100 Best colleges for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in California, US

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Below is a list of best universities in California ranked based on their research performance in Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. A graph of 106M citations received by 2.57M academic papers made by 141 universities in California was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

1. Stanford University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
4%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$14,402

2. University of California - Berkeley

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
14%
Receiving Aid
61%
Average Aid
$21,406
Enrollment
45,036

3. University of California - Los Angeles

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
11%
Receiving Aid
56%
Average Aid
$17,592
Enrollment
46,116

4. University of Southern California

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
13%
Average SAT
1475
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$26,021

5. University of California-San Diego

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
34%
Receiving Aid
54%
Average Aid
$18,083
Enrollment
41,885

6. University of California - Davis

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
49%
Receiving Aid
65%
Average Aid
$17,628
Enrollment
40,050

7. University of California - San Francisco

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
18%
Enrollment
3,165
Male:Female
35:65
Founded
1864

8. University of California - Irvine

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
29%
Receiving Aid
79%
Average Aid
$16,868
Enrollment
36,505

9. University of California - Santa Barbara

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
29%
Receiving Aid
58%
Average Aid
$18,107
Enrollment
26,124

10. California Institute of Technology

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
4%
Net Price
$30,162
Receiving Aid
67%
Average Aid
$47,556

11. University of California - Santa Cruz

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
59%
Receiving Aid
63%
Average Aid
$19,199
Enrollment
19,841

12. University of California - Riverside

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
65%
Receiving Aid
82%
Average Aid
$18,676
Enrollment
26,847

13. San Diego State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
38%
Receiving Aid
58%
Average Aid
$9,026
Enrollment
36,484

14. San Jose State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
84%
Receiving Aid
69%
Average Aid
$9,184
Enrollment
37,133

15. San Francisco State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
93%
Receiving Aid
77%
Average Aid
$9,586
Enrollment
26,899

16. California State University - Fullerton

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
59%
Receiving Aid
79%
Average Aid
$9,215
Enrollment
40,738

17. Santa Clara University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
54%
Average SAT
1410
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$48,469

18. California State University - Long Beach

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
47%
Receiving Aid
80%
Average Aid
$9,433
Enrollment
40,190

19. Loyola Marymount University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
46%
Average SAT
1335
Average ACT
30
Net Price
$40,180

20. Naval Postgraduate School

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
23%
Enrollment
2,787
Male:Female
79:21
Founded
1909

21. University of San Francisco

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
71%
Average SAT
1290
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$39,825

22. Claremont Graduate University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
1,953
Male:Female
40:60
Founded
1925

23. California State University - Los Angeles

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
91%
Receiving Aid
92%
Average Aid
$10,909
Enrollment
27,513

24. California State University - Northridge

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
88%
Receiving Aid
85%
Average Aid
$10,882
Enrollment
40,108

25. University of San Diego

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
53%
Net Price
$34,155
Receiving Aid
84%
Average Aid
$34,413

26. Loma Linda University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Enrollment
4,390
Male:Female
33:67
Founded
1905

27. California State University - Sacramento

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
94%
Receiving Aid
83%
Average Aid
$9,769
Enrollment
32,498

28. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
33%
Receiving Aid
65%
Average Aid
$5,988
Enrollment
22,231

29. California State University - San Bernardino

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
91%
Receiving Aid
89%
Average Aid
$10,157
Enrollment
19,514

30. John F. Kennedy University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
100%
Founded
1964

31. Chapman University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
60%
Average SAT
1310
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$40,451

32. California State University - Fresno

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
97%
Receiving Aid
85%
Average Aid
$10,314
Enrollment
25,047

33. University of California - Merced

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
87%
Receiving Aid
93%
Average Aid
$21,623
Enrollment
9,093

34. Humboldt State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
91%
Receiving Aid
81%
Average Aid
$9,716
Enrollment
5,908

35. Pomona College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$17,000

36. Pepperdine University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
53%
Average SAT
1350
Average ACT
28
Net Price
$40,945

37. Palo Alto University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
12%
Enrollment
1,149
Male:Female
17:83
Founded
1975

