los Angeles is $74,600.

#8

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
466 Yearly Degrees
$50,282 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,577 undergraduates at USFCA, of which 6,345 are full-time, and there are 10,636 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at USFCA is 4.2 years.

About 66% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 34% are men and 66% are women.

60% of USFCA students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,153 a year. USFCA has a 2.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from USFCA with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $50,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
387 Yearly Degrees
$6,924 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 35,335 undergraduates at Cal State Fullerton, of which 28,820 are full-time, and there are 40,445 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Cal State Fullerton is 4.9 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 46%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

29% of Cal State Fullerton students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,615 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,100 during the early-career years.

#10

National University

La Jolla, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
380 Yearly Degrees
$13,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,670 students at National University in total, 7,356 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,856 are full-time. It takes the average National University undergraduate about 4.9 years to complete their degree.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from National University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $48,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Riverside City College

Riverside, California
Public Public vs. Private
364 Yearly Degrees
$1,420 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Riverside City College is 21,118, which includes 6,091 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

1% of Riverside City College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,392 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,300 during the early-career years.

#12

West Coast University - Ontario

Ontario, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
361 Yearly Degrees
$35,110 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,058 students at West Coast University - Ontario in total, 1,925 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Around 93% of students who apply get accepted. Around 20% of accepted students are men, and 80% are women.

Roughly 90% of students at West Coast University - Ontario take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $19,225 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from West Coast University - Ontario with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $74,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
Public Public vs. Private
309 Yearly Degrees
$6,834 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 33,054 undergraduates at CSULB, of which 28,752 are full-time, and there are 38,674 students altogether. CSULB has a freshman retention rate of 88%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 28%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

31% of CSULB students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,013 a year. CSULB has a 2.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from CSULB with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

California State University - Sacramento

Sacramento, California
Public Public vs. Private
298 Yearly Degrees
$7,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at California State University - Sacramento is 31,992, of which 28,819 students are undergraduates and of those, 24,105 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

About 68% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

33% of Sac State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,150 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Sac State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
292 Yearly Degrees
$42,792 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,238 undergraduates at MSMU, of which 1,745 are full-time, and there are 2,855 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 3% of accepted students are men, and 97% are women.

Approximately 98% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,401 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $51,900 during the early-career years.

#16

University of Phoenix - California

Costa Mesa, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
282 Yearly Degrees
$9,552 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Phoenix - California is 4,740, of which 3,756 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,756 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UOPX - California is 5.2 years.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,418 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UOPX - California with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
264 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Glendale Career College - Brightwood-Teachout is 162, which includes 162 full-time undergraduates.

#18

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
258 Yearly Degrees
$35,180 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Loma Linda University is 4,462, of which 1,192 students are undergraduates and of those, 910 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1.

Loma Linda University has a 0.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Loma Linda University is $72,000.

#19

Summit College

Colton, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
254 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,085 students at Summit College in total, 1,085 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 29 to 1.

56% of Summit College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,350 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,500 during the early-career years.

#20

Carrington College, Sacramento

Sacramento, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
253 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,261 students at Carrington College, Sacramento in total, 3,261 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 45% of students who apply get accepted. Around 6% of accepted students are men, and 94% are women.

Approximately 40% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,722 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Carrington College, Sacramento is $25,700.

#21

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, California
Public Public vs. Private
248 Yearly Degrees
$1,324 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,904 full-time undergraduates at SRJC, and 19,101 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

1% of SRJC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,158 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SRJC is $27,100.

#22

Merced College

Merced, California
Public Public vs. Private
247 Yearly Degrees
$1,158 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Merced College is 11,173, which includes 4,823 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 27 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Merced Community College District is $20,800.

#23

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Public Public vs. Private
246 Yearly Degrees
$6,768 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,797 undergraduates at Cal State LA, of which 19,729 are full-time, and there are 26,671 students altogether. It takes the average Cal State LA undergraduate about 5.2 years to complete their degree.

About 46% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 20% of students at Cal State LA take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,282 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,700 during the early-career years.

#24

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Public Public vs. Private
235 Yearly Degrees
$13,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of California - Los Angeles is 44,371, of which 31,543 students are undergraduates and of those, 30,969 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The acceptance rate at UCLA is 16%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly 32% of students at UCLA take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,352 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UCLA is $44,500.

#25

California Baptist University

Riverside, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
234 Yearly Degrees
$34,902 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at California Baptist University is 11,045, of which 8,190 students are undergraduates and of those, 7,333 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

