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 117M citations received by 1.93M publications made by 249 universities in California, measured the popularity of 11,864 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

#1 in California
Acceptance Rate
5%
Average SAT
1495
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$20,023
#2 in California
Acceptance Rate
17%
Average SAT
1420
Average ACT
33
Receiving Aid
63%
#3 in California
Acceptance Rate
14%
Receiving Aid
73%
Average Aid
$15,461
Enrollment
44,589
#4 in California
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1375
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
60%
#5 in California
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average SAT
1435
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$39,759
#6 in California
Acceptance Rate
46%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
74%
#7 in California
Acceptance Rate
18%
Enrollment
3,201
Male:Female
36:64
Founded
1864
#8 in California
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1555
Average ACT
36
Net Price
$26,591
#9 in California
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average SAT
1330
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
74%
#10 in California
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1345
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
60%
#11 in California
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average SAT
1260
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
67%
#12 in California
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1180
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
91%
#13 in California
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1195
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
61%
#14 in California
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1030
Average ACT
20
Receiving Aid
78%
#15 in California
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1125
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
72%
#16 in California
Acceptance Rate
42%
Average SAT
1130
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
80%
#17 in California
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average SAT
1360
Average ACT
30
Net Price
$48,284
#18 in California
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1005
Average ACT
19
Receiving Aid
87%
#19 in California
Acceptance Rate
38%
Average SAT
1315
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
64%
#20 in California
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average SAT
1090
Average ACT
21
Receiving Aid
80%
#21 in California
Enrollment
4,468
Male:Female
34:66
Founded
1905
#22 in California
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average SAT
1080
Average ACT
21
Receiving Aid
79%
#23 in California
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average SAT
1235
Average ACT
27
Net Price
$42,801
#24 in California
Enrollment
2,866
Male:Female
79:21
Founded
1909
#25 in California
Acceptance Rate
42%
Average SAT
1305
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$46,550
#26 in California
Acceptance Rate
50%
Average SAT
1300
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$48,758
#27 in California
Acceptance Rate
59%
Net Price
$37,547
Receiving Aid
82%
Average Aid
$33,074
#28 in California
Acceptance Rate
58%
Average SAT
1260
Average ACT
28
Net Price
$44,327
#29 in California
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average SAT
965
Average ACT
18
Receiving Aid
95%
#30 in California
Acceptance Rate
90%
Average SAT
995
Average ACT
19
Receiving Aid
88%
#31 in California
Acceptance Rate
9%
Net Price
$30,392
Receiving Aid
72%
Average Aid
$44,680
#32 in California
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average SAT
1030
Average ACT
20
Receiving Aid
85%
#33 in California
Acceptance Rate
71%
Average SAT
1210
Average ACT
26
Net Price
$32,780
#34 in California
Enrollment
1,949
Male:Female
41:59
Founded
1925
#35 in California
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average SAT
1050
Average ACT
22
Receiving Aid
93%
#36 in California
Acceptance Rate
90%
Average SAT
1070
Average ACT
21
Receiving Aid
74%
#37 in California
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average SAT
1130
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
78%
#38 in California
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average SAT
995
Average ACT
18
Receiving Aid
89%
#39 in California
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average SAT
1050
Average ACT
20
Receiving Aid
73%
#40 in California
Acceptance Rate
18%
Average SAT
1530
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$37,192
#41 in California
Acceptance Rate
41%
Average SAT
1365
Average ACT
31
Net Price
$41,102
#42 in California
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average SAT
1040
Average ACT
20
Receiving Aid
83%
#43 in California
Acceptance Rate
81%
Receiving Aid
93%
Average Aid
$10,286
Enrollment
18,687
#44 in California
Acceptance Rate
13%
Average SAT
1415
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$22,004
#45 in California
Acceptance Rate
38%
Net Price
$25,481
Receiving Aid
33%
Average Aid
$9,411
#46 in California
Acceptance Rate
73%
Receiving Aid
85%
Average Aid
$9,390
Enrollment
16,253
#47 in California
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average SAT
1162
Average ACT
25
Net Price
$40,401
#48 in California
Acceptance Rate
94%
Net Price
$31,367
Receiving Aid
95%
Average Aid
$25,444
#49 in California
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average SAT
1166
Average ACT
25
Net Price
$27,954
#50 in California
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average SAT
1180
Average ACT
26
Net Price
$34,713
#51 in California
Acceptance Rate
86%
Average SAT
1060
Average ACT
20
Receiving Aid
81%
#52 in California
Enrollment
2,277
Male:Female
53:47
#53 in California
Acceptance Rate
25%
Net Price
$23,746
Receiving Aid
91%
Average Aid
$8,855
#54 in California
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
1,026
Male:Female
38:62
Founded
1878
#55 in California
Acceptance Rate
78%
Receiving Aid
91%
Average Aid
$10,620
Enrollment
11,745
#56 in California
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average SAT
1140
Average ACT
22
Net Price
$30,240
#57 in California
Enrollment
2,472
Male:Female
52:48
Founded
1901
#58 in California
Acceptance Rate
5%
Enrollment
90
Male:Female
38:62
Founded
1994
#59 in California
Acceptance Rate
89%
Receiving Aid
92%
Average Aid
$10,056
Enrollment
11,163
#60 in California
Acceptance Rate
17%
Net Price
$30,095
Receiving Aid
40%
Average Aid
$45,590
#61 in California
Enrollment
26
Male:Female
50:50
#62 in California
Acceptance Rate
86%
Average SAT
1160
Average ACT
24
Net Price
$36,899
#63 in California
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average SAT
1155
Average ACT
24
Net Price
$29,669
#64 in California
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average SAT
1055
Average ACT
20
Net Price
$30,061
#65 in California
Acceptance Rate
72%
Net Price
$28,647
Receiving Aid
96%
Average Aid
$32,820
#66 in California
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
1,530
Male:Female
23:77
Founded
1968
#67 in California
Acceptance Rate
52%
Average SAT
1295
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$16,411
#68 in California
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
924
Male:Female
27:73
#69 in California
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
28
Net Price
$32,418
#70 in California
Acceptance Rate
35%
Average SAT
1400
Average ACT
31
Net Price
$40,259
#71 in California
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1195
Average ACT
26
Net Price
$34,644
#72 in California
Enrollment
3,813
Male:Female
38:62
Founded
1977
#73 in California
Acceptance Rate
27%
Net Price
$59,367
Receiving Aid
98%
Average Aid
$14,649
#74 in California
Acceptance Rate
100%
Receiving Aid
72%
Average Aid
$4,536
Enrollment
11,417
#75 in California
Acceptance Rate
85%
Net Price
$43,687
Receiving Aid
77%
Average Aid
$25,775
#76 in California
Acceptance Rate
24%
Receiving Aid
0%
Enrollment
3,131
Male:Female
19:81
#77 in California
Acceptance Rate
95%
Net Price
$20,910
Receiving Aid
95%
Average Aid
$4,955
#78 in California
Enrollment
1,071
Male:Female
21:79
Founded
1974
#79 in California
Acceptance Rate
100%
Receiving Aid
66%
Average Aid
$4,533
Enrollment
25,948
#80 in California
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1055
Average ACT
22
Net Price
$27,883
#81 in California
Enrollment
785
Male:Female
18:82
Founded
1971
#82 in California
#1009 in North America
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average SAT
1055
Average ACT
19
Net Price
$24,891
#83 in California
#1035 in North America
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
631
Male:Female
37:63
Founded
1997
#84 in California
#1041 in North America
Acceptance Rate
76%
Net Price
$47,878
Receiving Aid
55%
Average Aid
$18,346
#85 in California
#1054 in North America
Acceptance Rate
60%
Enrollment
796
Male:Female
44:56
Founded
1924
#86 in California
#1096 in North America
Acceptance Rate
79%
Receiving Aid
81%
Average Aid
$9,559
Enrollment
7,446
#87 in California
#1108 in North America
Acceptance Rate
59%
Average SAT
1020
Average ACT
21
Net Price
$23,163
#88 in California
#1128 in North America
Acceptance Rate
47%
Enrollment
886
Male:Female
40:60
Founded
1911
#89 in California
#1142 in North America
Acceptance Rate
70%
Net Price
$32,591
Receiving Aid
99%
Average Aid
$23,156
#90 in California
#1157 in North America
Acceptance Rate
56%
Enrollment
2,050
Male:Female
25:75
Founded
1909
#91 in California
#1161 in North America
Acceptance Rate
49%
Net Price
$13,916
Receiving Aid
94%
Average Aid
$4,188
#92 in California
#1186 in North America
Acceptance Rate
82%
Receiving Aid
67%
Average Aid
$7,318
Enrollment
952
#93 in California
#1193 in North America
Acceptance Rate
100%
Receiving Aid
70%
Average Aid
$3,794
Enrollment
14,605
#94 in California
#1208 in North America
Enrollment
1,163
Male:Female
19:81
Founded
1975
#95 in California
#1209 in North America
Acceptance Rate
100%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1964
#96 in California
#1212 in North America
Enrollment
514
Male:Female
21:79
Founded
1969
#97 in California
#1225 in North America
Acceptance Rate
50%
Average SAT
1045
Average ACT
21
Net Price
$21,667
#98 in California
#1239 in North America
Enrollment
247
Male:Female
41:59
Founded
1969
#99 in California
#1243 in North America
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1020
Average ACT
19
Net Price
$18,728
#100 in California
#1252 in North America
Enrollment
213
Male:Female
51:49

