Most Adult Student Friendly Online Colleges in California

These are the best online adult friendly schools in California with robust online degree offerings.

Adult friendly schools are recognized as having significant student populations between ages 25-64. Every school on this list has an adult student enrollment of more than 18.2%. In fact, several on this list are above the 50% mark, meaning the majority of the population consists of adult students. The schools on this list are ranked in order of their overall score.

Beyond just having high adult student populations, many adult friendly schools go above and beyond when it comes to student support. They offer flexible online programs, with plenty of graduate-level options for those looking to advance in their professional fields. Some schools provide credit for life experience, or allow students to test out of subjects. Also, plenty of them offer non-credit options, continuing education and lifelong learning programs, and professional training, meeting the professional and personal needs of students of diverse backgrounds.

Many on this list are also military friendly schools, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, providing unique support, resources, and funding for students in these populations.

If you’re an adult student looking for an online college that understands how to meet your needs, start by looking at the best online adult friendly schools in California.

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    1. Academy of Art University

      San Francisco, CA

      Academy of Art University’s school logo

      Score

      100

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment9,812 (43% fully online)
      Public or PrivateFor-profit
      Number of Online Programs132
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$23,412 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #7 Best California Online CollegeA Most Affordable California Online College #8 Best Value California Online CollegeAdult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student Body

      See AAU’s full list of online degrees!
    2. Coastline Community College

      Fountain Valley, CA

      Coastline Community College’s school logo

      Score

      73

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment10,822
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs102
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,150 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #2 California Online Community CollegeAdult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution

      See CCC’s full list of online degrees!
    3. National University

      La Jolla, CA

      Score

      70

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment16,670 (36% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      Number of Online Programs89
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$13,320 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #9 Most Affordable California Online CollegeA Best Value California Online College Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student Body

      See NU’s full list of online degrees!
    4. Golden Gate University-San Francisco

      San Francisco, CA

      Golden Gate University-San Francisco’s school logo

      Score

      63

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment2,432 (33% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      Number of Online Programs82
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$15,840 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      A Most Affordable California Online College Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student Body

      See GGUSF’s full list of online degrees!
    5. California State University-Dominguez Hills

      Carson, CA

      Score

      47

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment17,977 (8% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs24
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$6,946 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Top California Online College #3 Most Affordable California Online College#6 Best Value California Online CollegeAdult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See CSUDH’s full list of online degrees!
    6. California State University-East Bay

      Hayward, CA

      Score

      46

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment16,064 (12% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs19
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$7,000 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #10 Best California Online College#4 Most Affordable California Online College#5 Best Value California Online CollegeAdult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving InstitutionHispanic-Serving Institution

      See CSUEB’s full list of online degrees!
    7. Allan Hancock College

      Santa Maria, CA

      Score

      45

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment11,894
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs53
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,352 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #3 California Online Community CollegeDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolMilitary Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See AHC’s full list of online degrees!
    8. City College of San Francisco

      San Francisco, CA

      City College of San Francisco’s school logo

      Score

      43

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment24,441
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs35
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,144 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #1 California Online Community CollegeAdult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution

      See CCSF’s full list of online degrees!
    9. Fresno Pacific University

      Fresno, CA

      Score

      43

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment4,300 (16% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs15
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$32,950 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Top California Online College A Most Affordable California Online College A Best Value California Online College Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student BodyMilitary Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See FPU’s full list of online degrees!
    10. University of La Verne

      La Verne, CA

      Score

      41

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment7,396 (12% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs10
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$44,550 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student BodyHispanic-Serving Institution

      See ULV’s full list of online degrees!
    11. Saddleback College

      Mission Viejo, CA

      Saddleback College’s school logo

      Score

      40

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment19,709
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs43
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,330 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #4 California Online Community CollegeAdult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving InstitutionHispanic-Serving Institution

