California Private Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2016

How much does it cost to attend private college in California?   The average annual in-state four year, not for profit private college tuition in California was $30,131 for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is a change of $1,144 from the 2014-2015 average of $28,987 and represents a 3.95% annual increase. The list of California private colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 185 private colleges and universities in California, the most popular being University of Southern California with 36,452 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $49,464. Harvey Mudd College is the most expensive private school in California with an in-state tuition of $50,368.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. California colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in California or cheap California colleges guide.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, 8,843 Students
$20,040 n/a n/a
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 280 Students
$29,900 n/a n/a
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 48 Students
$26,750 n/a n/a
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 175 Students
$28,416 n/a n/a
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 282 Students
$19,908 n/a n/a
Argosy University Inland Empire
Ontario, 212 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 210 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University Orange County
Orange, 224 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Diego
San Diego, 175 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda, 109 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, 1,740 Students
$38,730 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, 807 Students
$12,000 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, 7,309 Students
$34,174 62 49
Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 272 Students
$9,000 n/a n/a
Biola University  Best Value
La Mirada, 5,145 Students
$34,498 65 50
Brooks Institute
Santa Barbara, 340 Students
$19,620 n/a n/a
Bryan University
Los Angeles, 1,358 Students
$11,920 n/a n/a
California Baptist University
Riverside, 6,359 Students
$28,574 43 41
California Christian College
Fresno, 13 Students
$8,160 n/a n/a
California College of the Arts
Oakland, 1,884 Students
$43,248 n/a n/a

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