Private Universities in Southern California

There are more than 50 private schools located in Southern California. The largest of these schools are the University of Southern California, National University and the University of Phoenix - Southern California Campus.

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Largest Private Schools and Universities in Southern California

University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

Located in the center of Los Angeles, the University of Southern California is the largest private university in Southern California; it is also one of the largest private research universities in the nation. U.S. News & World Report classifies Southern California University as being one of the most selective universities in the country, reporting that it admits roughly 21% of freshmen from a pool of thousands of applicants each year. The university features several academic colleges and schools in the areas of liberal arts and sciences, as well as a Graduate School, School of Cinematic Arts, School of Engineering and School of Communication. In total, it offers 95 undergraduate and 134 graduate programs.

Contact Information

  • Address: University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089
  • Phone Number: (213) 740-2311

National University in La Jolla, CA

National University is a private school based in the Southern California city of La Jolla, although it has campuses spread throughout the state. The university offers academic programs within five schools and colleges, including the School of Business and Management, School of Engineering and Technology, School of Media and Communication, College of Letters and Sciences, School of Health and Human Services, and School of Education. Those enrolled at the school can earn bachelor's, master's and even associate degrees in more than 100 different programs. National University is known for its teaching programs and produces more teaching candidates than any other California school, according to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Contact Information

  • Address: 11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037
  • Phone Number: (800) 628-8648

University of Phoenix - Southern California Campus in Costa Mesa, CA

The University of Phoenix is a private, for-profit educational institution with campuses located across the country. The Southern California campus of the school is located in the midsize city of Costa Mesa. The university provides bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as certificate programs in both academic and occupational fields. Some of the more popular programs offered through the University of Phoenix - Southern California include those related to criminal justice, business, accounting, health administration and management.

Contact Information

  • Address: 3090 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, California 92626
  • Phone Number: (800) 888-1968

List of the Largest Private Universities in Southern California

University/CollegeStudent PopulationInstitution Type
University of Southern California33,7474-year, Private not-for-profit
National University15,5214-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Phoenix - Southern California Campus12,3394-year, Private for-profit
Loyola Marymount University9,0114-year, Private not-for-profit
Azusa Pacific University8,5484-year, Private not-for-profit
TUI University8,0044-year, Private for-profit
Pepperdine University7,6144-year, Private not-for-profit
University of La Verne7,5114-year, Private not-for-profit
DeVry University California7,2344-year, Private for-profit
Chapman University6,1284-year, Private not-for-profit
Chapman University - University College6,0674-year, Private not-for-profit
Biola University5,8934-year, Private not-for-profit
The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising - Los Angeles4,6514-year, Private for-profit
University of Redlands4,3174-year, Private not-for-profit
Loma Linda University4,0404-year, Private not-for-profit
California Baptist University4,0134-year, Private not-for-profit
California Lutheran University3,4994-year, Private not-for-profit
Concordia University2,5434-year, Private not-for-profit
Gemological Institute of America2,3664-year, Private not-for-profit
Mount St. Mary's College2,3634-year, Private not-for-profit
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