California’s Best Colleges

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October 5, 2021

Top 100 Schools in the State Ranked for Career Resources, Value, Overall Quality

SAN FRANCISCO (PR WEB) May 2, 2017 –, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has evaluated the best colleges and universities in California for 2017. Of the 50 four-year schools who made the list, Stanford University, University of Southern California, California Institute of Technology, University of California Los Angeles and University of California Berkeley came in as the top five. Of the 50 two-year schools ranked, Santa Rosa Junior College, Pasadena City College, Ohlone College, College of San Mateo and Mission College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below.

“California offers students some of the highest-quality academic opportunities in the country, and the schools on our list are the best of the best,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “Not only do these colleges and universities offer outstanding degree programs, they also provide their students with career resources and counseling services that equip them for post-college success.”

To be included on the “Best Colleges in California” list, institutions must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit schools. Each college is ranked on additional statistics including the number of degree programs offered, the availability of career and academic resources, the opportunity for financial aid, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college.

Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in California” list, visit

The Best Four-Year Colleges in California for 2017 include the following schools:
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • California Baptist University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California Lutheran University
  • California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
  • California State University-Long Beach
  • Chapman University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Concordia University-Irvine
  • Dominican University of California
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Holy Names University
  • Loma Linda University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Mills College
  • Mount Saint Mary's University
  • National University
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Occidental College
  • Pacific Union College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pitzer College
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Pomona College
  • Saint Mary's College of California
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Scripps College
  • Stanford University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of California-Irvine
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of California-Riverside
  • University of California-San Diego
  • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • University of California-Santa Cruz
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Redlands
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of the Pacific
  • Westmont College
  • Whittier College
  • Woodbury University
The Best Two-Year Colleges in California for 2017 include the following schools:
  • Allan Hancock College
  • American River College
  • Bakersfield College
  • Butte College
  • Cabrillo College
  • Canada College
  • Chabot College
  • Chaffey College
  • Citrus College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • College of San Mateo
  • College of the Canyons
  • College of the Siskiyous
  • Contra Costa College
  • Copper Mountain College
  • Crafton Hills College
  • Cuesta College
  • Cypress College
  • De Anza College
  • Diablo Valley College
  • Feather River College
  • Foothill College
  • Fresno City College
  • Las Positas College
  • Lassen Community College
  • Long Beach City College
  • MiraCosta College
  • Mission College
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Mt. San Antonio College
  • Napa Valley College
  • Ohlone College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Palomar College
  • Pasadena City College
  • Riverside City College
  • Sacramento City College
  • Saddleback College
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • Santa Ana College
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Shasta College
  • Skyline College
  • Solano Community College
  • Southwestern College
  • West Valley College
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