Private universities may have smaller class sizes, unique educational environments, and exciting networking opportunities.

An Alternative to Public Schooling

California's fully accredited independent colleges and universities provide a host of options at undergraduate, graduate and professional levels for students planning to continue their education beyond community colleges.

Why attend a private university?

When making a choice regarding your future transfer institution, be sure to take into account finances, your chosen discipline, and the most important characteristics and services you need your transfer school to offer.


  • May have smaller class sizes
  • More opportunities for one-on-one attention
  • Tuition costs aren't based on your place of residence
  • Financial aid, scholarships and grants are available
  • May have unique networking opportunities
  • Includes numerous faith-based institutions


  • May have limited academic offerings/majors
  • Tend to be more expensive than public universities
  • Class schedules and work loads can be demanding
  • May have a less diverse student body than larger public universities
  • Transferring course credit may be more difficult
  • Fewer extracurricular activities

Transfer Information

Some colleges and universities stipulate a certain number of completed units before considering student eligible for transfer. Others do not and will accept students at any time. The requirements are outlined in the respective college catalogs, available upon request from the college's or university's Office of Admissions.

As admission requirements vary campus to campus, it is necessary to meet with a counselor to implement your educational plan. Copies of breadth requirements and major requirements for some of the nearby independent colleges and universities can be found in the counseling departments throughout RCCD.

Map of California Independent Colleges and Universities

Meet Representatives

Universities have admissions and recruitment teams available to answer your questions. If you are seeking information about a particular school, make sure to talk to a representative. They can answer important questions like admissions requirements, what programs and services are available, costs, aid options, and so on.

View a list of private university representatives (pdf)

In-State Private Universities

Out-of-State Private Universities

Articulation Agreements



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