Universities in Northern California with Contact Information

Many of the largest Northern California universities are public and private institutions. Among the largest schools in the region are the University of California in Berkeley, City College of San Francisco and Stanford University in Palo Alto.

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Largest Schools in the Northern California Region

University of California, Berkeley

Founded in 1868, the University of California, Berkeley stretches across 1,232 acres on San Francisco Bay. The university's 14 academic schools and colleges house 130 academic departments and over 80 interdisciplinary research units. More than 7,000 courses lead to roughly 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with some of the largest programs by enrollment including molecular and cell biology, economics, environmental science, policy and management, business administration and engineering.

This major Northern California university awards more doctoral degrees than any other university in the country in most years. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked the graduate departments of English, history, psychology and sociology number one in the country, with the graduate programs in engineering, law, business and education among the nation's top ten in their fields.

Contact Information

  • Address: Main Campus, Berkeley, CA 94720
  • Phone Number: (510) 642-6000

City College of San Francisco

Since it was first established in 1935, City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has become one of the nation's largest community colleges, with 11 campuses spread throughout the city of San Francisco. CCSF offers associate's degrees and certificates in over 50 academic programs and 100 professional disciplines.

CCSF's wide range of programs are available through seven academic schools, which are applied sciences and technology, behavioral and social sciences, health and physical education, science and mathematics, business, international education and liberal arts. All noncredit classes are offered free of charge, such as business, child development, English as a second language (ESL), fashion, construction and consumer education classes.

Contact Information

  • Address: 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
  • Phone Number: (415) 239-3000

Stanford University

Situated in Silicon Valley between San Francisco and San Jose, California, Stanford University is one of the world's leading research universities. Stanford offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the schools of humanities and sciences, engineering and earth sciences, and additional graduate programs are available in the schools of business, education, law and medicine. Some of the most popular majors are biology, economics, engineering and international relations.

Students can also take classes not offered at Stanford through exchange programs with the Universities of California at Berkeley and San Francisco. Consistently ranked among the nation's top 30 sustainable universities by the Sustainable Endowments Institute ( www.endowmentinstitute.org), Stanford's massive 8,000-acre campus maintains a recycling program, supports small organic farming and features an award-winning transportation system powered by biodiesel.

Contact Information

  • Address: 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone Number: (650) 723-2300

List of Northern California Colleges and Universities

College/University Student Population Institution Type
University of California - Berkeley 35,396 4-year, Public
City College of San Francisco 34,868 2-year, Public
American River College 34,610 2-year, Public
San Jose State University 32,746 4-year, Public
University of California - Davis 30,568 4-year, Public
San Francisco State University 30,014 4-year, Public
California State University - Sacramento 29,011 4-year, Public
Sacramento City College 26,128 2-year, Public
De Anza College 26,056 2-year, Public
Diablo Valley College 21,205 2-year, Public
Sierra College 20,664 2-year, Public
Santa Rosa Junior College 20,298 2-year, Public
San Joaquin Delta College 20,190 2-year, Public
Foothill College 19,485 2-year, Public
Modesto Junior College 19,307 2-year, Public
Stanford University 17,833 4-year, Private not-for-profit
California State University - Chico 17,132 4-year, Public
Cosumnes River College 14,401 2-year, Public
California State University - East Bay 14,167 4-year, Public
Chabot College 13,398 2-year, Public
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