Guide to Orange County Colleges and Universities

Chapman University Building

Orange County is home to top-tier Universities, Colleges, Art Schools, and Community Colleges. Now that school’s back in session, we wanted to highlight these amazing institutions of higher learning right in our Atrium Hotel backyard. Most Colleges and Universities now offer flexible class times, online courses, and hybrid style classes to help you meet your education goals. 


Universities in Orange County


University of California, Irvine

UC Irvine is a top school within the University of California system that excels as a premier Institute and research facility. It is one of the 63 universities selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities


Chapman University 

Chapman University is a highly ranked and trendy school located in the beautiful city of Orange, CA. Known for it’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts and a well rounded liberal arts philosophy, Chapman is a great option for undergraduate learning. 


California State University Fullerton (CSUF)


CSUF is a comprehensive regional university with seven colleges and approximately 1,900 faculty members. Students have plenty of options for study in choosing from 100+ degree programs with 46 of those at the graduate level. 


Hope International University 

Hope International is a Private Christian University in the heart of beautiful Fullerton, California. They are a regionally accredited University with bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, certificate programs, and credential programs. Popular offerings include educational programs for Biblical Studies, business, criminal justice, education, English literature, church ministry, psychology, music, and more.


Community Colleges in Orange County

Fullerton College

Founded back in 1913, Fullerton College is now one of the most accomplished community colleges in the country. It offers a wide range of academic programs with 90 majors that lead to an A.A. or A.S. degree. 


Golden West College 

Located in the famous beach city of Huntington, Golden West College is a distinguished member of the California Community College System and was founded in 1965. Serving over 13,000 students, the college is considered a mid-sized, two-year institution. 


Saddleback College 

Saddleback College has the most diverse range of class and program offerings of any community college in Orange County. The school is well known for its advanced degrees in Advanced Technology and Applied Science Programs, Aviation, Marine Science, Computer Science, Fashion Design, and plenty more. 



Irvine Valley College

Irvine Valley College is an accredited community college offering degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines including arts and athletics programs. Some of the programs are arts, business, counseling, humanities, engineering, kinesiology, language, life sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences. With more than 70 majors for two-year associate degrees, there’s something for every student.



Art Colleges in Orange County 


Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD)

LCAD is one of the top institutions for art and design in all of California, let alone the OC. Small class sizes and high tech computer labs merge technology with design and prepare students for careers in their chosen area of study. You can’t go wrong with this beautiful campus in the Laguna wilderness that has attracted world-class artists for over 100 years.


Visiting your son or daughter in college this fall? The Hotel Atrium is conveniently located directly across the street from John Wayne Airport and close to every major University in the area. If you’re looking for even more things to do around Orange County during your stay, check out our attractions page. Book your Orange County stay with Hotel Atrium today!



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