Higher Education

Colleges, Universities, and Vocational Schools

Over 40 colleges and universities are within easy reach of Solano residents. You will find top-ranked universities mixed with lesser known, equally dynamic, local institutions that are focused on careers.

Featured Schools

Touro University California

In Vallejo, Touro University educates medical professionals, providing graduate degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, nursing, public health, and education. Their scenic campus occupies 23 historic buildings on 44 acres of the former Mare Island military base. The Touro College and University System is a private, nonprofit, Jewish-sponsored educational institution, founded in New York in 1970. There are schools in 30 locations, domestically and abroad, focused on different academic concentrations. Visit Touro University website.

Cal Maritime

CSU Maritime Academy, located on a waterfront campus in Vallejo, is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. The college boasts the highest employment rate in the CSU system, with 92-94% finding employment within three months of graduation; 8% graduate as commissioned officers in the U.S. military. The school offers an all-nautical curriculum, featuring one master's and six undergraduate degrees. Majors include international business and logistics, global studies, and various marine and transportation engineering programs. A highlight for students is the annual cruise on the training ship, Golden Bear. Visit Cal Maritime website.

Solano Community College

Solano’s College’s main campus is in Fairfield, with centers in Vacaville, Vallejo, and at Travis AFB. As a community college, Solano’s main objective is 2-year degrees and certificates, but it was recently selected as one of the first California community colleges to offer a bachelor’s degree — a BS in biomanufacturing. The first class will graduate in 2019. Other disciplines of note at Solano College: 

  • Nursing
  • Computer and information science
  • Career technical education (includes aeronautics, automotive, industrial education, welding and others)
  • Business (includes accounting, management, marketing and others)
  • Alternative and renewable fuel vehicle technology 
  • Engineering
  • Water and wastewater technology

Visit Solano Community College website.

UC Davis

The 5,300-acre UC Davis campus is directly adjacent to Solano County, on I-80. UC Davis is a research university that is particularly well known for its ag/food/wine and health sciences expertise. During FY2014-15, 229 records of inventions were filed at UC Davis, and they ran the gamut: medical, agriculture, electronic, veterinary, energy, transportation, research, and materials. Professional degrees are available in nursing, medicine, veterinary medicine, education, business, and law. Features of interest include:

Visit the UC Davis website here.

UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley, 22 miles south of Solano County, is frequently ranked #1 among public universities in the nation (US News). Engineering and business majors play a large role in the school’s stellar reputation. Berkeley’s current faculty includes 7 Nobel Prize winners. Features of interest include:

Visit UC Berkeley website

Universities & Colleges

California’s Education System – An Overview. California’s 3-tiered system of higher education sets the benchmark in the U.S. for preparing an educated workforce at a reasonable cost.

  • University of California (UC) is the most competitive system, targeting the top 12.5% of graduating California high school students. These top-ranked research institutions offer bachelor’s through doctorate degrees. UC Davis and UC Berkeley are the two campuses closest to Solano.
  • California State University (CSU) targets the top 33% of California’s high school graduates, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Employers seek out CSU grads for their practical know-how in many technical fields. The Maritime Academy in Vallejo belongs to the CSU system, and there are four additional CSU campuses within a 50-mile radius.
  • California Community Colleges are the most financially accessible. They offer mostly 2-year associate degrees and vocational certificates to career-minded individuals, as well as college-transfer courses. Solano Community College was recently selected for a pilot bachelor’s degree program, as well.

The list below shows the wide breadth of colleges — both public and private — within easy reach of Solano. Distances are from the county seat (Fairfield) and may be closer, depending on your location.

4-Year Universities and Colleges (sampling within 50 miles)
Institution Location Distance Public / Private Enrollment Graduates
Argosy University – SF Bay Area Alameda 38.6 mi Private 330 140
Brandman University Fairfield 6.6 mi Private n/a n/a
California State University – East Bay Hayward 43.4 mi Public 15,528 4,118
California State University
Maritime Academy
Vallejo 17.9 mi Public 1,075 200
California State University – Sacramento Sacramento 36.6 mi Public 30,284 6,577
Dominican University of California San Rafael 34.7 mi Private 1,863 550
Golden Gate University – San Francisco San Francisco 40.3 mi Private 21,735 1,157
Holy Names University Oakland 35.6 mi Private 1,049 343
John F Kennedy University Pleasant Hill 23.3 mi Private 1,111 370
Lincoln University Oakland 35.8 mi Private 874 110
Mills College Oakland 36.1 mi Private 1,397 594
Pacific Union College Angwin 31.0 mi Private 1,555 380
Saint Mary's College Moraga 31.2 mi Private 4,030 1,206
Samuel Merritt University Oakland 34.0 mi Private 1,593 676
San Francisco State University San Francisco 46.5 mi Public 30,256 7,123
Saybrook University Oakland 35.8 mi Private 558 125
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park 37.6 mi Public 9,408 2,159
The Wright Institute Berkeley 32.0 mi Private 451 135
Touro University Vallejo 19.3 mi Private 1,386 487
University of California – Berkeley Berkeley 31.8 mi Public 28,189 11,303
University of California – Davis Davis 23.5 mi Public 35,186 9,410
University of California
Hastings College of Law
San Francisco 41.4 mi Public 950 351
University of California – San Francisco San Francisco 43.7 mi Public 3,107


