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The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) is comprised of 85 independent colleges and universities. All institutions are nonprofit, WASC accredited, degree-granting, with a main campus located in California.
About AICCU Institutions
AICCU member institutions—85 nonprofit, WASC-accredited colleges and universities—are committed to improving the lives of Californians through higher education, and working in partnership with the state to create regional access and to educate the workforce of the future.
American Jewish University
At American Jewish University (AJU), the campus population reflects a commitment to Jewish culture, while welcoming students from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. AJU currently offers graduate programs in three distinct areas: Education - where students can work toward Master’s degrees in Education, Teaching, and Early Childhood Education; Nonprofit Management–offering an MBA for nonprofit leaders and change makers; and Rabbinics - offering a course of study leading to ordination as a Rabbi. AJU also offers a BA completion program in early childhood education.
Antioch University of Los Angeles
Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) provides a rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. Combining dynamic scholarship and creative endeavor with experiential learning and reflective practice, AULA fosters personal and collective agency, global citizenship, and socially conscious leadership.
Founded in 1930, ArtCenter is a global leader in art and design education. Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, ArtCenter offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of art and design disciplines. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the college also serves the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of educational programs for all ages. Throughout the college’s history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering more than 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at eight regional locations across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
As a leader in academic quality and innovation, Biola University is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities, and was recently recognized as one of America’s top 10 “up and coming” national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Biola’s nine schools offer more than 150 academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, enrolling more than 6,000 students at the La Mirada campus, online, and in distance programs throughout the world.
Established in 1958, Brandman University is a private, nonprofit university and a member of the Chapman University System. Brandman University provides quality education to primarily non-traditional and adult learners who demand the same academic standards as a traditional university, but whose needs require greater flexibility and relevance in program delivery and learning assessment. Brandman offers nearly 60 undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs at 27 locations throughout California and Washington, and nationally through its top ranked online campus.
California Baptist University
Founded in 1950, California Baptist University (CBU) is a private comprehensive institution located in Riverside, California. CBU believes each person has been created for a unique purpose and strives to help students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities. Students are prepared academically through a broad offering of programs which includes over 80 bachelor’s degrees, over 40 graduate degrees, and credential programs.
California College of the Arts
Located at the center of innovation and technology in the San Francisco Bay Area, California College of the Arts (CCA) is home to a world-renowned faculty of practicing artists and entrepreneurs and a diverse community of makers that are boldly reimagining the world. Offering 22 Undergraduate Programs (with 5 Minors) and 11 Graduate Programs (with 4 Dual Degree options). Offering fine arts, architecture, design, and writing, CCA’s creative culture is built around the ideals of interdisciplinary collaboration, sustainability, and community engagement.
California Institute of Integral Studies
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an internationally recognized leader in integral education. CIIS has an enrollment of more than 1,500 students pursuing degrees in a variety of academic programs in its schools of Consciousness and Transformation, Professional Psychology and Health, Undergraduate Studies, and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM). The University provides affordable mental health and acupuncture services to the San Francisco Bay Area through its ten award-winning clinics.
California Institute of Technology
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), located in Pasadena, California, is a world-renowned research and education institution. The scientific, engineering and technological contributions of Caltech’s faculty and alumni have earned international recognition, including 38 Nobel Prizes. The Institute manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, and owns and operates large-scale research facilities, such as the Seismological Laboratory and a global network of astronomical observatories.
California Institute of the Arts
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools, CalArts has championed creative excellence and the development of new forms and expressions. As first envisioned by its founders, Walt & Roy Disney, encompasses a vibrant community of citizen artists whose work appears around the world, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration among artists, artistic disciplines, and cultural traditions.
California Lutheran University
California Lutheran University is a diverse, scholarly community dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies. Our accomplished faculty works with small classes of students who are open-minded and seeking to grow as individuals. Both in the classroom and outside of it, everyone at Cal Lutheran is committed to helping each student pursue their passions to discover their purpose, and follow that purpose to transform their community—and the world.
