Universities & Colleges in California

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
Stanford University (Stanford) 16980$48410 / $48410$48410 / $48410
University of California-Berkeley (Berkeley) 38189$14420 / $40170$14420 / $29870
California Institute of Technology (Pasadena) 2255$47380 / $47380$47380 / $47380
University of California-Los Angeles (Los Angeles) 41908$13390 / $39140$13390 / $28840
University of Southern California (Los Angeles) 43401$52530 / $52530$42230 / $42230
Pomona College (Claremont) 1663$49440 / $49440$N/A / $N/A
University of California-San Diego (La Jolla) 32906$14420 / $40170$14420 / $29870
University of California-Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara) 23497$14420 / $40170$14420 / $29870
University of California-San Francisco (San Francisco) 3107$N/A / $N/A$13390 / $28840
University of California-Irvine (Irvine) 30836$14420 / $39140$14420 / $29870
University of California-Davis (Davis) 35186$14420 / $40170$14420 / $29870
University of California-Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz) 17868$14420 / $40170$14420 / $29870
University of California-Riverside (Riverside) 21385$14420 / $40170$14420 / $29870
Harvey Mudd College (Claremont) 825$52530 / $52530$N/A / $N/A
San Jose State University (San Jose) 32773$8240 / $19570$9270 / $18540
San Diego State University (San Diego) 34254$7210 / $19570$9270 / $18540
Claremont Graduate University (Claremont) 2136$N/A / $N/A$33990 / $33990
Claremont McKenna College (Claremont) 1349$51500 / $51500$58710 / $58710
Scripps College (Claremont) 989$51500 / $51500$37080 / $37080
Santa Clara University (Santa Clara) 8680$47380 / $47380$27810 / $27810
Occidental College (Los Angeles) 2023$51500 / $51500$N/A / $N/A
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo) 20944$10300 / $21630$11330 / $20600
Soka University of America (Aliso Viejo) 444$31930 / $31930$31930 / $31930
University of San Diego (San Diego) 8251$46350 / $46350$26780 / $26780
Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) 9392$44290 / $44290$18540 / $18540
Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula) 377$25750 / $25750$N/A / $N/A
Pepperdine University (Malibu) 7632$50470 / $50470$31930 / $31930
Chapman University (Orange) 8305$49440 / $49440$26780 / $26780
University of San Francisco (San Francisco) 10797$44290 / $44290$23690 / $23690
Southern California Institute of Architecture (Los Angeles) 502$43260 / $43260$45320 / $45320
Westmont College (Santa Barbara) 1297$43260 / $43260$N/A / $N/A
University of the Pacific (Stockton) 6281$44290 / $44290$44290 / $44290
Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego) 3663$33990 / $33990$11330 / $11330
University of Redlands (Redlands) 5215$46350 / $46350$20600 / $20600
Saint Mary's College of California (Moraga) 4030$44290 / $44290$37080 / $37080
California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks) 4126$40170 / $40170$18540 / $18540
Mills College (Oakland) 1397$46350 / $46350$33990 / $33990
Biola University (La Mirada) 6227$36050 / $36050$11330 / $11330
The Master's College and Seminary (Santa Clarita) 1713$31930 / $31930$10300 / $10300
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (Pomona) 23717$8240 / $19570$9270 / $18540
Azusa Pacific University (Azusa) 9975$36050 / $36050$13390 / $13390
California State University-Long Beach (Long Beach) 37446$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
California State University-Fullerton (Fullerton) 38948$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
University of La Verne (La Verne) 8334$40170 / $40170$13390 / $13390
Dominican University of California (San Rafael) 1863$44290 / $44290$18540 / $18540
Menlo College (Atherton) 787$40170 / $40170$N/A / $N/A
Whittier College (Whittier) 2187$45320 / $45320$14420 / $14420
Concordia University-Irvine (Irvine) 4505$32960 / $32960$8240 / $8240
Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles) 1160$44290 / $44290$45320 / $45320
California State University-Chico (Chico) 17220$8240 / $19570$9270 / $18540
Simpson University (Redding) 1162$26780 / $26780$13390 / $13390
Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park) 9408$8240 / $19570$9270 / $18540
William Jessup University (Rocklin) 1161$27810 / $27810$10300 / $10300
Fresno Pacific University (Fresno) 3342$28840 / $28840$15450 / $15450
California State University-San Marcos (San Marcos) 12793$8240 / $19570$9270 / $18540
Humboldt State University (Arcata) 8790$8240 / $19570$9270 / $18540
Pacific Union College (Angwin) 1555$30900 / $30900$30900 / $30900
San Francisco State University (San Francisco) 30256$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
Woodbury University (Burbank) 1457$38110 / $38110$35020 / $35020
California State University-Sacramento (Sacramento) 30284$7210 / $19570$9270 / $18540
La Sierra University (Riverside) 2476$31930 / $31930$16480 / $16480
Mount Saint Mary's University (Los Angeles) 3431$37080 / $37080$11330 / $11330
California Baptist University (Riverside) 8541$31930 / $31930$12360 / $12360
San Diego Christian College (Santee) 916$20600 / $20600$11330 / $11330
Vanguard University of Southern California (Costa Mesa) 2184$31930 / $31930$10300 / $10300
California State University-San Bernardino (San Bernardino) 20024$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
California State University-Fresno (Fresno) 24136$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
Hope International University (Fullerton) 1302$29870 / $29870$17510 / $17510
California State University-Northridge (Northridge) 41548$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
California State University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles) 27680$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont) 1855$33990 / $33990$16480 / $16480
Holy Names University (Oakland) 1049$37080 / $37080$18540 / $18540
