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2018 Ranking Acknowledges Schools with Most Affordable, High Quality Education

Leading higher education resource has issued its ranking of the Best Online Colleges in California for 2018. 51 colleges and universities throughout California were identified as standout providers of quality education at an affordable cost. The four-year schools earning top five spots were California State University-East Bay, Alliant International University-San Deigo, Humboldt State Univeristy, California State University-Chico, National University; the top two-Year schools were Taft College, College of the Siskiyous, Cerro Coso Community College, Santa Rosa Junior College and San Bernadino Valley College.

"284,000 California students earning graduate and undergraduate degrees are taking at least one online course,” Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "The institutions featured on our ranking acknowledge the importance of online learning and are making higher education accessible to a broader group of students.”

Supported by data managed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), used a variety of metrics to determine which schools made the ranking and where each ultimately placed.
A few metrics include the average amount of direct financial aid awarded to students, the average in-state net cost of education for full time undergraduates, the availability of career and academic counseling, and, of course, the number of online programs and their variety. To be considered, all listed colleges and universities must be accredited public or private non-for-profit institutions.

For a complete list of California’s Best Online Colleges and more information about this ranking’s methodology, visit:

California’s Best four-year Online Colleges for 2018:
Alliant International University-San Diego
Azusa Pacific University College
Bethesda University
Brandman University San Diego
California State University-Chico
California State University-East Bay
California State University-Fullerton
Golden Gate University-San Francisco
Horizon University
Humboldt State University
John F. Kennedy University
National University
Pacific Oaks College
Palo Alto University
San Diego State University
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Southern California Seminary
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles
Touro University Worldwide
World Mission University

California’s Best two-year Online Colleges for 2018:

American River College
Cabrillo College
Cerro Coso Community College
Citrus College
City College of San Francisco
Coastline Community College
College of the Siskiyous
Cosumnes River College
De Anza College
Folsom Lake College
Foothill College
Long Beach City College
Los Angeles Harbor College
Merced College
Modesto Junior College
Mt San Antonio College
Mt San Jacinto Community College District
Palomar College
Rio Hondo College
San Bernardino Valley College
San Diego City College
San Diego Miramar College
San Joaquin Delta College
Santa Monica College
Santa Rosa Junior College
Taft College
West Hills College-Coalinga
West Hills College-Lemoore
West Los Angeles College
West Valley College began in 2012 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by more than 1,100 post secondary institutions and nearly 130 government organizations.

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