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2023 Best College Athletics in California

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  1. #1 Best College Athletics 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,

  2. #3 Best College Athletics 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....

    Read 5392 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 14%,

    Net Price: $16,474,

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  4. #4 Best College Athletics 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,

  5. #6 Best College Athletics 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....

    Read 5222 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 37%,

    Net Price: $13,192,

    SAT Range: 1090-1300,

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  7. #7 Best College Athletics in California.

    California Baptist University

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    4 Year,

    RIVERSIDE, CA,

    2796 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says California Baptist University is a school of community! This university does its best to involve every student in the community! There are events every month and many giveaway opportunities. They....

    Read 2796 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 80%,

    Net Price: $27,883,

    SAT Range: 990-1210,

  8. #8 Best College Athletics in California.

    Saint Mary's College of California

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    4 Year,

    MORAGA, CA,

    1077 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Saint Mary’s has a unique energy unlike any other campus. The students are positive, inclusive, connected and yet very serious about their studies. There is a lot of fun on campus. There is not much drinking since you have to be over 21 and really there is more for us to do. Greek life is non existent. But that just means we create our fun by...I cannot thank Saint Mary’s enough, I love it! They check all the boxes of a fantastic school and a home away from home..

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 77%,

    Net Price: $40,401,

    SAT Range: 1070-1240,

  9. #9 Best College Athletics 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....

    Read 4878 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 46%,

    Net Price: $17,026,

    SAT Range: 1160-1400,

  10. #10 Best College Athletics 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....

    Read 5092 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 68%,

    Net Price: $8,322,

    SAT Range: 1000-1180,

  11. #11 Best College Athletics in California.

    Santa Clara University

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    4 Year,

    SANTA CLARA, CA,

    1435 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I am a rising sophomore at Santa Clara University, and my experience thus far has been amazing to say the least. Coming into a four year university as a Latinx first-generation student was....

    Read 1435 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 51%,

    Net Price: $48,284,

    SAT Range: 1270-1450,

  12. #12 Best College Athletics 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,

  13. #13 Best College Athletics in California.

    California State University - Sacramento

    4 Year,

    SACRAMENTO, CA,

    3763 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I did not experience a lot in California State University - Sacramento yet because I have not started my first semester as an incoming college freshman for that specific university. Though we have....

    Read 3763 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 83%,

    Net Price: $11,473,

    SAT Range: 930-1130,

  14. #14 Best College Athletics 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,

  15. #15 Best College Athletics 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....

    Read 4216 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 67%,

    Net Price: $15,995,

    SAT Range: 1010-1240,

  16. #16 Best College Athletics 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,

  17. #17 Best College Athletics in California.

    University of the Pacific

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    4 Year,

    STOCKTON, CA,

    1287 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I really enjoy my university! The student to professor ratio is small which is perfect for getting to know your professors one-on-one and asking for help. There are also many resources available on....

    Read 1287 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 71%,

    Net Price: $32,780,

    SAT Range: 1080-1340,

  18. #18 Best College Athletics in California.

    University of San Francisco

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    4 Year,

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA,

    2281 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I love the University of San Francisco's campus and the surrounding city! While the campus is smaller than other universities, do not worry because you will undoubtedly be getting your steps in. I....

    Read 2281 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 70%,

    Net Price: $42,801,

    SAT Range: 1140-1330,

  19. #19 Best College Athletics 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,....

    Read 4875 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 66%,

    Net Price: $8,882,

    SAT Range: 900-1110,

  20. #20 Best College Athletics in California.

    Pepperdine University

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    4 Year,

    MALIBU, CA,

    1309 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Pepperdine University is incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there - I loved my professors, loved the location, and loved the stunning campus. Everyone there was remarkably friendly, and when I....

    Read 1309 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 42%,

    Net Price: $46,550,

    SAT Range: 1200-1410,

  21. #22 Best College Athletics in California.

    California State University - Bakersfield

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    4 Year,

    BAKERSFIELD, CA,

    1186 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says As a student of California State University Bakersfield, I really enjoyed the accessibility of resources and willingness to offer one-on-one help from many of the professors. They have a nice, welcoming student life and social outlets on campus as well as plenty of extracurricular academic activities and organizations to be part of. I do, however, miss the on-campus pub that has since been turned into a Panda Express which feels a bit more limiting for on-campus dining and social gatherings. Other than that, it’s a great choice for an overall academic experience!.

    Read 1186 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 78%,

    Net Price: $7,697,

    SAT Range: 790-1020,

  22. #24 Best College Athletics in California.

    University of San Diego

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    1906 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says University of San Diego is an amazing school and I am so glad I chose to attend it. Going to college for the first time is a scary experience, but USD made it an easy transition. Because it is a....

    Read 1906 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 59%,

    Net Price: $37,547,

    SAT Range: 1190-1370,

  23. #25 Best College Athletics 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..

    Read 3870 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 38%,

    Net Price: $20,491,

    SAT Range: 1240-1440,

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