59 Best Physics schools in California, US

Below is the list of best universities in California ranked based on their research performance in Physics. A graph of 19.4M citations received by 340K academic papers made by 59 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 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 an official site as it's constantly changing data.

  1. For Physics

    Stanford University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    4%
    Average SAT
    1505
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $16,779
  2. For Physics

    University of California - Berkeley logo
    Acceptance Rate
    16%
    Average SAT
    1430
    Average ACT
    33
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  3. For Physics

    California Institute of Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    6%
    Average SAT
    1545
    Average ACT
    36
    Net Price
    $27,438
  4. For Physics

    University of California - Los Angeles logo
    Acceptance Rate
    12%
    Average SAT
    1415
    Average ACT
    32
    Receiving Aid
    61%
  5. For Physics

    University of California - Santa Barbara logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Average SAT
    1355
    Average ACT
    31
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  6. For Physics

    University of California-San Diego logo
    Acceptance Rate
    31%
    Average SAT
    1370
    Average ACT
    30
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  7. For Physics

    University of Southern California logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Average SAT
    1445
    Average ACT
    33
    Net Price
    $37,521
  8. For Physics

    University of California - Davis logo
    Acceptance Rate
    39%
    Average SAT
    1290
    Average ACT
    28
    Receiving Aid
    66%
  9. For Physics

    University of California - Irvine logo
    Acceptance Rate
    27%
    Average SAT
    1295
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  10. For Physics

    University of California - San Francisco logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Enrollment
    3,180
    Male:Female
    36:64
    Founded
    1864
  11. For Physics

    University of California - Santa Cruz logo
    Acceptance Rate
    51%
    Average SAT
    1290
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    70%
  12. For Physics

    University of California - Riverside logo
    Acceptance Rate
    57%
    Average SAT
    1230
    Average ACT
    27
    Receiving Aid
    85%
  13. For Physics

    San Diego State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    34%
    Average SAT
    1215
    Average ACT
    26
    Receiving Aid
    60%
  14. For Physics

    Naval Postgraduate School logo
    Enrollment
    2,841
    Male:Female
    79:21
    Founded
    1909
  15. For Physics

    California State University - Long Beach logo
    Acceptance Rate
    39%
    Average SAT
    1145
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    81%
  16. For Physics

    Humboldt State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    92%
    Average SAT
    1085
    Average ACT
    21
    Receiving Aid
    83%
  17. For Physics

    San Francisco State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    67%
    Average SAT
    1045
    Average ACT
    20
    Receiving Aid
    77%
  18. For Physics

    Loma Linda University logo
    Enrollment
    4,462
    Male:Female
    35:65
    Founded
    1905
  19. For Physics

    University of California - Merced logo
    Acceptance Rate
    72%
    Average SAT
    1090
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    93%
  20. For Physics

    San Jose State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Average SAT
    1140
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    73%
  21. For Physics

    California State University - Northridge logo
    Acceptance Rate
    59%
    Average SAT
    1020
    Average ACT
    19
    Receiving Aid
    86%
  22. For Physics

    California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo logo
    Acceptance Rate
    28%
    Average SAT
    1340
    Average ACT
    29
    Receiving Aid
    63%
  23. For Physics

    Pomona College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    7%
    Average SAT
    1465
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $18,500
  24. For Physics

    University of the Pacific logo
    Acceptance Rate
    66%
    Average SAT
    1240
    Average ACT
    27
    Net Price
    $33,178
  25. For Physics

    California State University - Los Angeles logo
    Acceptance Rate
    48%
    Average SAT
    985
    Average ACT
    18
    Receiving Aid
    94%
  26. For Physics

    Enrollment
    32
    Male:Female
    46:54
  27. For Physics

    Harvey Mudd College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Average SAT
    1530
    Average ACT
    34
    Net Price
    $39,411
  28. For Physics

    Santa Clara University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    49%
    Average SAT
    1360
    Average ACT
    30
    Net Price
    $42,114
  29. For Physics

    California State University - Fullerton logo
    Acceptance Rate
    53%
    Average SAT
    1115
    Average ACT
    22
    Receiving Aid
    77%
  30. For Physics

