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171 Colleges
24,753 Yearly Graduations
$53,170 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,104 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly teaching graduations, California is ranked #1 in the country with 24,753 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $13,293 per year to get their degree at a college in California, while out of state students will pay an average of $19,204 per year.

An estimated 32% of college students in California take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,776 per year.

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#1

Ashford University

San Diego, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,992 Yearly Degrees
$12,400 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Ashford University is 32,620, of which 26,914 students are undergraduates and of those, 26,914 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Ashford University is 5.0 years.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,288 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Ashford University is $28,500.

#2

National University

La Jolla, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,634 Yearly Degrees
$13,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at National University is 16,670, of which 7,356 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,856 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at National University is 4.9 years.

National University has a 4.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from National University is $48,900.

Public Public vs. Private
1,071 Yearly Degrees
$6,924 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 35,335 undergraduates at Cal State Fullerton, of which 28,820 are full-time, and there are 40,445 students altogether. For undergraduates at Cal State Fullerton, the average graduation time is 4.9 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 46%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Approximately 29% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,615 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,011 Yearly Degrees
$58,133 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 48,321 students at USC in total, 20,351 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 19,622 are full-time. USC has a freshman retention rate of 96%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

This a very selective school with only 16% of students getting accepted. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Approximately 28% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,442 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from USC is $53,800.

#5

Northcentral University

San Diego, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
865 Yearly Degrees
$12,474 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northcentral University is 11,223, of which 165 students are undergraduates and of those, 45 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 1 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 5.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#6

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
864 Yearly Degrees
$40,220 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Azusa Pacific University is 9,297, of which 5,136 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,411 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Azusa Pacific is 4.3 years.

About 60% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at Azusa Pacific take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,587 a year. Azusa Pacific has a 3.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Azusa Pacific with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Alliant International University

San Diego, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
734 Yearly Degrees
$15,707 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Alliant International University is 3,536, of which 631 students are undergraduates and of those, 2 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Around 28% of accepted students are men, and 72% are women.

Approximately 33% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,833 a year. Alliant has a 3.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Alliant with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $59,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
729 Yearly Degrees
$6,977 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 39,910 students at CSUN in total, 34,799 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 29,320 are full-time. It takes the average CSUN undergraduate about 5.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 58%. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Roughly 32% of students at CSUN take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,008 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CSUN is $33,700.

#9

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Public Public vs. Private
718 Yearly Degrees
$6,768 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 26,671 students at Cal State LA in total, 22,797 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 19,729 are full-time. For undergraduates at Cal State LA, the average graduation time is 5.2 years.

About 46% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,282 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Cal State LA is $33,700.

#10

Concordia University, Irvine

Irvine, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
691 Yearly Degrees
$36,740 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,911 students at Concordia University, Irvine in total, 1,738 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,594 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 58%. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Roughly 63% of students at Concordia University, Irvine take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,699 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Concordia University, Irvine is $36,000.

#11

California State University - Sacramento

Sacramento, California
Public Public vs. Private
689 Yearly Degrees
$7,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 28,819 undergraduates at Sac State, of which 24,105 are full-time, and there are 31,992 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 68%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Roughly 33% of students at Sac State take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,150 a year. Sac State has a 4.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Sac State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
Public Public vs. Private
662 Yearly Degrees
$13,727 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 30,382 undergraduates at UC Irvine, of which 29,797 are full-time, and there are 36,908 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

About 37% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

38% of UC Irvine students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,314 a year. UC Irvine has a 1.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UC Irvine with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Brandman University

Irvine, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
607 Yearly Degrees
$12,440 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,060 undergraduates at Brandman, of which 1,388 are full-time, and there are 10,231 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 68%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $37 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Brandman with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
601 Yearly Degrees
$6,589 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at California State University - Fresno is 24,298, of which 21,541 students are undergraduates and of those, 18,901 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

About 59% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly 28% of students at Fresno State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,841 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,400 during the early-career years.

#15

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
Public Public vs. Private
584 Yearly Degrees
$7,510 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at San Diego State University is 35,544, of which 30,848 students are undergraduates and of those, 27,638 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at SDSU is 4.7 years.

About 35% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

31% of SDSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,527 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SDSU is $37,700.

#16

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
Public Public vs. Private
502 Yearly Degrees
$7,852 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 27,905 undergraduates at San Jose State, of which 23,593 are full-time, and there are 36,085 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at San Jose State is 5.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

38% of San Jose State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,810 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from San Jose State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
487 Yearly Degrees
$50,283 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Loyola Marymount University is 9,822, of which 6,778 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,548 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Loyola Marymount is 91%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 52%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

40% of Loyola Marymount students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,338 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Loyola Marymount with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $45,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California
Public Public vs. Private
406 Yearly Degrees
$7,266 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 29,032 students at SFSU in total, 25,924 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 21,687 are full-time. It takes the average SFSU undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

About 70% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Roughly 42% of students at SFSU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,507 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SFSU is $38,000.

#19

University of Redlands

Redlands, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
397 Yearly Degrees
$50,980 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,206 undergraduates at University of Redlands, of which 2,650 are full-time, and there are 4,931 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at University of Redlands is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 75%. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

59% of University of Redlands students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,684 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from University of Redlands is $43,700.

#20

University of La Verne

La Verne, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
391 Yearly Degrees
$44,550 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,528 undergraduates at ULV, of which 3,353 are full-time, and there are 7,396 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 48%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,884 a year. ULV has a 4.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $41,700 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
388 Yearly Degrees
$6,946 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 17,977 students at CSUDH in total, 15,365 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 12,103 are full-time. It takes the average CSUDH undergraduate about 5.2 years to complete their degree.