Life Pacific College (San Dimas) 612$14420 / $14420$9270 / $9270
Academy of Art University (San Francisco) 13800$21630 / $21630$23690 / $23690
Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (Oakland) 136$N/A / $N/A$16480 / $16480
Phillips Graduate Institute (Chatsworth) 226$N/A / $N/A$23690 / $23690
California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco) 1488$28840 / $28840$20600 / $20600
California College of the Arts (San Francisco) 1975$45320 / $45320$47380 / $47380
Cogswell College (San Jose) 633$17510 / $17510$36050 / $36050
Design Institute of San Diego (San Diego) 148$20600 / $20600$N/A / $N/A
Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine (Santa Monica) 233$N/A / $N/A$16480 / $16480
Fielding Graduate University (Santa Barbara) 1168$N/A / $N/A$16480 / $16480
Pacifica Graduate Institute (Carpinteria) 939$N/A / $N/A$26780 / $26780
Southern California Seminary (El Cajon) 235$15450 / $15450$11330 / $11330
Southern California University of Health Sciences (Whittier) 1044$11330 / $11330$22660 / $22660
The National Hispanic University (San Jose) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Palo Alto University (Palo Alto) 1131$22660 / $22660$49440 / $49440
Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley) 159$N/A / $N/A$17510 / $17510
Pacific States University (Los Angeles) 170$17510 / $17510$10300 / $10300
Pardee RAND Graduate School (Santa Monica) 107$N/A / $N/A$21630 / $21630
Argosy University-San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda) 330$14420 / $14420$14420 / $14420
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School (Redding) 50$13390 / $13390$8240 / $8240
St John's Seminary (Camarillo) 116$N/A / $N/A$25750 / $25750
Antioch University-Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara) 423$19570 / $19570$18540 / $18540
Platt College-Los Angeles (Alhambra) 639$16480 / $16480$N/A / $N/A
Brandman University (Irvine) 8004$13390 / $13390$12360 / $12360
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-San Diego (San Diego) 517$9270 / $9270$9270 / $9270
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles (Santa Monica) 1045$19570 / $19570$N/A / $N/A
Argosy University-Orange County (Orange) 536$14420 / $14420$14420 / $14420
Everest College-Ontario Metro (Ontario) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope (Duarte) 74$N/A / $N/A$1030 / $1030
University of Antelope Valley (Lancaster) 487$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Argosy University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles) 493$14420 / $14420$14420 / $14420
Expression College for Digital Arts (Emeryville) 429$24720 / $24720$N/A / $N/A
Argosy University-San Diego (San Diego) 345$14420 / $14420$14420 / $14420
Trident University International (Cypress) 7684$10300 / $10300$7210 / $7210
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Irvine (Irvine) 296$N/A / $N/A$26780 / $26780
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Westwood (Los Angeles) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Brooks Institute (Ventura) 371$21630 / $21630$14420 / $14420
California Institute of the Arts (Valencia) 1448$45320 / $45320$45320 / $45320
Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre (Blue Lake) 38$14420 / $14420$18540 / $18540
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco (San Francisco) 395$30900 / $30900$N/A / $N/A
American Jewish University (Los Angeles) 174$31930 / $31930$30900 / $30900
Loma Linda University (Loma Linda) 4490$33990 / $33990$28840 / $28840
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-San Francisco (San Francisco) 791$19570 / $19570$23690 / $23690
Pitzer College (Claremont) 1067$50470 / $50470$N/A / $N/A
Samuel Merritt University (Oakland) 1593$59740 / $59740$42230 / $42230
Starr King School for the Ministry (Berkeley) 85$N/A / $N/A$21630 / $21630
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Hollywood (North Hollywood) 1198$19570 / $19570$N/A / $N/A
Keck Graduate Institute (Claremont) 429$N/A / $N/A$30900 / $30900
Alliant International University-San Diego (San Diego) 3509$19570 / $19570$23690 / $23690
California State University-East Bay (Hayward) 15528$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
Coleman University (San Diego) 399$21630 / $21630$24720 / $24720
Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley) 208$N/A / $N/A$19570 / $19570
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (Monterey) 733$39140 / $39140$39140 / $39140
Musicians Institute (Hollywood) 1118$25750 / $25750$N/A / $N/A
National University (La Jolla) 17488$13390 / $13390$11330 / $11330
Northwestern Polytechnic University (Fremont) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Southwestern Law School (Los Angeles) 1031$N/A / $N/A$50470 / $50470
University of St Augustine for Health Sciences (San Marcos) 2140$N/A / $N/A$41200 / $41200
Fremont College (Cerritos) 350$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Mt Sierra College (Monrovia) 357$15450 / $15450$N/A / $N/A
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Los Angeles) 175$N/A / $N/A$15450 / $15450
California State University-Channel Islands (Camarillo) 6167$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
West Coast University-Los Angeles (North Hollywood) 1820$35020 / $35020$14420 / $14420
Westwood College-Anaheim (Anaheim) 0$16480 / $16480$N/A / $N/A
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Orange County (Santa Ana) 1072$19570 / $19570$N/A / $N/A
University of East-West Medicine (Sunnyvale) 258$N/A / $N/A$7210 / $7210
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary (Oakland) 588$11330 / $11330$6180 / $6180
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Sacramento (Sacramento) 731$19570 / $19570$N/A / $N/A
Argosy University-Inland Empire (Ontario) 563$14420 / $14420$14420 / $14420
