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As the most populous state in the US, California is home to a whopping 457 institutions of higher education. California State University is the largest university system in the country and prioritizes innovation in distance learning. This is evidenced by their pilot program launched in 2013 in partnership with Udacity, which was designed to create affordable options for underserved populations.

CSU’s efforts are very much in-step with the California state government’s dedication to online postsecondary options. The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) noted that the Governor’s ’13-“14 budget allotted “tens of millions of dollars to expand online learning in California’s public institutions of higher education.” Furthermore, six state bills were put forth that same year that all dealt with online education “in an attempt to make it more accessible, efficient, and accountable.” While many of these bills remain in flux, such efforts make it clear online education is a major priority for California’s representatives.

Before we look at the very best online colleges in CA, let’s start with the state of higher education and online education in particular in the state today.


A Brief Overview of Higher Education in California

In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that California had 457 degree-granting institutions, broken down as follows: 149 public schools, 167 for-profits and 141 nonprofits. A recent report, also released by the NCES, found that California has more than 2.7 million enrolled students, the most in the nation.

Tuition-wise, the College Board found that, in the ’15-’16 school year, the average in-state tuition and fees for four-year public schools was $9,270, while the out-of-state average was $26,920, only increasing by 1% over the last five years.

As for the state’s financial aid efforts, the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP) reported that California awarded $1.67 billion in need-based grants and $2.38 million in non-need grants for the ’13-’14 school year; combined, this makes California’s grant total the largest in the nation. Grants make up 15.9% of the state’s total fiscal support for higher education. As the nation’s largest education hub, it is reassuring to see that California, when zoomed out, manages to have competitive tuition and generous financial aid.


The State of Online Higher Education in California

While California has made meaningful progress in offering more online courses, with at least 9% of all college courses being offered online, where the state truly shines is in its support of online community college programs. A report by the PPIC stated that by the 2011-12 school year, one fifth of community college students in the state, nearly 530,000 students, were enrolled in at least one online course ― that’s more than seven times the rate a decade prior. When you hone in on specific subjects, the report found the numbers were even more astonishing: with one-third total enrollment in business and IT courses at community colleges taken online.

It’s no surprise then that organizations like the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative and the California Virtual Campus have emerged as premier facilitators of online learning in the state. Not only do these initiatives let students browse through online courses and programs found all over California, they also work to decrease the costs of online education, improve retention and graduation rates and increase the demand for online courses.

The Virtual Campus has particularly stood out, with the 2015-16 release of a new course exchange program that lets students easily enroll in courses at community colleges throughout the state, making it easier for students to fulfill courses that are either scarce or quickly fill up.

Overall, the NCES estimated in fall 2012 that 6.3% of students enrolled in California’s Title IV institutions were in fully online programs. Of those, 85.9% were undergraduates and 83% lived in California.


Best Online Colleges in California

Below, you will find our rankings of the best online four-year programs in California. Our profiles look at how schools approach online education and then list out their services for distance students and their popular, fully online degrees. After reviewing our best of California, explore our state resources, like a database of every college and university in California or our index of popular in-state scholarships.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

Methodology

To determine the best online colleges in each state, we examined the factors most important to prospective students: Academic quality and reputation, online program strength, and cost and student aid. At the most basic level, we use the following formula to determine the best online colleges: Academic Quality + Online Offerings + Cost and Student Aid = Final Score. Of course, there's more to these calculations than meets the eye. Visit our methodology page to discover the data points that shape our formula and to learn more about the process we use to rank schools.

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California State University - Chico

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California State University - Chico
Chico
$6,972
$18,132

An Online Education at California State University - Chico

Originally a teacher's college, Chico State is now a member of the California State University educational system. It is the second oldest campus in the state and serves over 15,000 students. Chico has been a pioneer in distance education, having started their program in 1978 and created their first online course in 1993. Chico's School of Regional & Distance Education has developed a variety of online options for its students, including several certificate options and degree completion courses. However, only three undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees are run entirely online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Liberal Studies B.A.
  • Social Science B.A.
  • Nursing B.S.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Agricultural Education M.S.
  • Nursing M.S.

