California Private Colleges, Cost and Affordability

There are 188 private colleges and universities in California. The largest being University of Southern California with 33,082 full time students. Harvey Mudd College is the most expensive in the state with an in-state tuition of $46,234.

On average, how much does it costs to attend private college in California?  The average annual in-state private college tuition in California is $21,637 in 2013. Our list of California colleges below provides school specific costs.

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All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey

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Academy of Art University
San Francisco, 10,383 Students
$18,840
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American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 193 Students
$29,900
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American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 25 Students
$18,866
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American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 225 Students
$26,784
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American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 228 Students
$19,548
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Argosy University Inland Empire
Ontario, 368 Students
$13,464
Argosy University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 380 Students
$13,464
Argosy University Orange County
Orange, 596 Students
$13,464
Argosy University San Diego
San Diego, 309 Students
$13,464
Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda, 577 Students
$13,464
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, 1,515 Students
$35,980
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Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, 50 Students
$10,300
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, 6,805 Students
$31,416
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Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 274 Students
$7,500
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Biola University
La Mirada, 4,914 Students
$32,142
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Brooks Institute
Santa Barbara, 839 Students
$19,620
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Bryan University
Los Angeles, 967 Students
$11,800
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California Baptist University
Riverside, 4,398 Students
$26,312
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California Christian College
Fresno, 18 Students
$7,680
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California College of the Arts
Oakland, 1,847 Students
$39,984
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California College San Diego
San Diego, 200 Students
$18,480
California Culinary Academy
San Francisco, 731 Students
$13,761
California Institute of Technology  Best Value
Pasadena, 2,231 Students
$39,990
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California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, 1,411 Students
$39,976
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California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, 3,395 Students
$35,270
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Chapman University  Best Value
Orange, 6,449 Students
$42,890
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Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, 325 Students
$11,856
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Claremont McKenna College  Best Value
Claremont, 1,306 Students
$45,380
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Cogswell College
Sunnyvale, 182 Students
$15,980
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Coleman University
San Diego, 693 Students
$20,100
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Columbia College Hollywood
Tarzana, 315 Students
$18,375
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Community Christian College
Redlands, 121 Students
$10,463
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Concordia University Irvine
Irvine, 2,586 Students
$29,000
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Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre
Blue Lake, 41 Students
$12,000
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Design Institute of San Diego
San Diego, 149 Students
$20,460
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DeVry University California
Pomona, 5,244 Students
$15,835
Dominican University of California
San Rafael, 1,698 Students
$40,150
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Epic Bible College
Sacramento, 141 Students
$8,964
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Everest College Anaheim
Anaheim, 629 Students
$13,896
Everest College City of Industry
City of Industry, 904 Students
$14,076
Everest College Ontario Metro
Ontario, 524 Students
$14,238
Everest College Reseda
Reseda, 641 Students
$14,365
Everest College West Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 384 Students
$14,328
Expression College for Digital Arts
Emeryville, 108 Students
$23,600
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Fashion Careers College
San Diego, 101 Students
$21,775
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FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 3,780 Students
$27,955
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FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Orange County
Irvine, 285 Students
$27,955
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Diego
San Diego, 250 Students
$27,955
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FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco
San Francisco, 765 Students
$27,955
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Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, 2,661 Students
$25,334
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Golf Academy of America Carlsbad
Carlsbad, 273 Students
$15,270
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Hands on Medical Massage School
Redlands, 19 Students
$11,700
Harvey Mudd College  Best Value
Claremont, 776 Students
$46,234
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Heald College Concord
Concord, 967 Students
$13,500
Heald College Fresno
Fresno, 1,311 Students
$13,500
