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1-25 of 105 results

  1. #1 Top Party Schools in California.

    University of Southern California

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    3854 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....

    Read 3854 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 11%,

    Net Price: $39,759,

    SAT Range: 1340-1530,

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  2. #2 Top Party Schools in California.

    University of California - Santa Barbara

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    4 Year,

    SANTA BARBARA, CA,

    4549 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says This school has amazing scenery, which is vital for motivation to study. The environment here is friendly, and the professors truly care about students. The student resource building is especially....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 37%,

    Net Price: $17,223,

    SAT Range: 1230-1460,

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  3. #3 Top Party Schools in California.

    San Diego State University

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    5127 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I truly enjoyed attending SDSU and would recommend it as a nice university to attend. There are tons of clubs and organizations on campus that are great for meeting people and sharing interests, but...I was a Biology major with the Honors Minor and I believe the quality of the my education was excellent. As a Black woman in STEM, however, I'd love to see more BIPOC faculty and more targeted...Overall, state helped me grow as an individual and equipped me for my career, so I am very glad I spent my undergrad here!.

    Read 5127 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 37%,

    Net Price: $13,192,

    SAT Range: 1090-1300,

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  5. #4 Top Party Schools in California.

    California State University - Chico

    4 Year,

    CHICO, CA,

    2468 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 2468 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 90%,

    Net Price: $16,109,

    SAT Range: 970-1170,

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  6. #5 Top Party Schools in California.

    University of California - Los Angeles

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    5304 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Graduate Student says As soon as you walk on to campus you feel accepted; a feeling of home and success takes over the atmosphere and you’re right there in middle of it all. Breathe it in. Yes! That’s the smell of success...God has always provided for me in so many ways than just one. When I first visited the University of California at Los Angeles I was intrigued by the beauty of how the campus and its landscape. Now,....

    Read 5304 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 14%,

    Net Price: $16,474,

    SAT Range: 1300-1530,

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  7. #6 Top Party Schools in California.

    Santa Clara University

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    4 Year,

    SANTA CLARA, CA,

    1425 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....

    Read 1425 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 51%,

    Net Price: $48,284,

    SAT Range: 1270-1450,

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  9. #7 Top Party Schools in California.

    University of California - Berkeley

    4 Year,

    BERKELEY, CA,

    4219 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!.

    Read 4219 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 17%,

    Net Price: $19,329,

    SAT Range: 1310-1530,

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  10. #8 Top Party Schools in California.

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

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    4 Year,

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA,

    3799 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says The school is very welcoming in my opinion, and almost everyone I have met has been super kind. I ran into a few professors who were iffy, but that’s to be expected at times. The food also sucks. As....

    Read 3799 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 28%,

    Net Price: $20,491,

    SAT Range: 1240-1440,

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  11. #9 Top Party Schools in California.

    San Jose State University

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    4 Year,

    SAN JOSE, CA,

    4137 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I genuinely enjoyed my time at San Jose State University! Because the campus is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, there were many internship and professional development opportunities available....

    Read 4137 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 67%,

    Net Price: $15,995,

    SAT Range: 1010-1240,

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  12. #10 Top Party Schools in California.

    The Los Angeles Film School

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    4 Year,

    HOLLYWOOD, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Niche User says Although I wasn’t fully able to attend, I just wish I was able to and develop my skills as so many wonderful opportunities were presented to me, from its endless possibilities in its work study....

    Read 391 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $32,392,

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  13. #11 Top Party Schools in California.

    California Institute of the Arts

    4 Year,

    VALENCIA, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says As an art school there is no athletics, we don't have sports or even a mascot. There's also no Greek life, but that's preferred. There are a lot of other student events, a pool, and every Thursday....

    Read 272 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 25%,

    Net Price: $59,367,

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  14. #12 Top Party Schools in California.

    California State University - Long Beach

    4 Year,

    LONG BEACH, CA,

    4638 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 4638 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 42%,

    Net Price: $10,568,

    SAT Range: 1020-1240,

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  15. #13 Top Party Schools in California.

    University of California - Riverside

    4 Year,

    RIVERSIDE, CA,

    3469 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says UCR is a surprisingly good school with relatively high and rigorous academic standards, a great student population that takes interest in campus and university activities. It's a reasonable drive....

    Read 3469 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 57%,

    Net Price: $11,948,

    SAT Range: 1080-1280,

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  16. #14 Top Party Schools in California.

    Academy of Art University

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    4 Year,

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA,

    2436 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..

    Read 2436 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $35,445,

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  17. #15 Top Party Schools in California.

