College Costs in California

The 2024 Directory of California Colleges and Prices

California Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2024

How much does it cost to attend college in California?   The average annual in-state college tuition in California was $14,442 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is $688 lower than the U.S. average and ranks California in the middle of the pack as the 27th most expensive state or district to attend college. This is a change of $14,442 from the 2019-2020 average of $0 and represents a ?% annual increase in tuition costs. The list of California colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

This analysis surveyed tuition data from the 278 colleges and universities in California, the most popular being University of Southern California with 42,631 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $60,446. University of Southern California is the most expensive in California with an in-state tuition of $60,446.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.


278 results

Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA

Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

$55,473 Tuition

#2 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,680enrollment
  • $20,023net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.96Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

University of California Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA

University of California Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

$11,442 Tuition

#4 Best Public Universities in America

  • 46,116enrollment
  • $16,474net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1530SAT range
  • 29-35ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of Southern California
S
Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

$60,446 Tuition

#5 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 49,318enrollment
  • $39,759net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1410-1540SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

San Diego State University
S
San Diego, CA

San Diego State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

$5,742 Tuition

#10 Best Public Universities in California

  • 36,484enrollment
  • $13,192net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1300SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Irvine
C
Irvine, CA

University of California Irvine

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

$11,442 Tuition

#11 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,505enrollment
  • $13,106net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1430SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Berkeley
C
Berkeley, CA

University of California Berkeley

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

$11,442 Tuition

#5 Best Public Universities in America

  • 45,036enrollment
  • $19,329net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1530SAT range
  • 30-35ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Santa Barbara
C
Santa Barbara, CA

University of California Santa Barbara

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

$11,442 Tuition

#17 Best Public Universities in America

  • 26,124enrollment
  • $17,223net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1460SAT range
  • 28-34ACT range
  • 3.82Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Davis
C
Davis, CA

University of California Davis

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

$11,442 Tuition

#14 Best Public Universities in America

  • 40,050enrollment
  • $17,026net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1400SAT range
  • 25-33ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

San Jose State University
S
San Jose, CA

San Jose State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

$5,742 Tuition

#14 Best Public Universities in California

  • 37,133enrollment
  • $15,995net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1240SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.35Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 15

Pepperdine University
P
Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

$59,450 Tuition

#12 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,446enrollment
  • $46,550net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1260-1440SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

California State University Long Beach
C
Long Beach, CA

California State University Long Beach

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

$5,742 Tuition

#11 Best Public Universities in California

  • 40,190enrollment
  • $10,568net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1240SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California San Diego
C
La Jolla, CA

University of California San Diego

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

$11,442 Tuition

#9 Best Public Universities in America

  • 41,885enrollment
  • $15,222net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1480SAT range
  • 28-34ACT range
  • 3.82Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

San Francisco State University
S
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

$5,742 Tuition

#18 Best Public Universities in California

  • 26,899enrollment
  • $14,757net price
  • 93%acceptance rate
  • 930-1130SAT range
  • 16-23ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of San Francisco
S
San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$52,920 Tuition

#13 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,034enrollment
  • $42,801net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1390SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Loyola Marymount University
L
Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$52,310 Tuition

#8 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,184enrollment
  • $48,758net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of San Diego
S
San Diego, CA

University of San Diego

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

$52,120 Tuition

 

  • 9,041enrollment
  • $37,547net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.95Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 15

California State University Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA

California State University Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

$5,742 Tuition

#26 Best Public Universities in California

  • 27,513enrollment
  • $3,859net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 870-1060SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 19

Santa Clara University
S
Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University

Private 4 Year

14 reviews

$55,224 Tuition

#7 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 8,918enrollment
  • $48,284net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1490SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7