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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in California

114,758

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in California

$36,522

Average
in-state tuition

$37,221

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

11 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,338
Acceptance rate: 10%
Average annual cost: $28,712
Average salary: $75,000
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

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.

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 861
Acceptance rate: 15%
Average annual cost: $38,135
Average salary: $74,200
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Mills College

Oakland, CA

317 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Mills College

Oakland, CA

Total undergraduates: 761
Acceptance rate: 87%
Average annual cost: $26,086
Average salary: $39,600
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

77 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,972
Acceptance rate: 41%
Average annual cost: $33,738
Average salary: $49,700
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

59 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,074
Acceptance rate: 16%
Average annual cost: $26,935
Average salary: $47,100
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

10 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,599
Acceptance rate: 8%
Average annual cost: $18,427
Average salary: $56,600
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

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.

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Scripps College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,065
Acceptance rate: 33%
Average annual cost: $36,831
Average salary: $49,700
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

166 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

Total undergraduates: 369
Acceptance rate: 71%
Average annual cost: $21,331
Average salary: $40,100
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

University of Waterloo - Faculty of Engineering

Waterloo, Canada

80 Forbes
The University of Waterloo is ranked 58th for Engineering in the world by US News and World Report 2019 and ranked 46th for Engineering in the world by Forbes 2019.

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

University of Waterloo - Faculty of Engineering

Waterloo, Canada

Total undergraduates: 8,000
Acceptance rate: 32%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: -
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

167 Forbes
Westmont College is an undergraduate, residential, Christian, liberal arts community serving God's kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world.

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,300
Acceptance rate: 84%
Average annual cost: $32,699
Average salary: $49,200
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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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