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Best Colleges in San Francisco

The Golden Gate to Your Education

People have flocked here for more than gold

The gold rush brought people to San Francisco searching for an opportunity, and there are still treasures for those looking now. There are over 25 colleges and universities that’ll prepare you for careers from accounting or counseling to fashion and game design.* San Francisco has the second leading percentage of residents with a degree, so you’ll fit right in after graduation. With headquarters for over 30 financial institutions, 6 Fortune 500 Companies, and growing biotechnology/research fields,* you’re sure to find a job within your degree.

Each part of the city has a unique character: from the counterculture of Haight-Ashbury to fresh seafood at the Wharf to business in the Financial District. San Francisco houses over 220 parks, including Golden Gate Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, providing space for activities like tennis, skateboarding, windsurfing, and sailing. Two professional teams call the Bay home: The 2010 and 2012 World Series Champions, the Giants, and NFL’s 49ers. Classical performing arts companies and music venues provide diverse entertainment, including The Fillmore, where Led Zepplin first performed.* With these opportunities and so many more, San Francisco is still the Golden Gate-so rush out here and find your treasure.

*National Center for Education Statistics *Wikipedia, “San Francisco”

Best Four Year Universities in San Francisco

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
UC Berkeley

University of California-Berkeley offers 385 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 12,586 students graduated with students earning 8,789 Bachelor's degrees, 2,481 Master's degrees, 1,211 Doctoral degrees, and 105 Certificates degrees.

Based on 140 Reviews
2 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco offers 158 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 3,522 students graduated with students earning 1,720 Bachelor's degrees, 1,578 Master's degrees, 223 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Based on 12 Reviews
3 Saint Mary's College of California Moraga, CA

Saint Mary's College of California offers 109 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,237 students graduated with students earning 740 Bachelor's degrees, 422 Master's degrees, 65 Certificates degrees, 10 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University offers 234 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 7,744 students graduated with students earning 6,322 Bachelor's degrees, 1,248 Master's degrees, 88 Doctoral degrees, and 86 Certificates degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
5 Mills College Oakland, CA

Mills College offers 102 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 685 students graduated with students earning 281 Bachelor's degrees, 243 Master's degrees, 152 Certificates degrees, and 9 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
6 Holy Names University Oakland, CA

Holy Names University offers 129 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 394 students graduated with students earning 189 Bachelor's degrees, 172 Master's degrees, and 33 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
7 Menlo College Atherton, CA

Menlo College offers 7 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 161 students graduated with students earning 161 Bachelor's degrees.

8 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA

Dominican University of California offers 57 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small city. In 2015, 605 students graduated with students earning 426 Bachelor's degrees, and 179 Master's degrees.

9 Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, CA

Notre Dame de Namur University offers 55 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 519 students graduated with students earning 289 Bachelor's degrees, 230 Master's degrees.

10 California State University-East Bay Hayward, CA

California State University-East Bay offers 131 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 4,502 students graduated with students earning 3,424 Bachelor's degrees, 1,063 Master's degrees, and 15 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in San Francisco

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Ohlone College Fremont, CA

Ohlone College offers 101 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,315 students graduated with students earning 897 Associate's degrees, and 418 Certificates degrees.

2 Las Positas College Livermore, CA

Las Positas College offers 70 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 752 students graduated with students earning 579 Associate's degrees, and 173 Certificates degrees.

3 Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA

Diablo Valley College offers 159 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,498 students graduated with students earning 1,315 Associate's degrees, and 1,183 Certificates degrees.

4 Los Medanos College Pittsburg, CA

Los Medanos College offers 76 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,140 students graduated with students earning 1,159 Associate's degrees, and 981 Certificates degrees.

5 City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA

City College of San Francisco offers 190 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 4,231 students graduated with students earning 2,504 Certificates degrees, and 1,727 Associate's degrees.

6 College of Marin Kentfield, CA

College of Marin offers 72 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 361 students graduated with students earning 299 Associate's degrees, and 62 Certificates degrees.

7 Laney College Oakland, CA

Laney College offers 72 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large city. In 2015, 917 students graduated with students earning 503 Associate's degrees, and 414 Certificates degrees.

8 College of Alameda Alameda, CA

College of Alameda offers 52 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 570 students graduated with students earning 337 Certificates degrees, and 233 Associate's degrees.

9 Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA

Contra Costa College offers 80 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,026 students graduated with students earning 555 Associate's degrees, and 471 Certificates degrees.

10 College of San Mateo San Mateo, CA

College of San Mateo offers 103 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,787 students graduated with students earning 1,152 Certificates degrees, and 635 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of California-Berkeley University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
3/5
21 : 1 38,189
University of San Francisco University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
5/5
15 : 1 10,797
Saint Mary's College of California Saint Mary's College of California Moraga, CA
5/5
10 : 1 4,030
San Francisco State University San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
2/5
28 : 1 30,256
Mills College Mills College Oakland, CA
5/5
10 : 1 1,397
Holy Names University Holy Names University Oakland, CA
5/5
14 : 1 1,049
Menlo College Menlo College Atherton, CA
5/5
15 : 1 787
Dominican University of California Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
5/5
11 : 1 1,863
Notre Dame de Namur University Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, CA
5/5
16 : 1 1,855
California State University-East Bay California State University-East Bay Hayward, CA
2/5
31 : 1 15,528
Ohlone College Ohlone College Fremont, CA
1/5
41 : 1 10,193
Las Positas College Las Positas College Livermore, CA
1/5
44 : 1 8,912
Diablo Valley College Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA
1/5
43 : 1 19,694
California College of the Arts California College of the Arts San Francisco, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,975
Los Medanos College Los Medanos College Pittsburg, CA
1/5
39 : 1 8,861
Academy of Art University Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA
4/5
22 : 1 13,800
City College of San Francisco City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
1/5
26 : 1 23,391
College of Marin College of Marin Kentfield, CA
1/5
30 : 1 5,490
Laney College Laney College Oakland, CA
1/5
50 : 1 11,667
College of Alameda College of Alameda Alameda, CA
1/5
56 : 1 6,283
Contra Costa College Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA
1/5
37 : 1 6,355
College of San Mateo College of San Mateo San Mateo, CA
1/5
44 : 1 8,889
Merritt College Merritt College Oakland, CA
1/5
51 : 1 6,647
Skyline College Skyline College San Bruno, CA
1/5
47 : 1 9,681
Berkeley City College Berkeley City College Berkeley, CA
1/5
56 : 1 7,164
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