The Best Colleges in California

Stacker has published a list of California’s best four-year colleges, using rankings from Niche. 

The rankings were based on tuition costs, student-to-faculty ratios, acceptance rates, graduation rates, and location.

Each school received an overall grade, an academics grade, a value grade, and a diversity grade.

Below is a list of the top 10 best colleges. For a full list, click here.  

California’s Best Four-Year Colleges

  1. Stanford University

  2. California Institute of Technology

  3. Harvey Mudd College

  4. Pomona College

  5. University of California - Los Angeles

  6. University of Southern California

  7. Claremont McKenna College

  8. University of California - Berkeley

  9. University of California - Irvine

  10. University of California - San Diego

List and data were compiled by Niche and Stacker and do not reflect statistics on all colleges. 



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