California Private Colleges

List of Private Colleges and Universities in California

There are 82 private colleges and universities in California enrolling 255,099 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.


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Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in America

  • 15,953enrollment
  • $20,023net price
  • 5%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1570SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.96Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 3

University of Southern California
S
Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern California

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 46,287enrollment
  • $39,759net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 10

Pepperdine University
P
Malibu, CA
Pepperdine University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,554enrollment
  • $46,550net price
  • 42%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1410SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

University of San Francisco
S
San Francisco, CA
University of San Francisco

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,068enrollment
  • $42,801net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1330SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Loyola Marymount University
L
Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Marymount University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,686enrollment
  • $48,758net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1390SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.85Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of San Diego
S
San Diego, CA
University of San Diego

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

 

  • 8,861enrollment
  • $37,547net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.95Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 15

Santa Clara University
S
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara University

Private 4 Year

14 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 8,616enrollment
  • $48,284net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

Chapman University
C
Orange, CA
Chapman University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,761enrollment
  • $44,327net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1350SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.8Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

California Institute of Technology
C
Pasadena, CA
California Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,240enrollment
  • $26,591net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1530-1580SAT range
  • 35-36ACT range
  • 3.97Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Pomona College
P
Claremont, CA
Pomona College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 1,475enrollment
  • $30,392net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 15

Azusa Pacific University
A
Azusa, CA
 
Azusa Pacific University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

 

  • 9,006enrollment
  • $31,367net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Occidental College
O
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,839enrollment
  • $41,102net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1460SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of the Pacific
T
Stockton, CA
University of the Pacific

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 6,263enrollment
  • $32,780net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1340SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.55Avg GPA

California Institute of the Arts
C
Valencia, CA
California Institute of the Arts

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 1,166enrollment
  • $59,367net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

California Baptist University
C
Riverside, CA
California Baptist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#23 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 11,317enrollment
  • $27,883net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 960-1150SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

Point Loma Nazarene University
P
San Diego, CA
Point Loma Nazarene University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,616enrollment
  • $34,644net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1290SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

University of Redlands
R
Redlands, CA
University of Redlands

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,566enrollment
  • $30,240net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 16-28ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Harvey Mudd College
H
Claremont, CA
Harvey Mudd College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

 

  • 854enrollment
  • $37,192net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1490-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.96Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2