18 Best Rated California Colleges with High Acceptance Rates

2022 California Colleges : Easy to Get Into

Getting into a good college doesn't need to be difficult. There are many colleges that are highly rated yet accept most students who apply. These California four-year colleges all have acceptance rates over 75%. You will have an easy time getting accepted if your GPA, SAT and ACT scores meet their admission criteria. These are colleges ranked by using the methodology for the CollegeSimply.com Best Colleges rankings.

See also, popular California colleges with high acceptance rates and the highest acceptance rate colleges in California.


18 results

Saint Marys College of California
S
Moraga, CA
Saint Marys College of California

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

77% Acceptance Rate

#13 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 3,439enrollment
  • $40,401net price
  • 1070-1253SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due May 15

Dominican University of California
D
San Rafael, CA
 
Dominican University of California

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

86% Acceptance Rate

#16 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,837enrollment
  • $36,899net price
  • 1070-1250SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

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

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

84% Acceptance Rate

#18 Best Private Colleges in California

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

Applications Due Feb 15

Mount St. Mary's College
M
Los Angeles, CA
Mount St. Mary's College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

89% Acceptance Rate

#19 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 2,745enrollment
  • $27,346net price
  • 900-1110SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.23Avg GPA

University of La Verne
L
La Verne, CA
University of La Verne

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

76% Acceptance Rate

#20 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 6,983enrollment
  • $30,061net price
  • 960-1150SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

University of California Merced
C
Merced, CA
University of California Merced

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

85% Acceptance Rate

#14 Best Public Universities in California

  • 9,018enrollment
  • $13,578net price
  • 960-1140SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.55Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

Concordia University Irvine
C
Irvine, CA
Concordia University Irvine

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

78% Acceptance Rate

#21 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,071enrollment
  • $29,893net price
  • 1020-1210SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.62Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

California State University Chico
C
Chico, CA
California State University Chico

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

90% Acceptance Rate

#15 Best Public Universities in California

  • 16,746enrollment
  • $16,109net price
  • 970-1170SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

Sonoma State University
S
Rohnert Park, CA
Sonoma State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

89% Acceptance Rate

#17 Best Public Universities in California

  • 8,018enrollment
  • $17,239net price
  • 950-1150SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.22Avg GPA

Applications Due May 31

California Baptist University
C
Riverside, CA
California Baptist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

80% Acceptance Rate

#23 Best Private Colleges in California

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

Applications Due Jul 15

San Francisco State University
S
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

84% Acceptance Rate

#18 Best Public Universities in California

  • 27,349enrollment
  • $14,757net price
  • 930-1130SAT range
  • 16-23ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

California State University San Marcos
C
San Marcos, CA
California State University San Marcos

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

79% Acceptance Rate

#19 Best Public Universities in California

  • 16,367enrollment
  • $12,933net price
  • 950-1130SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

California State University Sacramento
C
Sacramento, CA
California State University Sacramento

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

83% Acceptance Rate

#20 Best Public Universities in California

  • 32,293enrollment
  • $11,473net price
  • 930-1130SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Humboldt State University
H
Arcata, CA
Humboldt State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

85% Acceptance Rate

#21 Best Public Universities in California

  • 6,612enrollment
  • $15,015net price
  • 970-1190SAT range
  • 17-25ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

California State University Monterey Bay
C
Seaside, CA
California State University Monterey Bay

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

86% Acceptance Rate

#23 Best Public Universities in California

  • 7,409enrollment
  • $13,989net price
  • 960-1160SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

California State University Fresno
C
Fresno, CA
California State University Fresno

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

90% Acceptance Rate

#24 Best Public Universities in California

  • 25,497enrollment
  • $6,906net price
  • 890-1100SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
  • 3.12Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

California State University San Bernardino
C
San Bernardino, CA
California State University San Bernardino

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

78% Acceptance Rate

#25 Best Public Universities in California

  • 19,689enrollment
  • $8,492net price
  • 910-1080SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

California State University Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA
California State University Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

76% Acceptance Rate

#26 Best Public Universities in California

  • 26,745enrollment
  • $3,859net price
  • 870-1060SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 3.32Avg GPA