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  1. #2 Best Colleges in California.

    University of Southern California

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    3810 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Graduate Student says It is an incredible experience to be a graduate student in USC's Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. My professional ambition of being a professional mental health social worker is being nurtured from....

    Read 3810 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 11%,

    Net Price: $37,521,

    SAT Range: 1360-1530,

  2. #3 Best Colleges in California.

    Pomona College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

    407 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Aside from all of the aspects Pomona promotes as the reasons in favor of attending, I have to say that the relationships I forged with faculty, staff, and my fellow majors (Public Policy Analysis)....

    Read 407 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 7%,

    Net Price: $18,500,

    SAT Range: 1390-1540,

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  5. #7 Best Colleges in California.

    Harvey Mudd College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

    138 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Attending Harvey Mudd College was a humbling experience. I was able to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics with peers who were similarly passionate. There are boundless....

    Read 138 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 14%,

    Net Price: $39,411,

    SAT Range: 1490-1570,

  6. #9 Best Colleges in California.

    University of California - Santa Barbara

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    4 Year,

    SANTA BARBARA, CA,

    4516 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Great School for the Sciences, very beach vibe/outdoor campus, very social , great weather! By far the best thing about UCSB is the atmopshere. By its very nature, it inspires academic succsess....

    Read 4516 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 30%,

    Net Price: $16,767,

    SAT Range: 1230-1480,

  7. #10 Best Colleges in California.

    University of California - Irvine

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    4 Year,

    IRVINE, CA,

    4000 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I'm a student graduated in 2019. After graduating 2 years, I realized how great our university is. To be honest, I miss UC Irvine badly. Our campus is extremely beautiful, safe and clean, and there....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 27%,

    Net Price: $15,268,

    SAT Range: 1170-1420,

  8. #11 Best Colleges in California.

    University of California - Davis

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    4 Year,

    DAVIS, CA,

    4743 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says If you're looking for a university with the perfect academic and social balance, then UCD is definitely the right fit for you. As an international student and being so far away from home, I was....

    Read 4743 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 39%,

    Net Price: $15,886,

    SAT Range: 1170-1410,

  9. #12 Best Colleges in California.

    Santa Clara University

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    4 Year,

    SANTA CLARA, CA,

    1413 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I am a rising sophomore at Santa Clara University, and my experience thus far has been amazing to say the least. Coming into a four year university as a Latinx first-generation student was....

    Read 1413 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 49%,

    Net Price: $42,114,

    SAT Range: 1280-1440,

  10. #13 Best Colleges in California.

    University of California - San Diego

    4 Year,

    LA JOLLA, CA,

    3662 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says UCSD has given me more experiences than one could have ever expected. I have met some of my closest friends from school! I actually just got back from a roadtrip with my suitemates. The academic....

    Read 3662 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 31%,

    Net Price: $14,864,

    SAT Range: 1250-1490,

  11. #14 Best Colleges in California.

    Occidental College

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    474 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Oxy has always fostered passionate and committed academics with a highly focused attention towards global and local impacts, while still maintaining an easy-going and inclusive west-coast attitude. I....

    Read 474 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 37%,

    Net Price: $35,362,

    SAT Range: 1300-1480,

  12. #15 Best Colleges in California.

    Scripps College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

    453 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says This is my first on-campus semester, and so far I love it! The student body has a defined sense of creativity and style which is something I never thought to look for in a college. I love the amount...Honestly, the party scene is perfect for me. There isn't something every single night, but Thursdays and Saturdays are traditionally going out days, and sometimes Fridays as well. For being told that...I appreciate the substantial gay community, although it doesn't show in particular affinity groups. My friends that are interested in men seem pretty content, as we naturally interact a lot thru...Not a lot of peer pressure or academic competition among the students, at least for me. Resources like math help & the counseling center aren't bad (!!), but you definetly have to hunt for them. We....

    Read 453 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 32%,

    Net Price: $39,702,

    SAT Range: 1330-1490,

  13. #17 Best Colleges in California.

    Pitzer College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

    635 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says I loved this place! I did a domestic exchange program for a semester. Nice dorms, friendly student body, good food in the dining hall, and cool classes. A lot of fun classes on pop culture and media...Con: HUGE wealth gap here between students. First gen solidarity is strong here though. Such a pretty campus, and amazing Latinx Student Union which I joined while I was there..

    Read 635 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 14%,

    Net Price: $36,552,

    SAT Range: 1300-1450,

  14. #19 Best Colleges in California.

    University of San Diego

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    1874 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Going to school in a medium-sized city was concerning for me at first, but stepping onto campus, it feels like its own little tropical, private oasis. The grounds are filled with lush palm trees,....

    Read 1874 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 49%,

    Net Price: $35,936,

    SAT Range: 1190-1370,

  15. #20 Best Colleges in California.

    California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) - San Luis Obispo

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    4 Year,

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA,

    3779 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I am a second-year Electrical engineering student at Cal Poly SLO and I absolutely love it here. I came here for the outstanding engineering program and that is what I am getting. The teachers in my....

    Read 3779 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 28%,

    Net Price: $21,232,

    SAT Range: 1240-1440,

  16. #21 Best Colleges in California.

    Chapman University

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    4 Year,

    ORANGE, CA,

    2187 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says So far it's good! The departments you reach out to reply quickly and answer your questions; they really do try to provide the best help they can. Professors are friendly and help you with questions....

    Read 2187 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 56%,

    Net Price: $43,767,

    SAT Range: 1190-1380,

  17. #23 Best Colleges in California.

    Point Loma Nazarene University

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    983 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Point Loma is paradise on earth. The campus is beautiful, the professors genuinely care about you, and the people are welcoming. I thought I wouldn't like attending a school with a small campus, but....

    Read 983 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 74%,

    Net Price: $33,183,

    SAT Range: 1140-1310,

  18. #24 Best Colleges in California.

    San Diego State University

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    5077 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I truly enjoyed attending SDSU and would recommend it as a nice university to attend. There are tons of clubs and organizations on campus that are great for meeting people and sharing interests, but...I was a Biology major with the Honors Minor and I believe the quality of the my education was excellent. As a Black woman in STEM, however, I'd love to see more BIPOC faculty and more targeted...Overall, state helped me grow as an individual and equipped me for my career, so I am very glad I spent my undergrad here!.

    Read 5077 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 34%,

    Net Price: $14,499,

    SAT Range: 1110-1320,