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Number of
4-year colleges in California

1,431,243

Students attending
4-year colleges in California

$20,382

Average
in-state tuition

$22,630

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in California 2019

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

10 US News
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 2019

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,002
Acceptance rate: 7%
Average annual cost: $24,466
Average salary: $74,200
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Best colleges in California 2019

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

8 US News

Best colleges in California 2019

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,364
Acceptance rate: 10%
Average annual cost: $28,712
Average salary: $75,000
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Best colleges in California 2019

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

12 US News
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 2019

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 829
Acceptance rate: 15%
Average annual cost: $38,135
Average salary: $74,200
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Best colleges in California 2019

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

33 US News

Best colleges in California 2019

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,087
Acceptance rate: 16%
Average annual cost: $26,935
Average salary: $47,100
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Best colleges in California 2019

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

6 US News

Best colleges in California 2019

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,665
Acceptance rate: 8%
Average annual cost: $18,427
Average salary: $56,600
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Best colleges in California 2019

Scripps College

Claremont, CA

26 US News
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 2019

Scripps College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,092
Acceptance rate: 33%
Average annual cost: $36,831
Average salary: $49,700
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Best colleges in California 2019

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

5 US News
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 2019

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Total undergraduates: 8,402
Acceptance rate: 4%
Average annual cost: $16,562
Average salary: $85,700
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Best colleges in California 2019

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

21 US News

Best colleges in California 2019

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Total undergraduates: 31,133
Acceptance rate: 17%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $61,800
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Best colleges in California 2019

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

21 US News

Best colleges in California 2019

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Total undergraduates: 33,148
Acceptance rate: 16%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $58,700
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Best colleges in California 2019

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

21 US News

Best colleges in California 2019

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Total undergraduates: 20,582
Acceptance rate: 15%
Average annual cost: $32,892
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).

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