160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Attracted by diverse offerings, affordable fees and convenient classes, young people and older ones alike are flocking to local community colleges and universities. Here’s a look at the region’s public and private institutes of higher learning. California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; (818) 677-1200. The 356-acre university was founded in 1958 and until 1972 was called San Fernando Valley State College. CSUN serves 34,560 students. Annual fee: $3,042 (includes state university fee, student health and association fees, plus other miscellaneous costs). Student-to-instructor ratio: 20:1. President: Jolene Koester. Web: www.csun.edu. California State University, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo; (805) 437-8400. The 670-acre campus, a converted state hospital, opened in fall 2002. CSUCI serves 3,123 students and offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and single- and multiple-subject teaching credentials. Annual fee: $962 (0-6 units); $1,490 (6.1 units or more). Student-to-instructor ratio: 18.5:1. President: Richard R. Rush. Web: csuci.edu. Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen; (818) 947-2600. The 105-acre community college was founded in 1949 and serves nearly 18,000 students. Associate degrees are offered in such areas as accounting, media arts, respiratory therapy, administration of justice and journalism. About 60 occupational certificates also are available. Annual fees: $20 per unit. Student-to-instructor ratio: 35:1. The transfer rate to two- or four-year colleges: nearly 35 percent. President: Tyree Wieder. Web: www.lavc.edu. Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar; (818) 364-7600. The newest in the Los Angeles Community College District, this 22-acre campus was founded in 1975 and serves about 7,500 students. Programs include multimedia, administration of justice, life sciences and culinary arts. Annual cost: $20 per unit. Student-to-instructor ratio: 30:1. Transfer rate: 26.2 percent. President: Ernest H. Moreno. Web: lamission.edu. Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills; (818) 719-6401. Founded in 1947, the college serves about 19,500 students on its 426-acre campus. Pierce is noted for its fast-track honors program; no student who completed the program has ever been turned down by the University of California, Los Angeles. One of the largest feeder schools to California State University, Northridge, the college offers more than 100 areas of study, including chemistry, business and technology. Annual fees: $20 per unit. Student-to-instructor ratio: 38:1. Transfer rate: 29.9 percent. President: Robert M. Garber. Web:piercecollege.edu. Glendale Community College, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale; (818) 240-1000. Founded in 1927, the 59-acre college serves about 15,000 students. Programs include digital animation, flight training, nursing and firefighting, and free courses are offered for senior citizens. Annual fees: $20 per unit. Student-to-instructor ratio: 28:1. Transfer rate: 15 percent. President: Audre Levy. Web: glendale.cc.ca.edu. California State University, Bakersfield, Antelope Valley College Campus, 43909 30th St. W., Lancaster; (661) 952-5000. CSUB offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, teacher credential programs and other certificate programs on Antelope Valley College’s north campus. Web: www.csub.edu/av. Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark; (805) 378-1400. Founded in 1967, the 134-acre campus serves about 14,500 students. The college offers 1,500 classes in 70 areas of study, including an animal training program offered at only one other college in the nation. Annual fees: $20 per unit. Student-to-instructor ratio: 22.5:1. Class sizes range from 25 to 40. Transfer rate: 30 percent. President: Eva Conrad. Web: moorparkcollege.edu. College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia; (661) 259-7800. Founded in 1969, College of the Canyons is recognized for its technical advancement, professional programs and learning excellence. The college also has a 4,500-square-foot satellite facility in Canyon Country, with four classrooms and a computer lab. Annual fees: $20 per unit. Student-to-teacher ratio: 26:1. Transfer rate: 42 percent. President Dianne G. Van Hook. Web: canyons.edu. Antelope Valley College, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster; (661) 722-6300. Antelope Valley College is a California community college that offers more than 60 associate degrees and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges. Technical, trade, business, allied health and service programs are offered. Annual fees: $20 per unit. President: Jackie L. Fisher Sr. Web: www.avc.edu. Cerro Coso Community College, 3000 College Heights Blvd., Ridgecrest; (760) 384-6100. Cerro Coso offers 25 associate in science and associate in arts degrees. Annual fees: $20 per unit. Web: www.cerrocoso.edu. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks; (805) 492-2411. The university was founded in 1959 and serves more than 2,900 students. CLU is a 290-acre campus with an emphasis in liberal arts and sciences. Graduate centers are also located in Woodland Hills and Ventura. The college offers 36 majors and 29 minors. Student-to-instructor ratio is 17:1. President: John Sladek. Web: clunet.edu. California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia; (661) 255-1050. Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, CalArts offers programs in art, music, dance, film/video, theater and critical studies leading to bachelor’s or master’s degrees. President Steven Lavine. Web: calarts.edu. Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road, Eagle Rock; (323) 259-2500. The college was founded in 1887 and is one of the nation’s few leading liberal arts colleges in an urban setting. The 120-acre campus is home to 1,839 students, with the top five major fields of study being psychology, economics, English, art and diplomacy and world affairs. Student-to-instructor ratio is 11:1. President Susan Prager. Web: www.oxy.edu. The Master’s College, 21726 Placerita Canyon Road, Santa Clarita; (661) 259-3540. Founded in 1927 as Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary, the 100-acre college was renamed in 1985. The four-year college is a liberal arts school with a biblical world view taught in all courses. Student-to-instructor ratio: 16:1. President: John MacArthur. Web: www.masters.edu. Woodbury University, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank; (818) 767-0888. The 22-acre campus was established in 1987 and serves 1,400 students. It offers 15 courses of study, including its flagship programs in business and management and architecture and design. Student-to-instructor ratio: 16:1. President: Kenneth Nielsen. Web: woodbury.edu. ITT Technical Institute, 12669 Encinitas Ave., Sylmar; (818) 364-5151, or (800) 363-2086. ITT’s Sylmar campus was founded in 1982 and serves about 825 students. The college offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs that include information technology, electronics, criminal justice and digital entertainment and game design. Annual fees: $405 per unit. Student-to-instructor ratio: 21:1. College director: Nader Mojtabai. Web: www.ITT-tech.edu. University of Phoenix, 5955 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills; and 1202 W. Ave. J, Suite 500, Lancaster; (800) 888-1968. Geared for the working person, the college is the nation’s largest private, accredited university, with more than 100 campuses and learning centers throughout the nation. The 33,000-square-foot Woodland Hills facility offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; the Lancaster campus, bachelor’s and master’s. Some of the college’s major fields include business, accounting, education, health care and technology. Annual fees: $412 per unit (bachelor’s); $474 per unit (master’s). Student-to-instructor ratio: 10:1. Web: www.phoenix.edu. Chapman University College, 40015 Sierra Highway, Suite B-160, Palmdale, (661) 267-2001; and 140 Methusa Ave. 95, MSS/DPEE, Edwards AFB, (661) 258-5251. Programs include psychology, social science and criminal justice. Bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered. Web: chapman.edu. West Coast Baptist College, 4010 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster; (888) 694-9222. Major courses of study include: church ministries for women and men, elementary education and music. Web: westcoastbaptist.edu. Phillips Graduate Institute, 5445 Balboa Blvd., Encino; (818) 386-5600. Phillips offers a unique psychology curriculum including master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy, art therapy and school counseling, and doctoral programs in clinical psychology and organizational consulting. President: Lisa Porche-Burke. Web: www.pgi.edu.