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Tightest California Colleges to Admit with Lowest Acceptance Rate

The next table lists the tightest (low acceptance rate) California colleges and universities to admit. Those schools have been keeping the acceptance rate in low level in recent years. Stanford University has the lowest acceptance rate as of 4.34% for academic year 2019-2020 in California. For the ranking, we only include 4-years colleges with at least 1,000 new students (freshmen).
The following table shows the schools that have low acceptance rates with admission statistics and yield, also known as enrollment rate. You may want to check colleges having the highest acceptance rates in California.
Tightest California Colleges to Admit with Lowest Acceptance Rate (2019-2020)
NameAcceptance Rate# of Applicants# of Admitted# of EnrolledYield
1Stanford University
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsStanford, CA
4.34%47,4982,0621,69882.35%
2University of Southern California
Private (not-for-profit), 4 or more yearsLos Angeles, CA
11.42%66,1987,5583,16841.92%
3University of California-Los Angeles
Public, 4 or more yearsLos Angeles, CA
12.32%111,32113,7205,92043.15%
4University of California-Berkeley
Public, 4 or more yearsBerkeley, CA
16.25%87,84714,2786,45545.21%
5University of California-Irvine
Public, 4 or more yearsIrvine, CA
26.54%95,56525,3606,06923.93%
6California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Public, 4 or more yearsSan Luis Obispo, CA
28.42%54,07215,3664,61330.02%
7University of California-Santa Barbara
Public, 4 or more yearsSanta Barbara, CA
29.56%93,44627,6264,93517.86%
8University of California-San Diego
Public, 4 or more yearsLa Jolla, CA
31.48%99,11431,2006,01519.28%
9San Diego State University
Public, 4 or more yearsSan Diego, CA
34.13%70,04823,9055,27522.07%
10University of California-Davis
Public, 4 or more yearsDavis, CA
38.87%78,09330,3585,95719.62%