Education
CSU Long Beach (CSULB) was the first campus to offer full academic scholarships specifically to California high school valedictorians and National Merit scholars. CSULB’s College of Business Administration is a recipient of the California Prospector Award, based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and one of 580 business schools worldwide accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. It is also rated as one of the nation’s best business schools by The Princeton Review. Furthermore, CSU Long Beach produces the highest number of master of science in nursing graduates in the 23-campus CSU system. Annual spending related to CSU Long Beach ($631.6 million) generates a total impact of $1 billion on the regional and statewide economy that sustains more than 9,300 jobs in the region and statewide more than 9,500 jobs.

CSU Los Angeles is ranked first by U.S. News & World Report in awarding bachelors degrees to minority students and as having one of the nation’s top undergraduate business schools. U.S. News & World Report also rated the engineering program among the nation’s best undergraduate programs for the 10th consecutive year—the only highly ranked public undergraduate (masters-awarding) university in the greater Los Angeles area. CSU Los Angeles also is listed as on one “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for nursing in California. Annual spending related to CSU Los Angeles ($342.5 million) generates a total impact of $588 million on the regional and statewide economy that sustains more than 5,300 jobs in the region and statewide.

CSU Northridge provides one of the best training grounds in the United States for tomorrow’s scientists, researchers and engineers. The National Science Foundation ranks it among the nation’s Top 5 comprehensive universities in the number of graduates who go on to earn doctorates in research and the sciences. In addition, the Carnegie Corporation recognizes Northridge as a top institution for educating future teachers and for the quality of its accounting, psychology and cinema and television arts programs. Annual spending related to CSU Northridge ($562.3 million) generates a total impact of $954 million on the regional economy and more than $982 million on the statewide economy that sustains more than 8,400 jobs in the region and statewide.

—University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is the most applied-to university in the nation and ranks 13th among the world’s Top 400 universities, according to the London Times Higher Education. UCLA also was ranked 24th in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In the fall of last year, 72,000 freshman applications were received with an average GPA for admitted students at 4.25, with an SAT score between 1760 and 2140. The can-do perspective at UCLA has brought 12 Nobel Prizes, 12 Rhodes Scholarships, more NCAA titles than any university and more Olympic medals than most nations to its halls. More than 100 companies have been created based on technology developed at UCLA.

PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS

—Biola University
Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California in La Mirada. For more than 100 years, Biola—a community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians—has been committed to biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation. With an enrollment of around 6,300 part- and full-time students, Biola offers degrees ranging from bachelors to PhDs in more than 145 academic programs through its six schools.

—California Baptist University
Founded in 1950, California Baptist University (CBU) is one of the top private Christian colleges and universities in Southern California with a current enrollment of around 6,000 students. CBU offers 150 bachelors, 33 masters and credential programs in Riverside, San Bernardino and online taught by Christian faculty and staff. CBU strives to help students understand and engage by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities. Graduates are challenged to become individuals whose skills, integrity and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish them in the workplace and in the world.

California Institute of Technology
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution in Pasadena where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation and transform the future. Founded as Throop University in 1891, it was renamed in 1920 and now is known widely as Caltech with 978 undergraduate and 1,253 graduate students. Caltech offers 26 academic options and 35 cross-disciplinary research institutes and centers with approximately 300 professorial faculty and more than 600 research scholars. The caliber of the faculty and students is reflected in the many honors that have been bestowed, including having 31 Nobel Laureates, 56 National Medal of Science recipients, 10 National Medal of Technology Recipients and 110 members of the National Academies.

   
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