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2023 Colleges with the Best Student Life in California

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  1. #1 Colleges with the Best Student Life in California.

    University of Southern California

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    3913 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. #2 Colleges with the Best Student Life in California.

    University of California - Los Angeles

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    5397 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,

  3. #3 Colleges with the Best Student Life 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,

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  5. #4 Colleges with the Best Student Life in California.

    San Diego State University

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    5223 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,

  6. #6 Colleges with the Best Student Life 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,

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  8. #7 Colleges with the Best Student Life 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,

  9. #8 Colleges with the Best Student Life 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,

  10. #13 Colleges with the Best Student Life 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,

  11. #14 Colleges with the Best Student Life in California.

    California State University - Fullerton

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    4 Year,

    FULLERTON, CA,

    5094 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,

  12. #15 Colleges with the Best Student Life 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....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 51%,

    Net Price: $48,284,

    SAT Range: 1270-1450,

  13. #16 Colleges with the Best Student Life 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,

  14. #18 Colleges with the Best Student Life in California.

    California State University - Chico

    4 Year,

    CHICO, CA,

    2502 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I have loved my time at CSU Chico! I was accepted into a total of four CSUs and Chico was my first choice. I love the town of Chico, not too large but also not too small. I am a transfer student from....

    Read 2502 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 90%,

    Net Price: $16,109,

    SAT Range: 970-1170,

  15. #20 Colleges with the Best Student Life in California.

    California State University - Sacramento

    4 Year,

    SACRAMENTO, CA,

    3766 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....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 83%,

    Net Price: $11,473,

    SAT Range: 930-1130,

  16. #21 Colleges with the Best Student Life 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,

  17. #23 Colleges with the Best Student Life in California.

    California State University - Northridge

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    4 Year,

    NORTHRIDGE, CA,

    4878 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 4878 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 66%,

    Net Price: $8,882,

    SAT Range: 900-1110,

  18. #24 Colleges with the Best Student Life in California.

    Chapman University

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    4 Year,

    ORANGE, CA,

    2226 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says So far it's good! The departments you reach out to reply quickly and answer your questions; they really do try to provide the best help they can. Professors are friendly and help you with questions....

    Read 2226 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 58%,

    Net Price: $44,327,

    SAT Range: 1170-1350,

  19. #25 Colleges with the Best Student Life in California.

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

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    4 Year,

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA,

    3872 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 3872 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 38%,

    Net Price: $20,491,

    SAT Range: 1240-1440,

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