The Best Value California Colleges

Best Value Colleges in California for 2021

Explore the colleges that provide the best value for your money in California based on academic quality, outcomes, net price and financial aid. The rankings are calculated using ratings from the 2021 CollegeSimply Best Colleges ranking but additionally factors in the typical price paid by students to identify the colleges that offer the best deals. Leading the list for 2021 as the overall best value college in California is Stanford University. The highest value public state college is University of California Los Angeles. Learn how the Best Value Colleges are calculated and ranked on our methodology page.


64 results

Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#1 Best Value in California

  • 17,381enrollment
  • $16,779net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 4.18Avg GPA
Pomona College
P
Claremont, CA
Pomona College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Value in California

  • 1,573enrollment
  • $18,500net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1390-1540SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
Claremont McKenna College
C
Claremont, CA
Claremont McKenna College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Value in California

  • 1,327enrollment
  • $24,456net price
  • 10%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1510SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
California Institute of Technology
C
Pasadena, CA
California Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#4 Best Value in California

  • 2,233enrollment
  • $27,438net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1530-1560SAT range
  • 35-36ACT range
  • 3.97*Avg GPA
University of California Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA
University of California Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#5 Best Value in California

  • 44,537enrollment
  • $15,718net price
  • 12%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1530SAT range
  • 29-35ACT range
  • 4.29Avg GPA
University of California Davis
C
Davis, CA
University of California Davis

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Value in California

  • 38,167enrollment
  • $15,886net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1410SAT range
  • 24-32ACT range
  • 3.99Avg GPA
University of California San Diego
C
La Jolla, CA
University of California San Diego

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Value in California

  • 37,887enrollment
  • $14,864net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1490SAT range
  • 26-34ACT range
  • 3.82*Avg GPA
University of California Irvine
C
Irvine, CA
University of California Irvine

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#8 Best Value in California

  • 36,032enrollment
  • $15,268net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1420SAT range
  • 24-33ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA
University of California Santa Barbara
C
Santa Barbara, CA
University of California Santa Barbara

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#9 Best Value in California

  • 25,976enrollment
  • $16,767net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1480SAT range
  • 27-34ACT range
  • 3.96Avg GPA
University of California Berkeley
C
Berkeley, CA
University of California Berkeley

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Value in California

  • 42,501enrollment
  • $18,522net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1530SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA
University of California Riverside
C
Riverside, CA
University of California Riverside

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Value in California

  • 23,922enrollment
  • $13,045net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University of Southern California
S
Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern California

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#12 Best Value in California

  • 47,310enrollment
  • $37,521net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA
University of California Merced
C
Merced, CA
University of California Merced

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Value in California

  • 8,544enrollment
  • $14,013net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1180SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA
Occidental College
O
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#14 Best Value in California

  • 1,930enrollment
  • $35,362net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1480SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University of California Santa Cruz
C
Santa Cruz, CA
University of California Santa Cruz

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#15 Best Value in California

  • 19,700enrollment
  • $17,889net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1380SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.73*Avg GPA
University of the Pacific
t
Stockton, CA
University of the Pacific

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#16 Best Value in California

  • 6,493enrollment
  • $33,178net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1360SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA
Scripps College
S
Claremont, CA
Scripps College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#17 Best Value in California

  • 1,071enrollment
  • $39,702net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1333-1490SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 4.13Avg GPA
Azusa Pacific University
A
Azusa, CA
 
Azusa Pacific University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Value in California

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