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Private Colleges

California's Independent colleges and universities are an excellent choice for many students. There are over 75 nonprofit, independent colleges and universities in the state. The most important criteria for selecting a college or university is how will it fits with your personality, values, and goals. Because every nonprofit, independent college and university had a unique character, there will be at least one that fits your needs. Unlike the University of California or the California State University systems, each California nonprofit, independent college and university has its own governing board. This independence allows for a diverse set of college opportunities in California. provides information to help your college search. A great place to start is the Explore Colleges section. After you identify the colleges and universities that interest you, expand your knowledge by visiting the individual campus websites. You can find links to the college sits in the Campus Facts section.

How to Apply

California's nonprofit, independent colleges and universities establish their own admission criteria and application procedures. Many have their own admission application, and most of them offer online applications. It is important that students wishing to apply contact the colleges and universities of interest to determine specific requirements and deadlines.

Some California nonprofit, independent colleges and universities accept the "Common Application"- an application accepted by a number of independent colleges across the country. If the schools to which you are applying accept the Common Application, be sure to check with them directly to determine if there are additional application requirements.


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