List of 100 best universities in California, US

We ranked 100 best universities in California based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 131M citations received by 2.2M publications made by 251 universities in California, measured the popularity of 10,727 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

  1. Stanford University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    4%
    Average SAT
    1505
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $16,779
  2. University of California - Berkeley logo
    Acceptance Rate
    16%
    Average SAT
    1430
    Average ACT
    33
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  3. University of California - Los Angeles logo
    Acceptance Rate
    12%
    Average SAT
    1415
    Average ACT
    32
    Receiving Aid
    61%
  4. University of Southern California logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Average SAT
    1445
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $37,521
  5. University of California-San Diego logo
    Acceptance Rate
    31%
    Average SAT
    1370
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  6. University of California - Davis logo
    Acceptance Rate
    39%
    Average SAT
    1290
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    66%
  7. University of California - San Francisco logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Enrollment
    3,180
    Male:Female
    36:64
    Founded
    1864
  8. University of California - Irvine logo
    Acceptance Rate
    27%
    Average SAT
    1295
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  9. California Institute of Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    6%
    Average SAT
    1545
    Average ACT
    36
    Net Price
    $27,438
  10. University of California - Santa Barbara logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Average SAT
    1355
    Average ACT
    31
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  11. University of California - Santa Cruz logo
    Acceptance Rate
    51%
    Average SAT
    1290
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    70%
  12. University of California - Riverside logo
    Acceptance Rate
    57%
    Average SAT
    1230
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    85%
  13. San Diego State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    34%
    Average SAT
    1215
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    60%
  14. San Francisco State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    67%
    Average SAT
    1045
    Average ACT
    20
    Receiving Aid
    77%
  15. San Jose State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Average SAT
    1140
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    73%
  16. California State University - Long Beach logo
    Acceptance Rate
    39%
    Average SAT
    1145
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    81%
  17. Santa Clara University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    49%
    Average SAT
    1360
    Average ACT
    30
    Net Price
    $42,114
  18. California State University - Northridge logo
    Acceptance Rate
    59%
    Average SAT
    1020
    Average ACT
    19
    Receiving Aid
    86%
  19. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo logo
    Acceptance Rate
    28%
    Average SAT
    1340
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  20. California State University - Fullerton logo
    Acceptance Rate
    53%
    Average SAT
    1115
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    77%
  21. Loma Linda University logo
    Enrollment
    4,462
    Male:Female
    35:65
    Founded
    1905
  22. Humboldt State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    92%
    Average SAT
    1085
    Average ACT
    21
    Receiving Aid
    83%
  23. Naval Postgraduate School logo
    Enrollment
    2,841
    Male:Female
    79:21
    Founded
    1909
  24. University of San Francisco logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Average SAT
    1230
    Average ACT
    26
    Net Price
    $38,422
  25. Pepperdine University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    32%
    Average SAT
    1340
    Average ACT
    30
    Net Price
    $42,135
  26. Loyola Marymount University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    44%
    Average SAT
    1320
    Average ACT
    29
    Net Price
    $47,292
  27. Chapman University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    56%
    Average SAT
    1285
    Average ACT
    28
    Net Price
    $43,767
  28. University of San Diego logo
    Acceptance Rate
    49%
    Average SAT
    1280
    Average ACT
    29
    Net Price
    $35,936
  29. California State University - Los Angeles logo
    Acceptance Rate
    48%
    Average SAT
    985
    Average ACT
    18
    Receiving Aid
    94%
  30. California State University - Sacramento logo
    Acceptance Rate
    82%
    Average SAT
    1040
    Average ACT
    19
    Receiving Aid
    85%
  31. Pomona College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    7%
