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Colleges in California

Colleges in California offer students a variety of experiences with a mix of small liberal arts colleges, art schools and large research institutions located throughout the state. Dozens of the approximately 100 four-year, degree-granting institutions in California for which U.S. News has information are publicly funded, including schools within the University of California system. The state is also home to many well-known private universities and colleges. Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego and the capital city of Sacramento are home to many of the top colleges in California.

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School Rank Tuition and Fees Undergrad Enrollment Acceptance Rate Average High School GPA SAT/ACT 75th Percentile
Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

Unranked, Arts Schools $23,240 11,801 100.0%
Alliant International University

San Diego, CA

Unranked, National Universities $19,300 683 N/A
American Jewish University

Bel-Air, CA

#167, National Liberal Arts Colleges $28,496 N/A 94.87%
Argosy University

Orange, CA

Unranked, National Universities N/A N/A N/A
Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, CA

Unranked, Arts Schools $35,552 1,657 81.11%
Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

#173, National Universities $32,256 6,224 52.3%
Biola University

La Mirada, CA

#177, National Universities $32,142 4,337 74.66%
Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Unranked, Regional Universities (West) $15,240 3,523 N/A
California Baptist University

Riverside, CA

#42, Regional Universities (West) $28,122 4,954 73.29%
California College of the Arts

San Francisco, CA

Unranked, Arts Schools $40,334 1,465 90.41%
California Institute of Integral Studies

San Francisco, CA

Unranked, National Universities $25,713 93 N/A
California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

#10, National Universities $41,538 997 11.76%
California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA

Unranked, Arts Schools $40,552 938 30.49%
California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

#18, Regional Universities (West) $35,720 2,804 47.26%
California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, CA

#2, Regional Colleges (West) $7,956

(in-state)

$20,604

(out-of-state)

974 75.08%
California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

#9, Regional Universities (West) $8,997

(in-state)

$20,157

(out-of-state)

17,680 31.25%
California State Polytechnic University--Pomona

Pomona, CA

#33, Regional Universities (West) $6,118

(in-state)

$17,278

(out-of-state)

20,542 52.18%
California State University--Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

#90, Regional Universities (West) $6,709

(in-state)

$18,367

(out-of-state)

N/A 66.95%
California State University--Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA

#66, Regional Universities (West) $6,216

(in-state)

$17,874

(out-of-state)

N/A 53.82%
California State University--Chico

Chico, CA

#42, Regional Universities (West) $8,906

(in-state)

$20,066

(out-of-state)

15,316 79.18%
California State University--Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA

RNP, Regional Universities (West) $6,095

(in-state)

$15,023

(out-of-state)

11,427 86.96%
California State University--East Bay

Hayward, CA

#90, Regional Universities (West) $6,927

(in-state)

$16,119

(out-of-state)

11,450 58.31%
California State University--Fresno

Fresno, CA

#36, Regional Universities (West) $6,286

(in-state)

$9,742

(out-of-state)

19,719 58.15%
California State University--Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

#35, Regional Universities (West) $6,182

(in-state)

$17,342

(out-of-state)

32,379 45.79%
California State University--Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

#32, Regional Universities (West) $6,240

(in-state)

$17,400

(out-of-state)

30,931 30.85%
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