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 1,165 and the average acceptance rate is 67% 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$31,378$7,192
Test Scores1,386 SAT, 31 ACT 1,165 SAT, 25 ACT
Acceptance Rate31.55% 67.09%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)38.10% 39.51%
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 $50,226 for undergraduate programs $39,303 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in California is 1,386 and the acceptance rate is 31.55%. 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 15,9535% 1,495 SAT
33 ACT
4 to 1
2 California Institute of Technology
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Private, 4 yearsPasadena, CA
$56,862 $42,648 2,2407% 1,555 SAT
36 ACT
3 to 1
3 Pomona College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$54,774 $45,628 1,4759% 1,465 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
4 Claremont McKenna College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$56,475 $48,767 1,26413% 1,415 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)
$16,180 44,58914% 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)
$19,359 42,32717% 1,420 SAT
33 ACT
19 to 1
7 University of Southern California
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Private, 4 yearsLos Angeles, CA
$60,275 $39,909 46,28716% 1,435 SAT
32 ACT
9 to 1
8 Harvey Mudd College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$58,660 $38,365 85418% 1,530 SAT
35 ACT
8 to 1
9 Soka University of America
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Private, 4 yearsAliso Viejo, CA
$33,962 $37,120 40352% 1,295 SAT
29 ACT
7 to 1
10 Scripps College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$57,188 $40,756 95835% 1,400 SAT
31 ACT
9 to 1
11 University of California-San Diego
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Public, 4 yearsLa Jolla, CA
$44,402
($14,648)
$18,914 39,57637% 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 46286% 1,290 SAT
28 ACT
11 to 1
13 Pitzer College
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Private, 4 yearsClaremont, CA
$55,878 $41,614 92217% - 9 to 1
14 University of California-Santa Barbara
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Public, 4 yearsSanta Barbara, CA
$44,160
($14,406)
$18,590 26,17937% 1,345 SAT
31 ACT
18 to 1
15 University of California-Irvine
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Public, 4 yearsIrvine, CA
$43,507
($13,753)
$18,273 36,30330% 1,330 SAT
30 ACT
18 to 1
16 University of California-Davis
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Public, 4 yearsDavis, CA
$44,351
($14,597)
$17,476 39,07446% 1,280 SAT
29 ACT
20 to 1
17 Santa Clara University
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Private, 4 yearsSanta Clara, CA
$52,998 $26,780 8,61651% 1,360 SAT
30 ACT
11 to 1
18 Pepperdine University
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Private, 4 yearsMalibu, CA
$58,002 $29,601 9,55442% 1,305 SAT
29 ACT
13 to 1
19 Chapman University
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Private, 4 yearsOrange, CA
$57,214 $26,129 9,76158% 1,260 SAT
28 ACT
12 to 1
20 Occidental College
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Private, 4 yearsLos Angeles, CA
$56,576 $36,748 1,83941% 1,365 SAT
31 ACT
8 to 1
Average$50,226
($14,161)
$31,378 328,63631.55% 1,386 SAT
31.3158 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