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Top Universities in California

Introduction

What are California’s most well-known universities? Topuniversitieslist has published the 2021 California University Ranking, which includes 137 accredited California higher-education institutions that fulfill the following Topuniversitieslist quality criteria:

  • being chartered, registered, or certified by the relevant US higher education-related institution, and providing at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees) in a conventional, face-to-face, non-distance education style.

Our goal is to create a non-academic League Table of California’s best universities focused on accurate, impartial, and non-influenceable site metrics generated by objective web intelligence outlets rather than data submitted by the universities themselves.

2021 California University Ranking

University Town
University of California, Riverside California 101 76
California Institute of Technology California 56 46
University of California, Santa Barbara California 57 47
University of California, Davis California 34 30
University of California, Irvine California 33 29
University of California, San Diego California 27 24
University of Southern California California 21 20
Stanford University California 3 3
University of California, Berkeley California 4 4
University of California, Los Angeles California 13 13
University of California, Santa Cruz California 96 73
University of California, San Francisco California 99 74
Harvey Mudd College California 730 270
Loma Linda University California 700 259
California State University, Los Angeles California 732 271
Humboldt State University California 688 254
Loyola Marymount University California 726 268
University of San Diego California 582 226
California State University, Sacramento California 553 211
California State University, Chico California 594 231
Pepperdine University California 549 209
Chapman University California 561 215
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California 545 208
University of San Francisco California 439 171
Santa Clara University California 332 136
California State University, Long Beach California 340 141
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California 334 138
San Diego State University California 168 94
California State University, Northridge California 208 107
San José State University California 228 112
San Francisco State University California 238 113
California State University, Fullerton California 333 137
California State University, Monterey Bay California 1360 502
University of California, Hastings College of the Law California 1335 487
Claremont Graduate University California 1324 482
Academy of Art University California 1275 470
Pitzer College California 1244 460
Azusa Pacific University California 1212 449
University of the Pacific California 1144 427
California State University, East Bay California 1176 436
California State University, Stanislaus California 1092 401
ArtCenter College of Design California 1153 429
California State University San Marcos California 1093 402
Naval Postgraduate School California 1077 394
Occidental College California 1134 421
Biola University California 913 334
California State University, Dominguez Hills California 970 350
California State University, Fresno California 869 314
Pomona College California 851 307
University of California, Merced California 904 329
California State University, San Bernardino California 867 313
Sonoma State University California 768 282
Point Loma Nazarene University California 2527 885
Westmont College California 2135 766
Otis College of Art and Design California 1891 682
California Baptist University California 2344 816
Western University of Health Sciences California 2171 774
Keck Graduate Institute California 2032 732
Whittier College California 2164 772
California State University, Bakersfield California 1829 659
Golden Gate University California 1562 568
California Institute of Integral Studies California 1761 631
Dominican University of California California 1620 590
University of Redlands California 1682 606
University of La Verne California 1850 666
California State University Channel Islands California 1581 575
Mills College California 1684 607
California Lutheran University California 1654 598
Claremont McKenna College California 1526 555
National University California 1545 563
California College of the Arts California 1541 560
Saint Mary’s College of California California 1537 559
Samuel Merritt University California 3692 1244
Thomas Aquinas College California 3493 1185
West Coast University-Los Angeles California 3886 1298
Vanguard University of Southern California California 3239 1117
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science California 3429 1173
San Francisco Conservatory of Music California 3236 1116
The Master’s University California 3361 1149
La Sierra University California 2793 983
Woodbury University California 3187 1102
Soka University of America California 3222 1113
Fielding Graduate University California 3078 1067
California State University Maritime Academy California 3152 1093
Fresno Pacific University California 2605 912
Concordia University Irvine California 2607 913
Southern California Institute of Architecture California 2892 1014
Brandman University California 2627 920
Southwestern Law School California 2794 984
Alliant International University California 2374 827
Pacific Union College California 2482 868
San Francisco Art Institute California 2398 837
Touro University California California 5114 1534
Scripps College California 5181 1544
Saybrook University California 4632 1465
Pacifica Graduate Institute California 4497 1440
Mount Saint Mary’s University California 4538 1450
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences California 4670 1473
Cogswell University of Silicon Valley California 3966 1319
Notre Dame de Namur University California 3977 1322
NewSchool of Architecture and Design California 3883 1296
Hope International University California 4290 1398
Menlo College California 4450 1428
California Institute of the Arts California 4248 1386
William Jessup University California 4405 1419
Thomas Jefferson School of Law California 3757 1263
California Western School of Law California 3661 1239
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology California 3824 1279
John F. Kennedy University California 3513 1191
Palo Alto University California 3963 1318
Holy Names University California 3610 1226
American Jewish University California 3540 1201
Dharma Realm Buddhist University California 8943 1745
John Paul the Great Catholic University California 6647 1685
The Wright Institute California 6940 1699
San Joaquin College of Law California 7867 1718
United States University California 8031 1725
The University of West Los Angeles California 8642 1739
Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology California 6111 1644
Pacific Oaks College California 6105 1643
University of the West California 5652 1604
Marymount California University California 6347 1659
Sofia University California 6395 1663
San Diego Christian College California 5872 1624
American Film Institute Conservatory California 6140 1645
Laguna College of Art and Design California 6102 1642
Marshall B. Ketchum University California 5909 1631
Life Pacific College California 5905 1630
Columbia College Hollywood California 5325 1569
Simpson University California 5607 1597
Humphreys University California 6411 1667
Pardee RAND Graduate School California 5640 1601
Antioch University Los Angeles California Un Un
Antioch University Santa Barbara California Un Un
Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences California Un Un
Bethesda University California 9415 1751
Providence Christian College California 9729 1754