California Colleges List

Both private and public California institutions rank well in the University Review College Rankings lists, with notable members in the top 100 colleges list being the private institutions CALTECH (Ranks 5th in the USA), Stanford (6th place), and Pepperdine University (87th), and the public institutions the University of California Berkeley (11th), University of California, San Diego (18th), University of Southern California (30th), University of California Davis (33rd), University of California Irvine (39th), University of California Santa Barbara (53rd),  University of California, Santa Cruz (71st), and University of California, Riverside (73rd).

List of California Colleges Part 1

NameAddressTypeNumber of UG StudentsIn-State TuitionOut of State TuitionAcceptance RateFounded
Academy of Art University79 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105Private10508$24,600$24,6001929
Alliant International University10455 Pomerado Road, San Diego, CA 92131-1799Private1365$19,930$19,9301969
American Conservatory Theater415 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102Private1965
American Film Institute2021 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027Private1967
American Jewish University15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air, CA 90077Private112$29,132$29,13242%1947
Antioch University - Los Angeles400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230Private10001972
Antioch University - Santa Barbara602 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101Private2701977
Art Center College of Design1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103Private1767$37,830$37,8301930
Azusa Pacific University901 E. Alosta Avenue, Azusa, CA 91702Private6543$33,096$33,09682%1899
Bethesda University of California730 N Euclid St, Anaheim, CA 92801Private1976
Biola University13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90639-0001Private4,353$33,322$33,32275%1908
Brandman University16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618Private3,885$12,200$12,20074%1958
Brooks Institute27 E Cota St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101Private1945
California Baptist University8432 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504Private5,797$29,422$29,42279%1950
California College of the Arts1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA 94107Private1,502$41,942$41,9421907
California Institute of the Arts24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355Private986$42,276$42,2761961
California Institute of Integral Studies1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103Private75$25,713$25,7131968
California Institute of Technology1200 E. California Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91125Private977$43,362$43,36211%1891
California Lutheran University60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360Private2,888$37,140$37,14048%1959
California Northstate University9700 West Taron Drive, Elk Grove, CA 95757Private2012
California State University System
California State University, Bakersfield9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311Public8371$6,775æ$17,9351965
California Maritime Academy200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590-8181Public1044$6,598$17,75863%1929
California Polytechnic State University1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407Public18,739$8,919$20,07935%1901
California State Polytechnic University3801 W. Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768-2557Public20,952$6,350$17,51053%1938
California State University, Channel Islands1 University Dr, Camarillo, CA 93012Public5140$6,471$17,63164%2002
California State University, Chico400 W. First Street, Chico, CA 95929-0722Public15,292$8,472æ$19,63267%1887
California State University, Dominguez Hills1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747Public12423$6,099æ$15,02780%1960
California State University, East Bay25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94542Public12060$6,564$17,72468%1957
California State University, Fresno5150 N. Maple, Fresno, CA 93740Public20295$6,298$17,45860%1911
California State University, Fullerton800 N. State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831Public33116$6,316æ$17,47648%1957
California State University, Long Beach1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840Public30474$6,420$12,10835%1949
California State University, Los Angeles5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032Public19547$6,335$15,263 63%1947
California State University, Monterey Bay100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955-8001Public5308$5,963$17,12345%1994
California State University, Northridge18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330Public33398$6,296$17,71661%1958
California State University, Sacramento6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819Public26102$6,648$17,80871%1947
California State University, San Bernardino5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407Public16083$6,549$17,70955%1962
California State University, San Marcos333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001Public10675$7,704$24,33667%1989
California State University, Stanislaus1 University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382Public7754$6,491$17,65174%1957
Humboldt State University1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-8299Public7753$7,154$18,31476%1913
San Diego State University5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-7455Public27809$6,866$18,02637%1897
San Francisco State University1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132Public26156$6,468$17,62860%1899
San Jose State University1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192Public26862$9,496$13,17264%1857
Sonoma State University1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928Public8351$7,276$18,43690%1960
Chapman University1 University Drive, Orange, CA 92866Private6005$45,393$45,39345%1861
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science1731 E. 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059Private$11,856$11,8561966
Church Divinity School of the Pacific2451 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, CA 94709Private1893
Claremont Consortium of Colleges
Claremont Graduate University150 E 10th St, Claremont, CA 91711Private2,261 (Grad)1925
Claremont McKenna College888 Columbia Ave, Claremont, CA 91711Private1316$47,395$47,39512%1946
Harvey Mudd College301 Platt Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711Private807$48,594$48,59419%1955
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences535 Watson Dr, Claremont, CA 91711Private1997
Pitzer College1050 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-6101Private1081$46,992$46,99215%1963
Pomona College550 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711Private1612$45,832$45,83214%1887
Scripps College1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711Private990$47,378$47,37854%1926
Claremont School of Theology1325 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711Private1885
Cogswell Polytechnical College1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-9772Private462$16,160$16,16078%1887
Concordia University - Irvine1530 Concordia W, Irvine, CA 92612-3299Private1994$30,640$30,64067%1972
DeVry University - Long Beach3880 Kilroy Airport Way, Long Beach, CA 90806Private1931
DeVry University - Pomona901 Corporate Center Dr, Pomona, CA 91768Private1931
Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology2301 Vine St, Berkeley, CA 94708Private1851
Dominican University of California50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901-2298Private1603$41,730$41,73078%1890
Fashion Institute of Design & MerchandisingPrivate4479$28,920$28,9201969
Fielding Graduate University2020 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105Private1974
Franciscan School of Theology1712 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709Private1854
Fresno Pacific University1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Fresno, CA 93702Private2412$26,638$26,63878%1944
Fuller Theological Seminary135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101Private1947
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary201 Seminary Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941-3163Private2000 (grad)1944