The LMS at Chico is simply known as the Portal. Here students can access all necessary resources, including: registration, payments, WildcatMail, all course material and campus announcements. Courses are delivered in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, and students are expected to keep up with assignments, tests and quizzes on a weekly basis. CSUC has a complete offering of student support services available online, as well as a series of helpful, pre-recorded workshops to assist students with any challenges they encounter with online colleges in CA.

Contact Information

First and Normal Sts
Chico, CA 95929-0150
(530) 898-6116


Acclaim for online programs

  • #72on U.S. News & World Report's Top Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #7on U.S. News & World Report's Top Public School (West Region)

California State University - East Bay

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California State University - East Bay
Hayward
$6,550
$17,710

An Online Education at California State University - East Bay

Part of the California State University system, and serving over 14,000 students living in the San Francisco area, CSU-East Bay features some of the lowest tuition rates in the U.S. Alongside several degree completion options, the school offers nine undergraduate and graduate degrees online, and provides eStudents with a plethora of resources to help them succeed both during and after their degree, including Academic Advising, Career Services, Tutoring, Disability Services and Technical Support. CSUEB works on a quarter system, with courses generally being 11 weeks in length.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Ethnic Studies B.A.
  • Human Development B.A.
  • Business Administration B.S.
  • Hospitality & Tourism B.S.
  • Recreation B.S.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Education M.S.
  • Educational Leadership M.S.
  • Health Care Administration M.S.
  • Recreation & Tourism M.S.

Blackboard is the online learning management system of choice at CSUEB. Through this online portal, students will be able to participate in the full range of classroom activities. Those unfamiliar with online learning should not be intimidated, as the school provides a host of technical support services, as well as videos, guides and forums to ensure seamless use of the system by even the greenest of beginners.

Out-of-state applicants are recommended to check their state authorization status before applying. The Office of Financial Aid at Cal State East Bay gives more than $100 million in grants each year; online students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA to determine if they are eligible.

Contact Information

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, CA 94542
(510) 885-3000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #153on U.S. News & World Reports Best Online Bachelor's Programs

University of La Verne

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University of La Verne
La Verne
$35,000

An Online Education at University of La Verne

The University of La Verne is a small, private nonprofit school located in the Los Angeles area that boasts small class sizes and a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. While tuition may not be priced as competitively as at some public universities, over 80% of La Verne students receive financial aid packages. Outside of brick-and-mortar classrooms, this school offers a wide breadth of alternative learning options; however, they are only available to California residents. Accelerated undergraduate degree programs, professional development courses and online degree programs are all options for working adults.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business Administration B.A.
  • Public Administration B.S.
  • Organizational Management B.S.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Child Development M.S.

Blackboard hosts the virtual classroom for La Verne and they offer a preview for interested applicants. In addition, the full range of resources that are available to on-campus students, including career services, tutoring and a writing center.

Contact Information

1950 Third St
La Verne, CA 91750-4401
(909) 593-35114900


Acclaim for online programs

  • #18on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #93on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs

California State University - Fullerton

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California State University - Fullerton
Fullerton
$6,186
$17,346

An Online Education at California State University - Fullerton

The Fullerton campus of the California State University system serves nearly 40,000 students. Ranked first in California and tenth in the nation for serving the Hispanic community, its student body is approximately one-third Hispanic. CSU-F offers two bachelor's degree completion programs completely online; both programs require prospective students to have at least 60 transferable credits of previous study before applying.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA in Sociology
  • BA in Business Administration

CSU-F wants to make sure that all students taking courses online are prepared to handle the virtual environment and have provided applicants with online readiness checklist to that end. Courses are asynchronous, allowing students to access material at their convenience, as long as they maintain deadlines for assignments and there is a course demonstration available for interested applicants.

Contact Information

800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
(657) 278-2011


Acclaim for online programs

  • #9on U.S. News & World Report's Top Public Schools

California State University - Dominguez Hills

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California State University - Dominguez Hills
Carson
$6,100
$17,260

An Online Education at California State University - Dominguez Hills

CSUDH's distance learning program is the largest in California. This four-year public school in the South Bay area of Los Angeles offers three fully online bachelor's degrees, as well as three fully online master's programs through the College of Extended and International Education. In addition to to their host of degrees, the college offers a variety of certifications, courses and free lecture series.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Studies B.S.
  • Nursing B.S.
  • Quality Assurance B.S.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Negotiation, Conflict Resolution M.A.
  • Nursing M.S.
  • Quality Assurance M.S.