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles (Los Angeles) 2174$N/A / $N/A$26780 / $26780
Bethel Seminary-San Diego (San Diego) 176$N/A / $N/A$9270 / $9270
Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College-Berkeley (Berkeley) 105$N/A / $N/A$12360 / $12360
Southern California Institute of Technology (Anaheim) 559$18540 / $18540$N/A / $N/A
World Mission University (Los Angeles) 332$6180 / $6180$5150 / $5150
Platt College-Ontario (Ontario) 456$16480 / $16480$N/A / $N/A
Antioch University-Los Angeles (Culver City) 988$21630 / $21630$17510 / $17510
Ashford University (San Diego) 42452$11330 / $11330$11330 / $11330
American Baptist Seminary of the West (Berkeley) 73$N/A / $N/A$19570 / $19570
Art Center College of Design (Pasadena) 2133$41200 / $41200$43260 / $43260
Bethesda University (Anaheim) 364$10300 / $10300$9270 / $9270
University of California-Hastings College of Law (San Francisco) 950$N/A / $N/A$51500 / $51500
California State University-Stanislaus (Turlock) 9282$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
California State University-Dominguez Hills (Carson) 14635$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
The California Maritime Academy (Vallejo) 1075$7210 / $18540$N/A / $N/A
California Western School of Law (San Diego) 628$N/A / $N/A$28840 / $28840
Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Berkeley) 80$N/A / $N/A$17510 / $17510
Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona) 3876$N/A / $N/A$24720 / $24720
Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology (Berkeley) 57$N/A / $N/A$17510 / $17510
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles (Los Angeles) 2814$30900 / $30900$N/A / $N/A
Interior Designers Institute (Newport Beach) 201$19570 / $19570$20600 / $20600
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-San Diego (San Diego) 1382$19570 / $19570$N/A / $N/A
Laguna College of Art and Design (Laguna Beach) 607$29870 / $29870$30900 / $30900
Life Chiropractic College West (Hayward) 565$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Lincoln University (Oakland) 574$11330 / $11330$9270 / $9270
Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey) 2665$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (Berkeley) 52$N/A / $N/A$15450 / $15450
Platt College-San Diego (San Diego) 255$26780 / $26780$N/A / $N/A
Westwood College-South Bay (Torrance) 0$16480 / $16480$N/A / $N/A
Dongguk University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles) 193$8240 / $8240$8240 / $8240
San Francisco Conservatory of Music (San Francisco) 379$44290 / $44290$44290 / $44290
San Joaquin College of Law (Clovis) 184$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Trinity Law School (Santa Ana) 189$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Marshall B Ketchum University (Fullerton) 460$N/A / $N/A$42230 / $42230
Epic Bible College (Sacramento) 186$10300 / $10300$16480 / $16480
Westminster Theological Seminary in California (Escondido) 138$N/A / $N/A$15450 / $15450
Western State College of Law at Argosy University (Fullerton) 339$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
The Wright Institute (Berkeley) 451$N/A / $N/A$33990 / $33990
Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego) 700$N/A / $N/A$10300 / $10300
Stanbridge College (Irvine) 1134$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
United States University (Chula Vista) 365$14420 / $10300$13390 / $11330
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire (San Bernardino) 1553$19570 / $19570$N/A / $N/A
University of the West (Rosemead) 324$11330 / $11330$10300 / $10300
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley (Sunnyvale) 226$19570 / $19570$N/A / $N/A
American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco) 46$27810 / $27810$27810 / $27810
California State University-Bakersfield (Bakersfield) 9228$7210 / $18540$9270 / $18540
Sofia University (Palo Alto) 296$22660 / $22660$23690 / $23690
California Christian College (Fresno) 18$9270 / $9270$N/A / $N/A
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science (Los Angeles) 533$12360 / $12360$26780 / $26780
Columbia College-Hollywood (Tarzana) 326$22660 / $22660$N/A / $N/A
Five Branches University (Santa Cruz) 332$N/A / $N/A$15450 / $15450
Franciscan School of Theology (Oceanside) 48$N/A / $N/A$14420 / $14420
Fuller Theological Seminary in California (Pasadena) 2532$N/A / $N/A$19570 / $19570
Golden Gate University-San Francisco (San Francisco) 2735$15450 / $15450$17510 / $17510
Humphreys College-Stockton and Modesto Campuses (Stockton) 565$14420 / $14420$12360 / $12360
John F. Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill) 1111$24720 / $24720$25750 / $25750
Marymount California University (Rancho Palos Verdes) 1099$36050 / $36050$15450 / $15450
Newschool of Architecture and Design (San Diego) 515$27810 / $27810$26780 / $26780
Pacific Oaks College (Pasadena) 1267$21630 / $21630$28840 / $28840
San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco) 599$43260 / $43260$45320 / $45320
San Francisco Theological Seminary (San Anselmo) 156$N/A / $N/A$14420 / $14420
Westwood College-Los Angeles (Los Angeles) 0$15450 / $15450$14420 / $14420
Saybrook University (Oakland) 558$N/A / $N/A$26780 / $26780
South Baylo University (Anaheim) 672$8240 / $8240$11330 / $11330
Claremont School of Theology (Claremont) 291$N/A / $N/A$19570 / $19570
California State University-Monterey Bay (Seaside) 7102$7210 / $18540$8240 / $17510
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (San Francisco) 0$N/A / $N/A$17510 / $17510
American University of Health Sciences (Signal Hill) 257$24720 / $24720$16480 / $16480
Westwood College-Inland Empire (Upland) 0$16480 / $16480$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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About California

