Best colleges in California

Follow the Bear

Once you come to The Golden State, you never go back

California’s gorgeous scenery makes West Coast living easy. With the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Sierra Nevadas to the east, California is the most populous state in the country. Major universities have campuses in Los Angeles, Chico, Berkley, San Diego, San Francisco and more.* Have a soft spot for food production, viniculture, aerospace, or education? California leads the country in wine production and single-origin produce agriculture. The Golden State also has robust aerospace and education programs for all the engineers and teaching students out there. IT majors are also in good company with San Francisco’s iconic Silicon Valley. Recent job growth is at 1.36%, well over the nation’s average, with major industries including finance, business, engineering and technology.*

Once you’re in California, it’s a little work and a lot of play. Fill time between classes with wine tasting in Napa Valley or surfing in San Diego. Outdoor lovers can’t get enough with hiking and camping in Yosemite National Park, skiing in Mammoth, or rock climbing at Joshua Tree. California has thousands of restaurants and bars, concerts all year long, and the famous Hollywood. With over 20 professional sports teams, Lakers, 49ers, Angels, Kings, and more, as well as the Rose Bowl, you’re sure to find a good reason to show some spirit. Regardless of where you choose to live in California, make sure to own something that shows off your new state flag with that iconic big, brown bear.

*Wikipedia, “Colleges and Universities in California” *www.bestplaces.net/economy/state/California

Best Four Year Universities in California

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California Institute of Technology offers 186 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 587 students graduated with students earning 241 Bachelor's degrees, 207 Doctoral degrees, and 139 Master's degrees.

Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA

Harvey Mudd College offers 36 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 211 students graduated with students earning 211 Bachelor's degrees.

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
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Stanford University offers 476 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 5,170 students graduated with students earning 2,343 Master's degrees, 1,785 Bachelor's degrees, 1,037 Doctoral degrees, and 5 Certificates.

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Pomona College
Claremont, CA

Pomona College offers 104 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 392 students graduated with students earning 392 Bachelor's degrees.

Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, CA

Soka University of America offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 126 students graduated with students earning 118 Bachelor's degrees, and 8 Master's degrees.

Claremont McKenna College offers 112 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 339 students graduated with students earning 327 Bachelor's degrees, and 12 Master's degrees.

University of Southern California offers 1206 degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 17,244 students graduated with students earning 9,171 Master's degrees, 5,018 Bachelor's degrees, 1,859 Doctoral degrees, and 1,196 Certificates.

University of California-Berkeley offers 634 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 13,168 students graduated with students earning 8,506 Bachelor's degrees, 3,238 Master's degrees, 1,272 Doctoral degrees, and 152 Certificates.

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University of California-Los Angeles offers 668 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 13,328 students graduated with students earning 8,499 Bachelor's degrees, 3,521 Master's degrees, 1,307 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificate.

Scripps College
Claremont, CA

Scripps College offers 136 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 262 students graduated with students earning 243 Bachelor's degrees, and 19 Certificates.

Best Community Colleges in California

Hacienda La Puente Adult Education offers 48 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 541 students graduated with students earning 537 Certificates, and 4 Associate's degrees.

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Laurus College
San Luis Obispo, CA

Laurus College offers 36 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 153 students graduated with students earning 153 Associate's degrees.

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Mayfield College
Cathedral City, CA

Mayfield College offers 12 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 307 students graduated with students earning 307 Certificates.

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CBD College
Los Angeles, CA

CBD College offers 16 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 308 students graduated with students earning 206 Associate's degrees, and 102 Certificates.

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Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 213 students graduated with students earning 200 Certificates, and 13 Associate's degrees.

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Advanced Training Associates offers 20 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 94 students graduated with students earning 68 Certificates, and 26 Associate's degrees.

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Concorde Career College-San Diego offers 16 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 411 students graduated with students earning 316 Certificates, and 95 Associate's degrees.

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West Coast Ultrasound Institute offers 20 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 471 students graduated with students earning 353 Associate's degrees, and 118 Certificates.

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East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program offers 34 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 233 students graduated with students earning 209 Certificates, and 24 Associate's degrees.

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Learnet Academy Inc
Los Angeles, CA

Learnet Academy Inc offers 0 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city.

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List of all colleges in California

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
California Institute of Technology Logo California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
5/5
6 : 1 2,237
Harvey Mudd College Logo Harvey Mudd College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 904
Stanford University Logo Stanford University Stanford, CA
5/5
11 : 1 17,249
Pomona College Logo Pomona College Claremont, CA
5/5
7 : 1 1,637
Soka University of America Logo Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA
5/5
8 : 1 419
Claremont McKenna College Logo Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,346
University of Southern California Logo University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
5/5
22 : 1 48,321
University of California-Berkeley Logo University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
3/5
24 : 1 43,185
University of California-Los Angeles Logo University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
3/5
21 : 1 44,371
Scripps College Logo Scripps College Claremont, CA
5/5
11 : 1 1,109
Occidental College Logo Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
5/5
10 : 1 1,985
University of California-Irvine Logo University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA
3/5
26 : 1 36,908
Pitzer College Logo Pitzer College Claremont, CA
5/5
11 : 1 1,086
University of California-Santa Barbara Logo University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
3/5
24 : 1 26,314
University of California-San Diego Logo University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA
3/5
28 : 1 38,736
University of California-Davis Logo University of California-Davis Davis, CA
3/5
22 : 1 38,634
Santa Clara University Logo Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
5/5
15 : 1 8,669
Pepperdine University Logo Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
5/5
22 : 1 8,824
University of California-Riverside Logo University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA
3/5
26 : 1 25,547
Loyola Marymount University Logo Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
5/5
16 : 1 9,822