Higher Education


Reap the rewards of higher education in South Coast Metro. Whether you’re looking to earn an undergraduate degree, or an MBA, law or other advanced degree, or learn another language, opportunities for a brighter and more rewarding future are nearby. Continue learning from gifted educators as well as experienced professionals with practical certificate and degree programs that directly impact professional performance.

California Southern University


Founded in 1978, California Southern University offers accredited bachelor’s master’s and doctoral degree programs – as well as certificate programs – in business, criminal justice, psychology, law, nursing and education. All programs are offered online, ideal for adult students who are able to study on their own schedules.

National University


3390 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa

WASC-accredited National University on Harbor Boulevard offers flexibility, convenience and an accelerated degree path in fields such as arts and humanities, mathematics and natural sciences, psychology and social sciences with small class sizes, a one-course-per-month format, and an onsite computer lab.

Orange County Lingual Institute


600 Anton Blvd., Suite B, Costa Mesa

The Orange County Lingual Institute at South Coast Plaza is a premier language school offering an unparalleled and comprehensive schedule of class in multiple languages. Adults can learn a language at a very reasonable pace while enjoying life in Orange County, maintaining a job, and being involved in their family life.

Sofia University


Since 1975, Sofia University has aspired to be a leader in transformative higher education offering students an education that transcends beyond a traditional learning environment. Students of Sofia are passionate individuals that recognize the need to be a part of something greater than themselves and seek an education that will provide them with the tools to empower not only themselves but their community as well. Today, Sofia University continues to expand its undergraduate and graduate programs to include business and technology while remaining committed to its transformative values.

University of Redlands – SCM Campus


200 E. Sandpointe Ave., Suite 300, Santa Ana

A branch campus of nonprofit University of Redlands, conveniently located in Hutton Center, serves adults seeking career advancement, networking and entrepreneurial opportunities by completing a bachelor’s degree in business or management, seeking a master’s degree in management, earning an MBA and more.

Schools within 10 miles of South Coast Plaza

South Coast KinerCare

Segerstrom High School

TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy

Greenville Fundamental School

Thorpe Elementary School

Saddleback High School

Taft Elementary School

Mater Dei High School

MacArthur Intermediate School

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Faith Christian Preschool

Halstrom Academy - Newport Beach

Maranatha Christian Academy

Mariners Christian School

Montessori Harbor - Mesa Elementary School

Renascence School International Orange County

St. Anne's School

Newport Christian School

School of Our Lady

Christian Montessori School

Calvary Christian School