Online Colleges in California

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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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  • 2014 American Community Survey-California, U.S. Census Bureau, http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml
  • About California Independent Colleges, California Colleges.Edu, https://secure.californiacolleges.edu/College_Planning/Explore_Schools/Higher_Education_Options/About_Independents.aspx
  • About Saddleback College, Saddleback College, https://www.saddleback.edu/
  • Chico Distance and Online Education, California State University Chico, http://rce.csuchico.edu/online-learning
  • Civilian labor force and unemployment by state and metropolitan area, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.t01.htm
  • Distance and Accelerated Learning, College of the Canyons, http://www.canyons.edu/Offices/DistanceLearning/Pages/default.aspx
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
  • Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_31080.htm#00-0000
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  • Online Classes, Crafton Hills College, http://www.craftonhills.edu/academic-and-career-programs/online-classes/index.php 
  • Online classroom, University of America, http://www.ua-edu.us/ua_degree_programs
  • Online Courses, California State University Sacramento, http://www.csus.edu/registrar/online_courses/
  • Online Degrees and Courses, California State University Fullerton, http://www.onlineadvantage.fullerton.edu/default.aspx
  • Online Distance Education Classes, Glendale Community College, http://www.glendale.edu/index.aspx?page=269
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  • Shasta College online, Shasta College, http://www.shastacollege.edu/SC%20Online/Pages/134.aspx 
  • The CSU System, California State University, http://www.calstate.edu/students/
  • The UC System, University of California, http://universityofcalifornia.edu/uc-system
  • Unemployment in the San Francisco Bay Area by County, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 2016, http://www.bls.gov/regions/west/news-release/unemployment_bayarea.htm
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As the nation's third-largest state, California is an entire world in itself. It boasts the nation's hottest and coldest temperatures, with both its driest climates and some of its snowiest. From world-famous beaches to internationally renowned alpine areas, from sunbaked deserts to vibrantly cultural cities, California's scenery is breathtaking wherever you turn. And because California is also the most populous state in the U.S., with more than 38 million residents spread across the state's vast terrain, it's no surprise that many of California's universities have embraced online education as a way of enabling students on opposite sides of the state to earn the degrees and education they need.

The variety of online degree programs in California is enormous, with 184 online colleges and universities offering distance-learning options to students. The California State University system alone comprises 23 campuses and 49,000 faculty and staff members; students system-wide may complete hybrid or fully online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.

California is a state that is greatly concerned with education, and that regularly introduces measures to improve the condition of education within its borders. For example, in reaction to large budget cuts in education, California's community colleges developed the Online Education Initiative (OEI): a radical, unified approach to increase accessibility and quality of online resources, announced in January 2017. Furthermore, as of 2018, California also began creation of a massive, statewide online community college to help "stranded workers" retrain their job skills into different avenues.

Best Online Colleges in California for 2018-19

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In order to create a ranking of the best online education in California, we've analyzed data points such as acceptance rate, tuition cost and graduation rate using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a branch of the National Center for Education Statistics. Our unique methodology, shown in more detail at the bottom of this page, is meant to help guide students' search for online programs by looking at criteria that matter to online students. Here are the results: our list of the 10 best online colleges in California.

If you'd prefer to look at a ranking of online California colleges determined by your own criteria, consider visiting our Top Colleges Tool.

1

National University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,016
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
77%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
77
School Type
4-year

A private school founded in 1971 by a retired Navy lieutenant commander, National University offers a dizzying array of different online degree programs for interested students. Online associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as certificate and credential programs, can be completed fully online through National, in subjects such as business administration, criminal justice, English, educational technology and health care administration.

The university offers its courses in a unique one-month-long format, in order to encourage students to concentrate on each academic subject one at a time. This format can be particularly beneficial to military students, who may be on the go or need to move often. Many of National's courses also can be taken at on-campus sites or at various military bases.

 
2

California Baptist University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$31,372
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
49%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
34
School Type
4-year

This private, liberal Christian university offers bachelor's, master's and credential programs at its Riverside and San Bernadino campuses, as well as online through its CBU Online program. CBU Online was created to meet the needs of nontraditional students, featuring hybrid and online academic programs and a host of resources:

  • Individual advisors that follow students throughout their programs
  • Cost-effective tuition and financial aid options
  • Accelerated programs that allow students in most majors to finish their degrees in 16 months
  • The latest technologies in distance education

At CBU, the options for bachelor's degree programs alone ranges from business to criminal justice, communications to sports management, health care to psychology. The university also offers multiple online master's programs, including an MBA, as well as online doctoral programs in business administration and public administration.

 
3

San Joaquin Delta College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$1,104
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
44%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
51
School Type
2-year

San Joaquin Delta College has the distinction of being one of the state's first true junior colleges. Formed in 1935 as Stockton Junior College, by 1952 it had evolved into a full-fledged college in its own right. This community college focuses on associate degree programs, as well as general education, career and technical training, community education and transfer courses. Many of its courses are offered online throughout the year — mostly those in the general education category, though programs such as business, child development, computer science and horticulture include online courses too.

