The Best California Colleges

List of Colleges and Universities in California

There are 280 colleges and universities in California enrolling 1,389,689 full time students. Explore the list of top colleges in California below to get your college search started. The CollegeSimply rankings and listings are objective and data focused to help you find the good colleges. Whether you're searching for a public, private or community college, this guide to universities in California offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

For a more local search, filter by zip code or find colleges around Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco or Long Beach.

The best college in California is Stanford University and the top public state college is University of California Berkeley.

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    • SAT Range 1420/1570
    • ACT Range 32/35
    • Average HS GPA 4.18
    • Students: 17,381
    • Tuition:$51,354
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 4%
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    Stanford University

    • SAT Range 1400/1540
    • ACT Range 31/34
    • Average HS GPA 3.89*
    • Students: 1,573
    • Tuition:$52,780
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 8%
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    Pomona College

    • SAT Range 1530/1580
    • ACT Range 35/36
    • Average HS GPA 3.97*
    • Students: 2,233
    • Tuition:$52,362
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 7%
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    California Institute of Technology

    • SAT Range 1320/1530
    • ACT Range 31/35
    • Average HS GPA 3.86
    • Students: 42,501
    • Tuition:$14,184
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 15%
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    University of California Berkeley

    • SAT Range 1350/1500
    • ACT Range 31/34
    • Average HS GPA 3.89*
    • Students: 1,327
    • Tuition:$54,405
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 9%
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    Claremont McKenna College

    • SAT Range 1350/1530
    • ACT Range 30/34
    • Average HS GPA 3.73
    • Students: 47,310
    • Tuition:$56,225
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 13%
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    University of Southern California

    • SAT Range 1290/1520
    • ACT Range 30/34
    • Average HS GPA 4.29
    • Students: 44,537
    • Tuition:$13,226
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 14%
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    University of California Los Angeles

    • SAT Range 1490/1560
    • ACT Range 34/35
    • Average HS GPA 3.96*
    • Students: 902
    • Tuition:$56,620
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 14%
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    Harvey Mudd College

    • SAT Range 1300/1480
    • ACT Range 30/33
    • Average HS GPA 4.13
    • Students: 1,071
    • Tuition:$55,024
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
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    Scripps College

    • SAT Range 1260/1470
    • ACT Range 27/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.82*
    • Students: 37,887
    • Tuition:$14,167
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 30%
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    University of California San Diego