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2023 Best Small Colleges in California

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  1. #2 Best Small Colleges in California.

    Harvey Mudd College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says My relationship with Harvey Mudd is quite messy and convoluted. No single experience will suffice to describe in its entirety; however, hopefully there is something helpful to you in my description!...One thing I will say, Harvey Mudd is very difficult. I assume you already know this if you are looking into it, but I want to stress that you will most definitely be challenged. There are many...That being said, there is a wonderful support system at Mudd. Being in graduate school now, I really miss the accessibility to professors and student tutors. Mudd does a really amazing job of....

    Read 141 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 18%,

    Net Price: $37,192,

    SAT Range: 1490-1570,

  2. #3 Best Small Colleges in California.

    Pomona College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

    414 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Aside from all of the aspects Pomona promotes as the reasons in favor of attending, I have to say that the relationships I forged with faculty, staff, and my fellow majors (Public Policy Analysis)....

    Read 414 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 9%,

    Net Price: $30,392,

    SAT Range: 1390-1540,

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  4. #5 Best Small Colleges in California.

    Pitzer College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Niche User says I loved this place! I did a domestic exchange program for a semester. Nice dorms, friendly student body, good food in the dining hall, and cool classes. A lot of fun classes on pop culture and media...Con: HUGE wealth gap here between students. First gen solidarity is strong here though. Such a pretty campus, and amazing Latinx Student Union which I joined while I was there..

    Read 637 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 17%,

    Net Price: $30,095,

    SAT Range: 1300-1450,

  5. #6 Best Small Colleges in California.

    Scripps College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says This is my first on-campus semester, and so far I love it! The student body has a defined sense of creativity and style which is something I never thought to look for in a college. I love the amount...Honestly, the party scene is perfect for me. There isn't something every single night, but Thursdays and Saturdays are traditionally going out days, and sometimes Fridays as well. For being told that...I appreciate the substantial gay community, although it doesn't show in particular affinity groups. My friends that are interested in men seem pretty content, as we naturally interact a lot thru...Not a lot of peer pressure or academic competition among the students, at least for me. Resources like math help & the counseling center aren't bad (!!), but you definetly have to hunt for them. We....

    Read 459 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 35%,

    Net Price: $40,259,

    SAT Range: 1320-1480,

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  7. #7 Best Small Colleges in California.

    Occidental College

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says In my first year at Occidental College I had a very enjoyable experience. I am a varsity swimmer and loved my experience as a D3 athlete. In addition to the community I built around athletics, the....

    Read 487 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 41%,

    Net Price: $41,102,

    SAT Range: 1270-1460,

  8. #8 Best Small Colleges in California.

    Point Loma Nazarene University

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    998 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 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 998 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 84%,

    Net Price: $34,644,

    SAT Range: 1100-1290,

  9. Las Positas College

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    2 Year,

    LIVERMORE, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says Las Positas College - My experience at this community college has shown to be very enticing and eventful. This college has a variety of beneficial and opportunistic courses; tying in the....

    Read 587 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $6,456,

  10. Allan Hancock College

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    2 Year,

    SANTA MARIA, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says It's a very good campus. The large majority of both staff and alumni are very kind, and overall creates a friendly vibe throughout the whole campus. Most professors have an energy of wanting to be... Being an Art major, the community is relaxed and easy to talk to, as long as you put in the effort. The professors have the energy and passion to educated and help throughout the art process and....

    Read 736 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $5,520,

  11. #9 Best Small Colleges in California.

    Vanguard University of Southern California

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    4 Year,

    COSTA MESA, CA,

    902 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 902 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 50%,

    Net Price: $21,667,

    SAT Range: 950-1140,

  12. #10 Best Small Colleges in California.

    Stanbridge University - Orange County

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    4 Year,

    IRVINE, CA,

    104 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 104 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 35%,

    Net Price: $24,969,

  13. Mission College

    2 Year,

    SANTA CLARA, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says Mission College is a great community college. I have attended this college for 3 years 2019-2021 and will be attending the 2022 spring semester. Like any organization mission college has its greats....

    Read 356 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $6,036,

  14. #13 Best Small Colleges in California.

    Saint Mary's College of California

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    4 Year,

    MORAGA, CA,

    1075 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..

    Read 1075 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 77%,

    Net Price: $40,401,

    SAT Range: 1070-1240,

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