Beach Schools, Colleges and Universities

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The University of California, Santa Barbara

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Definition of Beach Schools:

SCUBA? Snorkel, Surf, Waterboard, Kayak before breakfast?

Yes, you can.

There are Beach Schools, just as there are Engineering Schools,(Colleges) Medical Schools, Law Schools, and Fine Arts Schools. Many of these colleges have surfing programs for academic credit, and many have famous surfing alumnus.

Colleges in this category are distinguishable by the following characteristics:

  • On a beach or less than one mile from the sand and surf

  • Students, especially freshmen, are at risk of academic failure if they become addicted to the those warm, sandy expanses

  • Warm at least five-sixths of the year

  • Students are familiar with surfing, or can speak the language of Dude

  • Students who attend these institutions frequently express an interest in partying

  • Generally speaking, students are never unaware of the presence of the Ocean <61 feet away

  • Many of these schools offer an excellent education, and rigorous classes, with the option of a mid-night bonfire on the shore, with plenty of kegs to provide stress relief

  • Many of these students are blonds

  • Flip Flops are considered haute couture

  • Students wear shorts, or as little as possible for all but the very coldest days of the year

  • A Beach School is an Ocean School, but an Ocean School is not necessarily a Beach School

  • These colleges are most often found in the following states: California, Florida, Hawaii, and Texas

  • We are including the University of Rhode Island (Whaaat?)

Welcome to the Lands of Sand, Surf and Sun

You can also check out colleges located near, but not on "The Beach."

Apply Here: Admissions for all U.S. Public Colleges and Universities


The University of California, Santa Cruz

California State University, Monterey Bay

The University of California at Santa Barbara is the only school I know of that has its very own beach. THE ultimate Beach School.

Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

California State University, Long Beach

Scripps School of Oceanography

Nazarene University at Pt. Loma, California

University of California, San Diego

Bonzai Pipeline Country

Brigham Young University - Laie, Hawaii

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Hawaii Pacific University

University of Hawaii at Hilo

University of Hawaii at Manoa

On to Texas

The University of Texas at Brownsville

Texas A and M, Corpus Christi

Texas A and M at Galveston


Grantham University


Spring Hill College - Mobile

University of Mobile

University of South Alabama - Mobile

Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach


University of West Florida, Pensacola

Clearwater Christian College

Eckerd College, St. Petersburg

New College of Florida

Ringling School of Art and Design

Florida Gulf Coast University

Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale

Barry University, North Miami Shores

Palm Beach Atlantic, West Palm Beach, Florida

Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne

Bethune-Cookman College - Fla.

Flagler College, St. Augustine

Coastal Carolina University

The University of Rhode Island

Schools close to ski slopes

Party Schools

College Rowing, Crew

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