38. California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
61%
Receiving Aid
80%
Average Aid
$9,025
Enrollment
29,456

39. California State University - Chico

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
85%
Receiving Aid
71%
Average Aid
$8,691
Enrollment
15,702

40. Claremont McKenna College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
11%
Average SAT
1475
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$21,663

41. Sonoma State University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
94%
Receiving Aid
73%
Average Aid
$8,547
Enrollment
7,371

42. Alliant International University - San Diego

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
100%
Net Price
$25,481
Receiving Aid
33%
Average Aid
$9,411

43. California State University - San Marcos

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
93%
Receiving Aid
77%
Average Aid
$9,298
Enrollment
16,255

44. University of the Pacific

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
79%
Average SAT
1250
Average ACT
28
Net Price
$21,311

45. Occidental College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
38%
Average SAT
1415
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$43,047

46. California State University - Dominguez Hills

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
90%
Receiving Aid
90%
Average Aid
$10,180
Enrollment
17,837

47. Fuller Theological Seminary

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Enrollment
2,191
Male:Female
52:48

48. Mills College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1396
Average ACT
31
Net Price
$25,283

49. Golden Gate University - San Francisco

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
83%
Enrollment
2,425
Male:Female
55:45
Founded
1901

50. Biola University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
61%
Average SAT
1226
Average ACT
26
Net Price
$29,123

51. California State University - East Bay

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
82%
Receiving Aid
92%
Average Aid
$8,540
Enrollment
15,189

52. University of Redlands

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
83%
Average SAT
1195
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$21,578

53. Azusa Pacific University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
94%
Average SAT
1116
Average ACT
22
Net Price
$27,112

54. Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
63%
Net Price
$26,470
Receiving Aid
93%
Average Aid
$10,193

55. California State University - Bakersfield

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
85%
Receiving Aid
90%
Average Aid
$10,725
Enrollment
10,972

56. Saybrook University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Enrollment
915
Male:Female
18:82
Founded
1971

57. University of the West

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
100%
Net Price
$13,225
Receiving Aid
67%
Average Aid
$5,975

58. Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Enrollment
31
Male:Female
54:46

59. California State University - Monterey Bay

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
93%
Receiving Aid
75%
Average Aid
$9,097
Enrollment
7,503

60. Pitzer College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
18%
Net Price
$19,153
Receiving Aid
48%
Average Aid
$39,399

61. West Los Angeles College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
100%
Receiving Aid
59%
Average Aid
$6,319
Enrollment
9,481

62. California State University - Stanislaus

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
95%
Receiving Aid
88%
Average Aid
$9,785
Enrollment
10,481

63. Western University of Health Sciences

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
8%
Enrollment
3,788
Male:Female
36:64
Founded
1977

64. Harvey Mudd College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
10%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$33,838

65. Fielding Graduate University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Enrollment
1,146
Male:Female
22:78
Founded
1974

66. Graduate Theological Union

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Enrollment
194
Male:Female
50:50

67. California State University Maritime Academy

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
82%
Receiving Aid
74%
Average Aid
$7,663
Enrollment
925

68. Saint Mary's College of California

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
70%
Net Price
$25,022
Receiving Aid
100%
Average Aid
$37,096

69. Scripps College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
30%
Average SAT
1450
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$44,770

70. California Western School of Law

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
60%
Enrollment
758
Male:Female
41:59
Founded
1924

71. Whittier College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
82%
Average SAT
1230
Average ACT
26
Net Price
$22,091

72. Antioch University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
815
Male:Female
26:74

73. University of La Verne

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
72%
Average SAT
1020
Average ACT
21
Net Price
$22,538

74. Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
37%
Net Price
$33,638
Receiving Aid
100%
Average Aid
$2,389

75. California Institute of Integral Studies

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
90%
Enrollment
1,833
Male:Female
21:79
Founded
1968

76. California State University - Channel Islands

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
93%
Receiving Aid
82%
Average Aid
$9,261
Enrollment
6,966

77. Westmont College

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
79%
Average SAT
1310
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$33,554

78. Point Loma Nazarene University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1260
Average ACT
26
Net Price
$34,851

