What is the difference between University of California and California State University?

University of California


University of California “UC” and California State University “CSU” are prestigious universities throughout California.

In this article we will answer the following questions:

What is University of California?

What is California State University?

What is the difference between UC and CSU?

What is the best university to enroll in?

University of California

university of California Los Angeles

UC which is “University of California” was founded in 1869.

It is one of the most prestigious public universities from California.

With ten colleges, UC has more than 280,000 students and 277,000 employees.

The largest university is in Los Angeles. It has the largest number of students with 31,600 students.

CU at Merced is considered the smallest with 8,000 students.

CU has 160 academic majors and 800 programs.

University of California Campuses:

UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Merced
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC San Francisco
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz

California State University

California State university San Diego

Founded in 1972, it is the largest government university system in the USA.

With 23 universities, it is attended by 482,000 students.

It also includes 53,000 employees and faculty members.

It is very popular because it offers a high academic education level at affordable prices in California.

The most popular university for students is located in Fullerton (35,000 students).

And the Cal Maritime Academy has the smallest number of students (1,000 students).

CSU Campuses:

Channel Islands
Dominguez Hills
East Bay
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Maritime Academy
Monterey Bay
San Bernardino
San Diego
San Francisco
San José
San Luis Obispo
San Marcos

California State University campuses

The difference between University of California and California State University

California University California State University  
UC CSU The abbreviated name
In most large cities north and south of California In small and large cities along California Location
285216 481929 Total students
10 23 Number of colleges
900 2700 The number of undergraduate programs
Maximum: University of California Merced 66% Minimum: University of California, Los Angeles 12% Maximum: Bakersfield 100% Minimum: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 30% Acceptance rate
85.3% 62.1% Graduation rate
Females 53% Male 47% Females 57% Male 43% Gender parity
Inside the state: $ 14,000 Out of state: $ 43,800 Within the state: $ 5742 Out of state: $ 396 per semester unit, or $ 264 per quarter semester unit Average tuition fees
Focuses more on academic research and publication Focuses more on helping students develop professional and practical skills Public reputation

UC universities

Tips to choose between UC and CSU

1. If you prefer less students, see California State Universities first. If you prefer a more active environment, see California universities first.

California universities are spread in big cities, while California state universities are spread in smaller cities and big cities.

2. If you are going to study at the university, consider traffic and congestion in big cities.

3. There is an important factor that you have to consider which is the specialty you wish to study.

UC and CSU do not offer the same majors and academic programs.

So, you should see a list of majors for both universities.

4. UC fees are clearly higher than the CSU fees.

But UC is distinguished by the quality of its academics.

5. You have to think about financial aid for studying as well as scholarships.

Despite the high cost of studying at UC, 57% of students pay nothing!

6. Compare your average and results with previously accepted students.

This means you should compare GPA and SAT / ACT scores with the grades of accepted students at CU and CSU. Because this will help you create a list of universities that you should target.

you should read How much does it cost to study in California And, What is the good SAT score for 2021

GGSA Educational Consulting Agency