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2022 Top Private Universities in California

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  1. #1 Top Private Universities 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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  2. #2 Top Private Universities in California.

    University of Southern California

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    3853 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 3853 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 11%,

    Net Price: $39,759,

    SAT Range: 1340-1530,

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  3. #3 Top Private Universities in California.

    Pomona College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

    412 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 412 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 9%,

    Net Price: $30,392,

    SAT Range: 1390-1540,

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  5. #4 Top Private Universities in California.

    California Institute of Technology

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    4 Year,

    PASADENA, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says Great academic and research environment. Amazing people all around, from students to faculty. Only problem is the administration..

    Read 126 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 7%,

    Net Price: $26,591,

    SAT Range: 1530-1580,

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  6. #5 Top Private Universities 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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  7. #6 Top Private Universities 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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  9. #7 Top Private Universities 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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  10. #8 Top Private Universities in California.

    Occidental College

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    479 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 479 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 41%,

    Net Price: $41,102,

    SAT Range: 1270-1460,

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  11. #9 Top Private Universities in California.

    Scripps College

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    4 Year,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

    456 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 456 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 35%,

    Net Price: $40,259,

    SAT Range: 1320-1480,

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  12. #10 Top Private Universities in California.

    Pepperdine University

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    4 Year,

    MALIBU, CA,

    1293 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Pepperdine University is incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there - I loved my professors, loved the location, and loved the stunning campus. Everyone there was remarkably friendly, and when I....

    Read 1293 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 42%,

    Net Price: $46,550,

    SAT Range: 1200-1410,

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  13. #11 Top Private Universities 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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  14. #12 Top Private Universities in California.

    Loyola Marymount University

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    4 Year,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    1688 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says This school has an absolutely amazing atmosphere and campus life! I honestly would not wish to attend college anywhere else. The environment is so uplifting and having classroom sizes that average to....

    Read 1688 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 50%,

    Net Price: $48,758,

    SAT Range: 1210-1390,

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  15. #13 Top Private Universities 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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  16. #14 Top Private Universities in California.

    Chapman University

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    4 Year,

    ORANGE, CA,

    2207 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 2207 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 58%,

    Net Price: $44,327,

    SAT Range: 1170-1350,

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  17. #15 Top Private Universities in California.

    Point Loma Nazarene University

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    4 Year,

    SAN DIEGO, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Excellent! All faculty and staff are very knowledgeable. They truly care and want their students to succeed. This school has excellent communication. Plus, it is an extremely beautiful campus!....

    Read 990 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 84%,

    Net Price: $34,644,

    SAT Range: 1100-1290,

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  18. #16 Top Private Universities in California.

    University of San Francisco

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    4 Year,

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA,

    2245 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says The University of San Francisco is an institution right in the heart of the city. It is in a great location that sits in the residential area right outside of the downtown area. Even though it is a....

    Read 2245 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 70%,

    Net Price: $42,801,

    SAT Range: 1140-1330,

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  19. #17 Top Private Universities in California.

    Biola University

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    4 Year,

    LA MIRADA, CA,

    2239 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says The biblical studies department is the best of its kind for undergrad in the country. It has amazing professors and the education is phenomenal! I grew so much in my faith there, especially....

    Read 2239 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 64%,

    Net Price: $34,713,

    SAT Range: 1070-1290,

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  20. #18 Top Private Universities in California.

    University of the Pacific

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    4 Year,

    STOCKTON, CA,

    1265 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says University of the Pacific is a welcoming community and I always feel home when I am on campus! It's the faculty, staff, and students that are always engaging and helpful. Pacific offers a great....

    Read 1265 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 71%,

    Net Price: $32,780,

    SAT Range: 1080-1340,

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  21. #19 Top Private Universities in California.

    The Master's University

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    4 Year,

    SANTA CLARITA, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Freshman says The Master's University is awesome! The student body is so friendly and inclusive, you can make friends with basically everyone. Everyone knows so much about the Bible and they are always encouraging....

    Read 486 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 60%,

    Net Price: $29,567,

    SAT Range: 990-1250,

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  22. #20 Top Private Universities in California.

    William Jessup University

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    4 Year,

    ROCKLIN, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says I got my bachelor's in Psychology at WJU in 2020. I really saw the true value of WJU and the excellence of their program after I moved and started my grad program in marriage and family therapy in....

    Read 416 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 65%,

    Net Price: $26,094,

    SAT Range: 950-1210,

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  23. #21 Top Private Universities in California.

    University of La Verne

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    4 Year,

    LA VERNE, CA,

    1158 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says The Univesity of La Verne is one of the most extraordinary communities I've had the pleasure to be a part of. So welcoming, caring, equal, and just such a positive place. Every professor, counselor,....

    Read 1158 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 76%,

    Net Price: $30,061,

    SAT Range: 960-1150,

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  24. #22 Top Private Universities in California.

    Westmont College

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    4 Year,

    SANTA BARBARA, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I just finished my freshman year at Westmont and I loved it! My professors were amazing and my classes were very interesting. I met so many incredible people and grew a lot academically and....

    Read 533 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 70%,

    Net Price: $32,418,

    SAT Range: 1110-1370,

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  25. #23 Top Private Universities in California.

    California Baptist University

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    4 Year,

    RIVERSIDE, CA,

    2736 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 2736 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 80%,

    Net Price: $27,883,

    SAT Range: 990-1210,

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  26. #24 Top Private Universities in California.

    Azusa Pacific University

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    4 Year,

    AZUSA, CA,

    2729 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Graduate Student says Azusa Pacific University (APU) Christ-centered institute that helps students of all ethnic, national, cultural, gender, and religious backgrounds to succeed in their academic goals. In fact, my....

    Read 2729 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 67%,

    Net Price: $31,367,

    SAT Range: 1030-1260,

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  27. #25 Top Private Universities in California.

    Whittier College

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    4 Year,

    WHITTIER, CA,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says I love Whittier College-the Professors and Doctors are fabulous and give you one on one treatment-As a smaller school the help and the curriculum are top notch and they make sure that you are taken....

    Read 768 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 72%,

    Net Price: $28,647,

    SAT Range: 1040-1220,

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RankSchool NameLocation
1Stanford UniversityStanford, CA
2University of Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA
3Pomona CollegeClaremont, CA
4California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, CA
5Claremont McKenna CollegeClaremont, CA
6Harvey Mudd CollegeClaremont, CA
7Santa Clara UniversitySanta Clara, CA
8Occidental CollegeLos Angeles, CA
9Scripps CollegeClaremont, CA
10Pepperdine UniversityMalibu, CA
11Pitzer CollegeClaremont, CA
12Loyola Marymount UniversityLos Angeles, CA
13University of San DiegoSan Diego, CA
14Chapman UniversityOrange, CA
15Point Loma Nazarene UniversitySan Diego, CA
16University of San FranciscoSan Francisco, CA
17Biola UniversityLa Mirada, CA
18University of the PacificStockton, CA
19The Master's UniversitySanta Clarita, CA
20William Jessup UniversityRocklin, CA
21University of La VerneLa Verne, CA
22Westmont CollegeSanta Barbara, CA
23California Baptist UniversityRiverside, CA
24Azusa Pacific UniversityAzusa, CA
25Whittier CollegeWhittier, CA