Top Rated California Private Colleges

The Best Private Colleges in California for 2022

These are the top ranked private four-year colleges in California. Leading the rankings for 2022 as the highest ranked private college in California is Stanford University. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


26 results

Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in America

  • 15,953enrollment
  • $20,023net price
  • 5%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1570SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.96Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 3

California Institute of Technology
C
Pasadena, CA
California Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,240enrollment
  • $26,591net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1530-1580SAT range
  • 35-36ACT range
  • 3.97Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Claremont McKenna College
C
Claremont, CA
Claremont McKenna College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#19 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,264enrollment
  • $22,004net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

University of Southern California
S
Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern California

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 46,287enrollment
  • $39,759net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 10

Santa Clara University
S
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara University

Private 4 Year

14 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 8,616enrollment
  • $48,284net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

Loyola Marymount University
L
Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Marymount University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,686enrollment
  • $48,758net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1390SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.85Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Occidental College
O
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,839enrollment
  • $41,102net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1460SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Chapman University
C
Orange, CA
Chapman University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,761enrollment
  • $44,327net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1350SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.8Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Pepperdine University
P
Malibu, CA
Pepperdine University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,554enrollment
  • $46,550net price
  • 42%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1410SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

University of San Francisco
S
San Francisco, CA
University of San Francisco

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,068enrollment
  • $42,801net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1330SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of the Pacific
T
Stockton, CA
University of the Pacific

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 6,263enrollment
  • $32,780net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1340SAT range
  • 22-30ACT range
  • 3.55Avg GPA

Westmont College
W
Santa Barbara, CA
 
Westmont College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,226enrollment
  • $32,418net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1370SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 3,439enrollment
  • $40,401net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1253SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due May 15

University of Redlands
R
Redlands, CA
University of Redlands

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,566enrollment
  • $30,240net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 16-28ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Biola University
B
La Mirada, CA
Biola University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#15 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 5,815enrollment
  • $34,713net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1290SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,837enrollment
  • $36,899net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1250SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

California Lutheran University
C
Thousand Oaks, CA
California Lutheran University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,027enrollment
  • $29,669net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1240SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

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

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 4,616enrollment
  • $34,644net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1290SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15