Top Rated California Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in California for 2021

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in California as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2021 as the best public college in California is University of California Los Angeles. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


26 results

University of California Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA
University of California Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in America

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

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in America

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

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in America

  • 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

#10 Best Public Universities in America

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

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Public Universities in America

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

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in California

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

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in California

  • 22,013enrollment
  • $21,232net price
  • 28%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1440SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA
University of California Santa Cruz
C
Santa Cruz, CA
University of California Santa Cruz

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in California

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

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in California

  • 23,922enrollment
  • $13,045net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
San Diego State University
S
San Diego, CA
San Diego State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in California

  • 35,303enrollment
  • $14,499net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
California State University Long Beach
C
Long Beach, CA
California State University Long Beach

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in California

  • 37,466enrollment
  • $9,903net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1250SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
San Jose State University
S
San Jose, CA
San Jose State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#12 Best Public Universities in California

  • 35,400enrollment
  • $14,471net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1260SAT range
  • 18-27ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA
California State Polytechnic University Pomona
C
Pomona, CA
California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in California

  • 26,598enrollment
  • $12,843net price
  • 55%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1270SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.43Avg GPA
University of California Merced
C
Merced, CA
University of California Merced

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#14 Best Public Universities in California

  • 8,544enrollment
  • $14,013net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1180SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA
California State University Chico
C
Chico, CA
California State University Chico

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Public Universities in California

  • 17,578enrollment
  • $14,843net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 990-1190SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.21Avg GPA
California State University Fullerton
C
Fullerton, CA
California State University Fullerton

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Public Universities in California

  • 40,280enrollment
  • $8,294net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1200SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.48Avg GPA
Sonoma State University
S
Rohnert Park, CA
Sonoma State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Public Universities in California

  • 9,459enrollment
  • $17,086net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 970-1170SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA
San Francisco State University
S
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Public Universities in California

  • 29,778enrollment
  • $15,166net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 940-1150SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA