Higher Education Opportunities


Nearby Columbia College

Community Colleges

Community colleges are publicly supported and locally oriented colleges. They provide programs that assist students in transferring to a four-year college, pursuing career education programs, taking remedial or “catch-up” programs, and offering coursework for cultural growth, life enrichment, and skills improvement. Enrollment at these colleges is increasing as they often offer smaller class sizes and lower tuition than four-year or technical colleges.

Three community colleges are within 40 miles of Calaveras County. Columbia College is closest with its main campus just 14 miles from Angels Camp. Together with Modesto Junior College, Columbia College is in the Yosemite Community College District.

Columbia College offers classes in Calaveras County, and has received funding to expand and form a permanent educational center in Calaveras County. Several other community colleges are also in the planning stages to locate campuses in the County.

Modesto Junior College and San Joaquin Delta College are both larger community colleges than Columbia and are within pleasant commutes to the Central Valley.

California State Universities (CSU)

The twenty-three CSU campuses offer more than 200 degree and certificate programs. Their faculties excel in their fields, and are committed to teaching and being involved with students. More than 400,000 students are active on their campuses and in their communities.

Almost half of the California State Universities are within 150 miles of Calaveras County, with the Stanislaus and Sacramento campuses being located within about 50 miles.

University of California (UC)

The University of California includes nine undergraduate campuses throughout the state—Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. UC San Francisco offers professional and graduate programs in the health sciences.

In just over a century, UC built an international reputation for academic excellence, with undergraduate education as one of its highest priorities. UC has outstanding academic programs, faculty, libraries, and research facilities, and its graduates enjoy high acceptance rates at graduate and professional schools. They also compete successfully in the job market with graduates of other top universities and colleges. Many graduates become leaders in their fields. Five of these outstanding institutions are a commute of about 100 miles or less from Calaveras County. They are

  • UC Merced
  • UC Davis
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC San Francisco
  • UC Santa Cruz

California Independent Colleges

California’s independent colleges and universities are an excellent choice for many students. More than 75 nonprofit, independent colleges and universities are in the state. Unlike the University of California or the California State University systems, each California nonprofit, independent college and university has its own governing board. This independence allows for a diverse set of college opportunities in California. Twenty-two of these excellent colleges and universities are within a 100-mile or shorter commute from Calaveras County. They include such well-known schools as

  • Stanford University
  • University of San Francisco
  • Mills College
  • Santa Clara University
  • University of the Pacific
  • St. Mary’s College

Tech and Trade Schools and Job Training

Workforce training is offered through many venues in Calaveras County. A few of these include the community colleges and the One-Stop job training centers. Additionally, private post-secondary educational institutions offer certificated and credentialed programs. These are located conveniently throughout the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Apprentice programs are located approximately 50 miles from Calaveras County in Stockton and Rancho Murrieta.

University of California, Merced