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Number of
4-year colleges in California

1,504,621

Students attending
4-year colleges in California

$19,992

Average
in-state tuition

$22,349

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in California 2018

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

6 Forbes
Caltech is a world-renowned institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future.

Best colleges in California 2018

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,002
Acceptance rate: 8%
Average annual cost: $26,839
Average salary: $74,200
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Best colleges in California 2018

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

11 Forbes

Best colleges in California 2018

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,364
Acceptance rate: 9%
Average annual cost: $30,527
Average salary: $75,000
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Best colleges in California 2018

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

18 Forbes
Harvey Mudd College seeks to educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.

Best colleges in California 2018

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 829
Acceptance rate: 12%
Average annual cost: $35,460
Average salary: $74,200
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Best colleges in California 2018

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

59 Forbes

Best colleges in California 2018

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,087
Acceptance rate: 13%
Average annual cost: $25,521
Average salary: $47,100
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Best colleges in California 2018

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

10 Forbes

Best colleges in California 2018

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,665
Acceptance rate: 9%
Average annual cost: $18,140
Average salary: $56,600
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Best colleges in California 2018

Scripps College

Claremont, CA

43 Forbes
The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.

Best colleges in California 2018

Scripps College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,092
Acceptance rate: 29%
Average annual cost: $37,860
Average salary: $49,700
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Best colleges in California 2018

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

2 Forbes
Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, Stanford is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities.

Best colleges in California 2018

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Total undergraduates: 8,402
Acceptance rate: 4%
Average annual cost: $16,695
Average salary: $85,700
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Best colleges in California 2018

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

29 Forbes

Best colleges in California 2018

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Total undergraduates: 31,133
Acceptance rate: 16%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $61,800
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Best colleges in California 2018

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

48 Forbes

Best colleges in California 2018

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Total undergraduates: 33,148
Acceptance rate: 17%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $58,700
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Best colleges in California 2018

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

44 Forbes

Best colleges in California 2018

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Total undergraduates: 20,582
Acceptance rate: 16%
Average annual cost: $32,932
Average salary: $70,400
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

Read more about the rankings. US News' 2016 Best Colleges Rankings are also based on a variety of factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. Read more about their methodology. You can also sign up for a free RaiseMe profile to customize your college search by location, popular majors and more!

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