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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in California

147,917

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 2018

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

187 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

8 US News

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

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 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

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

44 US News

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

Total undergraduates: 2,123
Acceptance rate: 45%
Average annual cost: $31,990
Average salary: $49,700
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

33 US News

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

6 US News

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

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 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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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

58 US News

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

Total undergraduates: 393
Acceptance rate: 74%
Average annual cost: $20,882
Average salary: $40,100
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

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 2018

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,356
Acceptance rate: 82%
Average annual cost: $34,974
Average salary: $49,200
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Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Whittier College

Whittier, CA

128 US News

Top liberal arts colleges in California 2018

Whittier College

Whittier, CA

Total undergraduates: 1,660
Acceptance rate: 69%
Average annual cost: $25,638
Average salary: $43,100
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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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