79. American Jewish University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
61%
Net Price
$18,651
Receiving Aid
86%
Average Aid
$25,048

80. California Lutheran University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
82%
Average SAT
1190
Average ACT
26
Net Price
$24,065

81. Wright Institute

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Enrollment
517
Male:Female
21:79
Founded
1969

82. Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
14%
Enrollment
95
Male:Female
37:63
Founded
1994

83. Pardee RAND Graduate School

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Acceptance Rate
38%
Enrollment
132
Male:Female
54:46
Founded
1970

84. Claremont School of Theology

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1001 in North America
Acceptance Rate
100%
Enrollment
237
Male:Female
58:42

85. Newschool of Architecture and Design

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1008 in North America
Acceptance Rate
61%
Net Price
$48,752
Receiving Aid
83%
Average Aid
$6,934

86. Touro University California

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1019 in North America
Acceptance Rate
49%
Enrollment
1,248
Male:Female
39:61
Founded
1997

87. Dominican University of California

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1036 in North America
Acceptance Rate
93%
Average SAT
1169
Average ACT
23
Net Price
$45,001

88. United States University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1049 in North America
Acceptance Rate
100%
Net Price
$13,529
Receiving Aid
75%
Average Aid
$3,125

89. Thomas Jefferson School of Law

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1072 in North America
Acceptance Rate
50%
Enrollment
286
Male:Female
39:61
Founded
1969

90. Soka University of America

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1083 in North America
Acceptance Rate
52%
Average SAT
1303
Average ACT
26
Net Price
$10,586

91. Northcentral University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1093 in North America
Acceptance Rate
93%
Enrollment
12,648
Male:Female
24:76

92. La Sierra University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1105 in North America
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1010
Average ACT
23
Net Price
$25,230

93. Southwestern Law School

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1113 in North America
Acceptance Rate
47%
Enrollment
952
Male:Female
41:59
Founded
1911

94. Keck Graduate Institute

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1138 in North America
Acceptance Rate
66%
Enrollment
573
Male:Female
35:65
Founded
1997

95. Woodbury University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1146 in North America
Acceptance Rate
63%
Net Price
$32,293
Receiving Aid
100%
Average Aid
$23,275

96. San Francisco Theological Seminary

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1156 in North America
Enrollment
200

97. Pacifica Graduate Institute

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1178 in North America
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
908
Male:Female
27:73
Founded
1974

98. Samuel Merritt University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1201 in North America
Acceptance Rate
56%
Enrollment
2,048
Male:Female
24:76
Founded
1909

99. Vanguard University of Southern California

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1202 in North America
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average SAT
1090
Average ACT
22
Net Price
$20,427

100. California Baptist University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1210 in North America
Acceptance Rate
64%
Net Price
$23,494
Receiving Aid
100%
Average Aid
$23,083

Closest to California states to learn Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

State
Universities
Unis
Best university country rank
Best uni United States Flag rank
Nevada 7 143
Oregon 19 93
Utah 11 46
Arizona 10 29
Idaho 7 197
Washington 35 5
Colorado 23 51
New Mexico 9 94
Montana 9 155
Nebraska 14 83
South Dakota 9 326
Kansas 20 69
Texas 82 18
Oklahoma 21 102
North Dakota 8 159
Minnesota 30 19
Iowa 33 42
Missouri 41 38
Arkansas 17 150
Louisiana 26 72
Wisconsin 34 10
Illinois 78 11
Mississippi 14 176
Indiana 36 44
Michigan 43 4
Tennessee 38 45
Alabama 27 80
Kentucky 29 55
Ohio 64 15
Georgia 50 41
West Virginia 19 112
South Carolina 31 62
North Carolina 49 22
Virginia 42 37
Alaska 4 227
Pennsylvania 108 7
Florida 66 32
District of Columbia 13 60
Maryland 27 23
New York 143 6
Delaware 4 91
New Jersey 28 24
Vermont 11 119
Hawaii 7 103
Connecticut 22 8
Massachusetts 74 1
New Hampshire 12 87
Rhode Island 9 67
Maine 15 200
Puerto Rico 15 399