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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.


School Rank Tuition and Fees Undergrad Enrollment Acceptance Rate Average High School GPA SAT/ACT 75th Percentile
California State University--Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

RNP, Regional Universities (West) $6,335




18,074 67.52%
California State University--Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA

#66, Regional Universities (West) $5,963




5,194 44.4%
California State University--Northridge

Northridge, CA

#60, Regional Universities (West) $6,296




31,119 46.24%
California State University--Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

#66, Regional Universities (West) $6,602




25,541 69.68%
California State University--San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA

#57, Regional Universities (West) $6,549




15,885 58.3%
California State University--San Marcos

San Marcos, CA

#70, Regional Universities (West) $7,064




9,928 61.92%
California State University--Stanislaus

Turlock, CA

#57, Regional Universities (West) $6,664




7,621 72.15%
Chapman University

Orange, CA

#7, Regional Universities (West) $43,554 5,677 43.59%
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, CA

Unranked $11,856 N/A N/A
Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

#9, National Liberal Arts Colleges $45,625 1,264 13.6%
Cogswell Polytechnical College

Sunnyvale, CA

Unranked, Regional Colleges (West) $19,668 392 49.38%
Concordia University

Irvine, CA

#63, Regional Universities (West) $29,630 1,738 69.47%
Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

#31, Regional Universities (West) $40,600 1,628 76.47%
Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

#42, Regional Universities (West) $25,716 2,764 82.07%
Golden Gate University

San Francisco, CA

Unranked, Regional Universities (West) $14,400 521 N/A
Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

#16, National Liberal Arts Colleges $46,509 783 19.24%
Holy Names University

Oakland, CA

#75, Regional Universities (West) $33,020 890 51.08%
Hope International University

Fullerton, CA

#22, Regional Colleges (West) $26,050 1,165 55.58%
Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA

#53, Regional Universities (West) $7,138




7,597 79.7%
Humphreys College

Stockton, CA

Unranked, Regional Colleges (West) $11,160 N/A N/A
John F. Kennedy University

Pleasant Hill, CA

Unranked, Regional Universities (West) N/A N/A N/A
La Sierra University

Riverside, CA

#88, Regional Universities (West) $29,103 2,048 48.47%
Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, CA

Unranked, Arts Schools $26,500 457 48.83%
Life Pacific College

San Dimas, CA

Unranked N/A N/A N/A
Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

Unranked N/A N/A N/A
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