Top Rated California Private Colleges

The Best Private Colleges in California for 2021

These are the top ranked private four-year colleges in California. Leading the rankings for 2021 as the highest ranked private college in California is Stanford University. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


38 results

Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,381enrollment
  • $16,779net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 4.18Avg GPA
California Institute of Technology
C
Pasadena, CA
California Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,233enrollment
  • $27,438net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1530-1560SAT range
  • 35-36ACT range
  • 3.97*Avg GPA
Pomona College
P
Claremont, CA
Pomona College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#19 Best Colleges in America

  • 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

#21 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,327enrollment
  • $24,456net price
  • 10%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1510SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
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
  • $37,521net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA
Scripps College
S
Claremont, CA
Scripps College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in California

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

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 8,642enrollment
  • $42,114net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1440SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA
Loyola Marymount University
L
Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Marymount University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,838enrollment
  • $47,292net price
  • 44%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA
Occidental College
O
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in California

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,073enrollment
  • $35,936net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1370SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.88Avg GPA
Chapman University
C
Orange, CA
Chapman University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,608enrollment
  • $43,767net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1380SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA
University of the Pacific
t
Stockton, CA
University of the Pacific

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 6,493enrollment
  • $33,178net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1360SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA
Pepperdine University
P
Malibu, CA
Pepperdine University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 7,961enrollment
  • $42,135net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1450SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
University of San Francisco
S
San Francisco, CA
University of San Francisco

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,713enrollment
  • $38,422net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Westmont College
W
Santa Barbara, CA
 
Westmont College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,277enrollment
  • $32,663net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1330SAT range
  • 21-30ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
Azusa Pacific University
A
Azusa, CA
 
Azusa Pacific University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in California

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,257enrollment
  • $25,417net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1005-1290SAT range
  • 19-29ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA
Saint Marys College of California
S
Moraga, CA
Saint Marys College of California

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 3,881enrollment
  • $36,613net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1240SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA