2021 California Best College Rankings

At a Glance

Stanford University ranked first and California Institute of Technology ranked second in California college rankings. The 2020 average tuition & fees of the California best colleges is $25,708 for California residents and $32,567 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 57.63% and the average SAT score is 1,192. The average number of student population is 11,000 and the average student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1.
Below statements summarize the average statistics of tuition, admission, and more academic factors for California best colleges. For the statistics, we only include 4 years colleges such as national universities and liberal arts colleges.
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California Best Colleges Comparison Table

RankCollege NameUndergraduate Tuition & FeesGraduate Tuition & FeesSAT ScoreAcceptance RatePopulationGraduation RateStudent to Faculty Ratio
1Stanford University
Stanford, CA
$56,169$53,1511,5054.00%17,38194%5 to 1
2California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
$56,862$56,6491,5456.00%2,23394%3 to 1
3Pomona College
Claremont, CA
$54,774-1,4657.00%1,57393%7 to 1
4Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, CA
$56,475$64,2881,43510.00%1,32791%8 to 1
5University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
$43,003$28,1311,41512.00%44,53792%18 to 1
6University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
$44,066$29,3471,43016.00%42,50193%20 to 1
7University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
$60,275$48,7151,44511.00%47,31092%9 to 1
8Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA
$58,660-1,53014.00%90292%8 to 1
9Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, CA
$33,962$33,9621,33540.00%44289%8 to 1
10Scripps College
Claremont, CA
$57,188$46,7741,41232.00%1,07190%10 to 1
11University of California-San Diego
La Jolla, CA
$44,402$28,6311,37031.00%37,88787%19 to 1
12Thomas Aquinas College
Santa Paula, CA
$26,000-1,27079.00%40784%11 to 1
13Pitzer College
Claremont, CA
$55,878--14.00%1,07285%10 to 1
14University of California-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
$44,160$28,6561,35530.00%25,97683%22 to 1
15University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA
$43,507$28,4561,29527.00%36,03284%18 to 1
16University of California-Davis
Davis, CA
$44,351$28,7001,29039.00%38,16787%20 to 1
17Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA
$52,998$23,5071,36049.00%8,64291%10 to 1
18Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA
$58,002$36,3201,34032.00%7,96186%14 to 1
19Chapman University
Orange, CA
$57,214$35,1051,28556.00%9,60881%13 to 1
20Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA
$56,576$56,5761,39037.00%1,93086%9 to 1
21University of California-Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
$43,779$28,9521,29051.00%19,70075%19 to 1
22University of San Diego
San Diego, CA
$52,864$28,4101,28049.00%9,07381%14 to 1
23Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Monterey, CA
$41,764$41,764--670-1 to 1
24California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA
$25,971$20,8811,34028.00%22,01382%21 to 1
25Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
$52,977$19,7561,32044.00%9,83880%10 to 1
26San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
$19,600$18,6581,21534.00%35,30373%27 to 1
27University of California-Riverside
Riverside, CA
$43,778$28,6861,23057.00%23,92276%23 to 1
28University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
$52,482$26,7101,23064.00%10,71375%13 to 1
29California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
$18,714$17,7841,14539.00%37,46674%23 to 1
30Biola University
La Mirada, CA
$43,512$11,7721,19570.00%6,10974%14 to 1
31The Master's University
Santa Clarita, CA
$28,740$10,5901,12067.00%2,05770%10 to 1
32Saint Mary's College of California
Moraga, CA
$50,660$33,5091,15081.00%3,88178%11 to 1
33University of Redlands
Redlands, CA
$52,500$22,8521,17076.00%4,59876%12 to 1
34Mills College
Oakland, CA
$30,770$36,2631,14876.00%1,25757%11 to 1
35California State University-Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
$19,378$18,437-81.00%10,81643%24 to 1
36University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA
$51,094$49,3741,24066.00%6,49371%13 to 1
37University of California-Merced
Merced, CA
$43,854$43,8541,09072.00%8,54469%20 to 1
38Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA
$47,910$16,5201,12591.00%1,77970%9 to 1
39California State University-Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
$18,833$17,8921,11553.00%40,28069%25 to 1
40California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Pomona, CA
$19,318$18,3771,14055.00%26,59869%28 to 1
41University of La Verne
La Verne, CA
$45,850$14,5261,11555.00%8,06473%14 to 1
42San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
$19,732$18,7901,14064.00%35,40064%26 to 1
43California State University-San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA
$18,832$17,9361,00069.00%20,23855%29 to 1