Heald College Hayward
Hayward, 906 Students
$13,500
Heald College Modesto
Salida, 565 Students
$13,500
Heald College Rancho Cordova
Rancho Cordova, 658 Students
$13,500
Heald College Roseville
Roseville, 945 Students
$13,500
Heald College Salinas
Salinas, 798 Students
$13,500
Heald College San Francisco
San Francisco, 534 Students
$13,500
Heald College San Jose
Milpitas, 807 Students
$13,500
Heald College Stockton
Stockton, 652 Students
$13,500
Holy Names University
Oakland, 792 Students
$32,590
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Hope International University
Fullerton, 882 Students
$25,550
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Horizon College San Diego
San Diego, 36 Students
$9,000
Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses
Stockton, 550 Students
$11,277
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International Academy of Design and Technology Sacramento
Sacramento, 398 Students
$15,508
International Professional School of Bodywork
San Diego, 58 Students
$6,480
ITT Technical Institute Clovis
Clovis, 484 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute Concord
Concord, 340 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute Corona
Corona, 320 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute Culver City
Culver City, 236 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute Lathrop
Lathrop, 533 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute Oakland
Oakland, 74 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute Orange
Orange, 826 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute Oxnard
Oxnard, 352 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute Rancho Cordova
Rancho Cordova, 527 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute San Bernardino
San Bernardino, 1,023 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute San Diego
San Diego, 1,310 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute San Dimas
San Dimas, 539 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute Sylmar
Sylmar, 746 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute Torrance
Torrance, 604 Students
$17,748
ITT Technical Institute West Covina
West Covina, 357 Students
$17,748
John Paul the Great Catholic University
San Diego, 111 Students
$24,000
King's University
Van Nuys, 159 Students
$10,800
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La Sierra University
Riverside, 1,889 Students
$27,972
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Laguna College of Art and Design
Laguna Beach, 424 Students
$26,500
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Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Pasadena
Pasadena, 2,658 Students
$13,049
Life Pacific College
San Dimas, 417 Students
$12,000
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Lincoln University
Oakland, 315 Students
$9,730
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Los Angeles College of Music
Pasadena, 149 Students
$22,275
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Loyola Marymount University  Best Value
Los Angeles, 8,428 Students
$39,344
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Marymount College
Rancho Palos Verdes, 913 Students
$29,914
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Menlo College
Atherton, 640 Students
$36,500
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Mills College
Oakland, 1,407 Students
$40,210
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Mount St. Mary's College
Los Angeles, 2,166 Students
$32,882
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Mt Sierra College
Monrovia, 329 Students
$12,492
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Musicians Institute
Hollywood, 1,235 Students
$23,985
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National University
La Jolla, 7,896 Students
$12,096
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Newschool of Architecture and Design
San Diego, 504 Students
$24,086
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Notre Dame de Namur University
Belmont, 1,004 Students
$30,806
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Occidental College  Best Value
Los Angeles, 2,116 Students
$45,190
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Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, 1,175 Students
$37,380
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Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego
San Diego, 427 Students
$7,848
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Pacific States University
Los Angeles, 195 Students
$18,740
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Pacific Union College
Angwin, 1,358 Students
$26,550
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Patten University
Oakland, 404 Students
$8,036
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Pepperdine University  Best Value
Malibu, 5,333 Students
$44,650
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Pitzer College  Best Value
Claremont, 1,058 Students
$44,752
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Platt College Los Angeles
Alhambra, 402 Students
$14,572
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Platt College Ontario
Ontario, 782 Students
$14,572
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Platt College San Diego
San Diego, 380 Students
$23,250
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Point Loma Nazarene University  Best Value
San Diego, 2,959 Students
$29,750
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Pomona College  Best Value
Claremont, 1,563 Students
$43,255
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Professional Golfers Career College
Temecula, 456 Students
$14,400
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Providence Christian College
Pasadena, 69 Students
$23,472
Sage College
Moreno Valley, 294 Students
$12,200
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Saint Marys College of California
Moraga, 3,324 Students
$39,740
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San Diego Christian College
El Cajon, 564 Students
$24,540
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San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, 589 Students
$37,536
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San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, 377 Students
$38,900
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San Joaquin Valley College Bakersfield