Blackboard is the LMS of choice at CSUDH and courses will sometimes broadcast lectures on DHTV, Dominguez Hills' cable television network. For young adults aged 18 and under, the university offers a Young Scholars Program, allowing motivated high school students to earn up to six units of college credits by enrolling in two distance learning courses. The Open University allows qualified students to take CSUDH courses without being admitted to the school.

Contact Information

1000 E Victoria St
Carson, CA 90747-0005
(310) 243-3300


Acclaim for online programs

  • #140on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

California State University - Northridge

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California State University - Northridge
Northridge
$33,450
$17,685

An Online Education at California State University - Northridge

Online degree programs at CSUN are ideal for mid-career adults looking to gain professional experience. The university offers a selection of programs designed to help distance learners advance their education by completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree entirely online. Assignments are completed in cohort-format through Moodle, promoting a sense of community among collaborative student teams as they navigate modules together. Each online degree is intended to prepare students for a career in their respective field, combining traditional coursework with practical training. Departments feature their own faculty academic lead and program support coordinator, available to provide academic and tech support, respectively, to online students at CSUN. Programs are reviewed for updates and improvements each semester, according to relevant trends and developments within a given field.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA Liberal Studies
  • BA Public Sector Management

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services
  • MS Communicative Disorders
  • MA Educational Administration
  • MA Humanities
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Social Work

Contact Information

18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91330
(818) 677-1200

Vanguard University of Southern California

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Vanguard University of Southern California
Costa Mesa
$29,250

An Online Education at Vanguard University of Southern California

This private Christian college serves roughly 2,000 students and prides itself on offering a personal, faith-based education. The university only offers one online degree, but has concentrated all their efforts into making it the best possible program, achieving a top 20 national ranking among online education programs. The degree has been designed with working teachers in mind, and provides all necessary accommodations for the professional educator to succeed.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Early Childhood Education B.A.

Moodle is the LMS that will host all the online activities in this degree. While a basic knowledge of computers is required (word processing, web browsing, etc.), students will be given plenty of introductory material to familiarize themselves with the online classroom.

To be admitted to this prestigious program, applicants must furnish high school transcripts, any higher educational transcripts, one online professional reference, one online personal reference, a critical thinking essay, an "Am I ready for online classes?" survey and proof of at least three years of full-time work experience.

Contact Information

55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-3610


Acclaim for online programs

  • Vanguard has been acknowledged by Forbes, The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report for its academic excellence and was also named among Christian Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson University

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Simpson University
Redding
$23,300

An Online Education at Simpson University

Simpson University offers several online degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. Developed to accommodate a variety of learning styles, distance programs at Simpson are ideal for students who prefer virtual communication over face-to-face interaction, as well as those who may need additional time to understand and retain information during class.

Assignments in Moodle may be completed at a student’s own pace; Simpson emphasizes a full range of student support services, including cohort-style modules and technology assistance staff. Additionally, distance learning provides an affordable option to prospective students by incorporating ebooks and digital resources and eliminating transportation costs. All programs at Simpson are grounded in Christianity, though the university welcomes students of all faiths and denominations.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA Psychology
  • BA Organizational Leadership

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MA Organizational Leadership

Contact Information

2211 College View Drive
Redding, CA 96003-8606
(530) 224-5600

University College - Azusa Pacific University

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University College - Azusa Pacific University
San Dimas
$12,000

An Online Education at University College - Azusa Pacific University

Formerly known as Azusa Pacific Online University, this school is affiliated with Azusa Pacific University (APU) in Los Angeles. Understanding the large future of virtual learning, Azusa has overhauled their online opportunities to put them at the forefront of this burgeoning industry. Offering a wide range of programs, including associate, bachelor's, master's and certificate programs, students are almost guaranteed to find something that interests them.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Associate of Arts
  • Health Sciences, A.S.
  • Applied Psychology B.A.
  • Applied Studies B.A.
  • Criminal Justice B.S.
  • Health Sciences B.S.
  • Leadership B.A.
  • Liberal Studies B.A.
  • Management B.A.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Executive Leadership M.A.
  • Leadership & Organizational Studies M.A
  • Psychology M.A.

