California College San Diego


The Secret to Getting Ahead Is Getting Started

Congratulations! Your interest in California College San Diego (CCSD) is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree could be the key to a new career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.i

Get started toward a high-demand career in Healthcare, Business, or Technology right now with the help of CCSD! We offer a convenient, flexible blend of face-to-face courses and online learning for many Associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. Some of these degrees can even be completed fully online! (All online degrees, including master’s and graphic arts degrees, are provided by CCSD’s affiliated institution, Independence University.)

California College San Diego

You know the positive difference a college degree could make in your life, but you may feel that going to college is out of reach. We want to change that! At California College San Diego,we have career-focused degree programs that could help you launch a career. Associate’s degree programs can be completed in as few as 19 months, and Bachelor’s in as few as 36 months – faster than the typical 2 years and 4 years it takes at some traditional colleges. We even provide you with a laptop to use in school and keep when you graduate. Whether you’re fresh out of high school or already established in your career, California College San Diego provides career-focused degree programs to help you achieve your dreams.

Introducing BlendEd – Classes on Campus and Online

We know you're busy. That's why we're excited to introduce BlendEd. In fact, most of our courses are taught in the BlendEd learning format. For example, meet in class twice each week and the rest is done online. Less time and travel. More flexibility. It is the best of both worlds!

Independence University® – Programs 100% Online

If you think 24/7 online learning might work better with your lifestyle, we’ve got you covered!  Our affiliate school, Independence University (IU), offers degree programs that are earned 100% online.

One of IU’s strengths is the level of outstanding support provided to online students. At IU, while you earn your degree online, you’re never alone. Whether you need help finding the right financial aid, improving your grades, or launching your new career after graduation, IU is there for you and will provide support every step of the way.

Your Tools for Success

When it comes to colleges, we know you have a lot to consider. Here’s why one of our colleges may be the right choice for you.

Is California College San Diego an Accredited School?

CCSD is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). ACCSC’s mission is to serve as a reliable authority on educational quality and to promote enhanced opportunities for students by establishing, sustaining, and enforcing valid standards and practices which contribute to the development of a highly trained and competitive workforce through quality career-oriented education.

Associate’s Degree Programs via CCSD

Many of CCSD’s associate degrees can be completed in as few as 19 months. In addition, most courses feature a blend of on-campus classes with online learning for your convenience. CCSD offers the following degree programs (programs vary by campus):

  • Medical Specialties (AOS)
  • Respiratory Therapy (AS)
  • Business Management & Accounting (AAS)
  • Computer Programming (AAS)
  • Computer Technology & Networking (AAS)

You can also earn an associate’s degree in Graphic Arts (AAS) 100% online through CCSD’s affiliated institution, Independence University.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs via CCSD

Most of CCSD’s bachelor’s degrees can be completed in as few as 36 months. As mentioned, most courses feature a blend of on-campus classes with online learning. CCSD offers the following degree programs (programs vary by campus):

  1. Administration (BS)
  • Respiratory Therapy (BS)
  • Accounting (BS)
  • Business Administration (BS)
  • Business Administration, with:
  • Human Resources emphasis (BS)
  • New Media Marketing emphasis (BS)
  • Technology emphasis (BS)
  • Computer Science, with:
    • Networking and Information Systems Security emphasis (BS)
    • Software and Mobile Applications Development emphasis (BS)

You can also earn the following bachelor’s degrees 100% online through CCSD’s affiliated institution, Independence University:

  • Health Services Management (BS)
  • Nursing (RN to BS Completion)
  • Accounting with Forensic Accounting emphasis (BS)
  • Web Design and Development (BS)
  • Graphic Arts (BS)
    • Information Design emphasis (BS)

Master’s Degree Programs via CCSD

CCSD is proud to offer the following master’s degree programs 100% online through our affiliated institution, Independence University:

  • Healthcare Administration (MS)
  • Nursing Administration (MS)
  • Nursing Education (MS)
  • Public Health (MPH)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Business Administration with Entrepreneurship emphasis (MBA)
  • Information Systems (MS)

Most of these online master’s degrees can be completed in as few as 15 months!