The state of California is located on the West coast of America and it is the USA most populous state by far! Sacramento is the state capital, while the Los Angeles the biggest city in California. The estimated population calculated in the year 2016 here was around 39 million. Most of California sees a Mediterranean climate boasting cool, dry summers and rainy winters. Northwestern California sees a temperate climate while the state's eastern side has mountains that create a rain shadow leading to expansive deserts.

California is one of the largest world economies and is also a global epicenter for information, entertainment, technology, and education industries. Nationally, the state is also a huge contributor in the aerospace, manufacturing and agricultural sectors too. A lot of students from countries like Japan, Korea, India, Canada, China, etc. choose California for their studies and this state is one of the most active and welcomes the international students. The University of Southern California, in fact, recruits more international pupils every year compared to any other college or University across the US. The University of California and the Stanford Universities are two of the most cherished and recognized institutions not just in the state but also in the country.

Fees/Cost of Living

While the cost of living and tuition fee could be higher in California, however, there are many ways of procuring substantive packages for financial aid. With the range of living situations and lifestyles here, it's not difficult for the students studying in California to adjust and the cost of living can be minimized considerably with proper planning.

California as a state has a 3-tiered system for higher education and UC or the University of California is right at the peak, which boasts more winners of a Nobel Prize than anywhere in the world. A total of around 480,000 pupils (2017) in the twenty-three California State University schools make this one of the largest in the nation.

If you're an international student then you could be take up a vocational course or a bachelor's degree first or even a certificate program. Because the community colleges here do not offer or provide a bachelor's degree, hence you'll be completing your 1st 2 years in community college, later getting a transfer over to a 4 yr University or college for completing the bachelor's degree can be done. The process of application to Californian colleges is different for international students when compared to the US residents. Thus, ensure that you read about it all carefully before applying to anywhere. The California State University (CSU) system offers abroad study programs to eighteen countries from around the planet. Currently, there are nearly 2,000 international students, which are attending the CSUN this year. Aerospace and computers manufacturers in California stand out as one of the biggest corporations publicly owned.

Some students, who come to California for studies just assume, incorrectly or on their own that additional money or financial assistance/aid/part-time employment etc. will be easily available if they don't have enough money with them to survive the whole course. Thus, every year a lot of students end up finding themselves in grave financial difficulties or issues because they don't come to the state with adequate support or finances. So, please ensure that you're financially secure even though you can get a student loan for yourself.