      See SC’s full list of online degrees!
    12. San Diego Christian College

      Santee, CA

      San Diego Christian College’s school logo

      Score

      36

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment551 (26% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs7
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$32,346 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Top California Online College A Most Affordable California Online College Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student BodyMilitary Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See SDCC’s full list of online degrees!
    13. Touro University Worldwide

      Los Alamitos, CA

      Score

      36

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment1,940 (31% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      Number of Online Programs19
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$14,600 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #10 Most Affordable California Online CollegeA Best Value California Online College Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student Body

      See TUW’s full list of online degrees!
    14. Brandman University

      Irvine, CA

      Score

      35

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment10,231 (79% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs21
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$12,440 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #8 Most Affordable California Online CollegeA Best Value California Online College Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student BodyHispanic-Serving Institution

      See BU’s full list of online degrees!
    15. Simpson University

      Redding, CA

      Score

      33

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment854 (8% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      USDE Special Government StatusChrist and Missionary Alliance Church
      Number of Online Programs2
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$31,910 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Diverse Student BodyFirst-Generation Student Friendly School

      See SU’s full list of online degrees!
    16. American River College

      Sacramento, CA

      American River College’s school logo

      Score

      33

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment31,265
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs30
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,104 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #5 California Online Community CollegeAdult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolMilitary Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution

      See ARC’s full list of online degrees!
    17. Mendocino College

      Ukiah, CA

      Score

      30

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment3,960
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs26
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,423 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #7 California Online Community CollegeAdult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See MC’s full list of online degrees!
    18. Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

      Redding, CA

      Shasta Bible College and Graduate School’s school logo

      Score

      30

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment41 (56% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      Number of Online Programs15
      AccreditationNational: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$12,860 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School

      See SBCGS’s full list of online degrees!
    19. Santa Barbara City College

      Santa Barbara, CA

      Santa Barbara City College’s school logo

      Score

      29

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment14,133
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs24
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,374 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Top California Online Community College Adult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See SBCC’s full list of online degrees!
    20. Bethesda University

      Anaheim, CA

      Bethesda University’s school logo

      Score

      27

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment397 (12% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      Number of Online Programs6
      AccreditationNational: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$8,095 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student BodyFirst-Generation Student Friendly School

      See BU’s full list of online degrees!
    21. Monterey Peninsula College

      Monterey, CA

      Score

      27

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment7,920
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs19
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,176 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #8 California Online Community CollegeAdult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolMilitary Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See MPC’s full list of online degrees!
    22. Lake Tahoe Community College

      South Lake Tahoe, CA

      Lake Tahoe Community College’s school logo

      Score

      26

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment2,577
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs18
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,224 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #6 California Online Community CollegeAdult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyMilitary Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See LTCC’s full list of online degrees!
    23. Palomar College

      San Marcos, CA

      Score

      24

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment23,874
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs15
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,338 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #9 California Online Community CollegeAdult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See PC’s full list of online degrees!
    24. Sacramento City College

      Sacramento, CA

      Score

      24

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment20,829
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs14
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,104 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #10 California Online Community CollegeAdult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolMilitary Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See SCC’s full list of online degrees!
    25. Southern California Seminary

      El Cajon, CA

      Score

      24

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment176 (59% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      Number of Online Programs8
      AccreditationNational: Transitional Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$16,884 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student Body

      See SCS’s full list of online degrees!
    26. California Institute of Integral Studies

      San Francisco, CA

      Score

      23

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment1,476 (25% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      Number of Online Programs10
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$20,500 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student Body

      See CIIS’s full list of online degrees!
    27. San Bernardino Valley College

      San Bernardino, CA

      Score

      21

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment14,872
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs9
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,238 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Top California Online Community College Adult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See SBVC’s full list of online degrees!
    28. Loma Linda University

      Loma Linda, CA

      Loma Linda University’s school logo

      Score

      20

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment4,462 (10% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      Number of Online Programs5
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$31,680 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Adult Student Friendly School
      Experienced Online School
      Diverse Student Body

      See LLU’s full list of online degrees!

    The following institutions do not offer full degree programs online; they only offer online certificates.

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