    Loyola Marymount University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    44%
    Average SAT
    1320
    Average ACT
    29
    Net Price
    $47,292
  31. For Physics

    California State Polytechnic University - Pomona logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Average SAT
    1140
    Average ACT
    23
    Receiving Aid
    78%
  32. For Physics

    California State University - Fresno logo
    Acceptance Rate
    58%
    Average SAT
    1035
    Average ACT
    19
    Receiving Aid
    89%
  33. For Physics

    Chapman University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    56%
    Average SAT
    1285
    Average ACT
    28
    Net Price
    $43,767
  34. For Physics

    University of San Francisco logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Average SAT
    1230
    Average ACT
    26
    Net Price
    $38,422
  35. For Physics

    Soka University of America logo
    Acceptance Rate
    40%
    Average SAT
    1335
    Average ACT
    29
    Net Price
    $14,439
  36. For Physics

    Occidental College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    37%
    Average SAT
    1390
    Average ACT
    30
    Net Price
    $35,362
  37. For Physics

    Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    91
    Male:Female
    34:66
    Founded
    1994
  38. For Physics

    University of San Diego logo
    Acceptance Rate
    49%
    Average SAT
    1280
    Average ACT
    29
    Net Price
    $35,936
  39. For Physics

    California State University - Sacramento logo
    Acceptance Rate
    82%
    Average SAT
    1040
    Average ACT
    19
    Receiving Aid
    85%
  40. For Physics

    Ashford University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Net Price
    $20,415
    Receiving Aid
    89%
    Average Aid
    $4,701
  41. For Physics

    Western University of Health Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    3,792
    Male:Female
    39:61
    Founded
    1977
  42. For Physics

    Keck Graduate Institute logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    580
    Male:Female
    40:60
    Founded
    1997
  43. For Physics

    University of the West logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Net Price
    $12,116
    Receiving Aid
    83%
    Average Aid
    $9,373
  44. For Physics

    California State University Maritime Academy logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Receiving Aid
    82%
    Average Aid
    $8,411
    Enrollment
    941
  45. For Physics

    University of Redlands logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Average SAT
    1170
    Average ACT
    26
    Net Price
    $31,180
  46. For Physics

    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Receiving Aid
    67%
    Average Aid
    $5,000
    Enrollment
    13,048
  47. For Physics

    Marshall B Ketchum University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    739
    Male:Female
    34:66
    Founded
    1904
  48. For Physics

    California State University - Chico logo
    Acceptance Rate
    72%
    Average SAT
    1090
    Average ACT
    21
    Receiving Aid
    76%
  49. For Physics

    Sonoma State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    91%
    Average SAT
    1070
    Average ACT
    20
    Receiving Aid
    71%
  50. For Physics

    California State University - San Bernardino logo
    Acceptance Rate
    69%
    Average SAT
    1000
    Average ACT
    17
    Receiving Aid
    93%
  51. For Physics

    Whittier College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    57%
    Average SAT
    1129
    Average ACT
    23
    Net Price
    $26,363
  52. For Physics

    California State University - East Bay logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Receiving Aid
    86%
    Average Aid
    $9,701
    Enrollment
    16,064
  53. For Physics

    California State University - Dominguez Hills logo
    Acceptance Rate
    77%
    Receiving Aid
    92%
    Average Aid
    $10,198
    Enrollment
    17,977
  54. For Physics

    California State University - Bakersfield logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Receiving Aid
    90%
    Average Aid
    $10,599
    Enrollment
    11,531
  55. For Physics

    Saint Mary's College of California logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Average SAT
    1150
    Average ACT
    25
    Net Price
    $36,613
  56. For Physics

    California State University - San Marcos logo
    Acceptance Rate
    62%
    Average SAT
    1045
    Average ACT
    20
    Receiving Aid
    81%
  57. For Physics

    Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science logo
    Acceptance Rate
    32%
    Average SAT
    889
    Net Price
    $16,103
    Receiving Aid
    93%
  58. For Physics

    Westmont College logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Average SAT
    1215
    Average ACT
    26
    Net Price
    $32,663
  59. For Physics

    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Receiving Aid
    0%
    Enrollment
    28
    Male:Female
    64:36

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