Bakersfield, 1,094 Students
$16,492
San Joaquin Valley College Fresno
Fresno, 1,088 Students
$16,023
San Joaquin Valley College Fresno Aviation
Fresno, 113 Students
$13,620
San Joaquin Valley College Hesperia
Hesperia, 908 Students
$16,658
San Joaquin Valley College Modesto
Salida, 619 Students
$15,528
San Joaquin Valley College Online
Visalia, 954 Students
$14,315
San Joaquin Valley College Rancho Cordova
Rancho Cordova, 160 Students
$20,450
San Joaquin Valley College Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Cucamonga, 1,121 Students
$17,724
San Joaquin Valley College Temecula
Temecula, 177 Students
$17,384
San Joaquin Valley College Visalia
Visalia, 1,583 Students
$16,606
Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield
Bakersfield, 816 Students
$12,348
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Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria
Santa Maria, 276 Students
$12,348
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Santa Barbara Business College Ventura
Ventura, 378 Students
$12,464
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Santa Clara University  Best Value
Santa Clara, 6,974 Students
$42,156
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Scripps College  Best Value
Claremont, 977 Students
$45,350
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Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Redding, 45 Students
$9,600
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Simpson University
Redding, 1,129 Students
$23,300
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Soka University of America  Best Value
Aliso Viejo, 439 Students
$27,950
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Southern California Institute of Architecture
Los Angeles, 423 Students
$36,600
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Southern California Institute of Technology
Anaheim, 601 Students
$16,680
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Southern California Seminary
El Cajon, 91 Students
$13,320
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Stanford University  Best Value
Stanford, 15,671 Students
$42,690
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SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Oakland, 277 Students
$7,800
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Taft University System
Santa Ana, 277 Students
$3,508
The Art Institute of California Hollywood
North Hollywood, 997 Students
$18,648
The Art Institute of California Inland Empire
San Bernardino, 1,515 Students
$18,648
The Art Institute of California Los Angeles
Santa Monica, 1,441 Students
$18,648
The Art Institute of California Orange County
Santa Ana, 1,279 Students
$18,648
The Art Institute of California Sacramento
Sacramento, 709 Students
$18,648
The Art Institute of California San Diego
San Diego, 1,597 Students
$18,648
The Art Institute of California San Francisco
San Francisco, 960 Students
$18,648
The Art Institute of California Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale, 426 Students
$18,648
The Master's College and Seminary
Santa Clarita, 1,195 Students
$28,380
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The National Hispanic University
San Jose, 350 Students
$7,896
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Thomas Aquinas College  Best Value
Santa Paula, 358 Students
$24,500
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Touro College Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 94 Students
$15,490
Trident University International
Cypress, 2,383 Students
$6,600
Unitek College
Fremont, 613 Students
$18,157
University of La Verne
La Verne, 4,802 Students
$35,000
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University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus
San Jose, 1,880 Students
$10,548
University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus
Fresno, 2,404 Students
$10,549
University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus
Sacramento, 3,642 Students
$10,543
University of Phoenix San Diego Campus
San Diego, 5,842 Students
$10,515
University of Phoenix Southern California Campus
Costa Mesa, 9,611 Students
$10,560
University of Redlands
Redlands, 3,578 Students
$40,990
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University of San Diego  Best Value
San Diego, 6,969 Students
$40,900
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University of San Francisco
San Francisco, 9,048 Students
$39,840
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University of Southern California  Best Value
Los Angeles, 33,082 Students
$45,602
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University of the Pacific  Best Value
Stockton, 5,987 Students
$39,290
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University of the West
Rosemead, 109 Students
$8,736
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Vanguard University of Southern California
Costa Mesa, 1,550 Students
$29,250
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West Coast Ultrasound Institute
Beverly Hills, 850 Students
$32,800
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West Coast University Los Angeles
North Hollywood, 971 Students
$32,450
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West Coast University Ontario
Ontario, 802 Students
$32,450
West Coast University Orange County
Anaheim, 1,149 Students
$33,525
Westmont College  Best Value
Santa Barbara, 1,335 Students
$37,500
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Westwood College Anaheim
Anaheim, 867 Students
$14,871
Westwood College Inland Empire
Upland, 944 Students
$14,871
Westwood College Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 2,149 Students
$14,832
Westwood College South Bay
Torrance, 610 Students
$14,871
Whittier College
Whittier, 2,125 Students
$39,736
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William Jessup University
Rocklin, 700 Students
$22,520
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Woodbury University
Burbank, 1,323 Students
$32,760
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World Mission University
Los Angeles, 150 Students
$4,800
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Wyotech Long Beach
Long Beach, 1,628 Students
$24,570
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary
Los Angeles, 152 Students
$12,600
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