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2024 Hardest Colleges to Get Into in California

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  1. #3 Hardest Colleges to Get Into in California.

    Stanford University

    4 Year,

    STANFORD, CA,

    1279 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,

  2. #4 Hardest Colleges to Get Into in California.

    Pomona College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says After three challenging, exciting, and transformational years at Pomona, I feel that I can confidently say that I wouldn't want to have studied anywhere else, and I'm already mourning that I'll have....

    Read 423 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 7%,

    Net Price: $17,000,

    SAT Range: 1470-1570,

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  4. #7 Hardest Colleges to Get Into in California.

    University of California - Los Angeles

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    5579 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says It was amazing! I came to UCLA as a 3rd year transfer student meaning I had more perks than some of those who came in as freshmen. The housing I did off-campus apartment dorms which was amazing. They....

    Read 5579 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 11%,

    Net Price: $13,393,

  5. #9 Hardest Colleges to Get Into in California.

    University of Southern California

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    4035 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,

  6. #10 Hardest Colleges to Get Into in California.

    University of California - Berkeley

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    4 Year,

    BERKELEY, CA,

    4471 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says My experience at Berkeley was profoundly positive. Each school possesses its own distinctive personality, and Berkeley stands out for its constant engagement with societal issues. The university....

    Read 4471 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 14%,

    Net Price: $17,652,

    SAT Range: 1310-1530,

  7. #11 Hardest Colleges to Get Into in California.

    Pitzer College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Pitzer in many ways is heaven to me... though perhaps that is just the effect of moving to California as an east-coaster. But really, going to Pitzer was quite a bit like going to the school from....

    Read 648 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 18%,

    Net Price: $19,153,

    SAT Range: 1300-1450,

  8. #12 Hardest Colleges to Get Into in California.

    University of California - Irvine

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    4 Year,

    IRVINE, CA,

    4264 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says UCI boasts a stunning campus with modern architecture nestled in a beautifully landscaped environment. The layout is convenient, making it easy to navigate between classes, dorms, and recreational....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 29%,

    Net Price: $11,633,

    SAT Range: 1230-1430,

  9. #15 Hardest Colleges to Get Into in California.

    Scripps College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Scripps was a fantastic place to go to college. The professors love teaching and are very keen on helping you truly learn and understand the material. In addition, you have the resources of the five...Student life at Scripps is amazing. The friendships that form are close and the school provides an amazing living environment. It may not be a big party school (which many people love), but again,....

    Read 476 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 30%,

    Net Price: $44,770,

    SAT Range: 1380-1520,

  10. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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    4 Year,

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA,

    4007 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Overall Experience: My time at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo was amazing. As a student-athlete on the women's soccer team, I had the time of my life. The sense of community, academic support, and...Suggestions for Improvement: While my experience was overwhelmingly positive, I believe more support for student-athletes and enhanced diversity efforts would further enrich the Cal Poly experience...Thank you for allowing me to share my experience!.

    Read 4007 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 33%,

    Net Price: $20,708,

    SAT Range: 1240-1440,

  11. Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Graduate Student says My experience at the fashion Institute had many pros and cons. To start, the student housing options, while pricey, are quite lovely and cover a lot of your bases if hunting for a living situation in... As for the education itself, I found the curriculum to be fairly well structured and majority of the instructors adequate. I think that my toughest instructors were the ones I enjoyed and....

    Read 603 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Acceptance Rate: 36%,

    Net Price: $41,070,

  12. San Diego State University

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    5413 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I had the unique experience of transferring to San Diego State University during the pandemic. My junior year was fully online so I didn't get to experience campus life or get a feel for the....

    Read 5413 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 38%,

    Net Price: $6,867,

    SAT Range: 1090-1300,

  13. Occidental College

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Like everything, there are ups and downs and days where I wish I were back home with my dogs, but I love Occidental College, and I've had such a great experience so far. I am only a sophomore and....

    Read 509 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 38%,

    Net Price: $43,047,

    SAT Range: 1340-1490,

  14. Loyola Marymount University

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    1751 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says My experience at Loyola Marymount University this year has been not only different, challenging, and difficult -- but also engaging, exciting, and very eye opening to me. I am from Texas, so a....

    Read 1751 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 46%,

    Net Price: $40,180,

    SAT Range: 1250-1420,

  15. California State University - Long Beach

    4 Year,

    LONG BEACH, CA,

    4877 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I loved my experience at CSULB. I did get wait listed from the dorms during my freshman year, so I would like to see some more housing options for freshmen who aren't local to the area. However, the....

    Read 4877 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 47%,

    Net Price: $9,171,

    SAT Range: 1020-1240,

  16. University of California - Davis

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    4 Year,

    DAVIS, CA,

    5496 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says UC Davis, part of the prestigious University of California system, stands out as a renowned institution renowned for its excellence in education, research, and community engagement. Located in Davis,...The university prides itself on fostering a collaborative and inclusive learning environment, where students are encouraged to explore their passions and make meaningful contributions to society. Its....

    Read 5496 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 49%,

    Net Price: $16,640,

    SAT Range: 1160-1400,

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