Moodle, the fully interactive online education portal, provides the platform for online students to participate in courses, manage their schedules and communicate with faculty and peers. Classes are asynchronous, allowing busy individuals to arrange their education around their personal and professional obligations.

In order to ensure success, Christ-centered University College - Asuza Pacific University assigns each accepted student a Success Coach. This staff member acts as an academic and spiritual advisor during a student's time with the school. Aid is available for those who qualify, and military discounts are available for service members, veterans and their family.

To be admitted, undergraduate applicants must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and submit any applicable high school and college transcripts. Graduate degree seekers require a minimum 3.0 GPA and the submission of an official transcript from an accredited 4-year institution.

Contact Information

300 North Lone Hill Avenue, #200
San Dimas, CA 91773
(855) 276-8669


Acclaim for online programs

  • #173on U.S. News & World Report's National Universities

Fresno Pacific University

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Fresno Pacific University
Fresno
$25,716

An Online Education at Fresno Pacific University

Formerly known as the Pacific Bible Institute, Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private, Christian liberal arts college. Its student body of 3,500 is diverse and composed of traditional undergraduate students and working adults who are completing their degrees. Known for its academically rigorous programs, FPU offers an assortment of degree completion, credential and certificate programs, alongside their selection of wholly online graduate degrees.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Early Childhood Development B.A.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Curriculum & Teaching M.A.
  • Educational Technology M.A.
  • Kinesiology M.A.
  • School Library & Information Technology M.A.

The popular LMS, Moodle, is used to manage the content of the virtual learning courses at FPU. Students have access to a variety of resources dedicated to ensuring the successful completion of their degree and subsequent entry into the professional world. As a christian university, the school has also implemented an Office of Spiritual Formation into their list of services, ensuring students know how to let God work through them.

Contact Information

1717 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, CA 93702-4709
(559) 453-2000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #40on U.S. News & World Report's Best Western Region Universities

California Baptist University

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California Baptist University
Riverside
$28,122

An Online Education at California Baptist University

A private Christian university near Los Angeles, California Baptist University (CBU) is home to roughly 8,000 students. Its accreditations include specialty credentials in teacher education, music, nursing, engineering and athletic training. The university has put a strong focus on virtual learning and has developed an incredibly diverse portfolio of online degrees.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Accounting B.S.
  • Criminal Justice B.S.
  • Graphic Design & Digital Media B.A.
  • Kinesiology B.S.
  • Marketing B.S.
  • Public Administration B.A.
  • Public Relations B.A.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Accounting M.S.
  • Communication M.A.
  • Disability Studies M.A.
  • Organizational Leadership M.A.
  • Education M.S.
  • Public Relations M.A.
  • Counseling Psychology M.S.

Blackboard is the online platform of choice for CBU, and it is through this portal that students access the full range of course materials, including video lectures, class discussions, syllabi, assignments and exams. Federal aid is available for students who qualify.

Contact Information

8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504-3297
(951) 689-5771


Acclaim for online programs

  • #23on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #82on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #94on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Concordia University - Irvine

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Concordia University - Irvine
Irvine
$29,630

An Online Education at Concordia University - Irvine

This private Christian college is affiliated with the Lutheran Church and part of the larger Concordia University System that consists of ten colleges across the United States. They conveniently offer their degrees in both fully online and blended formats, allowing students to slowly introduce themselves to virtual learning should they be hesitant.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Liberal Arts B.A.
  • Business Administration & Leadership B.A.

Concordia believes in cohort programs, and offers three weekend symposiums to allow distance learners to meet their peers and professors face-to-face, providing network opportunities that are often unavailable in other virtual learning programs.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Coaching & Athletic Administration
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Educational Administration
  • Educational Technology
  • Nursing
  • Theology
  • Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Using the Blackboard LMS, all programs at Concordia's online school are designed with the working professional in mind, but applicants should be aware that a certain percentage of courses require synchronous attendance. This option may not work for those students with rigid schedules. While tuition is somewhat costly, 98% of Concordia students receive financial aid, and the school provides information to help its graduates manage their debt.

Contact Information

1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612-3203
(949) 854-8002


Acclaim for online programs

  • #51on U.S. News & World Report's Top Western Regional Universities

Humboldt State University

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Humboldt State University
Arcata
$7,144
$18,304

An Online Education at Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University offers online degrees in applied anthropology, leadership studies and social work. Distance learners complete assignments through Blackboard, utilizing Web conference tools and multimedia resources in a full-service virtual classroom. Humboldt offers “netiquette” orientation services to all new online students. In an effort to maximize the distance learning experience for all involved, Humboldt’s College of eLearning and Extended Education offers comprehensive support targeting three major areas: students, faculty and programs; the university has adopted a holistic approach to online learning, centered on promoting continued academic success through the full development of high-quality programs.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Leadership Studies Online Interdisciplinary Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MA Applied Anthropology
  • Masters of Social Work

Contact Information

1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
(707) 826-3011

Hope International University

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Hope International University
Fullerton
$26,050

An Online Education at Hope International University

Hope International University is a small, private four-year college with a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio that allows this Christian school to provide personal interaction between students and their teachers. HIU offers prospective students an opportunity to try an online course before enrolling to ensure online education is right for them.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation B.A.
  • Business Administration B.S.
  • Christian Ministry B.S.
  • Human Development B.S.

Classes at HIU are asynchronous and online students are given access to their own site, called eCompanion. Through this page, professors are able to create a virtual environment that allows for all the conveniences provided by the traditional classroom experience, including presentations, group assignments, threaded discussions, tests and quizzes.

For admission, HIU requires the completion of an application form and the submission of high school transcripts with a minimum 2.5 GPA or a GED with a minimum score of 47. Transfer students must have at least 12 units of college coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Contact Information

2500 E Nutwood Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831-3199
(714) 879-3901


Acclaim for online programs

  • #177on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

San Diego Christian College

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San Diego Christian College
El Cajon
$25,888

An Online Education at San Diego Christian College

This small, private evangelical Christian college is focused on educating Christian leaders. Students enjoy a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes, and the school is determined to give the same advantages this confers to on-campus students to its virtual learners. They have a diverse selection of degree options available for those interested in obtaining their education online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Aviation Management B.S.
  • Business Management B.S.
  • Christian Ministries B.A.
  • Human Development B.A.
  • Psychology B.S.
  • Communication B.S.

The school recently switched from Blackboard to the Edvance360 LMS. Classes are held asynchronously, though students are expected to to access courses at a minimum of three times per week and submit assignments every week by midnight on Sunday. Dropbox is used for the submission of assignments, while online assessments are handled on a course-by-course basis.

Contact Information

2100 Greenfield Dr
El Cajon, CA 92019-1157
(619) 201-8700

Brandman University

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Brandman University
Irvine
$8,800

An Online Education at Brandman University

Brandman University has adopted a competency-based learning model to deliver its online degree programs. Developed in the Brandman IDEAL (Instructional Design for Engaged Adult Learning), Brandman online programs emphasize flexibility and affordability for distance learners. Delivered through Blackboard, assignments are completely self-paced according to each student’s schedule and individual preferences. The university prides itself on offering a full range of support services, including success coaching, academic advising and extensive digital library and textbook resources. At Brandman, students may complete the admissions process by applying and transferring credits entirely online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • AA General Education
  • BA Criminal Justice
  • BA Legal Studies
  • BA Psychology
  • BA Social Work
  • BA Business Administration
  • BA Early Childhood Education
  • Resident Nurse to BS in Nursing

Online Graduate Degrees

  • BSN to DNP
  • MA Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • MA Education
  • MA Special Education
  • MA Educational Leadership and Administration
  • MS Human Resources

Contact Information

16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 341-9800

Golden Gate University - San Francisco

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Golden Gate University - San Francisco
San Francisco
$14,400

An Online Education at Golden Gate University - San Francisco

Online programs at Golden Gate University are taught by some of the top professionals in the nation. Here, the same instructors teach both traditional and online courses in their respective fields of expertise. The university takes pride in its flexible online offerings for students at every level of education and in varying learning styles; assignments are self-paced according to each student, delivered through an exclusive eLearning system. As a private, nonprofit institution, Golden Gate is not accountable to shareholders or state-funding entities, enabling small student-teacher ratios as well as numerous optional merit-based scholarships and grants. Over 80% of Golden Gate University is comprised of part-time online students.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS Business
  • BA in Management
  • BA in Business Administration
  • AA General Studies

