California Private Colleges

List of Private Colleges and Universities in California

There are 83 private colleges and universities in California enrolling 262,566 students. Explore the list below to find the private college match for you. Private colleges are usually smaller in size, more expensive than public schools and often academically rigorous. If you feel you may have difficulty fitting into the large class sizes which are common on many public campuses, take a look at California private colleges.  California is home to popular private schools like Stanford University, University of Southern California, Pepperdine University and University of San Francisco.


83 results

Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,381enrollment
  • $16,779net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 4.18Avg GPA
University of Southern California
S
Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern California

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 47,310enrollment
  • $37,521net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA
Pepperdine University
P
Malibu, CA
Pepperdine University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 7,961enrollment
  • $42,135net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1450SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
University of San Francisco
S
San Francisco, CA
University of San Francisco

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,713enrollment
  • $38,422net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Loyola Marymount University
L
Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Marymount University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,838enrollment
  • $47,292net price
  • 44%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA
University of San Diego
S
San Diego, CA
University of San Diego

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,073enrollment
  • $35,936net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1370SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.88Avg GPA
Santa Clara University
S
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 8,642enrollment
  • $42,114net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1440SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA
Chapman University
C
Orange, CA
Chapman University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,608enrollment
  • $43,767net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1380SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA
California Institute of Technology
C
Pasadena, CA
California Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,233enrollment
  • $27,438net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1530-1560SAT range
  • 35-36ACT range
  • 3.97*Avg GPA
Pomona College
P
Claremont, CA
Pomona College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#19 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,573enrollment
  • $18,500net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1390-1540SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
Azusa Pacific University
A
Azusa, CA
 
Azusa Pacific University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,095enrollment
  • $27,707net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1260SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA
Occidental College
O
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,930enrollment
  • $35,362net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1480SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University of the Pacific
t
Stockton, CA
University of the Pacific

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 6,493enrollment
  • $33,178net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1360SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA
California Institute of the Arts
C
Valencia, CA
California Institute of the Arts

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 1,506enrollment
  • $54,594net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
California Baptist University
C
Riverside, CA
California Baptist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#33 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,486enrollment
  • $23,055net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 990-1210SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA
Point Loma Nazarene University
P
San Diego, CA
Point Loma Nazarene University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#21 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,592enrollment
  • $33,183net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1310SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA
University of Redlands
R
Redlands, CA
University of Redlands

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#19 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,598enrollment
  • $31,180net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1270SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Harvey Mudd College
H
Claremont, CA
Harvey Mudd College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

 

  • 902enrollment
  • $39,411net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1490-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.96*Avg GPA