California Best Colleges Comparison

View the California Best Colleges Comparison and compare the schools with key academic characteristics such as tuition and test scores to get right decision.
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Colleges In California Statistics

There are 800 colleges in California - 193 public and 607 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $19,928 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $22,218. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,188 and the average acceptance rate is 68% for California Best Colleges Comparison.
Next table shows the key academic facts for all colleges in California. You may want to check more statistics and compare all California colleges at California Statistics page.
2019-2020 Colleges In California Statistics
Top 20 colleges in CaliforniaAll colleges in California
Number of Schools20 schools
(6 public, 14 private)
800 schools
(193 public, 607 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$14,170 (in-state)
$51,230 (out-of-state)
$3,938 (in-state)
$19,928 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$13,551 (in-state)
$40,659 (out-of-state)
$11,486 (in-state)
$22,218 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$31,378$7,192
Test Scores1,408 SAT, 32 ACT 1,188 SAT, 26 ACT
Acceptance Rate30.15% 68.07%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)38.55% 41.22%
Population328,6362,692,376
Undergraduate229,9392,362,131
Graduate98,697330,245
Graduation Rate88.50%61.28%
Transfer-out Rate7.00%10.19%
Students to Faculty Ratio11.50 to 117.88 to 1

Top Colleges In California Comparison

Next table lists the top 20 colleges in California for academic year 2019-2020. Stanford University ranked top in the California Best Colleges Comparison and California Institute of Technology and Pomona College follows it. The 2020 average tuition & fees is $51,230 for undergraduate programs $40,659 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in California is 1,408 and the acceptance rate is 30.15%. The average students to faculty ratio is 11.50 to 1 for top colleges in California. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2019-2020 Top colleges in California Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 Stanford University
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Private, 4 yearsStanford, CA
$56,169 $53,346 15,9534% 1,520 SAT
35 ACT
4 to 1
2 California Institute of Technology
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Private, 4 yearsPasadena, CA
$58,680 $42,648 2,2404% 1,555 SAT
36 ACT
3 to 1
3 Pomona College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$56,686 $45,628 1,4757% 1,520 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
4 Claremont McKenna College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$58,111 $48,767 1,26411% 1,475 SAT
34 ACT
8 to 1
5 University of California-Los Angeles
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Public, 4 yearsLos Angeles, CA
$43,012
($13,258)
$16,180 44,58911% 1,415 SAT
32 ACT
18 to 1
6 University of California-Berkeley
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Public, 4 yearsBerkeley, CA
$43,980
($14,226)
$19,359 42,32714% 1,420 SAT
33 ACT
19 to 1
7 University of Southern California
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Private, 4 yearsLos Angeles, CA
$61,503 $39,909 46,28713% 1,475 SAT
34 ACT
9 to 1
8 Harvey Mudd College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$60,703 $38,365 85410% 1,520 SAT
35 ACT
8 to 1
9 Soka University of America
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Private, 4 yearsAliso Viejo, CA
$34,166 $37,120 40352% 1,303 SAT
26 ACT
7 to 1
10 Scripps College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$58,442 $40,756 95830% 1,450 SAT
33 ACT
9 to 1
11 University of California-San Diego
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Public, 4 yearsLa Jolla, CA
$44,454
($14,700)
$18,914 39,57634% 1,375 SAT
31 ACT
19 to 1
12 Thomas Aquinas College
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Private, 4 yearsSanta Paula, CA
$26,000 $11,348 46283% 1,275 SAT
28 ACT
11 to 1
13 Pitzer College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$57,978 $41,614 92218% - 9 to 1
14 University of California-Santa Barbara
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Public, 4 yearsSanta Barbara, CA
$44,171
($14,417)
$18,590 26,17929% 1,345 SAT
31 ACT
18 to 1
15 University of California-Irvine
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Public, 4 yearsIrvine, CA
$43,529
($13,775)
$18,273 36,30329% 1,330 SAT
30 ACT
18 to 1
16 University of California-Davis
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Public, 4 yearsDavis, CA
$44,399
($14,645)
$17,476 39,07449% 1,280 SAT
29 ACT
20 to 1
17 Santa Clara University
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Private, 4 yearsSanta Clara, CA
$55,860 $26,780 8,61654% 1,410 SAT
32 ACT
11 to 1
18 Pepperdine University
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Private, 4 yearsMalibu, CA
$59,702 $29,601 9,55453% 1,350 SAT
28 ACT
13 to 1
19 Chapman University
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Private, 4 yearsOrange, CA
$58,634 $26,129 9,76160% 1,310 SAT
29 ACT
12 to 1
20 Occidental College
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Private, 4 yearsLos Angeles, CA
$58,426 $36,748 1,83938% 1,415 SAT
32 ACT
8 to 1
Average$51,230
($14,170)
$31,378 328,63630.15% 1,408 SAT
31.6842 ACT
11.50 to 1
*Ranking data provided by CollegeEvaluator.
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020