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 779 colleges in California - 193 public and 586 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $19,745 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $22,020. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,174 and the average acceptance rate is 65% 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)
779 schools
(193 public, 586 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$14,161 (in-state)
$50,226 (out-of-state)
$3,820 (in-state)
$19,745 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$13,554 (in-state)
$39,303 (out-of-state)
$11,470 (in-state)
$22,020 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$29,942$7,001
Test Scores1,393 SAT, 31 ACT 1,174 SAT, 25 ACT
Acceptance Rate27.30% 65.17%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)38.10% 39.51%
Population326,9592,779,749
Undergraduate229,2972,468,707
Graduate97,662311,042
Graduation Rate88.70%60.29%
Transfer-out Rate5.83%12.10%
Students to Faculty Ratio12.10 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 $50,226 for undergraduate programs $39,303 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in California is 1,393 and the acceptance rate is 27.30%. The average students to faculty ratio is 12.10 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 $47,106 17,3814% 1,505 SAT
34 ACT
5 to 1
2 California Institute of Technology
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Private, 4 yearsPasadena, CA
$56,862 $39,500 2,2336% 1,545 SAT
36 ACT
3 to 1
3 Pomona College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$54,774 $49,900 1,5737% 1,465 SAT
34 ACT
7 to 1
4 Claremont McKenna College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$56,475 $41,960 1,32710% 1,435 SAT
33 ACT
8 to 1
5 University of California-Los Angeles
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Public, 4 yearsLos Angeles, CA
$43,003
($13,249)
$18,913 44,53712% 1,415 SAT
32 ACT
18 to 1
6 University of California-Berkeley
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Public, 4 yearsBerkeley, CA
$44,066
($14,312)
$18,993 42,50116% 1,430 SAT
33 ACT
20 to 1
7 University of Southern California
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Private, 4 yearsLos Angeles, CA
$60,275 $37,647 47,31011% 1,445 SAT
33 ACT
9 to 1
8 Harvey Mudd College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$58,660 $34,661 90214% 1,530 SAT
34 ACT
8 to 1
9 Soka University of America
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Private, 4 yearsAliso Viejo, CA
$33,962 $34,570 44240% 1,335 SAT
29 ACT
8 to 1
10 Scripps College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$57,188 $31,329 1,07132% 1,412 SAT
32 ACT
10 to 1
11 University of California-San Diego
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Public, 4 yearsLa Jolla, CA
$44,402
($14,648)
$18,306 37,88731% 1,370 SAT
30 ACT
19 to 1
12 Thomas Aquinas College
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Private, 4 yearsSanta Paula, CA
$26,000 $13,303 40779% 1,270 SAT
29 ACT
11 to 1
13 Pitzer College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$55,878 $40,297 1,07214% - 10 to 1
14 University of California-Santa Barbara
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Public, 4 yearsSanta Barbara, CA
$44,160
($14,406)
$18,427 25,97630% 1,355 SAT
31 ACT
22 to 1
15 University of California-Irvine
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Public, 4 yearsIrvine, CA
$43,507
($13,753)
$18,644 36,03227% 1,295 SAT
29 ACT
18 to 1
16 University of California-Davis
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Public, 4 yearsDavis, CA
$44,351
($14,597)
$17,917 38,16739% 1,290 SAT
28 ACT
20 to 1
17 Santa Clara University
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Private, 4 yearsSanta Clara, CA
$52,998 $26,392 8,64249% 1,360 SAT
30 ACT
10 to 1
18 Pepperdine University
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Private, 4 yearsMalibu, CA
$58,002 $30,372 7,96132% 1,340 SAT
30 ACT
14 to 1
19 Chapman University
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Private, 4 yearsOrange, CA
$57,214 $24,669 9,60856% 1,285 SAT
28 ACT
13 to 1
20 Occidental College
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Private, 4 yearsLos Angeles, CA
$56,576 $35,931 1,93037% 1,390 SAT
30 ACT
9 to 1
Average$50,226
($14,161)
$29,942 326,95927.30% 1,393 SAT
31.3158 ACT
12.10 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