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8GettoKnowCaliorniasUniversityandCollegeSystems6UniversityoCaliorniaUCCaliorniastopresearchuniversitysystemincludes10campusesBerkeleyDavisIrvineLosAngelesMercedRiversideSanDiegoSanFranciscoSantaBarbaraandSantaCruz.nOersdegreesatundergraduateBachelorsgraduateMastersorDoctorallevels.nFostersworld-classeducationalandresearchopportunitiesandgeneratesawiderangeobeneftsandservicesthattouchpeopleslivesaroundtheworldeveryday.CaliorniaStateUniversityCSUTheU.S.slargestuniversitysystemincludes23campusesalloverCaliornia.nOersprimarilyundergraduateeducationB.A.orB.S..nSeveralothelargercampusesalsooerMastersdegreesandsince2007DoctoraldegreesinEducationEd.D..CaliorniaCommunityCollegeCCCThelargestsystemohighereducationintheworldincludes112campusesalloverCaliornia.nOersawiderangeofrst-andsecond-yearcoursesAssociateoArtsA.A.orAssociateoScienceA.S.degreesproessionaltrainingandvocationalprograms.nDegree-seekingstudentsotentakeupto2yearsatacommunitycollegeandthentransertoaCSUorUCtocompletetheir3rdand4thyearsoraBachelorsdegree.SeeTransferfromAnotherUniversitypg.9forInternationalTransferTrackpg.12fordetails.WhatmakesacollegeoruniversityprivatePrivatemeansthattheinstitutiondoesnotnormallyreceiveederalandstateundingitisundedbystudenttuition.Otenprivatecollegesoruniversitieshavereligiousafliationsorspecialpurposes.WhatisaccreditationAccreditationisacertifcationotheacademicqualityoaninstitutionohigherlearning.TheUniversityoCaliorniaisaccreditedbytheWesternAssociationoSchoolsandCollegesWASC.WhatisthedierencebetweenaUniversityandaCollegeUniversityandcollegeareotenusedinterchangeablybuttherearedierencesbetweenthem.Universitiesarenormallylargerthancolleges.Someuniversitiesmaybeorganizedwithmultiplecollegesorschools.UCRisauniversitywiththreecollegesandtwoschools.SeetheUCRwebsitehttpwww.ucr.eduordetails.WhatisthedierencebetweenaCollegeandaCommunityCollegeIntheU.S.acollegecanoerulldegreeprogramsbutcommunitycollegescanonlyoertwo-yearAssociatesdegrees.SomecommunitycollegecourseworkmayapplytowardsaBachelorsdegreebutaCaliorniacommunitycollegecannotgrantaBachelorsdegree.Caliorniahasover140publicandover120privateuniversitiesandcolleges.Eachhasitsowndistinctmissionstructureandavailabledegrees.Thefrststeptochoosingtherightpathwayistoknowthedierencesbetweeneachtypeouniversityandcollegeavailabletoyou.