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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in California

152,172

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in California

$37,076

Average
in-state tuition

$37,691

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

187 US News

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

Total undergraduates: 5,344
Acceptance rate: 60%
Average annual cost: $28,784
Average salary: $50,500
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

8 US News

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts 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.

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

44 US News

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

Total undergraduates: 2,123
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

33 US News

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

6 US News

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts 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.

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

58 US News

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

Total undergraduates: 393
Acceptance rate: 71%
Average annual cost: $21,331
Average salary: $40,100
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

96 US News
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: 1,356
Acceptance rate: 84%
Average annual cost: $32,699
Average salary: $49,200
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Whittier College

Whittier, CA

128 US News
Whittier College is a four-year, residential college of the liberal arts and sciences, serving about 1,700 undergraduates and more than 15,000 College alumni. Located in Southern California, Whittier offers more than 30 majors in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and is widely known for its highly diverse student population (44%) an

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2019

Whittier College

Whittier, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,660
Acceptance rate: 74%
Average annual cost: $26,764
Average salary: $43,100
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