University of San Francisco San Francisco 42.7 mi Public 10,797 3,136
University of the Pacific Stockton 43.6 mi Private 6,281 1,834
Total Students Enrolled   208,993  
Total Graduates     53,462
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2015 School Data; Distance is from Fairfield, County Seat, July 2016


2-Year Colleges (sampling within 50 miles)
Institution Location Distance Public / Private Enrollment Graduates
American River College Sacramento 44.6 mi Public 29,381 5,834
Berkeley City College Berkeley 32.0 mi Public 7,164 548
Carrington College – Citrus Heights Citrus Heights 47.3 mi Private 568 317
Carrington College – Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill 23.3 mi Private 616 342
Carrington College – Sacramento Sacramento 39.3 mi Private 1,272 496
Carrington College – San Leandro San Leandro 40.8 mi Private 478 358
Carrington College – Stockton Stockton 42.1 mi Private 583 362
Chabot College Hayward 45.3 mi Public 13,457 1,103
City College of San Francisco San Francisco 45.6 mi Public 23,610 3,767
College of Alameda Alameda 38.6 mi Public 6,283 559
College of Marin Kentfield 37.3 mi Public 5,490 361
Contra Costa College San Pablo 27.9 mi Public 6,355 1,015
Cosumnes River College Sacramento 46.6 mi Public 14,389 2,158
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill 23.3 mi Public 19,694 4,634
Laney College Oakland 36.4 mi Public 11,667 851
Las Positas College Livermore 42.0 mi Public 8,912 749
Los Medanos College Pittsburg 19.4 mi Public 8,861 1,968
Merritt College Oakland 35.6 mi Public 6,647 737
Napa Valley College Napa 16.5 mi Public 6,257 870
Sacramento City College Sacramento 32.0 mi Public 22,690 2,252
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton 42.1 mi Public 17,895 2,801
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa 42.3 mi Public 23,411 5,827
Solano Community College Fairfield 5.1 mi Public 9,964 1,601
Woodland Community College Woodland 32.5 mi Public 2,955 285
Total Students Enrolled   248,599  
Total Graduates 39,795
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov/), 2015 School Data, Distance is from Fairfield, County Seat, July 2016

Vocational Education

The large Bay Area labor force also supports many vocational schools. Distances will vary depending on your location in Solano; the mileages shown are from the county seat (Fairfield).  

Vocational Training/Certificate Programs (sampling within 50 miles)
Provider Location Distance Programs Enrollment Cert.
Asher College Sacramento 39.2 mi Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services;
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services;
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields;
Health Professions and Related Programs; Mechanic and
Repair Technologies/Technicians
485 205
Aviation Institute of Maintenance Oakland 37.9 mi Airframe Mechanics & Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician n/a 66
Bay Area Medical Academy San Francisco 40.4 mi Health Related Programs: Medical/Clinical Assistant;
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
95 83
Blake Austin College Vacaville 5.1 mi Health Professions and Related Programs;
Personal and Culinary Services
312 228
Brightwood College Sacramento 41.4 mi Health Professions and Related Programs; Homeland Security,
Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
473 352
California Apprenticeship
Coordinators Association
Fairfield 3.7 mi Building and construction trades; layout, fabricate,
and assemble sheet metal products; heating, ventilating,
and air conditioning, metal roofs, kitchen equipment,
blowpipe systems, chutes, and hoppers.
n/a n/a
Cambridge Junior College Woodland 29.7 mi Medical Reception/Receptionist, Medical/Clinical Assistant 78 67
Carrington College

Citrus Heights

Pleasant Hill


San Leandro


47.3 mi

23.3 mi

39.3 mi

40.8 mi

42.1 mi

Health Information Technology, Dental Assisting,
Pharmacy Technology, Medical Assisting,
Medical Office Administration, Medical Insurance Billing & Coding,
Entrepreneurship, Construction Management,
Software Technologies, Sales & Marketing,
Hospitality and Tourism, Accounting,
Business Administration, Office Skills, Paralegal,
Criminal Justice, Network Security, Network Systems Administration, Electronics Technology












