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2024 Best Big Colleges in California

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  1. #1 Best Big Colleges in California.

    University of California - Los Angeles

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    5577 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says It was amazing! I came to UCLA as a 3rd year transfer student meaning I had more perks than some of those who came in as freshmen. The housing I did off-campus apartment dorms which was amazing. They....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 11%,

    Net Price: $13,393,

  2. #2 Best Big Colleges in California.

    University of Southern California

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    4035 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I like the diverse, really friendly community, thoughtful curriculum, experienced teachers, and good campus life. I feel that the community is supportive and that I have many avenues to learn, change...What I would like to see changed is a better work environment for the students and staff, more mediated spaces for discussions on difficult topics, and a better-organized structure for knowing what....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 13%,

    Net Price: $26,021,

    SAT Range: 1410-1540,

  3. #4 Best Big Colleges in California.

    University of California - Irvine

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    4 Year,

    IRVINE, CA,

    4264 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says UCI boasts a stunning campus with modern architecture nestled in a beautifully landscaped environment. The layout is convenient, making it easy to navigate between classes, dorms, and recreational....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 29%,

    Net Price: $11,633,

    SAT Range: 1230-1430,

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  5. #7 Best Big Colleges in California.

    University of California - Davis

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    4 Year,

    DAVIS, CA,

    5496 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says UC Davis, part of the prestigious University of California system, stands out as a renowned institution renowned for its excellence in education, research, and community engagement. Located in Davis,...The university prides itself on fostering a collaborative and inclusive learning environment, where students are encouraged to explore their passions and make meaningful contributions to society. Its....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 49%,

    Net Price: $16,640,

    SAT Range: 1160-1400,

  6. #8 Best Big Colleges in California.

    California State University - Long Beach

    4 Year,

    LONG BEACH, CA,

    4876 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I am currently finishing my first year at California State University Long Beach and so far it has been an amazing experience! I thought college was going to be hard, it has been challenging at....

    Read 4876 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 47%,

    Net Price: $9,171,

    SAT Range: 1020-1240,

  7. #9 Best Big Colleges in California.

    Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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    4 Year,

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA,

    4004 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Overall Experience: My time at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo was amazing. As a student-athlete on the women's soccer team, I had the time of my life. The sense of community, academic support, and...Suggestions for Improvement: While my experience was overwhelmingly positive, I believe more support for student-athletes and enhanced diversity efforts would further enrich the Cal Poly experience...Thank you for allowing me to share my experience!.

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    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 33%,

    Net Price: $20,708,

    SAT Range: 1240-1440,

  8. #10 Best Big Colleges in California.

    San Diego State University

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    5413 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I had the unique experience of transferring to San Diego State University during the pandemic. My junior year was fully online so I didn't get to experience campus life or get a feel for the....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 38%,

    Net Price: $6,867,

    SAT Range: 1090-1300,

  9. #13 Best Big Colleges in California.

    California State University - Sacramento

    4 Year,

    SACRAMENTO, CA,

    3915 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I was a fairly boring student so I didn't do a lot, but I did enjoy going to Sac State. There were some good food options, as well as a lot of open spaces for people to relax and study or sleep...In terms of the the professors, my own personal opinion - I'm a big fan of the College of Arts and Letters, but there are a few professors who take themselves way to seriously and treat you like....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 94%,

    Net Price: $7,778,

    SAT Range: 930-1130,

  10. #14 Best Big Colleges in California.

    University of California - Santa Cruz

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    4 Year,

    SANTA CRUZ, CA,

    4040 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says UC Santa Cruz has provided many opportunities and a life long experience that I wouldn't change for anything. The only thing concerning about this University is that priority housing is only....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 59%,

    Net Price: $19,615,

    SAT Range: 1160-1360,

  11. #16 Best Big Colleges in California.

    California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

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    4 Year,

    POMONA, CA,

    3272 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Graduate Student says My time at Cal Poly Pomona has been hands-on and practical, which I really appreciate. There are tons of opportunities for internships and real-world projects, however I find that you are limited to...I've found Cal Poly Pomona to offer a diverse range of academic programs, including engineering, business, agriculture, sustainability (regenerative studies), architecture, and more. I value the...Parking can be a pain sometimes, especially if you have an electric vehicle and during busy hours. Like any school, there are occasional administrative hiccups.Overall, Cal Poly Pomona has been a great experience for me. The campus views of the San Gabriel Mountains are beautiful and the mix of learning and real-world application has been exactly what I was....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 61%,

    Net Price: $12,942,

    SAT Range: 1010-1250,

  12. #17 Best Big Colleges in California.

    San Jose State University

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    4 Year,

    SAN JOSE, CA,

    4359 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says San Jose State University stands as an academic beacon, fostering an environment of growth, innovation, and community. Throughout my undergraduate journey at SJSU, I found myself immersed in a rich....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 84%,

    Net Price: $14,603,

    SAT Range: 1010-1240,

  13. #19 Best Big Colleges in California.

    San Francisco State University

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    4 Year,

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA,

    3711 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says San Francisco State University is a commuter school that caters to students living in the Bay Area. The university has several green spaces where students can relax and study in the sun. The library....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 93%,

    Net Price: $13,641,

    SAT Range: 930-1130,

  14. California State University - Los Angeles

    Blue checkmark.

    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    3220 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Cal State LA is truly an incredible institution that offers a dynamic and diverse learning environment for students. The campus is filled with passionate and dedicated faculty who are committed to....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 91%,

    Net Price: $2,695,

    SAT Range: 870-1060,

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