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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in California

155,162

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in California

$36,298

Average
in-state tuition

$36,796

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

175 US News

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

Total undergraduates: 5,344
Acceptance rate: 61%
Average annual cost: $28,506
Average salary: $50,500
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,359
Acceptance rate: 9%
Average annual cost: $30,527
Average salary: $75,000
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,566
Acceptance rate: 77%
Average annual cost: $34,339
Average salary: -
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

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 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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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Mills College

Oakland, CA

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Mills College

Oakland, CA

Total undergraduates: 917
Acceptance rate: 84%
Average annual cost: $27,647
Average salary: $39,600
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,677
Acceptance rate: 9%
Average annual cost: $18,140
Average salary: $56,600
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

San Diego Christian College

Santee, CA

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

San Diego Christian College

Santee, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,077
Acceptance rate: 53%
Average annual cost: $27,770
Average salary: $34,900
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Scripps College

Claremont, CA

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 2018

Scripps College

Claremont, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,023
Acceptance rate: 29%
Average annual cost: $37,860
Average salary: $49,700
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

Total undergraduates: 378
Acceptance rate: 74%
Average annual cost: $20,882
Average salary: $40,100
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

Total undergraduates: 2,600
Acceptance rate: 74%
Average annual cost: $34,200
Average salary: $52,100
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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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