SJ Delta makes our list for its variety of programs, as well as its wealth of resources for online students:

  • A website featuring tools and tips for time management, creativity techniques, career pathways, team management, learning & study skills, stress management, self-assessments and more
  • Access to online tutoring through Khan Academy at no additional cost
  • Money-management help
 
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San Diego State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,084
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
35%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5
School Type
4-year

SDSU was founded in 1897, making it the oldest higher education institution in the state. The college is often praised for its ethnic diversity and support of entrepreneurship, but it demonstrates admirable support for its online students as well.

Through its College of Extended Studies, SDSU offers fully online personal enrichment courses and career training programs, in addition to certificate and degree programs. Certificates can be earned at SDSU in many different subjects, such as accounting and finance, forensic psychology, grant writing and project management. Students can also enroll in online master's programs such as educational leadership, public administration, regulatory affairs or rehabilitation counseling, as well as a hybrid program in hospitality and tourism management. In addition, as part of the Cal State Online system, students enrolled at SDSU have access to the thousands of courses offered throughout the CSU system.

 
5

Ashford University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,032
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
100%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
68
School Type
4-year

Convenient education is the aim of the degree programs offered through Ashford University, a nonprofit online college that dispenses online courses to its students in the form of five-week sessions. Students can take Ashford's courses one at a time and still progress through their programs as full-time students. In addition, the university allows up to 90 credits to be transferred in (with approval). All of these factors together can be a great help to nontraditional students working to complete their online degrees.

Many areas of interest are available for study at Ashford. Options include accounting, business administration, information technology, applied linguistics and criminal justice, to name just a few. Additionally, Ashford's online learners can access the university's librarians, tech support and writing help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 
6

California State University-East Bay

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,564
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9
School Type
4-year

Cal State-East Bay serves its heavily populated and innovative location in the San Francisco Bay Area with a healthy range of online programs. The school offers fully online bachelor's programs in subjects including business administration, ethnic studies, hospitality and tourism, human development and recreation administration. When taken into consideration alongside the school's certificate programs and hybrid options, it's no surprise this university makes our list.

Another standout for CSU-East Bay is the quality of its faculty, and the way the school incentivizes them to give their best to online learning. The school offers three-year Online & Hybrid Course Quality Transformation Grants to faculty who teach online or hybrid courses, and receives support from e-learning specialists who work to boost the quality of their curriculum.

 
7

California State University-Northridge

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,587
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
44%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
6
School Type
4-year

California State University-Northridge is one of more than 20 institutes that comprise the California State University system. The university offers flexible education options to students in multiple formats: online learning, off-campus education, or programs available on-campus.

Online bachelor's and online master's degrees can be pursued in fields such as public administration, public health or social work. Students progress through their online degree program in a "cohort," meaning most of the same students are in each of their courses from the beginning to end of a program. Also, the school's "Open University" lets anyone in the community or beyond enroll for individual online courses, including several offered in the criminal justice discipline.

 
8

California State University-Fullerton

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,560
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
32%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
6
School Type
4-year

Cal State Fullerton is one of California's most diverse schools. In their own words, as early as 2013, "Cal State Fullerton made a commitment to decrease the achievement gap, leverage our diversity to prepare all students for participation in a global society, and increase faculty and staff diversity."

Online students may choose to pursue a certificate in the field of data science, digital marketing, geographic information systems, professional fiduciary management or user experience and customer-centered design from CSU-Fullerton. A bachelor's degree completion program in business administration and another in sociology are also available. Finally, CSU-Fullerton also offers multiple online programs for educators, from a teacher induction program to an autism added authorization program.

 
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California State University-Dominguez Hills

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,423
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
8
School Type
4-year

Students who attend California State University-Dominguez Hills have a wealth of online and hybrid courses available to choose from. In particular, the university offers a fully online MBA program with the option for a specialization in one of many subjects, from finance to international business to management. Nursing is also well-represented here, on both the bachelor's and master's level, with concentrations such as nursing leadership and adult gerontology.

The availability of other online degree programs — such as conflict resolution or public administration — and a multitude of online certificate programs — paralegal work, community college teaching, supply chain management and more — further broaden students' options. In all of these and many other subjects, CSU-Dominguez Hills supplies its students with appreciable academic choices.

 
10

California State University - Chico

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,040
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
30%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5
School Type
4-year

Cal State Chico was founded in 1887, making it the second oldest CSU campus in the state. It certainly has not fallen behind the times, however. Through their Distance & Online Education portal, CSU-Chico offers accredited courses and degree programs to students across the country. Many of its courses stream videos of live course lectures at synchronous times, helping their students to come together and spend time together online, regardless of how far their physical distance may be.