NameAddressTypeNumber of UG StudentsIn-State TuitionOut of State TuitionAcceptance RateFounded
Golden Gate University536 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105Private475$14,400$14,4001901
Graduate Theological Union2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, CA 94709Private1962
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007-3796 1954
Holy Names University3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619Private888$34,488$34,48857%1868
Hope International University2500 Nutwood Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831Private921$27,130$27,13047%1928
Humphreys College6650 Inglewood Avenue, Stockton, CA 95207Private900$11,277$11,2771896
City of Hope: Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010Private1994
John F. Kennedy University100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523Private14001964
La Sierra University4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92515Private2105$29,895$29,89547%1922
Laguna College of Art & Design2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651Private514$27,300$27,3001961
Life Pacific College1100 W Covina Blvd, San Dimas, CA 91773Private1923
Loma Linda University24851 Circle Dr, Loma Linda, CA 92354Private9601905
Loyola Marymount University1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659Private6205$41,372$41,37254%1911
Marymount California University30800 Palos Verdes Dr E, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275Private10341932
The Master's College21726 Placerita Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91321Private9521927
The Master's Seminary13248 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352Private1986
Menlo College1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027Private713$37,520$37,52041%1927
Mills College5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613Private985$42,918$42,91869%1852
Mount Saint Mary's College12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049Private2625$34,826$34,82691%1925
National Hispanic University14271 Story Road, San Jose, CA 95127-3823Private700$8,196$8,1961981
National University11255 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037Private12278$11,796$11,7961971
Naval Postgraduate School1 University Cir, Monterey, CA 93943Private1909
NewSchool of Architecture & Design1249 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101Private365$24,536$24,5361980
Notre Dame de Namur University1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002-1908Private1183$31,206$31,20675%1851
Occidental College1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314Private2128$47,522$47,52242%1887
Olivet University1025 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103Private1992
Otis College of Art & Design9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045Private1032$40,490$40,4901918
Pacific Oaks College55 W Eureka St, Pasadena, CA 91103Private1000 (total)1945
Pacific School of Religion1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709Private248 (grad)1866
Pacific Union College1 Angwin Avenue, Angwin, CA 94508Private1645$28,131$28,13151%1882
Pacifica Graduate Institute249 Lambert Rd, Carpinteria, CA 93013Private1976
Palo Alto University1791 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304Private1975
Pardee RAND Graduate School1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90401-3208Private1970
Patten University2433 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA 94601Private1944
Pepperdine University24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263Private3538$46,692$46,69237%1937
Phillips Graduate Institute19900 Plummer St, Chatsworth, CA 91311Private1971
Point Loma Nazarene University3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106Private2556$31,406$31,40667%1902
Saint John's Seminary5012 Seminary Rd, Camarillo, CA 93012Private1939
Saint Mary's College of California1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94556Private3055$41,380$41,38070%1863
Saint Patrick's Seminary & University320 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025Private1101898
Samuel Merritt University3100 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609Private589$42,850$42,8501909
San Diego Christian College2100 Greenfield Drive, El Cajon, CA 92019Private597$25,888$25,88843%1970
San Francisco Art Institute800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133Private478$40,096$40,0961871
San Francisco Conservatory of Music50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102Private174$40,992$40,9921917
San Francisco Theological Seminary105 Seminary Rd, San Anselmo, CA 94960Private1871
San Joaquin College of Law901 5th St, Clovis, CA 93612Private1969
Santa Clara University500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053Private5435$43,812$43,81250%1851
Saybrook University747 Front St, San Francisco, CA 94111Private1971
Scripps Research Institute10550 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037Private1991
Simpson University2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003-8606Private1024$24,300$24,30056%1921
Sofia University1069 E Meadow Cir, Palo Alto, CA 94303Private1975
Soka University of America1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656Private412$30,214$30,21443%1987
Southern California College of Optometry2575 Yorba Linda Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831Private1904
