Most Diverse Online Colleges in California

These are the best online colleges in California with diverse student bodies that have robust online degree offerings.

It’s an undeniable fact that American society is a diverse society, made up of people with backgrounds from all over the world. This needs to be reflected at all levels of society, including higher education. More and more, colleges are asserting commitments to diversion, inclusion, and equity, through their mission statements, their academic programs, student organizations, centers, and other venues.

Student populations are becoming more diverse, with BIPOC students occupying a larger share of academia than ever before. Accordingly, schools are learning to better serve and empower these student populations, especially schools with significantly large diverse student percentages.

The national median for non-white enrollment by percentage is currently 58%. It is becoming increasingly common for colleges and universities to have white student populations accounting for less than this percentage. Every school on this list falls into this category, with many having 50% or less white student enrollment. They are ranked in order of diverse student population size.

Many institutions on this list are also military friendly schools, and some are recognized as Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or first-generation student friendly schools.

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    1. California State University-Dominguez Hills

      Carson, CA

      Diversity

      95%

      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!
    2. Bethesda University

      Anaheim, CA

      Bethesda University’s school logo

      Diversity

      93%

      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!
    3. Mount Saint Mary's University

      Los Angeles, CA

      Mount Saint Mary's University’s school logo

      Diversity

      92%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment2,855 (6% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      USDE Special Government StatusWomen-Only, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs6
      AccreditationRegional: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$42,792 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #9 Best California Online CollegeA Best Value California Online College Diverse Student BodyFirst-Generation Student Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving InstitutionHispanic-Serving Institution

      See MSMU’s full list of online degrees!
    4. San Bernardino Valley College

      San Bernardino, CA

      Diversity

      90%

      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!
    5. California State University-San Bernardino

      San Bernardino, CA

      Diversity

      89%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment20,638 (4% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs12
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$6,886 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Diverse Student BodyFirst-Generation Student Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See CSUSB’s full list of online degrees!
    6. University of California-Riverside

      Riverside, CA

      Diversity

      89%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment25,547 (0% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      Number of Online Programs25
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$13,853 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Diverse Student BodyFirst-Generation Student Friendly School

      See UCR’s full list of online degrees!
    7. University of California-Irvine

      Irvine, CA

      Diversity

      87%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment36,908 (1% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs63
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$13,727 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Diverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolFirst-Generation Student Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving InstitutionHispanic-Serving Institution

      See UCI’s full list of online degrees!
    8. Holy Names University

      Oakland, CA

      Holy Names University’s school logo

      Diversity

      86%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment966 (1% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs6
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$40,102 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Top California Online College Diverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolFirst-Generation Student Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving InstitutionHispanic-Serving Institution

      See HNU’s full list of online degrees!
    9. Academy of Art University

      San Francisco, CA

      Academy of Art University’s school logo

      Diversity

      85%

      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!
    10. California State University-East Bay

      Hayward, CA

      Diversity

      85%

      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!
    11. San Francisco State University

      San Francisco, CA

      Diversity

      84%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment29,032 (2% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs21
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$7,266 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Diverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolFirst-Generation Student Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving InstitutionHispanic-Serving Institution

      See SFSU’s full list of online degrees!
    12. De Anza College

      Cupertino, CA

      Diversity

      83%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment18,669
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs3
      AccreditationRegional: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,561 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 SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution

      See DAC’s full list of online degrees!
    13. Santa Ana College

      Santa Ana, CA

      Diversity

      83%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment27,052
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs4
      AccreditationRegional: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$1,160 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Adult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyMilitary Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See SAC’s full list of online degrees!
    14. California State University-Fresno

      Fresno, CA

      Diversity

      82%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment24,298 (1% 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$6,589 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #2 Best California Online College#1 Most Affordable California Online College#1 Best Value California Online CollegeDiverse Student BodyFirst-Generation Student Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving InstitutionHispanic-Serving Institution

      See CSUF’s full list of online degrees!
    15. California State University-Fullerton

      Fullerton, CA

      Diversity

      82%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment40,445 (5% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs18
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$6,924 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #1 Best California Online College#2 Most Affordable California Online College#2 Best Value California Online CollegeDiverse Student BodyAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving InstitutionHispanic-Serving Institution

      See CSUF’s full list of online degrees!
    16. CBD College

      Los Angeles, CA

      Diversity

      81%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment788
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      Number of Online Programs0
      AccreditationNational: No Overall Accreditation; Various Programmatic Accreditations
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$38,635 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Adult Student Friendly SchoolDiverse Student BodyFirst-Generation Student Friendly School

      See CBDC’s full list of online degrees!
    17. California State University-Northridge

      Northridge, CA

      Diversity

      80%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment39,910 (4% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs20
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$6,977 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Diverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolFirst-Generation Student Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving InstitutionHispanic-Serving Institution

      See CSUN’s full list of online degrees!
    18. California State University-Stanislaus

      Turlock, CA

      Diversity

      80%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment10,974 (2% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs8
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$7,542 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Top California Online College #6 Most Affordable California Online College#7 Best Value California Online CollegeDiverse Student BodyFirst-Generation Student Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving InstitutionHispanic-Serving Institution

      See CSUS’s full list of online degrees!
    19. City College of San Francisco

      San Francisco, CA

      City College of San Francisco’s school logo

      Diversity

      80%

      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!
    20. University of La Verne

      La Verne, CA

      Diversity

      80%

      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!
    21. Allan Hancock College

      Santa Maria, CA

      Diversity

      79%

      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!
    22. University of the Pacific

      Stockton, CA

      Diversity

      78%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment6,447 (0% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePrivate
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs4
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$49,588 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Diverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolFirst-Generation Student Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution

      See UP’s full list of online degrees!
    23. University of California-Davis

      Davis, CA

      Diversity

      77%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment38,634 (0% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs16
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$14,495 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Diverse Student BodyFirst-Generation Student Friendly SchoolMilitary Friendly SchoolAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution

      See UCD’s full list of online degrees!
    24. California State University-Monterey Bay

      Seaside, CA

      Diversity

      76%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment7,650 (6% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusHispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs3
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$7,143 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      Diverse Student BodyDisability Friendly SchoolFirst-Generation Student Friendly SchoolHispanic-Serving Institution

      See CSUMB’s full list of online degrees!
    25. California State University-Sacramento

      Sacramento, CA

      Diversity

      75%

      CA Relative Cost

      Key FactsAnswers
      Total Enrollment31,992 (2% fully online)
      Public or PrivatePublic
      USDE Special Government StatusAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution
      Number of Online Programs8
      AccreditationRegional: WASC Senior College and University Commission
      Average In-State Undergraduate Tuition$7,368 per year
      Net Cost by Income
      Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

      CAOnlineColleges.com Awards

      #5 Best California Online College#5 Most Affordable California Online College#4 Best Value California Online CollegeDiverse Student BodyAsian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving InstitutionHispanic-Serving Institution

      See CSUS’s full list of online degrees!
    26. Sacramento City College

      Sacramento, CA

      Diversity

      75%

      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!

    The following institutions do not offer full degree programs, only online certificates

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