About 54% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

21% of CSUDH students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,325 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CSUDH is $33,100.

#22

California Baptist University

Riverside, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
360 Yearly Degrees
$34,902 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,045 students at Cal Baptist in total, 8,190 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,333 are full-time. It takes the average Cal Baptist undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

About 77% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Approximately 67% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,656 a year. Cal Baptist has a 4.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Cal Baptist is $34,300.

#23

Teachers College of San Joaquin

Stockton, California
Public Public vs. Private
316 Yearly Degrees
$5,354 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Teachers College of San Joaquin is 848, of which 588 students are undergraduates and of those, 588 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

#24

California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California
Public Public vs. Private
299 Yearly Degrees
$7,419 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at California State University - Bakersfield is 11,531, of which 9,981 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,452 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at CSUB is 4.8 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

25% of CSUB students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,254 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from CSUB with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

University of San Diego

San Diego, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
287 Yearly Degrees
$51,186 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of San Diego is 9,181, of which 5,919 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,761 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at USD is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 50%. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Approximately 42% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,001 a year. USD has a 1.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $50,100 during the early-career years.

Other California Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 University of California - Los Angeles 274
27 California State University - Long Beach 271
28 University of San Francisco 262
29 Saint Mary’s College of California 259
30 Sonoma State University 218
31 Stanford University 210
32 Point Loma Nazarene University 208
33 University of the Pacific 206
33 California State University - San Bernardino 206
35 California State University - East Bay 200
36 Chapman University 191
37 California State University - Stanislaus 189
38 University of California - Riverside 188
39 University of California - Santa Barbara 184
40 California State University - San Marcos 175
41 University of California - Berkeley 172
42 University of California - Davis 168
43 California State University - Chico 167
44 Santa Clara University 159
45 Pepperdine University 157
46 California Lutheran University 151
47 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo 140
48 Fresno Pacific University 139
49 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona 131
49 Biola University 131
51 East Los Angeles College 121
52 Trident University International 106
53 Claremont Graduate University 105
54 California State University - Channel Islands 95
54 William Jessup University 95
54 Mills College 95
57 University of California - San Diego 92
58 California State University - Monterey Bay 87
59 City College of San Francisco 86
60 Skyline College 82
61 Mount Saint Mary’s University 78
62 Pacific Oaks College 76
63 University of California - Santa Cruz 73
64 Hope International University 66
65 Touro University California 64
66 Vanguard University of Southern California 62
67 La Sierra University 61
68 Notre Dame de Namur University 60
68 San Diego Christian College 60
70 Santa Ana College 57
71 Humphreys University - Stockton and Modesto Campuses 54
72 Moorpark College 52
73 Los Angeles Valley College 50
74 Palomar College 47
75 College of the Sequoias 46
75 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey 46
77 Dominican University of California 39
78 Holy Names University 37
79 East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program 35
80 Mt. San Jacinto College 32
81 Chaffey College 31
82 Ventura College 30
83 Whittier College 28
84 Touro University Worldwide 24
85 Mt. San Antonio College 23
85 Evergreen Valley College 23
87 Rio Hondo College 22
87 Fullerton College 22
89 Antioch University - Los Angeles 20
90 Simpson University 19
91 United States University 18
92 The Master’s College and Seminary 17
93 University of Phoenix - California 15
93 Pacific Union College 15
93 Fresno City College 15
96 High Tech High Graduate School of Education 14
96 Fielding Graduate University 14
96 Antioch University - Santa Barbara 14
96 Academy of Art University 14
100 Diablo Valley College 13
100 Humboldt State University 13
100 Westmont College 13
100 Riverside City College 13
104 Los Angeles City College 12
104 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences 12
106 Santa Monica College 11
106 Southwestern College 11
106 Norco College 11
106 Butte College 11
110 University of Antelope Valley 10
111 Imperial Valley College 9
112 Soka University of America 8
112 American Jewish University 8
112 Long Beach City College 8
112 San Bernardino Valley College 8
116 Taft College 7
116 Oxnard College 7
116 Chabot College 7
119 Cuyamaca College 6
119 Modesto Junior College 6
119 College of the Desert 6
122 Bethesda University 5
122 Napa Valley College 5
124 Foothill College 4
124 San Diego Mesa College 4
124 Las Positas College 4
124 Santiago Canyon College 4
124 America Evangelical University 4
124 Loma Linda University 4
130 Antelope Valley College 3
130 Coastline Community College 3
130 Westcliff University 3
130 American River College 3
130 De Anza College 3
135 Allan Hancock College 2
135 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School 2
135 College of the Canyons 2
135 Ohlone College 2
139 Mendocino College 1
139 Citrus College 1
139 Palo Verde College 1
139 San Jose City College 1
139 Columbia College 1
139 Yuba College 1
139 Berkeley City College 1
139 Merritt College 1
147 Meridian University 0
147 Saddleback College 0
147 California Hair Design Academy 0
147 Sacramento City College 0
147 Porterville College 0
147 Pasadena City College 0
147 El Camino College 0
147 San Diego City College 0
147 Feather River Community College District 0
147 Orange Coast College 0
147 San Diego Miramar College 0
147 West Hills College-Lemoore 0
147 Gavilan College 0
147 Mission College 0
147 West Valley College 0
147 Moreno Valley College 0
147 MiraCosta College 0
147 DeVry University - California 0
147 West Los Angeles College 0
147 Cerritos College 0
147 Clovis Community College 0
147 Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America 0
147 Los Angeles Southwest College 0
147 Los Angeles Pierce College 0
147 Reedley College 0

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