Colleges in California


California has 230 private and 50 public 4-year colleges that enroll 136,150 first-year students yearly. The average tuition of public colleges is $21,750 for in-state students and $35,825 for out-of-state and international students.

Private colleges in California charge around $34,035 per year in tuition regardless of residency.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, California provided $408.3 million in financial aid to 81,347 students who enrolled in 4-year colleges for the first time as undergraduates. In addition, the colleges themselves awarded $1 billion in grants and scholarships to 83,005 students.

California receives 12.6% of the total pell grant the federal government allocates. In the 2020-2021 academic year, 70,213 4-year college first-year undergraduates were awarded a total amount of $357.3 million in pell grant ($5,005 per student on average), and 52,732 students received a total amount of $280.1 million in the form of student loans from the federal government ($6,040 per student on average).

Net price Acceptance Rate Graduation Rate
Gnomon 4 year $45,213 100.0% 50.0%
Brand College Less than 2 year N/A 100.0% 100.0%
Galaxy Medical College 2 year $11,883 97.5% 100.0%
Stanford University 4 year $20,023 95.2% 5.2%
Pomona College 4 year $30,392 94.0% 8.6%
Harvey Mudd College 4 year $37,192 92.7% 18.0%
University of California-Berkeley 4 year $19,329 92.3% 17.5%
Claremont McKenna College 4 year $22,004 92.3% 13.3%
Santa Clara University 4 year $48,284 92.0% 50.7%
University of Southern California 4 year $39,759 91.7% 16.1%
California Institute of Technology 4 year $26,591 91.6% 6.7%
University of California-Los Angeles 4 year $16,474 91.3% 14.3%
Pepperdine University 4 year $46,550 88.6% 41.9%
Scripps College 4 year $40,259 87.9% 35.1%
University of California-San Diego 4 year $15,222 87.1% 36.6%
Soka University of America 4 year $16,411 87.0% 52.0%
University of California-Davis 4 year $17,026 86.3% 46.4%
University of California-Irvine 4 year $13,106 85.0% 29.9%
Thomas Aquinas College 4 year $24,067 84.3% 85.5%
University of California-Santa Barbara 4 year $17,223 84.0% 36.7%
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