Southern California Institute of Architecture960 E. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013Private500$37,300$37,3001972
Southern California University of Health Sciences16200 E Amber Valley Dr, Whittier, CA 90604Private1911
Stanford University450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305Private7061$44,757$44,7576%1885
Thomas Aquinas College10000 N. Ojai Rd, Santa Paula, CA 93060-9621Private366$24,500$24,50082%1971
Touro College Los Angeles1317 North Crescent Heights Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046Private2005
Touro University California1310 Club Dr, Vallejo, CA 94594Private14031997
Touro University Worldwide10601 Calle Lee #179, Los Alamitos, CA 90720Private1998
Trident University International5757 Plaza Dr. Suite 100, Cypress, CA 90630Private8004$6,600$6,6001998
United States University830 Bay Blvd, Chula Vista, CA 91911Private3001997
University of California System
University of California Berkeley110 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-5800Public25951$13,844$25,06418%1868
University of California Davis1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616Public26663$13,896$36,77441%1905
Hastings College of the Law200 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102Public1,250 (Grad)1878
University of California IrvineIrvine, CA 92697Public23530$14,757$37,63541%1965
University of California Los Angeles405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095Public28674$12,702$35,58020%1919
University of California Merced5200 Lake Rd, Merced, CA 95343Public5837$13,160$36,03865%2005
University of California Riverside900 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521Public18621$13,408$36,28660%1954
University of California San Diego9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093Public23805$13,302$36,18037%1960
University of California San Francisco500 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94143Public4,636 (grad)1873
University of California Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CA 93106Public19362$13,746$36,62440%1909
University of California Santa Cruz1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064Public15695$13,398$36,27652%1965
University of La Verne1950 Third Street, La Verne, CA 91750Private2682$36,744$36,74434%1891
University of the Pacific3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211Private3877$41,342$41,34273%1851
University of Redlands1200 E Colton Ave, Redlands, CA 92373Private3609$43,186$43,18667%1907
University of San Diego5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492Private5665$42,908$42,90849%1949
University of San Francisco2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117-1080Private6392$41,450$41,45061%1855
University of Southern CaliforniaUniversity Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089Private18445$48,280$48,28020%1880
University of the West1409 Walnut Grove Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770Private355$9,486$9,4861990
Vanguard University of Southern California55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626Private2135$30,050$30,05070%1920
Western State University College of Law1111 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831Private470 (grad)1966
Western University of Health Sciences309 E 2nd St, Pomona, CA 91766Private37871977
Westminster Seminary California1725 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027Private1551979
Westmont College955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108Private1305$39,990$39,99070%1937
Whittier College13406 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601Private1695$41,711$41,71163%1887
William Jessup University333 Sunset Boulevard, Rocklin, CA 95765Private1048$24,990$24,9901939
Woodbury University7500 Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91510Private1357$35,048$35,04857%1884
The Wright Institute2728 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704Private1968

Size wise the largest colleges by student body are the California State University, Northridge (33,398 UG students) and California State University, Fullerton (33,116). While the smallest establishments include the California Institute of Integral Studies (75 students) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (174 students).

Cost wise, of the main higher education establishments the lowest tuition fees are offered by the California State University, Monterey Bay  (Instate: $5,963), and California State University, Dominguez Hills  ($6,099). The lowest costs for out of state students offered by public bodies are offered by California State University, Long Beach  ($12,108).

Conversely the highest priced public college in the state is the University of California Irvine ($14,757 In-state tuition fees and $37,635 Out of state fees).

Of the private institutions, the lowest priced establishments in the list of California colleges are the University of the West ($9,486) and the National Hispanic University ($8,196), whilst the most expensive universities in California state are Harvey Mudd College ($48,594) and the University of Southern California ($48,280).

The most selective colleges are Stanford (6% acceptance rate) and CALTECH (11%). The oldest colleges in California are the Santa Clara University, University of the Pacific, Notre Dame de Namur University, and the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, all established in 1851.

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