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Top Universities in California

Introduction

What are California’s most well-known universities? Topuniversitieslist has published the 2022 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.

2022 California University Ranking

University Town
Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences California Un Un
Antioch University Santa Barbara California Un Un
Antioch University Los Angeles California Un Un
Stanford University California 3 3
University of California, Berkeley California 5 5
University of California, Los Angeles California 9 9
University of California, San Diego California 21 19
University of Southern California California 24 21
University of California, Davis California 25 22
University of California, Irvine California 37 33
University of California, Santa Barbara California 59 46
California Institute of Technology California 69 53
University of California, San Francisco California 90 67
University of California, Santa Cruz California 94 69
University of California, Riverside California 110 79
San Diego State University California 188 101
California State University, Northridge California 267 120
San José State University California 269 121
San Francisco State University California 270 122
Santa Clara University California 353 145
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California 393 160
California State University, Fullerton California 419 168
California State University, Long Beach California 424 169
California State University, Chico California 510 198
University of San Francisco California 511 199
Pepperdine University California 525 205
California State University, Sacramento California 569 221
University of San Diego California 584 228
Chapman University California 597 234
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California 608 238
Loyola Marymount University California 659 259
Humboldt State University California 681 263
California State University, San Bernardino California 689 266
Sonoma State University California 690 267
California State University, Fresno California 719 275
Harvey Mudd College California 748 286
Pomona College California 810 307
University of California, Merced California 835 314
California State University, Dominguez Hills California 895 338
California State University, Los Angeles California 904 343
Biola University California 908 344
California State University San Marcos California 953 363
University of the Pacific California 992 377
Azusa Pacific University California 1014 387
California State University, Stanislaus California 1068 404
Occidental College California 1105 418
Naval Postgraduate School California 1109 419
Pitzer College California 1122 423
University of California, Hastings College of the Law California 1150 433
ArtCenter College of Design California 1178 442
California Institute of the Arts California 1252 468
Claremont Graduate University California 1292 481
California State University, East Bay California 1325 490
Academy of Art University California 1341 496
Claremont McKenna College California 1407 517
California State University, Monterey Bay California 1442 533
National University California 1487 544
Golden Gate University California 1537 564
California College of the Arts California 1653 611
California Lutheran University California 1682 618
Saint Mary’s College of California California 1685 619
University of Redlands California 1732 634
Mills College California 1764 644
California State University, Bakersfield California 1773 646
California Institute of Integral Studies California 1780 648
California State University Channel Islands California 1790 652
Dominican University of California California 1863 677
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences California 1984 713
Otis College of Art and Design California 2090 740
Loma Linda University California 2141 756
Whittier College California 2195 775
California Baptist University California 2239 793
Westmont College California 2262 802
Western University of Health Sciences California 2284 809
University of La Verne California 2321 821
Concordia University Irvine California 2393 844
Point Loma Nazarene University California 2426 853
Alliant International University California 2435 855
Scripps College California 2440 857
San Francisco Art Institute California 2601 919
Brandman University California 2627 920
Fresno Pacific University California 2653 938
Keck Graduate Institute California 2693 948
Southwestern Law School California 2774 971
Pacific Union College California 2910 1008
West Coast University-Los Angeles California 2977 1036
La Sierra University California 3166 1091
California State University Maritime Academy California 3188 1096
Southern California Institute of Architecture California 3210 1103
Thomas Aquinas College California 3275 1118
San Francisco Conservatory of Music California 3290 1121
Soka University of America California 3304 1124
Woodbury University California 3311 1127
Vanguard University of Southern California California 3319 1131
California Western School of Law California 3343 1137
American Jewish University California 3464 1171
The Master’s University California 3474 1174
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science California 3587 1209
Fielding Graduate University California 3590 1210
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology California 3673 1235
Thomas Jefferson School of Law California 3847 1289
Holy Names University California 3852 1290
Samuel Merritt University California 3940 1311
Cogswell University of Silicon Valley California 3966 1319
John F. Kennedy University California 4021 1329
NewSchool of Architecture and Design California 4056 1336
Palo Alto University California 4115 1351
Mount Saint Mary’s University California 4389 1414
Hope International University California 4421 1420
Notre Dame de Namur University California 4564 1444
Saybrook University California 4583 1448
William Jessup University California 4624 1457
Menlo College California 4720 1471
Pacifica Graduate Institute California 4740 1475
Touro University California California 4951 1509
Columbia College Hollywood California 5418 1568
Simpson University California 5474 1574
Life Pacific College California 5584 1583
Marshall B. Ketchum University California 5778 1601
University of the West California 5822 1605
Pardee RAND Graduate School California 5859 1609
Marymount California University California 5995 1620
Pacific Oaks College California 6168 1632
Humphreys University California 6210 1638
Laguna College of Art and Design California 6222 1639
San Diego Christian College California 6366 1651
American Film Institute Conservatory California 6579 1669
John Paul the Great Catholic University California 6712 1676
Sofia University California 6844 1681
Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology California 6860 1682
San Joaquin College of Law California 6910 1687
The Wright Institute California 6938 1688
Dharma Realm Buddhist University California 7134 1696
United States University California 7632 1708
Bethesda University California 7787 1715
The University of West Los Angeles California 8747 1740
Providence Christian College California 8904 1744