Currently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University provides a uniquely personalized and interdisciplinary educational experience to highly qualified students. Our programs encourage innovation, creativity, and collaboration, and focus on developing global citizen-leaders who are distinctly prepared to improve their community and their world.
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a private, nonprofit, community-founded, student-centered university committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, clinical service, and community engagement. The “CDU Advantage,” a curriculum based on research, social justice, international exposure, experiential education, and health policy, gives graduates solid preparation to practice in their chosen field of healthcare, and a true understanding of health disparities, health policy and social justice.
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont Graduate University (CGU) is a unique, comprehensive, graduate institution where you can choose to pursue interest and research agendas that transcend the traditional boundaries between academic fields. Our innovative approach to graduate education makes CGU an ideal place to engage in ground-breaking research.
Claremont McKenna College
Claremont McKenna College (CMC), one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, prepares students to make a difference. The college educates students for thoughtful and productive lives and roles of responsible leadership through its strong, real-world mission. Located on a scenic, tree-lined residential campus 30 miles east of Los Angeles, CMC is a member of The Claremont Colleges, a seven-college consortium modeled after Oxford University.
Columbia College Hollywood
Columbia College Hollywood (CCH) is a private, regionally accredited, nonprofit liberal arts institution in the heart of the Los Angeles entertainment community. CCH offer Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Cinema, Graphic Design & Interactive Media, and Visual Effects, and an Associate of Fine Arts in Cinema-Television. The curriculum at CCH is designed to give students a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences to inform and enrich artistic vision, while taking courses in the areas of cinema arts, entertainment, and creative media.
Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine is a US News Top Tier Regional University that prepares students for their vocations - their calling in life. Concordia offers undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs on a beautiful Southern California campus, with online and regional cohort options. Concordia’s undergraduate program is distinctive among universities in the region, because of the university’s signature curriculum Enduring Questions & Ideas, and its thoughtful and caring Christian community in the Lutheran tradition.
Dominican University of California
Dominican University of California offers the best small university experience in Northern California, by delivering a well-rounded education, supportive relationships, and career-building experiences to students from all backgrounds, at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
Fielding Graduate University
Fielding Graduate University was created to empower students and promote social change. Combining face-to-face and online learning, Fielding is a fully accredited nonprofit university offering doctoral and master’s degrees and graduate-level certificates in the fields of education; clinical and media psychology; and human and organizational development. Their unique educational approach consists of a multidisciplinary faculty, scholar-practitioner learning model, and deep understanding of adult learning.
Fresno Pacific University
At Fresno Pacific University (FPU), students join others who are united by a passion for knowledge, fellowship, faith, and a commitment to tackling the big questions that reverberate far beyond the classroom. Through a challenging liberal arts education, driven by values rooted in Christian faith, students gain the confidence and determination to succeed. FPU has more than 100 areas of study, with 39 majors and over 38 minors, and provide numerous study abroad opportunities and internships. FPU offers a variety of financial aid programs including scholarships, grants, and loans which go all the way up to full tuition and with their 4 Year Graduation Guarantee, students will get a head start toward achieving personal goals.
Golden Gate University
Golden Gate University (GGU) is California’s fourth oldest private university. The university’s main campus is located in San Francisco, with additional teaching sites in Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles. In addition to evening and weekend classes, most courses and degrees are offered entirely online. GGU prepares individuals to lead and serve by providing high-quality, practice-based educational programs in law, taxation, business and related professions as a nonprofit institution—in an innovative and challenging learning environment that embraces professional ethics and diversity.
Harvey Mudd College
A small private liberal arts college of math, science, and engineering, Harvey Mudd College was the fourth undergraduate member of The Claremont Colleges. It is located in Claremont, California, a suburb 35 miles east of Los Angeles. With fewer than 900 students, it is the smallest of The Claremont Colleges, and offers only 10 majors, all in math, science, and engineering.
