Education
—Art Institute of California—a college of Argosy University
With three locations (Los Angeles, Hollywood and Orange County) in the Los Angeles metro area, the Art Institute of California is a design, media arts, fashion and culinary college that provides a career-focused education in the form of diploma, associates and bachelors degree programs that prepare students for entry-level positions in creative, productive careers. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to continue to work uninterrupted toward their degrees. Programs are defined carefully with support and contributions from the professional community, and curricula are reviewed regularly to ensure they meet the needs of a changing marketplace. In 2012, the eight Art Institute of California campuses combined to create a single college of art and design within the Argosy University system, known as The Art Institute of California—a college of Argosy University.

—California Lutheran University
Founded in 1959, California Lutheran University (Cal Lutheran) has a dedicated, accomplished faculty that works with small classes of undergraduate and graduate students. Cal Lutheran is committed to helping each student pursue their passions to discover their purpose in the world and offers 36 majors, 34 minors and seven preprofessional programs. In addition, its accelerated Adult Degree Evening Program is designed to meet the needs of part-time returning adult students. Cal Lutheran’s graduate programs include business, computer science, education, psychology and public policy and administration, and its doctorates are in educational leadership, higher education leadership and clinical psychology. Located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the main 225-acre Thousand Oaks campus is complemented by two satellite locations in nearby Woodland Hills and Oxnard. Together, they are home to a dynamic liberal arts and science programs with more than 2,700 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students.

—Chapman University
Chapman University is one of California’s oldest and most respected private universities, offering distinguished undergraduate and graduate degrees in liberal arts and sciences. For more than 150 years, Chapman University has been a symbol of educational access and excellence in California. Founded as Hesperian College in 1861 in Woodland, California, by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the university always has admitted men and women and people of color from the beginning. The institution changed its name to Chapman College in 1934 after a large endowment and moved to Orange, California in 1954. Since its founding, Chapman has grown into a highly regarded university that attracts high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students from all over the United States and more than 60 nations around the world.

—La Sierra University
Located in Riverside, La Sierra University, an institution nationally acclaimed for its diverse campus and its service to others, offers a transformational experience that lasts a lifetime. U.S. News & World Report has named La Sierra University the most diverse university in the western United States the past five years. The Seventh-day Adventist denomination established La Sierra University in 1922 on acreage formerly part of the Rancho La Sierra Mexican land grant. Today the institution provides more than 120 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees for about 2,000 students. Programs are offered in the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Religion, the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Division of Continuing Studies.

—Loma Linda University
Loma Linda University (LLU) is a Seventh-day Adventist educational health-sciences institution with more than 4,000 students located in Southern California. The university’s eight schools offer more than 55 programs in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Religion and Behavioral Health. Curricula range from certificates of completion and associates in science degrees to doctor of philosophy and professional doctoral degrees. Students from more than 80 countries around the world and virtually every state in the nation are represented in Loma Linda University’s student body. LLU also offers distance education.

—Loyola Marymount University
Founded in 1911, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a premier Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. LMU’s enrollment includes 5,962 undergraduate, 2,129 graduate and 1,278 law school students on its 142-acre bluff-top campus located in West Los Angeles. LMU offers 60 major and 54 minor undergraduate degrees and programs, and the Graduate Division offers 36 masters degrees, one education doctorate and 12 credential programs. LMU also generates approximately $443 million annually in direct economic activity in Los Angeles County and employs more than 1,700 faculty and staff. Furthermore, LMU students volunteer more than 175,000 service hours a year with 350 community organizations.

—Occidental College
For more than 125 years, the tight-knit community of Occidental College students and scholars has come together in the heart of Los Angeles. With only 2,100 undergraduates, a 10:1 student-faculty ratio and average class size of 19 students, everyone communicates face to face with faculty, staff and other students. Occidental students can major in 31 areas, including seven interdisciplinary majors, as well as double major, declare a minor or choose a self-designed course of study. Furthermore, Occidental’s Undergraduate Research Program is regarded widely as one of the best in the country.

   
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