The Best Colleges with High Acceptance Rates in California

Top Colleges that are 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 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 colleges with high acceptance rates and the highest acceptance rate colleges in California.


25 results

University of the Pacific
T
Stockton, CA

University of the Pacific

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

79% Acceptance Rate

#11 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 6,066enrollment
  • $32,780net price
  • 1120-1380SAT range
  • 24-32ACT range
  • 3.58Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Westmont College
W
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Westmont College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

79% Acceptance Rate

#14 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,238enrollment
  • $32,418net price
  • 1160-1460SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA

University of Redlands
R
Redlands, CA

University of Redlands

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

83% Acceptance Rate

#16 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,059enrollment
  • $30,240net price
  • 1110-1280SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Azusa Pacific University
A
Azusa, CA
 

Azusa Pacific University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

94% Acceptance Rate

#18 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 8,126enrollment
  • $31,367net price
  • 966-1266SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Whittier College
W
Whittier, CA

Whittier College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

82% Acceptance Rate

#19 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,387enrollment
  • $28,647net price
  • 1120-1340SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA

Otis College of Art and Design
O
Los Angeles, CA

Otis College of Art and Design

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

80% Acceptance Rate

#20 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,252enrollment
  • $46,876net price
  • 1130-1360SAT range
  • 20-29ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA

Point Loma Nazarene University
P
San Diego, CA

Point Loma Nazarene University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

84% Acceptance Rate

#21 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,445enrollment
  • $34,644net price
  • 1170-1350SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Dominican University of California
D
San Rafael, CA

Dominican University of California

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

93% Acceptance Rate

#22 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,855enrollment
  • $36,899net price
  • 1063-1275SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA

California Lutheran University
C
Thousand Oaks, CA

California Lutheran University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

82% Acceptance Rate

#23 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 3,766enrollment
  • $29,669net price
  • 1090-1290SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Concordia University Irvine
C
Irvine, CA

Concordia University Irvine

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

81% Acceptance Rate

#25 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 3,710enrollment
  • $29,893net price
  • 1030-1260SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA

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

Mount St. Mary's College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

90% Acceptance Rate

#26 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 2,625enrollment
  • $27,346net price
  • 900-1110SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA

Fresno Pacific University
F
Fresno, CA

Fresno Pacific University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

78% Acceptance Rate

#27 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 3,524enrollment
  • $18,728net price
  • 970-1240SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

University of California Merced
C
Merced, CA

University of California Merced

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

87% Acceptance Rate

#13 Best Public Universities in California

  • 9,093enrollment
  • $13,578net price
  • 960-1140SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.55Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

San Jose State University
S
San Jose, CA

San Jose State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

84% Acceptance Rate

#14 Best Public Universities in California

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

Applications Due Dec 15

California State University Chico
C
Chico, CA

California State University Chico

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

85% Acceptance Rate

#15 Best Public Universities in California

  • 15,702enrollment
  • $16,109net price
  • 970-1170SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.37Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 15

Sonoma State University
S
Rohnert Park, CA

Sonoma State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

94% Acceptance Rate

#17 Best Public Universities in California

  • 7,371enrollment
  • $17,239net price
  • 950-1150SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

San Francisco State University
S
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

93% Acceptance Rate

#18 Best Public Universities in California

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

Applications Due Nov 30

Humboldt State University
H
Arcata, CA

Humboldt State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

91% Acceptance Rate

#19 Best Public Universities in California

  • 5,908enrollment
  • $15,015net price
  • 970-1190SAT range
  • 17-25ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 30