California has one of the most prolific community college scenes in the country. The Golden State is home to more than 110 public two-year institutions and features some of the lowest reported costs for community college tuition of any state in the U.S.
Ever since President Obama introduced America’s College Promise in 2015, a proposal to make community college tuition-free for qualifying students, legislators and education administrators in California have been working to make that dream a reality in the Golden State. The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) reported in 2016 that 23 regional Promise programs were active in the state, and that the program’s reach was expected to extend to even more students in the coming years.
Whether you’re looking to save some money on your first two years of school before transferring to one of the dozens of California universities or learn a new set of skills to help you advance in your career, the best community colleges in California have programs that can help you get there. We crunched the numbers and sorted the top 10 California community colleges from the rest — check out the list below.