Choosing a post-high school education that matches with your personal goals, desired environment, and budget is the first step towards creating a brighter future for yourself. When you begin your research on the best colleges in the United States, you should look for plenty of raving student reviews, retention ratings of at least 60%, and any existing national ranking. Luckily for you, San Diego has a few universities and community colleges that fulfill each of these important components, and beyond.
Listed below are the top universities and community colleges in San Diego for 2015, according to national ranking, graduation ratings, retention ratings, affordability, and student reviews.
- University of California- San Diego was ranked #39 among 4-year universities in all 50 states in the 2015-2016 S. News Education National Universities Rankings. For the past six years, University of California- San Diego has held a high graduation ranking of 85% for all students, with over 90% for first-time freshmen. With six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professionals schools, students have every chance to study their first degree of choice and become an alumni of a highly notable school.
- Point Loma Nazarene University was voted #17 in the S. News Education 2015-2016 Best Regional Universities of the West ranking. Point Loma Nazarene University is a private 4-year Christian based program that specializes in Liberal Arts and gives students 60 majors and 40 minors to choose from. With amazing ocean views and a high acceptance rating of 67%, Point Loma gives national and international students many things to love.
2-Year Community Colleges:
- San Diego Miramar College was ranked the highest among other San Diego community colleges in the 2015/2016 Rate My Professors Highest Rated Junior and Community Colleges list. Rate My Professors is an online platform that judges its junior colleges based solely on student reviews. Ranking #13 out of 25 nationwide colleges, San Diego Miramar College was chosen for its “excellent professors (that) love their jobs and want you to do your best,” and for the “…overall campus vibe (that) is mature, fun, ready to learn and help others..”
- San Diego City College was ranked number one in the Rate My Professors 2012 list for the country’s top 25 junior colleges. In addition to its incredibly high amount of happy students, San Diego City College has one of the most affordable in-state tuitions in the country, at $46 per credit hour.
It’s never too early to begin looking into your college career. You’ve already put in the time and research into finding the best possible high school, such as the San Diego Virtual School (SDVS); now it’s time to spend 3X’s that amount into researching the San Diego college experience that can deliver all your personal goals for the brightest possible future.