California Colleges

List of Colleges and Universities in California for 2020

There are 280 colleges and universities in California enrolling 1,389,689 full time students in the state's institutions of higher education. 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.

California is home to popular nationally ranked institutions like Stanford University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California and San Diego State University.

The highest ranked college in California is Stanford University and the top rated public state college is University of California Berkeley. Local college options can be explored in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco or other cities.

280 results found

Stanford University
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Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Private 4 Year

4% acceptance rate

  • 17,381enrollment
  • $16,562net price
  • $51,354tuition
  • 1420-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 4.18Avg GPA
University of California Los Angeles
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Los Angeles, CA
University of California Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

14% acceptance rate

  • 44,537enrollment
  • $14,760net price
  • $13,226tuition
  • 1290-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 4.29Avg GPA
University of Southern California
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Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern California

Private 4 Year

13% acceptance rate

  • 47,310enrollment
  • $32,892net price
  • $56,225tuition
  • 1350-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA
San Diego State University
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San Diego, CA
San Diego State University

Public 4 Year

35% acceptance rate

  • 35,303enrollment
  • $13,363net price
  • $7,488tuition
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University of California Irvine
C
Irvine, CA
University of California Irvine

Public 4 Year

29% acceptance rate

  • 36,032enrollment
  • $13,944net price
  • $13,700tuition
  • 1190-1410SAT range
  • 25-33ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA
University of California Berkeley
C
Berkeley, CA
University of California Berkeley

Public 4 Year

15% acceptance rate

  • 42,501enrollment
  • $18,178net price
  • $14,184tuition
  • 1320-1530SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA
University of California Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara, CA
University of California Santa Barbara

Public 4 Year

32% acceptance rate

  • 25,976enrollment
  • $16,154net price
  • $14,391tuition
  • 1230-1460SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.96Avg GPA
University of California Davis
C
Davis, CA
University of California Davis

Public 4 Year

41% acceptance rate

  • 38,167enrollment
  • $16,446net price
  • $14,402tuition
  • 1160-1400SAT range
  • 24-32ACT range
  • 3.99Avg GPA
San Jose State University
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San Jose, CA
San Jose State University

Public 4 Year

55% acceptance rate

  • 35,400enrollment
  • $13,906net price
  • $7,796tuition
  • 1030-1260SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA
Pepperdine University
P
Malibu, CA
Pepperdine University

Private 4 Year

36% acceptance rate

  • 7,961enrollment
  • $36,372net price
  • $53,932tuition
  • 1220-1420SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
California State University Long Beach
C
Long Beach, CA
California State University Long Beach

Public 4 Year

31% acceptance rate

  • 37,466enrollment
  • $9,654net price
  • $6,798tuition
  • 1040-1250SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
University of California San Diego
C
La Jolla, CA
University of California San Diego

Public 4 Year

30% acceptance rate

  • 37,887enrollment
  • $14,616net price
  • $14,167tuition
  • 1260-1470SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.82*Avg GPA
San Francisco State University
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San Francisco, CA
San Francisco State University

Public 4 Year

72% acceptance rate

  • 29,778enrollment
  • $13,551net price
  • $7,260tuition
  • 950-1160SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA
University of San Francisco
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San Francisco, CA
University of San Francisco

Private 4 Year

65% acceptance rate

  • 10,713enrollment
  • $35,270net price
  • $48,066tuition
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Loyola Marymount University
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Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Marymount University

Private 4 Year

47% acceptance rate

  • 9,838enrollment
  • $42,459net price
  • $48,522tuition
  • 1210-1390SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA
University of San Diego
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San Diego, CA
University of San Diego

Private 4 Year

53% acceptance rate

  • 9,073enrollment
  • $38,592net price
  • $49,358tuition
  • 1190-1360SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.88Avg GPA
California State University Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA
California State University Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

42% acceptance rate

  • 28,036enrollment
  • $3,907net price
  • $6,749tuition
  • 890-1080SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 3.18Avg GPA
Santa Clara University
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Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara University

Private 4 Year

50% acceptance rate

  • 8,642enrollment
  • $38,900net price
  • $51,711tuition
  • 1270-1440SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA