The Most Popular Colleges with High Acceptance Rates in California

Colleges that are Easy to Get Into

CollegeSimply has compiled this list of four-year colleges in California that have acceptance rates over 75%. These are schools that you have a very high chance of getting into if your GPA, SAT and ACT scores meet their admission criteria. Acceptance isn't guaranteed, but they are good candidates for your list of safety schools. These colleges are ranked by popularity of views on CollegeSimply.com.

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


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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

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

California State University Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA

California State University Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

91% Acceptance Rate

#26 Best Public Universities in California

  • 27,513enrollment
  • $3,859net price
  • 870-1060SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 19

California State University Sacramento
C
Sacramento, CA

California State University Sacramento

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

94% Acceptance Rate

#21 Best Public Universities in California

  • 32,498enrollment
  • $11,473net price
  • 930-1130SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

California State University East Bay
C
Hayward, CA

California State University East Bay

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

82% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 15,189enrollment
  • $13,260net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA

Applications Due Oct 1

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

California State University Fresno
C
Fresno, CA

California State University Fresno

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

97% Acceptance Rate

#24 Best Public Universities in California

  • 25,047enrollment
  • $6,906net price
  • 890-1100SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
  • 3.12Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 15

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

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

California State University Northridge
C
Northridge, CA

California State University Northridge

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

88% Acceptance Rate

#23 Best Public Universities in California

  • 40,108enrollment
  • $8,882net price
  • 900-1110SAT range
  • 16-22ACT range
  • 3.38Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

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

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

California State University San Marcos
C
San Marcos, CA

California State University San Marcos

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

93% Acceptance Rate

#20 Best Public Universities in California

  • 16,255enrollment
  • $12,933net price
  • 950-1130SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.32Avg 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

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

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

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

California State University Dominguez Hills
C
Carson, CA

California State University Dominguez Hills

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

90% Acceptance Rate

 

  • 17,837enrollment
  • $4,683net price
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.16Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 4