    Stanford University

    4 Year,

    STANFORD, CA,

    1229 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Now, 60+ years after a Stanford BSME, I am astoundingly grateful for a rounded undergraduate engineering education that led to 1) a succession of rewarding employments, and through those, 2)...T. Savage, Seattle.

    Read 1229 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 5%,

    Net Price: $20,023,

    SAT Range: 1420-1570,

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  18. #16 Top Party Schools in California.

    Pitzer College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

    635 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 635 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 17%,

    Net Price: $30,095,

    SAT Range: 1300-1450,

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  19. #17 Top Party Schools in California.

    California State University - Fullerton

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    4 Year,

    FULLERTON, CA,

    5004 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....

    Read 5004 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 68%,

    Net Price: $8,322,

    SAT Range: 1000-1180,

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  20. #18 Top Party Schools in California.

    California State University - Fresno

    4 Year,

    FRESNO, CA,

    2722 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Life here on campus is above average I would say. The campus is nice and clean but not as nice as you would expect out of a UC. Here are a list of pros and cons I find. Pros: Alot of resources,....

    Read 2722 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 90%,

    Net Price: $6,906,

    SAT Range: 890-1100,

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  21. #19 Top Party Schools in California.

    Claremont McKenna College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Claremont Mckenna College is an amazing academic institution. Every student here is so passionate and loves to learn. Claremont has an incredible, close knit-community that is incredibly supportive.....

    Read 421 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 13%,

    Net Price: $22,004,

    SAT Range: 1330-1500,

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  22. #20 Top Party Schools in California.

    California State University - Sacramento

    4 Year,

    SACRAMENTO, CA,

    3685 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Sac State is the most diverse and inclusive college I have ever attended. They work hard to make the education process equitable for everyone. Their Students with disabilities program is very good at....

    Read 3685 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 83%,

    Net Price: $11,473,

    SAT Range: 930-1130,

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  23. #21 Top Party Schools in California.

    Chapman University

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    4 Year,

    ORANGE, CA,

    2209 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 2209 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 58%,

    Net Price: $44,327,

    SAT Range: 1170-1350,

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  24. #22 Top Party Schools in California.

    California State University - Northridge

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    4 Year,

    NORTHRIDGE, CA,

    4802 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says CSUN is super relaxed & academic oriented. It’s truly diverse and has a welcoming environment with a LOT of resources & outreach programs that help all types of students succeed! Our professors are...Despite this, however, csun is a very mixed bag. Since we’re a commuter school there isn’t much school spirit and many people only come to class and go home. Plus, the admin and bureaucracy is super....

    Read 4802 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 66%,

    Net Price: $8,882,

    SAT Range: 900-1110,

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  25. #23 Top Party Schools in California.

    University of San Diego

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

    1889 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I love USD, the campus is beautiful and there is so many things to do in San Diego all year. Social life is vibrant and if your involved in greek life USD does not allow for houses so thats the only....

    Read 1889 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 59%,

    Net Price: $37,547,

    SAT Range: 1190-1370,

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  26. #24 Top Party Schools in California.

    University of California - Davis

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    4 Year,

    DAVIS, CA,

    4791 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Davis is an amazing school, one of the most prestigious in the world! These are some little-known aspects, but it's hip, liberal, fun, artsy, and stunning! It's #1 in sustainability in the world.....

    Read 4791 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 46%,

    Net Price: $17,026,

    SAT Range: 1160-1400,

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  27. #25 Top Party Schools in California.

    Harvey Mudd College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

    139 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 139 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 14%,

    Net Price: $37,192,

    SAT Range: 1490-1570,

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Quick References

RankSchool NameLocation
1University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA
2University of California - Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CA
3San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CA
4California State University - ChicoChico, CA
5University of California - Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA
6Santa Clara UniversitySanta Clara, CA
7University of California - BerkeleyBerkeley, CA
8California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) - San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo, CA
9San Jose State UniversitySan Jose, CA
10The Los Angeles Film SchoolHollywood, CA
11California Institute of the ArtsValencia, CA
12California State University - Long BeachLong Beach, CA
13University of California - RiversideRiverside, CA
14Academy of Art UniversitySan Francisco, CA
15Stanford UniversityStanford, CA
16Pitzer CollegeClaremont, CA
17California State University - FullertonFullerton, CA
18California State University - FresnoFresno, CA
19Claremont McKenna CollegeClaremont, CA
20California State University - SacramentoSacramento, CA
21Chapman UniversityOrange, CA
22California State University - NorthridgeNorthridge, CA
23University of San DiegoSan Diego, CA
24University of California - DavisDavis, CA
25Harvey Mudd CollegeClaremont, CA