The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

California's independent colleges and universities are an excellent choice for many students. There are over 75 nonprofit, independent colleges and universities in the state. The most important criteria for selecting a college or university is how well it fits with your personality, values, and goals. Because every nonprofit, independent college and university has a unique character, there will be at least one that fits your needs. Unlike the University of California or the California State University systems, each California nonprofit, independent college and university has its own governing board. This independence allows for a diverse set of college opportunities in California. provides information to help your college search. A great place to start is the Explore Colleges section. After you identify the colleges and universities that interest you, expand your knowledge by visiting the individual campus websites. You can find links to the college sites in the Campus Facts section of this site.