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Accountancy
  • MBA
  • MS Finance
  • MS Human Resource Management
  • MS IT Management
  • MS Marketing
  • MS Project Management
  • MS Taxation

Contact Information

536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
(415) 442-7800

National University

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National University
La Jolla
$12,096

An Online Education at National University

National University is a prime example of a school that has fully embraced virtual learning as a modern education option. This private, nonprofit university hosts over 27,000 students annually who are in pursuit of over 100 degree programs, including over 70 degree programs that can be earned wholly online. With offerings in history, strategic communications, engineering technology and hotel and casino management, among others, students looking at an online undergraduate degree have choices that span academia. The degrees listed below are just a small sample of what is available through NU.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Financial Management B.S.
  • Hospitality & Casino Management B.S.
  • Early Childhood Education B.A.
  • Digital Media Design B.A.
  • Public Health B.S.
  • Homeland Security & Emergency Management B.S.
  • Political Science B.A.

Prospective students have access to a preview course that will help them determine if pursuing their bachelor's degree online is right for them.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Human Resource Management M.A.
  • Teaching M.A.
  • Computer Science M.S.
  • Health & Life Science Analytics M.S.
  • Professional Screenwriting M.F.A.
  • Human Behavior M.A.
  • Performance Psychology M.A.

NU's eCollege platform, based on Blackboard, gives students immediate access to their online coursework with a new single sign-on format through desktop and mobile devices. With the immense focus the university gives to its virtual programs, students can be guaranteed to have the top-of-the-line education through the eCollege portal.

Financial aid is available through this WASC accredited institution.

Contact Information

11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
(800) 628-8648

Loma Linda University

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Loma Linda University
Loma Linda
$28,752

An Online Education at Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University provides a variety of online programs in healthcare and health sciences. Distance learners may complete assignments at their own pace in Canvas, the university’s primary learning management system. Loma Linda offers numerous services designed to provide both academic and developmental support to online students, including comprehensive Web-based library guides and online medical journals, as well as a full spectrum of mobile apps for students who need to access materials on-the-go. As a Seventh-day Adventist organization, strong religious principles are the foundation of all Loma Linda curriculum; distance learners are provided the same spiritual guidance as on-campus students, through virtual support and counseling services.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS Dental Hygiene Completion
  • AS Dental Hygiene

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS Health Informatics
  • MS Health Professions Education
  • MS Nutritional Care Management
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Master in Public Health
  • Doctor in Public Health

Contact Information

11139 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-1000

John F Kennedy University

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John F Kennedy University
Pleasant Hill
$22,292

An Online Education at John F Kennedy University

John F. Kennedy University offers distance degrees via eCollege and Blackboard learning management systems. At JFK University, online students can benefit from courses taught by working professionals in the field; both online and traditional courses are designed to incorporate real-world experience for students looking to advance their career. Web-based curriculum is specially developed at JFK University to accommodate first-time college freshmen as well as returning adult students. A promoter of collaborative learning methods on its campuses, JFK also emphasizes building a sense of community amongst its distance learner population. Additional unique characteristics of the university’s distance learning programs include optional internships, service-based projects, career counseling and personal mentoring services.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA Completion in Journalism and Digital Media
  • BS Completion in Criminal Justice Leadership

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MA Sport Psychology/MBA Dual Degree
  • MA Sport Psychology
  • MBA

Contact Information

100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817
(925) 969-3300

Pacific Oaks College

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Pacific Oaks College
Pasadena
$19,872

An Online Education at Pacific Oaks College

Pacific Oaks College’s online programs follow a cohort format, allowing each student to be part of a supportive community of distance learners. All courses are facilitated through Canvas to be self-paced, ensuring maximum flexibility and convenience for busy online students and working professionals returning to the world of academia. In addition to 24/7 tech support, online students have access to numerous Web-based apps, including SocialCourse, Turnitin.com and GoToMeeting, and are encouraged to use these platforms regularly to communicate and complete online coursework. Distance programs at Pacific Oaks are designed to emulate the same high levels of interaction afforded to on-campus students, in a virtual learning environment.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA Completion Early Childhood Education
  • BA Completion Human Development

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MA Early Childhood Education
  • MA Human Development

Contact Information

55 Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 529-8500


Most Affordable Online Colleges in California

Below you’ll find a list of online colleges in California sorted by lowest tuition rates.

