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 $28,987 for the 2014-2015 academic year. This is a change of $1,880 from the 2012-2013 average of $27,107 and represents a 6.94% 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 33,082 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $47,562. Harvey Mudd College is the most expensive private school in California with an in-state tuition of $48,315.

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 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, 10,383 Students
$19,440 n/a n/a
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 193 Students
$29,900 n/a n/a
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 25 Students
$18,866 n/a n/a
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 225 Students
$27,312 25 n/a
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 228 Students
$19,908 n/a n/a
Argosy University Inland Empire
Ontario, 368 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 380 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University Orange County
Orange, 596 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Diego
San Diego, 309 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda, 577 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, 1,515 Students
$37,330 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, 50 Students
$10,300 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, 6,805 Students
$32,516 76 60
Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 274 Students
$9,000 n/a n/a
Biola University
La Mirada, 4,914 Students
$33,322 63 49
Brooks Institute
Santa Barbara, 839 Students
$19,620 n/a n/a
Bryan University
Los Angeles, 967 Students
$11,800 n/a n/a
California Baptist University
Riverside, 4,398 Students
$27,612 41 39
California Christian College
Fresno, 18 Students
$7,920 n/a n/a
California College of the Arts
Oakland, 1,847 Students
$41,592 48 27

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