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Best Colleges in California

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Institutional Characteristics

The following table compares the basic academic information between best schools in California. By school type, there are 2 public and 8 private schools in best schools in California. By school level, all 10 schools are 4 years or high institutes.
Academic Comparison - Best Schools In California
RankNameLocationType/LevelHighest DegreeOffered Degree
1 Stanford UniversityStanford, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
2 California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
3 Pomona CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
4 Claremont McKenna CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
5 University of California-Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
6 University of California-BerkeleyBerkeley, CAPublic, 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
7 University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsDoctor's DegreeBachelor, Master, Doctorate, Post-Graduate
8 Harvey Mudd CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor
9 Soka University of AmericaAliso Viejo, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsMaster's DegreeBachelor, Master
10 Scripps CollegeClaremont, CAPrivate (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsBachelor's DegreeBachelor, Post-Graduate

Key Facts Comparison

The average tuition & fees of best schools in California is $42,455 for State residents and $53,145 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 18.60% and graduation rate is 91.60%. The following table compares key facts for each schools including acceptance rate, graduation rate, tuition, student to faculty ratio, and student population.
Key Facts Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankNameTuition & FeesAcceptance RateGraduation RateStudent Faculty RatioStudent Population
1 Stanford University $56,169 5% 95% 5:115,953
2 California Institute of Technology $58,680 7% 92% 3:12,240
3 Pomona College $56,686 9% 94% 7:11,475
4 Claremont McKenna College $58,111 13% 92% 8:11,264
5 University of California-Los Angeles $13,258 / $43,012 14% 91% 18:144,589
6 University of California-Berkeley $14,226 / $43,980 17% 92% 20:142,327
7 University of Southern California $61,503 16% 92% 9:146,287
8 Harvey Mudd College $60,703 18% 93% 8:1854
9 Soka University of America $34,166 52% 87% 8:1403
10 Scripps College $58,442 35% 88% 10:1958
Average$42,455 / $53,14518.60%91.60%9.60:115,635
The ranking data is provided by CollegeEvaluator. We compare the schools that ranked top 10 in Californiaand in top 500 ranking for all colleges and universities in United States.