Holy Names University
Holy Names University (HNU) was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1868 on the shores of Lake Merritt. In 1957, the campus was moved from Lake Merritt to a wooded, 60-acre site in the Oakland Hills. An academic community committed to the full development of each student, Holy Names offers a liberal education, rooted in the Catholic tradition, empowering a diverse student body for leadership and service in a complex world.
Hope International University
Hope International University (HIU) is a private Christian university founded in 1928. HIU’s mission is to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the Church and impact the world for Christ. HIU is regionally accredited and offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, certificate programs, and credential programs to more than 2,000 students world-wide.
Humphreys University is a nonprofit and independent California institution of higher education with over 120 years of educational dedication. Humphreys' goal is to ensure efficient and flexible education for motivated students who want to reach higher. Humphreys University Drivon School of Law offers a professional program of education, leading to a Juris Doctor degree for students with varying backgrounds and experiences and prepares students for the California Bar examination and the practice of law.
International Technological University
Established in 1994, International Technological University (ITU) provides excellence in education for the future leaders of Silicon Valley corporations. ITU reflects and enhances Silicon Valley’s unique business culture with six-industry-oriented departments that provide high-quality academic and practical training and offer unparalleled certificate, graduate, and doctorate programs in electrical engineering, digital arts, computer science, engineering management, and business administration.
John F. Kennedy University
John F. Kennedy University (JFK) is a fully accredited, nonprofit university offering innovative and nationally recognized programs that will help you realize personal and professional growth. A collaborative learning environment will challenge students to expand intellect and prepare to contribute to their profession and community. With a focus on personalized attention, JFKU provides the resources and support during a student's studies and beyond as an alumni.
John Paul the Great Catholic University
John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) is the Catholic University for Creative Arts and Business Innovation. JPCatholic is shaping leaders and creators for the 21st century with artistic excellence, with inspiring and unparalleled innovation, building up an authentic Catholic community, and fostering an encounter with the transforming love and truth of Jesus Christ.
Keck Graduate Institute
Keck Graduate Institute’s degree and research programs are singularly focuses on the unique and specific demands of the Life Sciences industry. Recognizing that the solution of practical, real-world challenges, requires close teamwork, creative problem-solving skills, and cross-functional fluency. Students graduate with a practical understanding of the results-oriented, collaborative culture in which scientist, engineers, and managers operate.
La Sierra University
La Sierra University is an accredited institution of higher learning with both graduate and undergraduate programs that include a number of international opportunities. It had its founding nearly a century ago, and is nationally acclaimed for its diverse campus that is nestled in surrounding hills not far from both beaches and mountains. Strategically La Sierra University seeks a transformational experience for students; one that will have the capacity to change their world.
Laguna College of Art and Design
Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) has a location like no other, in a beachside community that lives and breathes creativity—Laguna Beach, California. Its extensive foundation programs provide the most thorough preparation for excellence in a student's chosen field. Curricula makes best use of the latest technologies and upgrades in computer hardware and software. Dedicated faculty and small student-to-teacher class ratio combine to create an intimate educational environment designed for each student’s success.
Life Pacific University
Life Pacific University (LPU) is a institution of biblical higher education existing for the transformational development of students into leaders prepared to serve God in the Church, the workplace, and the world. The university has been educating leaders since 1923 and enrolls nearly 700 students in traditional undergraduate, non-traditional, and graduate programs. The undergraduate student body is very diverse; with nearly 60% students of color and 38% students being Hispanic/ Latino, LPU is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda University is a health-sciences institution with more than 4,000 students, located in Southern California. Eight schools and the Faculty of Graduate Studies comprise the university organization. Students from more than 809 countries around the world and virtually every state in the nation are represented in Loma Linda University’s student body. Loma Linda also offers online programs and distance education.
Los Angeles Pacific University
Los Angeles Pacific University (LAPU) is an accredited online, Christ-centered learning community that creates new hope for the future by offering convenient and affordable associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees to students of all backgrounds. As part of the Azusa Pacific University System, LAPU provides a high-quality, faith-integrated education that is intentionally accessible, career-relevant, and committed to student success.
Loyola Marymount University
At Loyola Marymount University (LMU) we balance a challenging liberal arts and sciences curriculum with outstanding professional programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Students grow to be fulfilled in their own lives and careers while also being involved in the communities around them. As a Catholic university, LMU is deeply committed to social justice and ethical values and welcomes students to its stunning Los Angeles campus from all spiritual, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
Marymount California University
Marymount California University (MCU) is a Catholic institution of higher learning that challenges students of all backgrounds and ages to pursue lives of leadership and service. In 2018, MCU was ranked number 15 of the Regional Colleges West category of U.S. News & World Report List of Best Colleges. If you are looking for a student-focused university where you are more than just a number, look no further than MCU.
Menlo College is a small, private undergraduate college that focuses on the practical arts of business in the entrepreneurial economy. A residential college in the heart of Silicon Valley, just outside San Francisco, Menlo College offers degrees in business and psychology. Students come from all over the world to learn the practical arts of business, including leadership, critical thinking, creativity, team building, communication, and the science of behavior.
At Mills College in Oakland, California, students will find the freedom and support needed to pursue their passions. Students will discover the power of their voice to speak up and make a difference for the ideals and people that matter to them. When students graduate, they join a global network of alumnae who establish nonprofits and business, shape policies and politics, and push the boundaries in the arts and sciences.
Mount Saint Mary's University
Established in 1925, Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) is nationally recognized for its academic programs and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders. As a Catholic university primarily for women, MSMU is dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. The traditional baccalaureate program is offered at the Chalon Campus in West Los Angeles. Baccalaureate, associate degree, weekend/evening, and graduate programs are offered at the Doheny Campus near downtown Los Angeles. Adult nursing programs also are housed on the Doheny campus.
National University (NU) is a San Diego-based nonprofit university, founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. David Chigos. As the largest private, nonprofit university in San Diego, NU's mission is to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Undergraduate and graduate programs include healthcare, business, education, engineering, law, and criminal justice, and homeland security. Classes are available online or at over 20 locations in California and Nevada. NU is committed to serving those who serve, by offering military tuition discounts and scholarships for military personnel and their dependents.
Notre Dame de Namur University
Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a private Catholic, co-educational institution serving 1,600 students from a range of backgrounds. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1851 and chartered by the state of California in 1868, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to community engagement, social justice, and diversity. NDNU offers 20 undergraduate programs, 14 graduate programs, and four teaching credential programs. The campus is conveniently located midway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
Founded in 1887, Occidental College (OXY), a nationally-recognized private college, fully integrates the liberal arts and sciences with the cultural and intellectual resources of the dynamic city of Los Angeles. OXY curriculum is centered on an interdisciplinary, intercultural education and is enhanced by a highly engaged community of students. Students benefit from small-classroom environment with stimulating faculty, who take their teaching as seriously as their research. Students graduate as strategic thinkers and effective communicators. It is an education that is Distinctly OXY.
Otis College of Art and Design
Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, entrepreneurs, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
Pacific Oaks College
Rooted in the extraordinary potential that lives in every human being, Pacific Oaks offers an environment where perspective and experience can play an integral part in an educational journey. Through a uniquely progressive approach to teaching and learning, everyone in the classroom is both student and teacher. Students relate subjects to their own personal experiences—sharing with the teacher and fellow students.
Pacific Union College
Founded in 1882, Pacific Union College is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian college with a strong liberal arts tradition. Located in the heart of California’s Napa Valley, the college offers a fully accredited four-year program and emphasizes academic excellence, authentic spiritual experience, and service to local and worldwide communities.