Closest to California states

State
Universities
Unis
Best university country rank
Best uni United States Flag rank
Nevada 10 131
Oregon 31 66
Utah 20 46
Arizona 25 35
Idaho 10 159
Washington 57 7
Wyoming 1 140
Colorado 38 44
New Mexico 12 80
Montana 12 148
Nebraska 23 69
South Dakota 15 239
Kansas 32 65
Texas 119 21
Oklahoma 31 95
North Dakota 14 186
Minnesota 48 14
Iowa 39 49
Missouri 67 37
Arkansas 24 126
Louisiana 27 78
Wisconsin 47 13
Illinois 100 16
Mississippi 18 135
Indiana 55 32
Michigan 62 3
Tennessee 56 51
Alabama 33 87
Kentucky 38 61
Ohio 90 19
Georgia 63 48
West Virginia 26 107
South Carolina 37 86
North Carolina 65 17
Virginia 63 40
Alaska 6 178
Pennsylvania 155 10
Florida 109 27
District of Columbia 15 70
Maryland 34 12
New York 221 8
Delaware 5 90
New Jersey 47 15
Vermont 17 106
Hawaii 10 189
Connecticut 28 9
Massachusetts 88 1
New Hampshire 16 68
Rhode Island 12 52
Maine 19 156
Puerto Rico 52 404
Virgin Islands 1 799
American Samoa 1 1785
Northern Marianas 1 1824
Guam 2 601