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Complete Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in California – 2014 Top Online Schools

Use the directory below to discover the accredited online degree programs available in California. The directory can be filtered to find the programs of your choice by selecting the attributes such as size, location, degree levels, campus setting, and type of school.

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California has more than 619 post-secondary institutions, of which 131 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, 21 are public four-year colleges or universities and 20 are public community or technical colleges and 90 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 3,544 online certificate programs, 19,044 online associates programs, 11,906 online bachelors programs, 7,821 online masters programs, 9,869 online professional programs, and 2,048 online doctoral programs. Fashion, ESL, and business writing are examples of subjects offered by these programs.

Of the online colleges in California, National University, a 4-year research university, offers the greatest number of programs online. National University offers 86 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
  • Advanced Nursing
  • Advertising
  • Allied Health
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Christian Counseling
  • Communications
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Counseling
  • Court Reporting
  • Creative Writing
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Design
  • Drafting
  • ESL
  • Early Childhood Education


Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. The average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities in California was $6,406 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $769 per year. Yearly tuition at private accredited online colleges ranged from $4,320 to $40,384.

To offset tuition costs, California college students received an estimated $66,565,056,553 worth of financial aid each year. Around 45.27% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. The remainder was in the form of loans that had to be paid back. Additionaly, an estimated 71.4% of the scholarships and grants consisted of institutional grants. In 2010, the accredited California online colleges awarded their students $23,742,649,516 in institutional scholarships and grants.

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Based on the total gross state product for California, which was $1.8 trillion in 2010, California has the strongest economy amongst the states in the nation.

The state has about 14,001,730 workers employed in the state. The three biggest industries in the state are:

  • Administration
  • Agriculture
  • Public administration

California’s administration industry employs about 12% of all California employees. Another 2% are employed in California’s agriculture industry. Also, California’s public administration industry employs about 5% of the total number of California employees.

The average wage in California is more than the national average. Employees in California earn an average annual income of $50,730 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The median income for employees is $37,870 per year, with the top 10% earning over $98,420 per year and the bottom 10% earning under $18,750 per year. The highest paid employees are anesthesiologists who can make up to $230,360 per annum, while the lowest paid employees in the state are fast food cooks who can make as little as $19,140 per year. Across the US, anesthesiologists earn an average yearly income of $220,100. On the other hand, fast food cooks make, on average, $18,540 annually around the country.

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California, named from a book, “Las Sergas de Esplandian,” by Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo, is located in the Western region of the United States. The 3rd largest state in the country, it has an area of 163,695 square miles. It has an average annual temperature of about 53°F.

California has the largest population in the nation. It has an estimated population of 37,253,956 residents residing in its 58 counties. Approximately 43% of those living in California are less than 30 years old. With approximately 60% of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the most diverse populations in the US.

The capital city of California is Sacramento. However, with a population of 3,792,621 residents, Los Angeles is the state’s largest city. Approximately 9.82% of the state’s residents live in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Other large cities in the state include San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, and Fresno.

As compared to residents in other states around the US, California residents normally have a lower than average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, approximately 13.5% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 3.9% have at least an associates degree, 2.9% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.