44California State University-Fresno
Fresno, CA
$18,523$17,5811,03558.00%25,13756%23 to 1
45Vanguard University of Southern California
Costa Mesa, CA
$36,550$16,1801,06549.00%2,16959%15 to 1
46Westmont College
Santa Barbara, CA
$48,180-1,21565.00%1,27779%11 to 1
47California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
$18,661$17,72398548.00%28,03652%24 to 1
48Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, CA
$38,300$11,8801,22574.00%4,59275%14 to 1
49California State University-Northridge
Northridge, CA
$18,897$17,9551,02059.00%40,21255%26 to 1
50California State University-Chico
Chico, CA
$19,744$18,8021,09072.00%17,57867%24 to 1
51Trident University International
Cypress, CA
$9,240$6,120-49.00%6,86111%16 to 1
52California State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, CA
$19,592$18,6611,04562.00%15,97254%25 to 1
53Simpson University
Redding, CA
$33,630$13,1401,03552.00%83445%11 to 1
54San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA
$18,886$17,9441,04567.00%29,77857%23 to 1
55Whittier College
Whittier, CA
$49,514$14,7421,12957.00%1,85272%11 to 1
56California State University-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
$19,298$18,3561,04082.00%31,90255%26 to 1
57California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA
$45,982$20,6001,16071.00%4,38368%16 to 1
58La Sierra University
Riverside, CA
$35,208$14,0701,03055.00%2,33947%12 to 1
59Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, CA
$33,452$15,0001,04066.00%4,29267%13 to 1
60Woodbury University
Burbank, CA
$42,596$41,6701,08066.00%1,17354%9 to 1
61Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA
$19,832$18,8901,07091.00%9,45962%23 to 1
62California Baptist University
Riverside, CA
$36,340$14,1401,10078.00%10,48663%14 to 1
63Brandman University
Irvine, CA
$12,480$12,320-89.00%8,76660%17 to 1
64California State University-Monterey Bay
Seaside, CA
$19,027$18,0811,06375.00%7,54063%24 to 1
65Providence Christian College
Pasadena, CA
$33,396--42.00%17141%15 to 1
66Holy Names University
Oakland, CA
$40,904$18,59080063.00%96048%7 to 1
67Concordia University-Irvine
Irvine, CA
$38,000$8,1211,10071.00%4,16263%16 to 1
68DeVry University-California
Ontario, CA
$17,808$17,552-95.00%2,49928%17 to 1
69Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA
$19,738$18,8021,08592.00%7,97249%21 to 1
70Hope International University
Fullerton, CA
$34,450$14,91699037.00%1,25354%13 to 1
71Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA
$41,410$16,5711,14567.00%10,09568%11 to 1
72Mount Saint Mary's University
Los Angeles, CA
$44,474$12,6121,04590.00%2,96565%9 to 1
73American Jewish University
Los Angeles, CA
$32,404$32,301-96.00%168100%7 to 1
74California State University-Stanislaus
Turlock, CA
$19,464$18,540-89.00%10,57759%22 to 1
75California State University-East Bay
Hayward, CA
$18,770$17,828-76.00%15,62850%26 to 1
76California State University-Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA
$18,821$17,884-77.00%16,73244%25 to 1
77California State University-Channel Islands
Camarillo, CA
$18,682$17,755-86.00%7,48854%22 to 1
78Notre Dame de Namur University
Belmont, CA
$36,596$17,362985100.00%1,49252%11 to 1
79Alliant International University
San Diego, CA
$13,680$24,615-67.00%3,78016%13 to 1
80Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA
----2,737--
81Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, CA
$35,639$36,380--1,882--
82National University
La Jolla, CA
$13,320$15,48096089.00%16,93029%19 to 1
83Northcentral University
La Jolla, CA
$12,474$18,095--10,535-1 to 1
84Antioch University-Los Angeles
Culver City, CA
$20,670$16,716--802-3 to 1
85Golden Gate University-San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
$16,095$19,705--2,515-14 to 1
86Touro University Worldwide
Los Alamitos, CA
$14,600$9,000--1,672100%9 to 1
87Keck Graduate Institute
Claremont, CA
$39,389$38,808--617--
89Antioch University-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
$18,120$19,283--344-3 to 1
90Academy of Art University
San Francisco, CA
$24,664$27,688--10,61645%14 to 1
91California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA
$20,980$22,188--1,452-12 to 1
92John F. Kennedy University
Pleasant Hill, CA
$8,500$8,500-100.00%975-6 to 1
93Ashford University
San Diego, CA
$14,278$14,664--34,7108%14 to 1
94Los Angeles Pacific University
San Dimas, CA
$10,800$10,800--2,36022%23 to 1
95California University of Management and Sciences
Anaheim, CA
$6,330$8,010--20-24 to 1
96United States University
San Diego, CA
$6,480$5,850--790-13 to 1
97Fielding Graduate University
Santa Barbara, CA
$17,295$17,292--989--
98International Technological University
San Jose, CA
$18,199$21,842--558--
99Marymount California University
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
$36,908$15,375--76133%17 to 1
101University of Phoenix-California
Ontario, CA
$9,552$16,752--6,95222%17 to 1
102University of the West
Rosemead, CA
$13,556$12,800--29117%10 to 1
105Presidio Graduate School
San Francisco, CA
$28,864$27,200--120--
Average$32,567$23,0741,19257.63%11,00065%15 to 1