    Average SAT
    1465
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $18,500
  32. University of the Pacific logo
    Acceptance Rate
    66%
    Average SAT
    1240
    Average ACT
    27
    Net Price
    $33,178
  33. California State University - Fresno logo
    Acceptance Rate
    58%
    Average SAT
    1035
    Average ACT
    19
    Receiving Aid
    89%
  34. Claremont Graduate University logo
    Enrollment
    1,950
    Male:Female
    42:58
    Founded
    1925
  35. California State University - Chico logo
    Acceptance Rate
    72%
    Average SAT
    1090
    Average ACT
    21
    Receiving Aid
    76%
  36. California State Polytechnic University - Pomona logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Average SAT
    1140
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    78%
  37. University of California - Hastings College of Law logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    979
    Male:Female
    41:59
    Founded
    1878
  38. Sonoma State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    91%
    Average SAT
    1070
    Average ACT
    20
    Receiving Aid
    71%
  39. Harvey Mudd College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Average SAT
    1530
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $39,411
  40. California State University - San Bernardino logo
    Acceptance Rate
    69%
    Average SAT
    1000
    Average ACT
    17
    Receiving Aid
    93%
  41. Occidental College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    37%
    Average SAT
    1390
    Average ACT
    30
    Net Price
    $35,362
  42. California State University - Dominguez Hills logo
    Acceptance Rate
    77%
    Receiving Aid
    92%
    Average Aid
    $10,198
    Enrollment
    17,977
  43. Claremont McKenna College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    10%
    Average SAT
    1435
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $24,456
  44. California State University - San Marcos logo
    Acceptance Rate
    62%
    Average SAT
    1045
    Average ACT
    20
    Receiving Aid
    81%
  45. California State University - East Bay logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Receiving Aid
    86%
    Average Aid
    $9,701
    Enrollment
    16,064
  46. Alliant International University - San Diego logo
    Acceptance Rate
    67%
    Enrollment
    3,536
    Male:Female
    29:71
    Founded
    2001
  47. University of California - Merced logo
    Acceptance Rate
    72%
    Average SAT
    1090
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    93%
  48. Saint Mary's College of California logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Average SAT
    1150
    Average ACT
    25
    Net Price
    $36,613
  49. Azusa Pacific University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    67%
    Average SAT
    1145
    Average ACT
    23
    Net Price
    $27,707
  50. Biola University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    70%
    Average SAT
    1195
    Average ACT
    25
    Net Price
    $33,331
  51. Mills College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Average SAT
    1148
    Average ACT
    24
    Net Price
    $25,417
  52. California State University - Monterey Bay logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Average SAT
    1063
    Average ACT
    20
    Receiving Aid
    81%
  53. Enrollment
    2,265
    Male:Female
    54:46
  54. University of Redlands logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Average SAT
    1170
    Average ACT
    26
    Net Price
    $31,180
  55. California State University - Bakersfield logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Receiving Aid
    90%
    Average Aid
    $10,599
    Enrollment
    11,531
  56. California State University - Stanislaus logo
    Acceptance Rate
    89%
    Receiving Aid
    90%
    Average Aid
    $9,738
    Enrollment
    10,974
  57. Pitzer College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Net Price
    $36,552
    Receiving Aid
    48%
    Average Aid
    $36,748
  58. Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    91
    Male:Female
    34:66
    Founded
    1994
  59. Golden Gate University - San Francisco logo
    Enrollment
    2,432
    Male:Female
    51:49
    Founded
    1901
  60. Dominican University of California logo
    Acceptance Rate
    91%
    Average SAT
    1125
    Average ACT
    23
    Net Price
    $34,905
  61. Whittier College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    57%
    Average SAT
    1129
    Average ACT
    23
    Net Price
    $26,363
  62. University of La Verne logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Average SAT
    1115
    Average ACT
    22
    Net Price
    $27,933
  63. California Lutheran University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    71%
    Average SAT
    1160
    Average ACT
    24
    Net Price
    $29,693
  64. Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Net Price
    $43,409
    Receiving Aid
    69%
    Average Aid
    $11,327
