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 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%
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    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%
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    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%
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    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%
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    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%
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    University of California Riverside

    • SAT Range 1120/1350
    • ACT Range 22/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.47
    • Students: 6,493
    • Tuition:$48,164
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
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    University of the Pacific

    • SAT Range 1130/1330
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.61
    • Students: 10,713
    • Tuition:$48,066
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 65%
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    University of San Francisco

    • SAT Range 1140/1300
    • ACT Range 24/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.78
    • Students: 4,592
    • Tuition:$35,700
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 69%
    • SAT Range 1220/1400
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.78
    • Students: 407
    • Tuition:$25,000
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 78%