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California Community Colleges


  • Nickname: The Golden State
  • Most populous U.S. state, with nearly 40 million residents
  • Capital: Sacramento
  • More than 27% of Californians were born outside of the U.S.
  • The San Francisco Bay Area is the 5th most populous urban area in the U.S.
  • 30 of Time Magazine’s list of the world’s “most influential companies" are located in California; 23 are in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • If California were a country, it would be the 5th largest economy in the world.
  • 150,000+ international students are enrolled in California colleges and universities (16% of the total international student enrollment in the U.S.).
  • California World’s 5th Largest Economy
  • San Francisco Bay Area World’s 19th Largest Economy

California Community Colleges

  • 115 California community colleges (1 is online)
  • California community college students get priority admission to University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) institutions
  • Approximately 92% of transfers to the UC system come from California community colleges
  • 52% of CSU graduates began their studies at a California community college
  • 48% of UC bachelor’s degrees in STEM were awarded to students who transferred from a California community college
  • California Community Colleges – Key Facts
  • Community College League of California – Fast Facts 2023

Where California Community College Students Transfer

  • 17% to UC institutions
  • 58% to CSU institutions
  • 9% to in-state private institutions

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