Cabrillo College sets a standard for encouraging its 14,000 students to get out into the bigger world and expose themselves to as much as possible. After all, this public community college in Aptos is named after the explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European explorer to navigate the coast of California! One of the most active transferrers of students to larger universities in the area, Cabrillo helps students transition smoothly from high school to a more rigorous academic atmosphere, via its 88 undergraduate majors in fields like anthropology, world languages and kinesiology. Campus life is rich at Cabrillo, offering over 30 registered organizations such as the Seahawk Metal Arts Club, Bhakti Yoga, and a robotics club. But if you don’t want to live on-campus, a full slate of distance-education classes is available here, supported by an online writing lab and mathematics learning center. As its vision emphasizes “innovation, creativity… and global awareness,” Cabrillo stands as one of the most solid stepping stones toward a lifelong career a young professional could ask for.