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2023 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,

    5392 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says If you can attend in-person classes, UCLA is a great school! The student dorms are on the expensive side, but well worth the price. There are several dining halls right next to the dorms that each....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 14%,

    Net Price: $16,474,

  2. #2 Best Big Colleges in California.

    University of Southern California

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    3912 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says For context- current sophomore who started at USC online, majoring in Communications but has taken classes from across disciplines-Academics: overall good but definitely some terrible professors who either have favoritism, are unclear with expectations, or bad w grading. But the majority of professors are really good-Environment: if you're intimidated by rich, judgmental people, this is not the place for you. A lot of the culture is exclusionary towards ppl who work or who don't partake in certain activities...-facilities: very very nice- great gyms, dining halls, dormsOverall: a great school with a lot of resources, so be sure to look into your major specific resources bc they offer so much! Just be warned that it's not the easiest place to go to if you don't fit....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 16%,

    Net Price: $39,759,

    SAT Range: 1340-1530,

  3. #3 Best Big Colleges in California.

    University of California - Berkeley

    4 Year,

    BERKELEY, CA,

    4291 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says UC Berkeley has a variety of student experiences academic opportunities. In terms of common/popular majors, seeing from my first year, many students study Computer Science/EECS, Data Science,...However, one of the biggest disadvantages of the Berkeley/Bay Area area is the high cost of living. In addition, UC Berkeley only guarantees dorm housing for first-years, so figuring out arrangements...Overall, the key to success at UC Berkeley is awareness. Be grounded in your goals and taking the initiative to reach them!.

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 17%,

    Net Price: $19,329,

    SAT Range: 1310-1530,

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  5. #5 Best Big Colleges in California.

    University of California - San Diego

    4 Year,

    LA JOLLA, CA,

    3804 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Overall, my experience at UCSD was very positive. The academics can be intense at times, however I never felt helpless in my courses. There are many opportunities to seek guidance, but it is up to....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 37%,

    Net Price: $15,222,

    SAT Range: 1270-1480,

  6. #6 Best Big Colleges in California.

    University of California - Davis

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    4 Year,

    DAVIS, CA,

    4878 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I love UC Davis! The teachers are mostly amazing, teach all of their own classes and are very approachable. Although students are highly motivated, no one is out to get you; it’s a very supportive....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 46%,

    Net Price: $17,026,

    SAT Range: 1160-1400,

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  8. #7 Best Big Colleges in California.

    University of California - Santa Barbara

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    4 Year,

    SANTA BARBARA, CA,

    4624 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says A unique thing that UCSB provides, besides an amazing location on the beach with great weather year-round, is a community for people from all walks of life. Whether that's religious, social,....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 37%,

    Net Price: $17,223,

    SAT Range: 1230-1460,

  9. #8 Best Big Colleges in California.

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

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    4 Year,

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA,

    3870 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says My time at Cal Poly has been amazing! The people, the weather, the quarterly-system (soon to be semester in 2026), the delicious food; all of it amounts to the perfect campus.The weather here is not too cold nor too hot. It almost never rains, but when it does, expect a huge shower.The students are nice. They even have a Discord server (”Cal Poly Friendos”) to hang out in. The staff and faculty are always patient and helpful.I don’t understand why the food is a D+. I’ve eaten many meals, and never felt the food, as school food, deserves a B or less. I’m guessing students have too high expectations, thinking it should be...I wouldn't ask to be in another school. Consider applying..

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    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 38%,

    Net Price: $20,491,

    SAT Range: 1240-1440,

  10. #9 Best Big Colleges in California.

    California State University - Long Beach

    4 Year,

    LONG BEACH, CA,

    4710 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says This school is full of wonderful people. There a lot of students from all over the world with a brilliant personalities. If you don’t fit in, they will help you to fit in and succeed. A lot of....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 42%,

    Net Price: $10,568,

    SAT Range: 1020-1240,

  11. #10 Best Big Colleges in California.

    San Diego State University

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    5222 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says San Diego State University provides a beautiful and growing campus filled with a diverse community. As an aerospace engineering major at SDSU, I could definitely say that the university does provide....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 37%,

    Net Price: $13,192,

    SAT Range: 1090-1300,

  12. #12 Best Big Colleges in California.

    California State University - Fullerton

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    4 Year,

    FULLERTON, CA,

    5092 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I very much enjoyed how all my courses were interactive and fun! The general education advisors really helped me considering I am a first-year and first-gen college student. I enjoyed the kind and....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 68%,

    Net Price: $8,322,

    SAT Range: 1000-1180,

  13. #13 Best Big Colleges in California.

    University of California - Santa Cruz

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    4 Year,

    SANTA CRUZ, CA,

    3924 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says My experience so far the UCSC has been fantastic! The campus is gorgeous, set right in the middle of a gigantic forest and only a short bus ride from the beach, which is perfect if you have a....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 65%,

    Net Price: $17,842,

    SAT Range: 1160-1360,

  14. #14 Best Big Colleges in California.

    California State University - Northridge

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    4 Year,

    NORTHRIDGE, CA,

    4875 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Graduate Student says California State University Northridge was the first university that I attended and I absolutely loved it! They had numerous accessible resources for students such as mental health, financial aid,....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 66%,

    Net Price: $8,882,

    SAT Range: 900-1110,

  15. #16 Best Big Colleges in California.

    California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

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    4 Year,

    POMONA, CA,

    3158 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Really great architecture program! Class registration and schedules are a bit difficult, lots of people I know deal with waitlists. Advisors don’t seem to be much help.Commuter campus so the dorms aren’t super full of life.I’ve had great experiences with all the professors I’ve encountered so far, all have been very supportive! Would 100% recommend CPP to anyone looking tinto it! Beautiful campus with lots of nature and animals throughout to visit :).

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 65%,

    Net Price: $14,457,

    SAT Range: 1010-1250,

  16. #17 Best Big Colleges in California.

    San Jose State University

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    4 Year,

    SAN JOSE, CA,

    4216 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says As a new college student, I am constantly reminded of how fresh and exciting my college experience is. From the moment I stepped onto SJSU's campus, I felt a sense of energy and possibility. The....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 67%,

    Net Price: $15,995,

    SAT Range: 1010-1240,

  17. San Francisco State University

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    4 Year,

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA,

    3623 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Something that I looked for when looking for colleges is diversity which sfsu offers greatly. Every culture, belief, gender, etc. is welcome with open arms! Not to mention the great academics and....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 84%,

    Net Price: $14,757,

    SAT Range: 930-1130,

  18. University of Arizona Global Campus

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    4 Year (Online),

    7008 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I am a mature 55-year-old sophomore at UAGC. My life is busy as a long-time entrepreneur, mentor, meditation teacher, and student. In addition, I plan to build my first home and buy land in my state...UAGC provides its students with all the tools we need to succeed and structures the courses to fit the needs of mature, busy adults. UAGC has perfected this process. I like that I only have one...Every staff person and professor I've met is happy to help and enthusiastic about what they do. If you want to succeed in your education, UAGC is the place to do it!.

    Read 7008 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: D minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $20,910,

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