Palo Alto University
Palo Alto University (PAU) is a private, nonprofit educational institution, founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), an independent, professional school. PGSP re-incorporated as Palo Alto University in August 2009. PAU is dedicated to education with an emphasis in the behavioral and social sciences; to promoting future innovators and leaders for the benefit of society; to generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level; and to providing services to the community informed by science and scholarship.
Pepperdine University is a Christian University, with the main campus located in picturesque Malibu, California. The university seeks to prepare its students to lead lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Undergraduate students attend Seaver College, where they receive a quality liberal arts education with 45 majors, 40 minors, a student to faculty ratio of 13:1, and average class size of 17 students. 96% of students participate in internships, student teaching, off-campus employment, or undergraduate research, and 89% of graduates are employed, accepted to graduate school, volunteering full time, or in the military six months after graduation.
Founded in 1963, Pitzer College is a top-ranked liberal arts and sciences college. The college emphasizes environmental and interdisciplinary studies, the arts, humanities and social, behavioral and natural sciences. With approximately 1,000 students, Pitzer College is part of The Claremont Colleges. At Pitzer, students have access to all the resources of a major university, while enjoying all the benefits of a liberal arts college experience and its personalized approach to education.
Point Loma Nazarene University
Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is a private, liberal arts, Christian college on the coast of San Diego, California. With a capped enrollment of 2,700 undergraduates, PLNU offers more than 60 degree programs in a personal, individualized environment. Growth is priority—graduates are prepared to balance academic growth, professional growth, personal growth and spiritual growth.
Established in 1887, Pomona College is a private liberal arts college in Claremont, California. Pomona offers a comprehensive curriculum, with 48 majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences, interdisciplinary studies, and natural sciences. Pomona is one of a handful of institutions that practice need-blind admissions and meet 100% of students’ financial need. One of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, Pomona is a close-knit and diverse community of accomplished scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists who are passionate about making a difference in the world.
Providence Christian College
As the only remaining Reformed college on the West Coast, Providence Christian College provides an education based in a deep conviction to God’s word within a community of believers. Here, faith is an integral and essential component of the education–in every subject. A Providence education does this with a rigorous emphasis on both experiential and classroom learning, in a small college environment, paired with immersion experiences in the arts, sciences, and culture of Los Angeles through our flagship Avodah Experiential Learning program.
Saint Mary's College of California
Founded in 1863, Saint Mary’s College of California (SMC) is one of the oldest colleges in the West. Lasallian tradition encourages a commitment to social justice and to transformative teaching. SMC academic program includes advanced study in 30 major fields in arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences, education and business. Labs and classes are student-centered, enabling intense discussion, lively debates, and a strong sense that ideas matter. Located in the town of Moraga, a nearby suburb of San Francisco.
Samuel Merritt University
Samuel Merritt University offers a wide range of health sciences programs in nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, and podiatric medicine at the transfer, second bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. Programs are offered on campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, and San Mateo.
San Diego Christian College
San Diego Christian College exists to educate and inspire students through the truth of Scripture and the development of competencies that prepare graduates whose purpose is to impact the world. San Diego Christian College, as an academic and learning community, aims to prepare academically equipped, culturally and globally involved graduates with a biblical worldview and godly character to serve God.
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) provides its students with a rigorous education in the fine arts and preparation for a life in the arts, through an innovative, intensive studio environment; a vital liberal arts experience; and engagement with the world at large. SFAI also strives to be a leader in promoting awareness of the relevance of the arts in contemporary culture.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), students are given the framework and foundation to succeed throughout their studies and careers, creating a path of lifelong learning. More than any other world-class conservatory, SFCM focuses on educating the whole artist, with an interconnected curriculum that breaks down barriers between the intellectual, artistic, professional, and individual. Its faculty, facilities, and position, at the heart of the San Francisco music scene, have helped SFCM seize a leading role in preparing—and defining—the 21st-century musician.
