Private/Independent Colleges & Universities

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In addition to the three public systems of higher education, California is also home to 130 independent colleges and universities that are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

77 non-profit, degree granting colleges and universities accredited by WASC form the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU).  Among many other activities, AICCU publishes a Guide for Students, Parents, and Counselorsabout its member institutions and distributes a brochure – A Closer Look – that briefly describes them.  These and other materials are available from the Career & Transfer Resource Center.

Of the 77 dependent colleges and universities, 48 accept and admit transfer students, see articulation details for CSU-GE and IGETC below. 

California Private/Independent Colleges & Universities
AAICU--California Independents--website
Information on 77 California private colleges & universities and includes online application

AAICU Articulation for CSU-GE and IGETC
Does a particular California independent college use CSU-GE or IGETC for transfer? This chart details information

College Opportunity Online Locator
COOL - Locate colleges by state, major or degree level. Keep lists, make comparisons and more!

Common Application
Site serves nearly 300 member institutions nation-wide, with a common admission application, online and print, includes California and out of state independent/private colleges

Brandman/Chapman University
Transfer Guides for Monterey Peninsula College. Brandman University is a private, non-profit regionally accredited institution that provides educational opportunities for working adults. There are over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington, and a virtual campus online.

Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned liberal arts women's college with graduate programs for women and men.

Monterey College of Law
Monterey College of Law has a tradition of excellence since 1972. MCL provides quality legal education in a community law school setting.

Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS)
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey provides international professional education in areas of critical importance to a rapidly changing global community, including international policy and management, translation and interpretation, language teaching, sustainable development, and non-proliferation.

Santa Clara University
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University blends high-tech innovation with a social consciousness grounded in the Jesuit educational tradition.

University of San Francisco
Transfer information. The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic university located in San Francisco, California, United States. The school's main campus is located on a 55-acre setting between the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park.