Tuition and Living Costs Comparison Between University of California Branches

University of California is a public school established in 1868. Under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, the University of California is a part of the state's three-tier public higher education system, which also includes the California State University system and the California Community Colleges system [from wiki]. The University of California, largest college in CA state, has 10 main branches over the state. They share educational philosophy, but they are different form each other in detail points.



Following table summarizes each branch of the University of California.

LocationSchool TypeDegree OfferCampus SettingCampus Housing Distance Learning
BerkeleyBerkeley, CAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, Post BS, MS, Post MS, OtherCity - MidsizeYesNo
DavisDavis, CAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, Post BS, MS, Post MS, OtherSub-urban - SmallYesYes
IrvineIrvine, CAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, Post BS, MS, OtherCity - MidsizeYesYes
Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, MS, Post MS, OtherCity - LargeYesYes
MercedMerced, CAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, MS, OtherRural - FringeYesNo
RiversideRiverside, CAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, Post BS, MS, Post MS, OtherCity - LargeYesNo
San DiegoLa Jolla, CAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, MS, Post MS, OtherCity - LargeYesNo
San FranciscoSan Francisco, CAPublic, 4-year or HighPost BS, MS, Post MS, OtherCity - LargeYesYes
Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, Post BS, MS, Post MS, OtherSub-urban - Midsize;YesYes
Santa CruzSanta Cruz, CAPublic, 4-year or HighBS, Post BS, MS, OtherCity - SmallYesNo

Tuition and Living Costs Comparison
Considering tuition and living costs, same tuition rate is applied for all branches - in-state and out-of-state tuition. They decide the same tuition rates in 2009. (see 10 year University of California tuition rates) However, each school requires different fees and supplemental costs. Of course, living costs varies depending on the city in which each school is located - UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UCLA have higher living costs.

University Of California Tuition Comparison (Undergraduate, 2012)
In-StateOut-0f-State
TuitionRequired FeesBook & SuppliesLiving CostsTuitionRequired FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs
Berkeley$ 11,220$ 1,614$ 1,202$ 18,596$ 34,098$ 1,614$ 1,202$ 18,596
Davis$ 11,220$ 2,640$ 1,589$ 15,750$ 34,098$ 2,640$ 1,589$ 15,750
Irvine$ 11,220$ 1,902$ 1,553$ 14,750$ 34,098$ 1,902$ 1,553$ 14,750
Los Angeles$ 11,220$ 1,466$ 1,509$ 17,361$ 34,098$ 1,466$ 1,509$ 17,361
Merced$ 11,220$ 1,850$ 1,385$ 17,483$ 34,098$ 1,850$ 1,385$ 17,483
Riverside$ 11,220$ 1,704$ 1,766$ 15,645$ 34,098$ 1,704$ 1,766$ 15,645
San Diego$ 11,220$ 1,980$ 1,456$ 14,850$ 34,098$ 1,980$ 1,456$ 14,850
Santa Cruz$ 11,220$ 2,196$ 1,400$ 18,199$ 34,098$ 2,196$ 1,400$ 18,199

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