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California Coast University

75 Reviews

Locations:   Santa Ana (CA) 

Annual Tuition: $5,355

92% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
92% of students said they would recommend this school to others
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G.C. Riley

Reviewed: 9/12/2023

Degree: Counseling Psychology

I was working on my Doctorate by distance learning, on paper, not online. I finished all my course work on paper and I was living in another country. I was sending my proposal for my thesis and each time, I was turned down. They requested that I get with a professor. The professor wrote what I needed to do, but I had been doing that. And then nothing. No more response. So, when I returned to the US, I tried calling, and left messages, but no reply. In 2012, I got my 2nd Masters in School Counseling... Read More


Reviewed: 8/11/2023

Degree: Psychology

CCU is by far the best education I acquired. They are also military friendly which is a huge plus if you are Active Duty or work as a Federal Gov't employees trying to pursue higher education degrees while working full time and have families, as well as other obligations in our busy schedules. As many other reviews already provided some overview the CCU courses are self-paced and corresponded with sufficient support with curriculums. CCU libraries are also helpful for a great rent a book program... Read More

Daniel Minton

Reviewed: 7/26/2023

Degree: Business

Cheap, self-paced, quality curriculum, interest free financial aid in the full amount. I’m going to pursue my Masters and potentially beyond with CCU. I am incredibly pleased with them. I recommend CCU to all my friends and family when college is mentioned.

Brian M

Reviewed: 6/23/2023

Degree: Criminal Justice

The only review you need - June 2023 After reading the reviews (most of the bad ones are really old) I felt compelled to offer my review having just completed my Bachelor's degree this week. Though CCU is not your traditional college, it definitely has its place in further education. It is super convenient for someone like me who works full-time+, on top of having a two kid family. I was referred to CCU by a former student because I had limited time to complete my degree for an upcoming LT promotional... Read More

Jack S

Reviewed: 8/14/2022

Degree: Business Administration

I just graduated from CCU in June with a BS in Business Administration. It took me 2 years to complete the degree. Since graduating and posting on Linked In, I've been consistently contacted by recruiters. Last week, I accepted a position at a consulting firm for a junior analyst position with a salary in the mid 80s. I'm 25 years old and feel earning this degree was one of the smartest investments I will ever make in myself. Because the degree is accredited, I encountered zero problems. My new employer... Read More


Reviewed: 3/10/2021

Degree: Psychology

TLDR; *Seems* shady, but actually accepted by other schools and state/federal entities. I have mixed feelings. The school *does* seem shady from the web site design and marketing. However, they are accredited. I can tell you that multiple states do accept these credits towards psych licensure. Yes, you do have to pay to retake classes/exams if you fail. That is every school, including brick/mortar. So study. I never failed a test there though. When I attended in 2007, you had to have finals proctored... Read More

Stephen Strunk

Reviewed: 11/2/2019

Degree: Psychology

I attended Christopher Newport University (BA), Old Dominion University (MS), and Virginia Commonwealth University (post-graduate Counseling Certificate). California Coast University is where I earned my Ph.D. in Psychology. I found the degree to be challenging and rewarding. It also opened many employment opportunities and gave me a solid education at the graduate level. CCU is accredited and a great deal for someone who is trying to finish graduate work while being employed full-time.

Andy Ash

Reviewed: 5/12/2019

Degree: Business Administration

This school help me achieve my goal of graduation with a 4 year degree. I had previously attended another school for my associates degree and all my credits transfered. The education was challenging and rewarding and I am proud to have graduated Magna Cum Laude. The staff, from enrollment to graduation are helpful and the feedback I received invaluable. Thank you for making my experience with California Coast University one I will remember and be proud of.


Reviewed: 7/15/2018

Degree: Criminal Justice

I am very satisfied with my experience with CCU. I used my GI Bill to complete my bachelor's degree with no issues. The staff and veterans assistance staff were amazing. They handled all of my concerns in a timely manner. My degree earned my a raise at my current job and I can't thank CCU enough. I am currently enrolled in their masters program for criminal justice and am having a similar experience. Thank you, if you choose CCU you will not be disappointed.


Reviewed: 6/21/2018

Degree: Psychology

Overall great school, staff and faculty always available to help out. Very understanding programs for those who work full time and are looking to get more schooling under their belt. They understand that when you work 40+ hours a week and are a parent the flexibility that they offer is so important.

