Local Higher Education Opportunities
Not only is San Diego a beautiful place to live, it is also home to many higher education institutions – from community colleges to universities, as well as prestigious private trade schools. Here are some of the most popular colleges in universities in San Diego:


University of San Diego (USD): USD is a Catholic university located in Linda Vista. It is ranked one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses.


University of California San Diego (UCSD): UCSD is considered one of the top 15 research universities worldwide and is located in La Jolla.


San Diego State University (SDSU): SDSU is a public university that has 203 degree programs and is located in the College Area.


Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU): PLNU is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Point Loma.


California State University San Marcos (CSUSM): CSUSM is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is located in San Marcos.


California Miramar University (CMU): CMU is a for-profit, private university in Mission Valley.


United States University (USU): USU is located in Chula Vista and offers degrees in health sciences, business, nursing, and California teaching credentials.


John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic): JPCatholic is a Catholic university for the creative arts and business innovation located in Escondido.


Southern States University – San Diego (SSU): SSU is a private, for-profit university focused on executive business education and is located near the Morena neighborhood of San Diego.


San Diego City College: San Diego City College is a public community college located in the Downtown area. It is part of the San Diego Community College District.


San Diego Mesa College: San Diego Mesa College is a public community college located in Clairemont Mesa. It is part of the San Diego Community College District.


San Diego Miramar College: San Diego Miramar College is a public community college located in Miramar. It is part of the San Diego Community College District.


Grossmont College: Grossmont College is a public community college in El Cajon.


Cuyamaca College: Cuyamaca College is a public community college in Rancho San Diego. It is part of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.


National University: National University is a private, non-profit university with over 75 programs. The headquarters are in La Jolla but there are several locations in San Diego.


San Diego Christian College (SDCC): SDCC is a private, evangelical Christian college that was founded in 1970 in Santee.


Design Institute of San Diego (DISD): DISD is an interior design institute in central San Diego.


NewSchool of Architecture and Design: NewSchool is an award-winning university offering degrees in architecture, design, and construction management in the Downtown area.


Platt College San Diego: Platt College San Diego is located in the College Area and specializes in graphic design, web design and development, 3D character modeling, and digital filmmaking and special effects in the greater San Diego area.


Southwestern Community College (SWCCD): SWCCD is a public community college with locations in Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, and Crown Cove.