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Methodology

Our list of the most affordable online colleges is based on in-state yearly tuition, or annual tuition rates if a school does not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition rates are based on a full course load each semester or term. All colleges on the list offer at least one bachelor's degree completion program available entirely online. Those institutions with the lowest tuition are ranked highest, providing prospective students with a true list of the most affordable online colleges in their state.

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California State University - Dominguez Hills

1
California State University - Dominguez Hills
Carson
$6,100
$17,260

California State University - Fullerton

2
California State University - Fullerton
Fullerton
$6,186
$17,346

California State University - East Bay

3
California State University - East Bay
Hayward
$6,550
$17,710

California State University - Sacramento

4
California State University - Sacramento
Sacramento
$6,564

California State University - Chico

5
California State University - Chico
Chico
$6,972
$18,132

Touro University Worldwide

6
Touro University Worldwide
Los Alamitos
$9,600

University College - Azusa Pacific University

7
University College - Azusa Pacific University
San Dimas
$12,000

California State University - Channel Islands

8
California State University - Channel Islands
Camarillo
$12,000

National University

9
National University
La Jolla
$12,096

California College San Diego

10
California College San Diego
San Diego
$20,328

Fresno Pacific University

11
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno
$25,716

San Diego Christian College

12
San Diego Christian College
El Cajon
$25,888

Hope International University

13
Hope International University
Fullerton
$26,050

California Baptist University

14
California Baptist University
Riverside
$28,122

Vanguard University of Southern California

15
Vanguard University of Southern California
Costa Mesa
$29,250

Concordia University - Irvine

16
Concordia University - Irvine
Irvine
$29,630

Pepperdine University

17
Pepperdine University
Malibu
$34,950

University of La Verne

18
University of La Verne
La Verne
$35,000


Scholarships and Financial Aid in California

Cal Grant A

Deadline: March 2, 2016
Scholarship Amount Full tuition + fees See Scholarship

This award covers full tuition and fees at any University of California campus. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and financial need is required. Applicants must also submit either FAFSA or a California Dream Act application by March 2, 2016. Funds are administered by the California Student Aid Commission.

CSU Future Scholars Program

Deadline: July 15, 2016
Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

This award is for incoming freshmen at CSU Long Beach who are California residents and who come from an economic, educational or environmentally disadvantaged background. Apply by July 15, 2016.

Dominican Grant

Deadline: March 2, 2016na
Scholarship Amount $19,000 See Scholarship

The Dominican Grant is a need-based award available to students attending Dominican University of California. To be eligible, students must first submit a FAFSA. Apply by March 2, 2016, to be given priority consideration.

James C. Basile Scholarship

Deadline: January 29, 2017
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

This award is for high school seniors graduating from a Ventura County high school. Preference is given to students who are physically or visually impaired, or otherwise disabled. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and financial need is required. Funding is provided by the Ventura County Community Foundation.

Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Awards Program

Deadline: rolling
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

For community college students transferring to UC Santa Cruz. Applicants must have overcome difficult socioeconomic circumstances, and must be committed to community service. Candidates are nominated by the president of a California community college.

President’s Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $43,000 See Scholarship

Funded by UC Long Beach, this scholarship is for Valedictorians or National Merit Finalists who graduated from any California high school. The award covers full tuition and fees.

Trustee Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $40,000 See Scholarship

The Trustee Scholarship is available to incoming transfer students at Dominican University of California. The award is renewable for up to 3 years, or until recipient completes their undergraduate degree. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required.

University of California, Davis Scholarship

Deadline: November 30, 2016
Scholarship Amount $13,000 See Scholarship

UC Davis offers a range of awards for undergraduates based on academic merit. It is not necessary to file the FAFSA to be considered for a UC Davis scholarship; however, doing so will increase the award amount you are eligible for.


Higher Education Resources in California