California Coast University or CCU is a fully accredited private distance learning university located in Santa Ana, California. Founded in 1973 as California Western University, the school, whose name was changed to California Coast University in 1981, has never offered traditional classroom-based education. Since its founding, it has offered undergraduate and graduate degree programs either via correspondence programs or online classes. The students are left to decide the study method most convenient and effective for them. Although the university maintains its headquarters in Santa Ana, California, only the school administration and library facilities are housed there.
CCU was established to offer degree programs to students who may be eager to start or complete their higher education but are unable to do so because of their geographical, professional, or personal situation.
Programs offered include Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in business, education, management, and psychology. The university offers courses through four academic departments or schools; namely, School of Administration and Management; School of Behavioral Science; School of Education; and School of Criminal Justice.
Tuition at CCU is charged on a per unit basis. For Associate and Bachelor’ degrees, cost is US$150. For Master’s degrees, it’s US$230 and for Doctoral degrees, US$290.Textbooks are not included in the total cost although students can get their textbooks from CCU’s rental library for a minimal fee. As a form of assistance to help students settle their cost of tuition, flexible, interest-free payment plans are offered.
California Coast University holds accreditation through the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), an educational association located in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1926, it has become the agency that sets the standard for all distance education institutions.