Jamal Barghouti

Reviewed: 9/11/2017

Degree: Business

Faculty and Advisors support from first course to graduation was excellent. Someone always answered my phone calls. Books were available at the University. I studied hard and was evaluated sincerely, honestly, and fairly. My field research was well worth it and my work was published in the Journal of Business Ethics - USA. My degree made a huge difference in my life, especially when I decided to teach after retiring as an engineer. My company also covered the cost, fees, books, and travel to present... Read More


Reviewed: 8/22/2017

Degree: Psychology

I am currently enrolled in the Ed.D program and can highly recommend it. Communication, infrastructure and administration are efficient and the staff are approachable. I usually get email responses immediately. Essay feedback has so far been quite thorough. If you're looking for a program that is business-like and straightforward, this has to be the most affordable, accessible, accredited professional doctorate out there. No mind-games or jargon. A particularly good choice for mature, returning or... Read More


Reviewed: 8/14/2017

Degree: Psychology

I had an overall great experience at California Coast. I get that there are places that might not readily accept CCU credits while there are many more that will.The whole national versus regional accreditation seems to depend on where you live. My state licensing board had no problem with my credits from CCU. The acceptance for DEAC seems to be growing as online education becomes more commonplace. My education at CCU overall was excellent. The choice of texts were top notch.. My other graduate degree... Read More


Reviewed: 8/10/2017

Degree: Business Administration

This is not a traditional university and may not be suited for everyone. For a senior professional like myself, I found this an extremely useful option to gain knowledge and upgrade my qualification at a schedule suited for me. It does take longer than what they generally recommend. If you are self-starter and would like to get some value for your money, then I would not hesitate to recommend this option.


Reviewed: 7/2/2017

Degree: Educational Leadership

First: Administration responded to all my queries within twenty-four business hours. Second: School staff and administration enthusiastically supported my program progress. Lastly, and though nationally accredited, the course work is exceptional. My undergrad and masters were at regionally, brick-and-mortar institutions. Structured learning at CCU was on par with my experience at those institutions. Six years of continuous classwork and a dissertation (defense before a board required) have ended,... Read More

Bp. Tony Pascaretta

Reviewed: 5/23/2017

Degree: Clinical Psychology

I am very pleased, though it took me a long time to finish it, the degree is worth it. It has enhanced my professional standing as a therapist, college instructor, nurse and priest. This is an affordable and accessible program. This program took my work experience into account

Dennis McDonald

Reviewed: 4/6/2017

Degree: Management

CCU offers a great bargain in a high quality distance learning system. If you're looking for "life experience credits" it will not be at CCU. You earn your degree. However, some military schooling will provide some credits. I found the schools system of payments, electronic testing, library rental and student portal to be near flawless. The student success advisor I dealt with was phenomenal! (Ms B.). All the encouragement and advise anyone could ask for. I found it he course requirements very similar... Read More

Joe Schmoe

Reviewed: 1/24/2017

Degree: Criminal Justice

Let's face it, in this day in age you need a degree to help get you by. What is a degree? It's an award granted to you once you complete a series of requirements ( classes ). What is the result? A piece of paper with your name on it; thats it. I work in a profession where having a degree is respected, especially when promoting. I completed the Bachelor of Science program in Criminal Justice at CCU and I can tell you firsthand this was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. Between having... Read More


Reviewed: 1/11/2017

Degree: Business Administration

California Coast University is an excellent educational choice for mature, disciplined, responsible adults who bring years of life experiences to their quest for academic attainment. Like any online school whether it is nationally or regionally accredited the student who will benefit most from the online delivery system and independent teaching method is the established adult learner. I know firsthand; I have completed many different business courses and certificate programs over the last 20 years... Read More


Reviewed: 1/9/2017

Degree: Business Administration

If I hadn't found CCU, I don't know how long it would have taken me to finish even my Associates... Classes are hard to come by at Brick and Mortar schools (fill up quickly) especially when you work full time. The self-paced program was perfect for how I like to learn and gave me the time to absorb the material. The payment options being interest free was huge. Achieving my Associates allowed me to qualify (in addition to job experience) to sit for a professional certification I have been wanting... Read More

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