  65. Westmont College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Average SAT
    1215
    Average ACT
    26
    Net Price
    $32,663
  66. California Institute of Integral Studies logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    1,476
    Male:Female
    25:75
    Founded
    1968
  67. Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Receiving Aid
    67%
    Average Aid
    $5,000
    Enrollment
    13,048
  68. Scripps College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    32%
    Average SAT
    1412
    Average ACT
    32
    Net Price
    $39,702
  69. Soka University of America logo
    Acceptance Rate
    40%
    Average SAT
    1335
    Average ACT
    29
    Net Price
    $14,439
  70. California Institute of the Arts logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Net Price
    $54,594
    Receiving Aid
    94%
    Average Aid
    $16,651
  71. Antioch University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    79%
    Enrollment
    792
    Male:Female
    28:72
  72. Ashford University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Net Price
    $20,415
    Receiving Aid
    89%
    Average Aid
    $4,701
  73. Western University of Health Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    3,792
    Male:Female
    39:61
    Founded
    1977
  74. Point Loma Nazarene University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    74%
    Average SAT
    1225
    Average ACT
    27
    Net Price
    $33,183
  75. California College of the Arts logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Net Price
    $42,065
    Receiving Aid
    86%
    Average Aid
    $24,342
  76. Santa Monica College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Receiving Aid
    57%
    Average Aid
    $5,489
    Enrollment
    27,497
  77. Fielding Graduate University logo
    Enrollment
    981
    Male:Female
    23:77
    Founded
    1974
  78. California Baptist University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    78%
    Average SAT
    1100
    Average ACT
    21
    Net Price
    $23,055
  79. Saybrook University logo
    Enrollment
    688
    Male:Female
    20:80
    Founded
    1971
  80. National University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    89%
    Average SAT
    960
    Net Price
    $29,382
    Receiving Aid
    33%
  81. Art Center College of Design logo
    Acceptance Rate
    71%
    Net Price
    $47,352
    Receiving Aid
    57%
    Average Aid
    $17,168
  82. La Sierra University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Average SAT
    1030
    Average ACT
    20
    Net Price
    $25,414
  83. Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science logo
    Acceptance Rate
    32%
    Average SAT
    889
    Net Price
    $16,103
    Receiving Aid
    93%
  84. Keck Graduate Institute logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    580
    Male:Female
    40:60
    Founded
    1997
  85. Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles logo
    Acceptance Rate
    13%
    Enrollment
    2,999
    Male:Female
    18:82
    Founded
    1979
  86. California Western School of Law logo
    Acceptance Rate
    59%
    Enrollment
    793
    Male:Female
    44:56
    Founded
    1924
  87. California State University - Channel Islands logo
    Acceptance Rate
    86%
    Receiving Aid
    83%
    Average Aid
    $8,972
    Enrollment
    7,525
  88. Pacific Union College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    53%
    Average SAT
    1060
    Average ACT
    21
    Net Price
    $22,585
  89. University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    4,353
    Male:Female
    32:68
    Founded
    1973
  90. Southwestern Law School logo
    Acceptance Rate
    46%
    Enrollment
    819
    Male:Female
    42:58
    Founded
    1911
  91. John F. Kennedy University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    1,125
    Male:Female
    29:71
    Founded
    1964
  92. Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Net Price
    $1,489
    Receiving Aid
    31%
    Average Aid
    $912
  93. Samuel Merritt University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    56%
    Enrollment
    2,029
    Male:Female
    24:76
    Founded
    1909
  94. Acceptance Rate
    69%
    Net Price
    $34,835
    Receiving Aid
    47%
    Average Aid
    $5,078
  95. Woodbury University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    66%
    Average SAT
    1080
    Average ACT
    22
    Net Price
    $26,349
  96. Foothill College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Receiving Aid
    45%
    Average Aid
    $4,661
    Enrollment
    15,123
  97. Vanguard University of Southern California logo
    Acceptance Rate
    49%
    Average SAT
    1065
    Average ACT
    21
    Net Price
    $20,376
  98. Graduate Theological Union logo
    Enrollment
    197
    Male:Female
    55:45
  99. Palo Alto University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    31%
    Enrollment
    1,075
    Male:Female
    18:82
    Founded
    1975