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California Real Estate Schools with Program Overviews

California has 67 schools that offer real estate programs. Get some information about the programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Real Estate Programs in California

Real estate studies in California are mainly available at community colleges and award certificates or associate's degrees. They can prepare students to sell, appraise or manage commercial and residential properties. Graduates of these programs should be prepared to take state broker licensing exams. Find out about two schools' programs, located in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, including the awards conferred, length of programs and curricula. The table near the end of this article also highlights other important school facts.

  • Riverside Community College District's Norco College is located about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, in Norco. This school offers a certificate of achievement and an associate's degree in business administration with a real estate concentration. This campus has the largest real estate program in the district, but students may also want to consider attending classes at the Riverside or Moreno Valley locations.
  • City College of San Francisco, located in the Bay area of San Francisco, offers an award of achievement in California real estate, a California real estate certificate and an associate's degree in real estate.

Riverside Community College District

Riverside Community College, with campuses in Riverside, Moreno Valley and Norco, has over 100 degree programs and 30,000 students. Real estate coursework is included in the business and information technology programs on each campus.

Certificate of Achievement, Business Administration, Real Estate Concentration

The business administration certificate requires 18 hours in core business classes that cover accounting, basic business principles, business math and management communications. For the real estate concentration, students must also complete 12 hours in specialized real estate classes, such as real estate principles and practices, legal aspects, finance, appraisal and escrow procedures.

Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration with a Real Estate Concentration

This associate's degree program with a concentration in real estate requires students to complete 30 general education credits, a business administration core and real estate coursework. Specialized real estate classes provide instruction in the history of California real estate, types of property, real estate taxes, ethical issues and property appraisal.

City College of San Francisco

With over 30,000 students and eight campuses, the City College of San Francisco is one of the largest public universities in the U.S. The college offers real estate programs at its downtown San Francisco location. These programs prepare students to sit for the California State examination to receive salesperson or broker licenses.

Award of Achievement in California Real Estate

This real estate certificate provides a basic foundation in real estate principles, practices, law and economics. The curriculum includes six courses for a total of 18 credits.

California Real Estate Certificate

This 24-credit certificate program incorporates 18 credits of real estate core courses plus an additional six hours in real estate or business electives. Students learn techniques and practices for property appraisal, real estate financing and managing legal issues. Those students currently holding a California real estate broker's or salesperson's license may take another course in place of the introductory real estate class.

Associate in Science in Real Estate

City College of San Francisco offers 13 real estate classes within the Business Department. To earn the associate's degree, students must complete 60 credit hours in general education, business and real estate coursework. The curriculum includes training in basic real estate practice, escrow, property management, economics, appraisal and computer applications. Students may be eligible to earn credit for real estate work experience.

Comparison of Schools

Beyond looking at award levels, program specifics and campus locations, future students might want to look at additional school facts. Check out the table below to compare enrollment, tuition and graduation rates to aid the decision-making process.

Norco College City College of San Francisco
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2012) 9,664* 30,106*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $1,416 (in-state)
$7,116 (out-of-state)*
$1,274 (in-state)
$6,748 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2012-2013) 74%* 56%*
Acceptance Rate (2012) 100% (open admissions)* 100% (open admissions)*
Retention Rate (2012) 73%* 67%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2013) 24%* 31%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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