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 nationally ranked private schools like Stanford University, University of Southern California, Pepperdine University and University of San Francisco.

83 results found

Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,381enrollment
  • $16,562net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 4.18Avg GPA
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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
  • $32,892net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA
Pepperdine University
P
Malibu, CA
Pepperdine University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 7,961enrollment
  • $36,372net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1420SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
University of San Francisco
S
San Francisco, CA
University of San Francisco

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,713enrollment
  • $35,270net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
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Loyola Marymount University
L
Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Marymount University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,838enrollment
  • $42,459net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1390SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA
University of San Diego
S
San Diego, CA
University of San Diego

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,073enrollment
  • $38,592net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1360SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.88Avg GPA
Santa Clara University
S
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 8,642enrollment
  • $38,900net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1440SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA
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Chapman University
C
Orange, CA
Chapman University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,608enrollment
  • $40,053net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1370SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA
California Institute of Technology
C
Pasadena, CA
California Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,233enrollment
  • $24,466net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1530-1580SAT range
  • 35-36ACT range
  • 3.97*Avg GPA
Pomona College
P
Claremont, CA
Pomona College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,573enrollment
  • $18,427net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
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Azusa Pacific University
A
Azusa, CA
 
Azusa Pacific University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#23 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,095enrollment
  • $28,784net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1240SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA
Occidental College
O
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,930enrollment
  • $33,738net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University of the Pacific
t
Stockton, CA
University of the Pacific

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 6,493enrollment
  • $32,715net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1350SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA
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California Institute of the Arts
C
Valencia, CA
California Institute of the Arts

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 1,506enrollment
  • $51,199net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
California Baptist University
C
Riverside, CA
California Baptist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#36 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,486enrollment
  • $25,714net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 990-1200SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA
Point Loma Nazarene University
P
San Diego, CA
Point Loma Nazarene University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,592enrollment
  • $31,349net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1300SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA
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University of Redlands
R
Redlands, CA
University of Redlands

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#22 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,598enrollment
  • $32,923net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1260SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Harvey Mudd College
H
Claremont, CA
Harvey Mudd College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 902enrollment
  • $38,135net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1490-1560SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.96*Avg GPA