In terms of online programs, Chico State features online bachelor's programs in liberal studies, social and behavioral sciences and sociology. Alternately, students may pursue the school's online Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN), or a nine-unit career and life planning certificate program.

 

Affordable Online Colleges in California for 2018-19

Online students shouldn't let the price of housing in certain parts of California deter them from achieving the California Dream. There are plenty of affordable online colleges in California that can help students earn the education they need, without ever stepping a foot on campus. Below are two lists, each naming the most affordable colleges in California, ranked by the in-state tuition costs they reported to IPEDS.

To see schools in California ranked on factors of your choosing, visit the Top Colleges Tool instead. 

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL TYPE
    American River College$1,10429%122-year
    Barstow Community College$1,10466%102-year
    Cosumnes River College$1,10423%122-year
    San Joaquin Delta College$1,10444%512-year
    Folsom Lake College$1,10432%22-year
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL TYPE
    University of the People$1,000100%44-year
    Santa Monica College$1,14226%84-year
    Modesto Junior College$1,16236%64-year
    West Los Angeles College$1,22054%24-year
    Rio Hondo College$1,36019%174-year

College Accreditation in California

There are several different accrediting bodies for online colleges in California. It's important that students considering attending an online college in California choose a school that meets accrediting requirements in their state.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits institutions for the University of California system, the California State University system, and the Association of California Independent Colleges and Schools. However, programs within schools, such as the Bachelor's and Master's of Nursing degree programs at the University of California system, are accredited through different bodies — in this case the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The main accrediting bodies in California include the following:

  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)
  • Senior College Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Students also can check the Department of Education website to see if their school meets accrediting requirements.

Financial Aid Resources in California

California boasts several educational institutions that are highly regarded across the country, both public and private colleges and universities. The Golden State also shows its appreciation for education through the Cal Grant system, which helps students attending the University of California or California State University systems.

Read on for information on scholarships, grants and loans available to students in California.

California Gift Aid: Grants & Scholarships

Many professional and community organizations, charitable foundations and private companies offer grants and scholarships to students in California. Below you'll find a sampling of scholarship opportunities. We suggest doing your own research to find other scholarships that are relevant to your field of study, gender, hometown, university and/or any other identifying details.

1.Alumni Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Freshman applicant must graduate from a California high school with a minimum 3.85 GPA and a minimum combined SAT I score of 1200. Transfer applicant must have at least 84 transferable quarter units from a California community college and have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Award Amount
$10,000
Application Deadline
March 2 (Priority)
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.JVS Scholarship Fund
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Jewish, permanent legal resident of Los Angeles County with demonstrated financial need. Applicant must be planning to attend as full-time student at an approved college, university, vocational school, graduate school or professional school. FAFSA must be filed.
Award Amount
$5,000
Application Deadline
March 31
Renewable
Renewable if recipient remains in good academic standing and is making timely progress towards a degree or vocational certificate.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.Presidential Scholar at Entrance Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must have a minimum 4.0 GPA.
Award Amount
$1,000
Application Deadline
January 15
Renewable
Renewable for up to four years if recipient maintains A or A- grades while in residence.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.MTS & Coca-Cola Laptop Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a high school senior who is graduating from an accredited San Diego county high school. Application and essay question are required to be submitted. Early application deadline is March 14; early applicants could win an iPad, iTunes gift card, Hard Rock Cafe gift card, or a Regional Monthly Transit Pass.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
April 11
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

For additional information, check out the Ultimate Guide to Grants and the Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

California Loans

California's financial aid program focuses on Cal Grants rather than state-specific student loans. Scholarships and grants should be your first option for funding your degree, since you don't need to repay them. But if grants and scholarships aren't enough to cover your tuition, you can also take out federal or private student loans. To qualify for federal student loans, you'll need to fill out a FAFSA with information on you and your family's financial situation. Learn more about student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in California

  • California Student Aid Commission provides detailed information for students and parents in California. Every January and February, parents and students can also attend free California Cash for College workshops across the state for help completing FAFSA and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.

Costs for Out-of-State Students in California

California is home to some prominent names in higher education so it's no wonder its institutions are a top choice for many out-of-state students. While the University of California system says it prioritizes applications from residents, some news reports indicate non-resident applicants have a higher chance of admittance to campuses within the system.

However, getting accepting into a California college or university is only part of the challenge for out-of-state students. They also need to figure out how to pay higher out-of-state tuition costs.

To establish residency and avoid out-of-state tuition at the University of California, you need to physically reside in the state for at least a year and a day and cut ties to your former state. However, if you don't meet this requirement, you might still be eligible for reduced tuition.

California is one of 16 western states and territories participating in the Western Undergraduate Exchange. This program reduces non-resident tuition rates for eligible out-of-state students. There are similar programs available for graduate students.

What's more, schools may have scholarships and grants to reduce the cost of out-of-state tuition. Check with your school's financial aid office to see what might be available to you.

Or for more information on programs to reduce non-resident tuition, see the following links.

 
 
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