How to Apply to California College San Diego

Applying to CCSD starts by speaking with an admissions consultant. Advisors want to make sure you find a degree program that you can feel passionate about. To start the process, consultants will chat with you and may ask you about your professional and educational goals. You can ask any additional questions you might have about the school.

CCSD has an open admissions policy, which means a noncompetitive admissions process. As such, the only criterion for entrance is a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Applicants must also submit copies of their high school diploma or GED® certificate.ii

California College San Diego Enrollment

Of the students who were accepted in 2016, 975 enrolled in CCSD. Demographically, 54% of enrolled students were female and 46% were male. Additionally, of students enrolled in fall 2015, 33% were 24 years old or younger. The remaining 67% of students were 25 years or older. With such a diverse student population, traditional and adult learners alike may find a beneficial path for pursuing their academic goals.iii

Financial Aid at California College San Diego

Whether you’re new to the college experience or a pro, you may be concerned about the price tag. CCSD will walk you through finding and applying for financial aid, to see if you qualify. In fact, you’ll be introduced to a financial planner at CCSD during your interview process. Our goal is to make the process as easy to understand as possible!

In the 2014–2015 school year, 89% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students received financial aid.iii Of these students, about 80% received a grant or scholarship.iii;iv Financial aid could include the following for those who qualify:

  • Federal grants
  • State and local government grants
  • Tuition scholarships

Faculty at California College San Diego

Faculty members at CCSD are industry-skilled instructors who have real-world experience in their field. Many of these instructors could be important contacts as you begin your own professional journey.

California College San Diego employs 22 full-time and 52 part-time faculty members. The faculty is devoted to preparing students to pursue rewarding careers in their chosen field, rather than taking time away from class time to conduct outside research.iii As a result, students may have more access to professors outside of class.

Additional Support

The California College San Diego experience is more than just taking classes. We offer a comprehensive approach to helping you achieve your educational and professional goals, and provide the following services:

Veterans Services

Veterans, active service members, and their spouses can find a welcoming and supportive environment at CCSD. From the moment you apply, advisors are available to help guide you through the admissions process. For example, service members have access to a military financial planner. This staff member is dedicated to individually working with you to design a personalized financial aid plan to see what you may qualify for.

California College San Diego also works with the following programs to accommodate military members:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill
  • Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MYCAA) Program

Career Servicesv

The programs at California College San Diego are designed to prepare you to pursue a bright future in a career you’ll love, so it only makes sense that they offer career services to their students. Career Services starts working with you from the moment you are accepted into the program. That way, you can work as a team to develop a plan to pursue your professional goals.

And the help doesn’t stop after graduation. As you begin to transition into the real world after college, advisors can help you prepare for your next professional step. Career Services can also provide services like resume building and mock interviews.

In addition, you will have access to CCSD’s online job portal. This job search site collects recent postings and deposits them into one convenient portal, so you can seamlessly begin your hunt for the perfect job!

CCSD Graduation

Students at CCSD may study at a pace that works for them. For example, among first-time students who began their studies in 2010, 26% graduated on time, while an additional 26% graduated within 150% of their “normal” time. The amount of time it takes you to complete your selected program may vary by area of study, degree type, and personal preference.iii

Finding a Program at California College San Diego

After reading this information, you’ll find it no surprise that CCSD is dedicated to enhancing your knowledge and skills during your academic experience. And we’re right by your side long after you graduate, offering ongoing career services.v When you choose CCSD, you have a team that sticks with you to support your success!

For more information, check out This site can provide you with more details about admissions, financial aid for those who qualify, and more.


[i] The amount of increased earnings varies by field and degree. Source: U.S. Census Bureau (See Table 8).

[ii] GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (ACE) and is administered exclusively by GED Testing Service, LLC under license. This material is not endorsed or approved by ACE or GED Testing Service.

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[iv] Scholarship awards are limited and only available to those who qualify. See for details.

[v] The college does not guarantee a job. Gaining employment is the graduate's responsibility.


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