67% of Cal Baptist students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,656 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Cal Baptist with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other California Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Modesto Junior College 211
27 Bakersfield College 209
28 California State University - Dominguez Hills 206
29 San Jose State University 202
30 Saddleback College 201
31 American Career College - Los Angeles 195
32 Butte College 193
33 College of the Sequoias 192
34 Fresno City College 191
35 San Diego State University 189
36 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science 188
36 Pasadena City College 188
38 California State University - Fresno 187
39 San Francisco State University 181
40 Stanbridge University 179
41 Allan Hancock College 176
42 Southwestern College 175
42 American Career College - Anaheim 175
44 Long Beach City College 169
45 Point Loma Nazarene University 167
46 San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia 157
47 Institute of Technology 156
48 American Career College - Ontario 153
49 University of San Diego 150
50 California State University - East Bay 145
51 Cuesta College 142
52 California Nurses Educational Institute 141
52 College of the Redwoods 141
54 Citrus College 140
55 Clovis Adult Education 139
56 University of California - San Francisco 138
57 Glendale Career College 137
58 Pacific Union College 136
59 North-West College - Riverside 134
60 California State University - Stanislaus 129
60 Western University of Health Sciences 129
62 Concordia University, Irvine 128
63 Career Care Institute 127
64 Chaffey College 123
64 Homestead Schools 123
66 California State University - San Bernardino 116
67 California State University - Chico 114
68 Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health 110
68 Rio Hondo College 110
68 Sonoma State University 110
71 San Joaquin Delta College 109
72 City College of San Francisco 108
73 College of the Canyons 107
74 Career Networks Institute 106
75 Dominican University of California 105
75 Mt. San Antonio College 105
75 Sacramento City College 105
78 Santa Barbara City College 102
79 Concorde Career College - North Hollywood 101
79 Cypress College 101
81 American River College 98
82 Antelope Valley College 97
82 Glendale Community College 97
84 California State University - Bakersfield 96
85 California State University - Channel Islands 95
86 Pacific College 93
86 Mission College 93
88 Concorde Career College - San Diego 91
89 Santa Ana College 90
90 Hacienda La Puente Adult Education 86
91 Grossmont College 85
92 San Bernardino Valley College 84
92 College of the Desert 84
94 Golden West College 82
95 Blake Austin College 81
95 Los Angeles City College 81
97 El Camino College 80
98 University of California - Irvine 79
98 Cerritos College 79
100 Ventura College 77
100 Fresno Pacific University 77
100 Unitek College 77
103 Xavier College School of Nursing 76
104 Solano Community College 75
105 Escondido Adult School 74
105 American University of Health Sciences 74
105 Santiago Canyon College 74
105 Brandman University 74
105 Evergreen Valley College 74
110 Shasta College 73
111 Moorpark College 69
111 Gavilan College 69
111 Los Angeles Trade Technical College 69
114 East Los Angeles College 68
114 Los Angeles Valley College 68
114 Hartnell College 68
117 Concorde Career College - San Bernardino 67
117 Palomar College 67
117 Los Angeles Harbor College 67
120 California State University - Monterey Bay 65
120 MiraCosta College 65
122 Victor Valley College 64
122 Chamberlain University - California 64
122 Imperial Valley College 64
122 Los Medanos College 64
126 University of Southern California 63
127 Cabrillo College 62
128 Platt College - Los Angeles 61
128 Unitek College 61
128 Angeles Institute 61
131 Marion College School of Nursing 60
132 Yuba College 59
132 California Career College 59
132 Los Angeles Pierce College 59
135 California Career Institute 58
135 Vanguard University of Southern California 58
137 University of California - Davis 57
138 University of Antelope Valley 56
138 Downey Adult School 56
140 San Diego City College 55
140 Santa Monica College 55
140 Compton College 55
143 Concorde Career College - Garden Grove 53
143 California State University - Northridge 53
145 Reedley College 51
146 Healthcare Career College 50
146 Career Development Institute Inc 50
148 East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program 47
148 Marion College School of Nursing 47
148 Touro University California 47
148 College of San Mateo 47
152 De Anza College 46
152 United States University 46
154 Mt. San Jacinto College 45
154 Angeles College 45
154 Copper Mountain Community College 45
157 Los Angeles Southwest College 44
157 Contra Costa College 44
159 College of Marin 43
160 Medical Allied Career Center 42
161 Cerro Coso Community College 40
162 Biola University 39
163 Palo Verde College 38
164 North-West College - Pomona 37
165 Premiere Career College 36
165 North-West College - Van Nuys 36
165 High Desert Medical College 36
168 Sierra College 35
169 Ukiah Adult School 34
170 West Coast Ultrasound Institute 33
171 Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield 32
171 Ohlone College 32
171 Monterey Peninsula College 32
174 Charles A Jones Career and Education Center 31
174 North-West College-Long Beach 31
174 Napa Valley College 31
174 College of the Siskiyous 31
178 Simpson University 30
178 CES College 30
180 Holy Names University 29
180 Chabot College 29
180 Beaumont Adult School 29
183 Poway Adult School 26
184 Central Coast College 25
185 Mendocino College 22
185 North-West College - West Covina 22
185 Integrity College of Health 22
185 Merritt College 22
189 West Hills College-Lemoore 21
190 Porterville College 20
191 Riverside County Office of Education-School of Career Education 18
192 Mt. Diablo Adult Education-Mt. Diablo USD 16
192 Lassen Community College 16
194 Milan Institute-Visalia 15
195 Advanced College 11
195 American Medical Sciences Center 11
195 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences 11
195 Annenberg School of Nursing 11
199 Platt College - Anaheim 10
200 National Career College 9
201 Los Angeles Mission College 5
201 Santa Barbara Business College - Santa Maria 5
203 Ashford University 2
204 Feather River Community College District 1
205 Irvine Valley College 0
205 Humboldt State University 0
205 North-West College - Glendale 0
205 Platt College - Ontario 0
205 Baldy View Regional Occupational Program 0
205 Northcentral University 0
205 North-West College - Anaheim 0
205 Platt College - Riverside 0

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