Where are the Best Community Colleges in California and Why Should You Attend One?

If you live in California just because you missed being admitted to a four year college on your first try does not mean you should give up on your dreams of obtaining a four year Bachelors Degree.

New bills signed into law by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the end of September 2010 guarantees admission into the California State University system for successful community college students.

All of this is great news, but which are the best community colleges in California to begin your post secondary education?

Why Attend a California Community College?

One of the biggest reasons many students begin their college education at a community college is the cost. Spending two years at a community college and then transferring to a four year school to complete your undergraduate degree is a great way to keep college costs down.

In the end, a bachelor’s degree from UCLA is still a degree from UCLA, no matter where you got your initial general education. Paying for your general education portion at a community college just means that you get that degree for a lot less than someone who started at UCLA as a freshman. It’s somewhat like getting a $100,000 car for $50,000.

Where are the Best Community Colleges in California?

Choosing the right community college to suit your needs is every bit as important as choosing the right four year school and should be given just as much thought. Where you attend college may depend very much upon where you live but many community colleges do help students from out of the area find safe and affordable housing near the campus if need be.

There are 109 community colleges in California, but here is a list of some of those that are considered to be the best.

American River College

Sacramento, California www.arc.losrios.edu

Antelope Valley College

Lancaster, California www.avc.edu

Butte College

Oroville, California www.butte.edu

Canada College

Redwood City, California www.canadacollege.edu

Cerritos College

Norwalk, California www.cerritos.edu

Cerro Coso Community College

Ridgecrest, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, Lake Isabella, Edwards AFB, California www.cerrocoso.edu

Chabot College

Hayward, California www.chabotcollege.edu

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, California www.chaffey.edu

Citrus College

Glendora, California www.citruscollege.edu

College of Alameda

Alameda, California alameda.peralta.edu

College of San Mateo

San Mateo, California collegeofsanmateo.edu

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California www.canyons.edu

College of the Desert

Palm Desert, California www.collegeofthedesert.edu

College of the Redwoods

Eureka, California www.redwoods.edu

College of the Sequoias

Visalia, California www.cos.edu

College of the Siskiyous

Weed, Yreka, California www.siskiyous.edu

Columbia College

Sonora, California columbia.yosemite.edu

Contra Costa College

San Pablo, California www.contracosta.edu

Copper Mountain College

Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, California www.cmccd.edu

Cosumnes River College

Sacramento, California www.crc.losrios.edu

Crafton Hills College

Yucaipa, California www.craftonhills.edu

Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, California www.cuesta.edu

Cuyamaca College

El Cajon, California www.cuyamaca.edu

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, California www.dvc.edu

Don Bosco Technical Institute

Rosemead, California www.boscotech.edu

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California www.elac.edu

El Camino College

Torrance, California www.elcamino.edu

El Camino College Compton Center

Compton, California http://www.compton.edu

Evergreen Valley College

San Jose, California www.evc.edu

Feather River Community College District

Quincy, California www.frc.edu

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, California www.foothill.edu

Fresno City College

Fresno, California www.fresnocitycollege.edu

Fullerton College

Fullerton, California www.fullcoll.edu

Gavilan College

Gilroy, California www.gavilan.edu

Glendale Community College

Glendale, California www.glendale.edu

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, California www.goldenwestcollege.edu

Imperial Valley College

Imperial, California www.imperial.edu

Lake Tahoe Community College

South Lake Tahoe, California www.ltcc.edu

Laney College

Oakland, California laney.peralta.edu

Las Positas College

Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, California www.laspositascollege.edu

Lassen Community College

Susanville, California www.lassencollege.edu

Long Beach City College

Long Beach, California www.lbcc.edu

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles, California www.lacitycollege.edu

Los Angeles Mission College

Sylmar, California www.lamission.edu

Los Angeles Pierce College

Los Angeles (Woodland Hills), California www.piercecollege.edu

Los Angeles Valley College

Valley Glen, California www.lavc.edu

Los Medanos College

Pittsburg, California www.losmedanos.edu

Marymount College

Rancho Palos Verdes, California www.marymountpv.edu

Mendocino College

Ukiah, Lakeport, Willits, California www.mendocino.edu

Merced College

Merced, California www.mccd.edu

Merritt College

Oakland, California www.merritt.edu

Modesto Junior College

Modesto, California www.mjc.edu

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey, California www.mpc.edu

Mount San Jacinto College

San Jacinto, Menifee, Temecula, California www.msjc.edu

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, California www.orangecoastcollege.edu

Oxnard College

Oxnard, California www.oxnardcollege.edu

Porterville College

Porterville, California www.portervillecollege.edu

Reedley College

Reedley, California www.reedleycollege.edu

Rio Hondo College

Whittier, California www.riohondo.edu

Riverside Community College

Riverside, Mareno Valley, Norco, California www.rcc.edu

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, California www.saddleback.edu

San Diego City College

San Diego, California www.sdcity.edu

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego, California www.sdmesa.edu

San Joaquin Delta College

Stockton, California www.deltacollege.edu

Shasta College

Redding, California www.shastacollege.edu

Skyline College

San Bruno, California www.skylinecollege.edu

Solano Community College

Fairfield, California www.solano.edu

Taft College

Taft, California www.taftcollege.edu

Ventura College

Ventura, California www.venturacollege.edu

Victor Valley College

Victorville, California www.vvc.edu

West Valley College

Saratoga, California www.westvalley.edu

Allan Hancock College

Santa Maria

Barstow Community College

Barstow, California

Cabrillo College

Aptos

Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

Pleasanton, California

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