Santa Clara University
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University (SCU) blends high-tech innovation with a social consciousness grounded in the Jesuit educational tradition. SCU pursues new technology, encourage creativity, engage with communities, and share an entrepreneurial mindset. The goal is to help shape the next generation of leaders and global thinkers. Santa Clara’s undergraduate and graduate programs span areas ranging from psychology to sustainable-energy engineering and from theatre arts to business analytics.
Saybrook University provides rigorous graduate education that inspires transformational change in individuals, organizations, and communities, toward a just, humane, and sustainable world. Saybrook approaches education with a belief in the inherent interconnectedness of all things. As scholar-practitioners, faculty continue to question and offer alternatives to mainstream axioms-fostering positive social transformation.
Scripps College was founded in 1926 by newspaper entrepreneur and philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. Scripps today offers a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, a robust intellectual community, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a rich residential experience designed to shape the next generation of leaders. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents, through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society, through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.
Simpson University (SU) is a Christ-centered learning community located in scenic northern California. SU offeres innovative programs in undergraduate, continuing and graduate studies, as well as seminary. The SU experience is confirmed through its mission of developing each student in mind, faith, and character for a lifetime of meaningful work and service in a constantly changing world.
Soka University of America
Soka University (SUA) is a private, nonprofit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school, located on 103-acres in south Orange County, California in the City of Aliso Viejo. SUA is located in the heart of Southern California’s abundance of cultural, educational, sporting and adventure opportunities. Proudly founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights, and the sanctity of life, SUA offers a non-sectarian curriculum that is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs.
Southern California Institute of Architecture
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is a world-renowned center of innovation and one of the nation’s few independent architecture schools, offering undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs. Dedicated to educating architects who will imagine and shape the future.
Southern California University of Health Sciences
Founded in 1911, Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) has been a leader in educating students to be caring, competent, and integrative healthcare practitioners, for over 100 years. SCUHS prepares today’s students for the healthcare system of tomorrow, through scholarship, research, programs, and clinical experiences that are evidence based and outcomes focused.
Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the university to “promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization.” Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing our students for leadership in today’s complex world.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) has more than 4,300 students at campuses in Southern California, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and Online. TCSPP was established in 1979 and has been an innovator for nearly 40 years, evolving to become one of the leading graduate schools in psychology, and related behavioral health sciences. Integrating theory, professional practice, and innovation, TCSPP provides an excellent education for careers in psychology, and related behavioral health sciences, is committed to service, and embraces the diverse communities of our society.
The Master's University
The mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.
Thomas Aquinas College
Thomas Aquinas College believes that to learn is to discover and grow in the truth about reality. This curriculum presents the arts and sciences of liberal education as a comprehensive whole. The curriculum is a sustained conversation in the form of tutorials, seminars, and laboratories guided by tutors who assist students in the work of reading, analyzing, and evaluating these great books. Students develop the lost tools of inquiry, argument, and translation.
Touro University California
Touro University California (TUC) provides graduate and professional educational excellence in the fields of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Studies, Nursing, Public Health, Medical Health Sciences, and Education. The TUC learning experience is student-centered, enriched by focused research and scholarship, and prepares future professionals for rewarding lives in service to others both locally and around the globe.
Touro University Worldwide
Touro University Worldwide is a nonprofit institution of higher learning established by philanthropic visionaries who are committed to developing a passionate, connected learning community that can help students achieve their individual academic goals. Administration and faculty of Touro University Worldwide are committed to social justice, intellectual pursuit and philanthropic duty. This philosophy is derived from the Judaic foundation on which the University was originally founded and a value system that welcomes all cultures and backgrounds.
University of La Verne
Since 1891, the University of La Verne has been dedicated to the belief that a quality, values-based education enriches the human condition by engendering service, scholarly accomplishment, and professionalism. Though decades of growth have changed its appearance and reach, La Verne has retained its sense of purpose, seeking to provide students with individual attention to spark personal growth through intellectual challenge and development.
