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 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.

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.

Filter Your Results







280 Results (0.14 seconds)
    • 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%
    photo credit / license

    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%
    photo credit / license

    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%
    photo credit / license

    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%
    photo credit / license

    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%
    photo credit / license

    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%
    photo credit / license

    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%
    photo credit / license

    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%
    photo credit / license

    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%
    photo credit / license

    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%
    photo credit / license

    University of California San Diego

    • SAT Range 1190/1410
    • ACT Range 25/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.92
    • Students: 36,032
    • Tuition:$13,700
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 29%
    photo credit / license

    University of California Irvine

    • SAT Range 1230/1460
    • ACT Range 27/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.96
    • Students: 25,976
    • Tuition:$14,391
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 32%
    photo credit / license

    University of California Santa Barbara

    • SAT Range 1270/1450
    • ACT Range 28/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 1,930
    • Tuition:$54,686
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 37%
    photo credit / license

    Occidental College

    • SAT Range 1220/1420
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.59
    • Students: 7,961
    • Tuition:$53,932
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 36%
    photo credit / license

    Pepperdine University

    • SAT Range 1240/1430
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.87
    • Students: 22,013
    • Tuition:$9,816
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 30%
    photo credit / license

    California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

    • SAT Range 1160/1400
    • ACT Range 24/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.99
    • Students: 38,167
    • Tuition:$14,402
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 41%
    photo credit / license

    University of California Davis

    • SAT Range 1270/1440
    • ACT Range 28/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.66
    • Students: 8,642
    • Tuition:$51,711
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 50%
    photo credit / license

    Santa Clara University

    • SAT Range 1180/1410
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.86
    • Students: 442
    • Tuition:$33,146
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    photo credit / license

    Soka University of America

    • SAT Range 1210/1390
    • ACT Range 27/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.72
    • Students: 9,838
    • Tuition:$48,522
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
    photo credit / license

    Loyola Marymount University

    • SAT Range 1190/1400
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.73*
    • Students: 19,700
    • Tuition:$13,960
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
    photo credit / license

    University of California Santa Cruz

    • SAT Range 1190/1360
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.88
    • Students: 9,073
    • Tuition:$49,358
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 53%
    photo credit / license

    University of San Diego

    • SAT Range 1190/1370
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.68
    • Students: 9,608
    • Tuition:$52,724
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 54%
    photo credit / license

    Chapman University

    • SAT Range 1110/1370
    • ACT Range 23/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.8
    • Students: 1,277
    • Tuition:$45,304
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 62%
    • SAT Range 1110/1310
    • ACT Range 22/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 35,303
    • Tuition:$7,488
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 35%
    photo credit / license

    San Diego State University

    • SAT Range 1110/1330
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 23,922
    • Tuition:$13,827
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    photo credit / license

    University of California Riverside