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2023 Best College Locations in California

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  1. #1 Best College Locations in California.

    University of San Francisco

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    4 Year,

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA,

    2260 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says The University of San Francisco is an institution right in the heart of the city. It is in a great location that sits in the residential area right outside of the downtown area. Even though it is a....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 70%,

    Net Price: $42,801,

    SAT Range: 1140-1330,

  2. #2 Best College Locations in California.

    Academy of Art University

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    4 Year,

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA,

    2448 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Academy of Art University is a private institution that hires industry professionals. This means that while teachers while are highly knowledgeable about their subjects, not all of them may know how...I was in the Game Development department (second biggest department) and I always had a comfortable connection with all my teachers. Class sizes are always bigger in the freshman year, but the school...This is the only school that I went to, and compared to my friends the attendance policy is relatively strict. Standard full-time schedule is 4 classes a week (each class is 3-6hrs long). As an...Since the school is in the city, buildings are scattered with free shuttles to move between class and dorms. Nice school to enjoy San Francisco..

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    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $35,445,

  3. #3 Best College Locations in California.

    Point Loma Nazarene University

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Truly an amazing school from the start. You have insanely beautiful views, actual professors with their PhD's teaching your classes, not TAs. Very unique academic and social experience too. You can....

    Read 995 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 84%,

    Net Price: $34,644,

    SAT Range: 1100-1290,

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  5. #5 Best College Locations in California.

    Vanguard University of Southern California

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    4 Year,

    COSTA MESA, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says Vanguard University provides students with exceptional support. With every upcoming semester every major meets in some form with their individual advisors allowing there to be opportunities for any....

    Read 898 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 50%,

    Net Price: $21,667,

    SAT Range: 950-1140,

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  7. #7 Best College Locations in California.

    University of California - Los Angeles

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    5351 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,

    SAT Range: 1300-1530,

  8. #9 Best College Locations in California.

    University of San Diego

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    1898 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 1898 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 59%,

    Net Price: $37,547,

    SAT Range: 1190-1370,

  9. #10 Best College Locations in California.

    University of California - Berkeley

    4 Year,

    BERKELEY, CA,

    4251 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,

  10. #11 Best College Locations in California.

    University of California - Irvine

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    4 Year,

    IRVINE, CA,

    4086 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says My college experience as a first year at the University of California Irvine was an overall great novel experience especially because I'm not very familiar with Irvine and it was a culture shock to....

    Read 4086 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 30%,

    Net Price: $13,106,

    SAT Range: 1230-1430,

  11. #18 Best College Locations in California.

    Stanbridge University - Orange County

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    4 Year,

    IRVINE, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Freshman says Stanbridge takes pride in making sure that their students succeed and I can agree. Although it is only my first term, all the professors and advisors that I have met have been very helpful. Some....

    Read 101 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 35%,

    Net Price: $24,969,

  12. #19 Best College Locations in California.

    West Coast University - Los Angeles

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    4 Year,

    NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says West Coast excels in its attempt to get students in and out with a degree in hand. Some professors are amazing at their job while others flaunt their ability to make a course difficult for all....

    Read 261 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $44,867,

  13. #22 Best College Locations in California.

    University of California - San Diego

    4 Year,

    LA JOLLA, CA,

    3777 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....

    Read 3777 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 37%,

    Net Price: $15,222,

    SAT Range: 1270-1480,

  14. #23 Best College Locations in California.

    California State University - Sacramento

    4 Year,

    SACRAMENTO, CA,

    3722 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 3722 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 83%,

    Net Price: $11,473,

    SAT Range: 930-1130,

  15. #25 Best College Locations in California.

    California State University - Long Beach

    4 Year,

    LONG BEACH, CA,

    4674 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I love this school! There are so much diversity that one can interact with, along with the numerous clubs that is offered by students themselves on campus. Even if it may be a commuter school, as....

    Read 4674 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 42%,

    Net Price: $10,568,

    SAT Range: 1020-1240,

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