University of Redlands
Students at the University of Redlands, a private, nonprofit university in Southern California, explore their passions and potential, through a personalized living and learning experience. Founded in 1907, includes a beautiful, historic 160-acre residential campus. Redlands offers more than 50 undergraduate programs and blends liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs, applied and theoretical study, traditional majors, and self-designed contracts for graduation.
University of Saint Katherine
The mission of the University of Saint Katherine (USK) is to provide a balanced education in the liberal arts and sciences, founded and rooted in the life of the Orthodox Christian Tradition–Inquiry Seeking Wisdom. USK is a nationally-recognized university of arts and sciences that focuses its integrated, interdisciplinary teaching in the core areas of Composition, English Language and Literature, American Government and History, Economics, Business, and the Sciences.
University of San Diego
The University of San Diego (USD) sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university, where innovative change makers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. USD’s values are reflected in the University’s rich Catholic intellectual tradition as well as its commitment to the liberal arts, which together ensure that its community of scholars are educated wholly — intellectually, physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially, and culturally.
University of San Francisco
The University of San Francisco (USF) — a private, Jesuit university — reflects the energy, diversity, and opportunities of the city that surrounds it. Founded in 1855 as the first college in San Francisco, today USF is ranked #3 in student diversity among all national universities. USF gives students from all backgrounds an education that is intensely personal, intellectually demanding, and designed expressly to help them change the world for the better.
University of Southern California
The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology, and international business, USC’s diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments.
University of the Pacific
University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked private university with three distinct campuses united under one common goal: to educate and prepare the leaders of tomorrow for professional and personal success. Pacific’s 11 schools and colleges offer more than 80 undergraduate programs and over 30 graduate and professional programs, including pharmacy, dentistry and law. Students can also choose from 12 accelerated degree programs in business, engineering, education and health sciences.
University of the West
University of the West (UWest) is a private, nonprofit, university with a tranquil 10-acre campus located a short distance from downtown Los Angeles. UWest’s innovative curriculum educates, inspires, and prepares students to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and interdependent world. UWest integrates liberal arts traditions with a global perspective to provide a comprehensive student-centered experience designed to equip students for success after college while nourishing mind, body, and spirit.
Vanguard University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies that believes its Christian community provides a supportive and challenging environment in which to pursue a quality education. Orange County’s first four-year college, Vanguard University has been equipping students since 1920. Located 10 minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard University offers exceptional academics, a strong spiritual climate, an authentic community, and endless recreational activities.
Western University of Health Sciences
Founded in 1977, Western University of Health Sciences (WUHS) is a nonprofit, graduate university for the health professions, located near historic downtown Pomona. WUHS has nine colleges with over 3,800 students studying towards advanced degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, optometry, dental medicine, podiatric medicine, biomedical sciences, medical sciences, and veterinary medicine.
Westmont College, a top-tier liberal arts institution, offers a personalized, Christian undergraduate-experience and a rigorous academic program on one of the countries most beautiful college campuses. At Westmont, students grow intellectually, personally, and spiritually while taking advantage of cross-cultural study experiences around the world and leadership development within the community.
Whittier College is a nationally respected college of the liberal arts and sciences, providing its students with big advantages that come from being small and personal. We are located in a beautiful location, between Los Angeles and Orange County, full of opportunities for research, exploration and community engagement. Whittier is nationally recognized for its diverse campus community and have an impressive record of preparing students for success.
William Jessup University
William Jessup University desires that its graduates will exemplify transformational leadership in church and society, through the integration of their faith, learning, and critical thought in the arenas of Christian literacy, communication and intellectual skills, professional competence, and global citizenship.
With over 25 practice-based, fully-accredited professional and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate majors, Woodbury University is a non-profit institution dedicated to the student experience.
Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, began in 1996 as Zaytuna Institute in Hayward, California. In 2017, Zaytuna College moved to Berkeley. Zaytuna College aims to educate and prepare morally committed professional, intellectual, and spiritual leaders who are grounded in the Islamic scholarly tradition and conversant with the cultural currents and critical ideas shaping modern society.