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List of the Smallest Colleges in California

If you are one to feel overwhelmed in large classroom settings, attending a smaller college in California may be just what you need. Smaller colleges allow for personalized attention from professors and advisors, and also give students the opportunity to be more hands-on with their learning. Because the class sizes are so much smaller than those of bigger colleges, students really get to know one another on a personal level. The community building aspect is strong in small colleges as well. If this all sounds appealing to you, proceed to browse through our list of the smallest colleges in California to find your perfect fit.

Rank School Name City State Net Cost School Level Retention Rate Details
1

InterCoast Colleges-Roseville

Roseville

CA

N/A

Vocational

100%

# of Students 17

2

Academy of Couture Art

Beverly Hills

CA

N/A

4 year

100%

# of Students 30

3

American Institute of Massage Therapy

Santa Ana

CA

N/A

Vocational

96.3%

# of Students 30

4

Cosmo Factory Cosmetology Academy

Santa Cruz

CA

N/A

Vocational

80%

# of Students 32

5

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

La Jolla

CA

N/A

4 year

N/A

# of Students 32

6

California Christian College

Fresno

CA

N/A

4 year

50%

# of Students 33

7

Annenberg School of Nursing

Reseda

CA

N/A

Vocational

100%

# of Students 34

8

International Polytechnic Institute

Calexico

CA

N/A

Vocational

75%

# of Students 36

9

Borner's Barber College

Los Angeles

CA

N/A

Vocational

N/A

# of Students 40

10

North-West College-Santa Ana

Santa Ana

CA

N/A

2 year

95.32%

# of Students 42

11

Universal College of Beauty Inc-Los Angeles 2

Los Angeles

CA

N/A

Vocational

50%

# of Students 43

12

Central Nursing College

Los Angeles

CA

N/A

2 year

N/A

# of Students 44

13

W Academy of Salon and Spa

Danville

CA

N/A

Vocational

100%

# of Students 45

14

Lawrence & Company College of Cosmetology

Selma

CA

N/A

Vocational

100%

# of Students 47

15

Franciscan School of Theology

Oceanside

CA

N/A

4 year

N/A

# of Students 49

16

Capstone College

Pasadena

CA

N/A

Vocational

20%

# of Students 51

17

Universal College of Beauty Inc-Los Angeles 1

Los Angeles

CA

N/A

Vocational

66.67%

# of Students 51

18

Salon Success Academy-San Bernardino

San Bernardino

CA

N/A

Vocational

71.43%

# of Students 52

19

Bergin University of Canine Studies

Rohnert Park

CA

N/A

4 year

N/A

# of Students 56

20

Academy of Esthetics and Cosmetology

San Fernando

CA

N/A

Vocational

100%

# of Students 57

21

Hair California Beauty Academy

Orange

CA

N/A

Vocational

N/A

# of Students 57

22

Tulare Beauty College

Tulare

CA

N/A

Vocational

66.67%

# of Students 59

23

Waynes College of Beauty

Salinas

CA

N/A

Vocational

83.33%

# of Students 59

24

Ashdown College of Health Sciences

Redlands

CA

N/A

2 year

71.43%

# of Students 59

25

Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

Blue Lake

CA

N/A

4 year

N/A

# of Students 60


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