Top Universities in California

For those interested in studying in California, we have a very useful list. We selected the best California institutions for prospective students. Please know that rankings are based on academic research, alumni reviews, graduation rates, as well as assessment from peer colleges. On the page, you will find major admissions stats such as acceptance rate, tuition fees, average SAT scores for each ranked college or university.

Rankings Schools
1 Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
Tuition: $41,787
Total enrollment: 19,945
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 7.1%
Average freshman retention rate: 98%
6-year graduation rate: 96%
Classes with under 20 students: 68.9%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1360-1550
2 California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
Tuition: $39,588
Total enrollment: 2,231
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 12.8%
Average freshman retention rate: 98%
6-year graduation rate: 87%
Classes with under 20 students: 63.4%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1460-1590
3 University of California: Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
Tuition: N/A
Total enrollment: 36,142
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 21.6%
Average freshman retention rate: 97%
6-year graduation rate: 90%
Classes with under 20 students: 64.2%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1250-1490
4 University of California: Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Tuition: in-state: $12,692, out-of-state: $35,570
Total enrollment: 40,675
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 25.5%
Average freshman retention rate: 97%
6-year graduation rate: 90%
Classes with under 20 students: 50.9%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1180-1440
5 University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Tuition: $44,463
Total enrollment: 38,010
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 23.0%
Average freshman retention rate: 97%
6-year graduation rate: 90%
Classes with under 20 students: 60.8%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1280-1490
6 University of California: Davis (Davis, CA)
Tuition: in-state: $13,877, out-of-state: $36,755
Total enrollment: 31,732
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 46.0%
Average freshman retention rate: 92%
6-year graduation rate: 86%
Classes with under 20 students: 32.6%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1090-1340
7 University of California: San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
Tuition: N/A
Total enrollment: 28,593
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 35.5%
Average freshman retention rate: 95%
6-year graduation rate: 85%
Classes with under 20 students: 37.3%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1110-1360
8 University of California: Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
Tuition: in-state: $13,671, out-of-state: $36,549
Total enrollment: 21,685
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 45.7%
Average freshman retention rate: 91%
6-year graduation rate: 86%
Classes with under 20 students: 46.8%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1120-1360
9 University of California: Irvine (Irvine, CA)
Tuition: N/A
Total enrollment: 27,189
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 47.5%
Average freshman retention rate: 94%
6-year graduation rate: 85%
Classes with under 20 students: 47.0%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1060-1310
10 Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)
Tuition: $42,772
Total enrollment: 7,539
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 31.6%
Average freshman retention rate: 90%
6-year graduation rate: 81%
Classes with under 20 students: 67.7%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1100-1330
11 University of California: Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
Tuition: in-state: $13,416, out-of-state: $36,294
Total enrollment: 17,454
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 67.4%
Average freshman retention rate: 90%
6-year graduation rate: 77%
Classes with under 20 students: 44.1%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1020-1270
12 University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Tuition: $39,970
Total enrollment: 8,317
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 47.5%
Average freshman retention rate: 86%
6-year graduation rate: 75%
Classes with under 20 students: 39.5%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1130-1320
13 University of California: Riverside (Riverside, CA)
Tuition: in-state: $12,923, out-of-state: $35,801
Total enrollment: 20,901
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 69.0%
Average freshman retention rate: 86%
6-year graduation rate: 70%
Classes with under 20 students: 31.4%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 950-1210
14 University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Tuition: $38,884
Total enrollment: 9,734
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 58.0%
Average freshman retention rate: 84%
6-year graduation rate: 70%
Classes with under 20 students: 52.9%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1030-1250
15 University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA)
Tuition: $38,320
Total enrollment: 6,710
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 35.8%
Average freshman retention rate: 84%
6-year graduation rate: 69%
Classes with under 20 students: 54.0%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1050-1318
16 San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
Tuition: in-state: $7,076, out-of-state: $18,236
Total enrollment: 31,303
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 32.9%
Average freshman retention rate: 84%
6-year graduation rate: 66%
Classes with under 20 students: 27.7%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 980-1190
17 University of La Verne (La Verne, CA)
Tuition: $33,350
Total enrollment: 4,692
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 39.9%
Average freshman retention rate: 82%
6-year graduation rate: 58%
Classes with under 20 students: 62.1%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 920-1100
18 Biola University (La Mirada, CA)
Tuition: $31,004
Total enrollment: 6,250
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 76.4%
Average freshman retention rate: 85%
6-year graduation rate: 66%
Classes with under 20 students: 45.7%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 1000-1250
19 Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA)
Tuition: $31,076
Total enrollment: 9,929
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: 49.2%
Average freshman retention rate: 85%
6-year graduation rate: 63%
Classes with under 20 students: 68.6%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: 980-1210
20 Alliant International University (San Diego, CA)
Tuition: $16,810
Total enrollment: 4,330
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: N/A
Average freshman retention rate: N/A
6-year graduation rate: 29%
Classes with under 20 students: 93.5%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: N/A
21 California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA)
Tuition: N/A
Total enrollment: 1,428
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: N/A
Average freshman retention rate: N/A
6-year graduation rate: N/A
Classes with under 20 students: 100.0%
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: N/A
22 Trident University International (Cypress, CA)
Tuition: N/A
Total enrollment: N/A
Fall 2011 acceptance rate: N/A
Average freshman retention rate: N/A
6-year graduation rate: N/A
Classes with under 20 students: N/A
SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile: N/A

 

Top Universities in California

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