Carpenters Training
Committee for Northern California
Fairfield 3.7 mi Carpenters, acoustical installers, drywall/lathers,
hardwood floor layers, insulators, Mill & Cabinet makers,
scaffold erectors, shingles
n/a n/a
Field Ironworkers Apprenticeship & Training Program Benicia 17.7 mi Steel and cable reinforcing in concrete construction (rebar work),
erections of steel skeleton of buildings, window wall and curtain wall exteriors, rigging of heavy machinery and welding
n/a n/a
Intercoast Colleges Fairfield
Elk Grove

7.5 mi
39.6 mi

Administrative Medical Assistant, Alcohol & Drug Counseling,
Business Technology and Administration,
Computerized Accounting, Electrical, HVAC Technician,
Practical Nursing, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant,
Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician, Multimedia Specialist,
Paralegal Specialist, Pharmacy Technician



ITT Technical Institute Concord

21.0 mi
35.8 mi

Business Management, Criminology & Forensic
Technology (Concord),Drafting & Design Technology,
Electrical Engineering & Communications Technology,
Electrical Engineering Technology, Graphic Communications
and Design, Information Systems & Cybersecurity,
Mobile Communication Technology, Network Systems Administration, Paralegal , Project Management & Administration (Construction/IT)



Golden State College of Court Reporting Dublin 41.7 mi Court reporting, transcription & captioning 47 6
Le Cordon Bleu

San Francisco


41.6 mi

36.1 mi
Culinary Arts Programs, Baking and Pastry Arts Programs, Online Programs, Cooking Classes for Culinary Enthusiasts



Miami Ad School San Francisco 40.7 mi Advertising 81 71
MTI Business College, Inc.  Stockton 42.1 mi Business Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services;
Computer & Information Sciences & Support Services;
Health Professions & Programs; Legal Professions & Studies
120 91
MTI College Sacramento 44.6 mi Business Management, Marketing, & Related Support Services;
Computer & Information Sciences & Support Services;
Health Professions & Programs; Personal & Culinary Services
919 491
National Holistic Institute Emeryville 34.3 mi Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Massage 675 594
Northern California Sound & Communication JATC Sacramento 42.7 mi Telecommunications Installers/Technicians work in construction
environment installing circuits and equipment for telephones,
computer networks, video distribution systems, security and
access control systems, and other low voltage systems including,
but not limited to: Fiber Optic Networks, Security Installations, Voice Data Video Technologies, Audio/Video Systems, and Fire and Life Safety Systems.
n/a n/a
Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation – SMART Fairfield 6.1 mi Building trades sheet metal, air condition mechanic (building trades), test and balance (building trades) n/a n/a
Solano Community College Fairfield 3.9 mi Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences,
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services,
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services,
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services,
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields,
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Health Professions
and Related Programs, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement,
Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Legal Professions
and Studies, Mechanic and Repair Technologies/ Technicians,
Personal and Culinary Services, Precision Production,
Public Administration and Social Service Professions,
n/a 174
Solano College SBDC Fairfield 6.5 mi Fundamentals of Globalization: Analyzing the Global Environment,
Managing in a Global Environment, The Global Context;
Strategies for Globalization; Key Aspects of the American
Work Environment; Communicating Successfully in the
American Workplace; The Essentials of Budgeting for Non-financial
Professionals; Analyzing Financial Statements for Non-financial
Professionals; The Time Value of Money and Investment Decisions
for Non-financial Professionals; Financial Statements for Non-financial
Professionals; Five-Star Services for Hospitality Employees, Five-Star
Services for Hospitality Managers; Essentials of Interviewing and Hiring:
Screening Applicants for Interviewing, Conducting an Effective Interview;
Recruiting Talent; Retaining Your Talent Pool, Essentials of Interviewing and Hiring: Preparing to Interview, Behavioral Interview Techniques, Selecting the Right Candidate
n/a n/a
Solano-Napa Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) Napa 9.0 mi Apprentices, journeymen, electrical, contractors n/a n/a
Underground Utility and Landscape Irrigation – US Local 355 Vallejo 17.4 mi Journeyman Landscape Fitter, Journeyman Utility Fitter n/a n/a
Unitek College


South San Francisco

42.4 mi

49.4 mi
Vocational Nurse, LVN to Registered Nurse, 2-stage Nursing degree, Bachelors degree Nurse, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician



University of Phoenix Fairfield   Business and management, Education, Nursing and Health Care, Criminal Justice, Arts and Sciences, Human Services, Psychology, Technology n/a n/a
Xavier College of Nursing Stockton 45.4mi LVN, Vocational Nurse training 54 55**
Total Students Enrolled   8,229  
Total Graduates   5,430
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2015 School Data, Distance is from Fairfield, County Seat, July 2016 *Includes online students not enrolled on campus;** Includes 1 yr & 2 yr certificates which crosses over a 2 year period