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2024 Best Value Colleges in California

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  1. #2 Best Value Colleges in California.

    Stanford University

    4 Year,

    STANFORD, CA,

    1275 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says My experience at Stanford University was incredibly enriching and transformative. The academic rigor challenged me to push my boundaries and think critically in diverse fields of study. The vibrant....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 4%,

    Net Price: $14,402,

    SAT Range: 1470-1570,

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  3. #5 Best Value Colleges in California.

    Pomona College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Having studied in a few places now, I can say that Pomona is utterly unique in the American higher-ed landscape. As an intimate liberal arts college situated in what is essentially a 6,000-person....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 7%,

    Net Price: $17,000,

    SAT Range: 1470-1570,

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  5. #8 Best Value Colleges in California.

    University of California - Berkeley

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    4 Year,

    BERKELEY, CA,

    4454 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I have loved my time at Berkeley. There is an atmosphere of inclusion and celebration of diversity. I have the most amazing professors who make me love learning! I am majoring in Molecular....

    Read 4454 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 14%,

    Net Price: $17,652,

    SAT Range: 1310-1530,

  6. #12 Best Value Colleges in California.

    California State University - Dominguez Hills

    4 Year,

    CARSON, CA,

    1949 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Although the campus is smaller than most, there is a strong sense of community and there are many resource centers. It is incredibly easy to access support in different forms. Some offices can be....

    Read 1949 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 90%,

    Net Price: $4,500,

    SAT Range: 760-940,

  7. #13 Best Value Colleges in California.

    University of California - San Diego

    4 Year,

    LA JOLLA, CA,

    3955 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Although I have not been a member of the UC San Diego community for long, I have definitely enjoyed it so far. As a commuter, I worried I wouldn’t be able to participate much in campus activities but....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 34%,

    Net Price: $15,632,

  8. #14 Best Value Colleges in California.

    California State University - Stanislaus

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    4 Year,

    TURLOCK, CA,

    1233 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says My current experience as a Stanislaus State student has been welcoming and exciting. The campus is beautiful and the buildings are well-kept. The surrounding stores on the campus are up to date and....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 95%,

    Net Price: $7,230,

    SAT Range: 810-1030,

  9. #15 Best Value Colleges in California.

    University of Southern California

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    4025 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I like the diverse, really friendly community, thoughtful curriculum, experienced teachers, and good campus life. I feel that the community is supportive and that I have many avenues to learn, change...What I would like to see changed is a better work environment for the students and staff, more mediated spaces for discussions on difficult topics, and a better-organized structure for knowing what....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 13%,

    Net Price: $26,021,

    SAT Range: 1410-1540,

  10. #16 Best Value Colleges in California.

    University of California - Los Angeles

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    5559 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I found the university to be fantastic with the various opportunities offered. The class size, although huge with a graduating class of around 6500, offers a lot of people for making friends. But the....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 11%,

    Net Price: $13,393,

  11. #18 Best Value Colleges in California.

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

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    4 Year,

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA,

    3990 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says My overall experience with this campus has been resourcefully nourishing. I admire the effort this university takes in marketing and advertising student resources almost every day to facilitate our....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 33%,

    Net Price: $20,708,

    SAT Range: 1240-1440,

  12. #20 Best Value Colleges in California.

    California State University - San Bernardino

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    4 Year,

    SAN BERNARDINO, CA,

    2796 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I enjoy attending school here, everyone I've come across is friendly. The staff I have come across have been so helpful, as the advising counselors genuinely help you do what you need and what is....

    Read 2796 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 91%,

    Net Price: $3,254,

    SAT Range: 910-1080,

  13. #21 Best Value Colleges in California.

    California State University - Bakersfield

    Blue checkmark.

    4 Year,

    BAKERSFIELD, CA,

    1217 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I enjoy the environment professors create with their constant encouragement to join clubs, as they will help you make connections and “get you a foot in the door for when [we] graduate.” The....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 85%,

    Net Price: $7,368,

    SAT Range: 790-1020,

  14. #23 Best Value Colleges in California.

    Vanguard University of Southern California

    Blue checkmark.

    4 Year,

    COSTA MESA, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says Overall the university has been great and I have really liked my classes and teachers. So far my teachers have been very helpful, understanding, and kind. The campus is beautiful and very well-maintained...it is lovely. The new cafeteria is so nice as well. The dorm situation is horrible...the RA's are not good, we have had no hot water for 3 weeks and the washing machines have mildew inside the door. The dorm life, the quality of it, has been....

    Read 925 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 69%,

    Net Price: $20,427,

    SAT Range: 980-1200,

  15. #24 Best Value Colleges in California.

    San Jose State University

    Blue checkmark.

    4 Year,

    SAN JOSE, CA,

    4350 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says My experience at San Jose State University has been nothing short of amazing. The professors at SJSU have played a pivotal role in making my academic journey exceptionally enriching. Their unwavering....

    Read 4350 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 84%,

    Net Price: $14,603,

    SAT Range: 1010-1240,

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