California has long been known as one of the country’s most diverse states, home to immigrants from Central America, the Asian Pacific, and countries worldwide. Statewide, nearly one in three Californians is Catholic compared to 24% nationwide, and fewer Californians are Protestant — 36% compared to 51% nationally. California is diverse in religion, home to members of many faiths including Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus. Additionally, more than one in five Californians is religiously unaffiliated.
Education in California
California is home to more college students than any other state by a longshot. The state boasts more than 2.7 million students?1.2 million more than Texas, which ranks second in college enrollment. While the state’s enrollment growth between 2005 and 2010 was 13.1%, well below the national average of 20.2%, the state has seen an increase of more than one million students since fall 1990, and more nearly 500,000 students since fall 2000?that’s more students than many states have total.
As one might expect, California is also home to more colleges and universities than any other state, and nearly 10% of all degree-granting institutions in the United States. While many of the state’s colleges are public, there are also many Christian colleges in California.
Students who want to attend a California Christian college have options to fit any faith-based, geographic, scheduling, career-centered, or activity-centered needs, from mid-sized Pepperdine University in Malibu or Biola University in La Mirada, to tiny John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego. One of the largest seminaries in the world, Fuller Theological Seminary, calls Pasadena home and has expanded to campuses across the state and country.
Working in California
When people think about careers and industries in California, people might first think about technology in Silicon Valley, wineries in Napa Valley, entertainment in Hollywood, and tourism statewide. While those who work in the state’s most famous industries can expect some career growth — software developers will see a 31.9% increase in growth by 2020, and those in hospitality will average 26.5% growth — according to the state, there are 100 top occupations in other fields that will see major growth between 2010 and 2020.
The field that will see the greatest percentage of growth, 67.5%, is biomedical engineering. Market research analysts and marketing specialists will see 45.8% growth; medical scientists can expect 41.4% growth; museum curators can expect 40% growth, and marriage and family therapists will see 39.3% growth.
Colleges in California find themselves at the forefront of the quest to train and develop the state’s future workforce. Students who enroll in one of the state’s Christian colleges can earn degrees in fields such as engineering, business, education, communications, and psychology, with the benefit of higher education through a Christian worldview. California’s Christian colleges also offer degrees in youth and family ministry, theology, Biblical languages, and preaching.
To find the Christian college in California that best meets your needs, search our list of schools to search below.