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California Private Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2019

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 $32,157 for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is a change of $2,026 from the 2015-2016 average of $30,131 and represents a 6.72% annual increase. The list of California private colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 134 private colleges and universities in California, the most popular being University of Southern California with 37,900 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $53,448. Harvey Mudd College is the most expensive private school in California with an in-state tuition of $54,347.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 303 Students
$33,420 - -
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 54 Students
$28,500 - -
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 150 Students
$29,592 - -
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 262 Students
$19,908 - -
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, 1,826 Students
$41,408 - -
Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, 809 Students
$10,200 - -
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, 7,258 Students
$36,926 66 52
Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 264 Students
$7,718 - -
Biola University
La Mirada, 4,855 Students
$38,448 69 54
Bryan University
Los Angeles, 1,489 Students
$13,950 - -
California Baptist University
Riverside, 7,087 Students
$30,446 51 49
California Christian College
Fresno, 11 Students
$8,640 - -
California College of the Arts
Oakland, 1,874 Students
$46,776 - -
California College San Diego
San Diego, 200 Students
$18,480 - -
California Institute of Technology  Best Value
Pasadena, 2,239 Students
$48,111 98 72
California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, 1,433 Students
$46,830 - -
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, 3,756 Students
$40,880 67 56
Chapman University  Best Value
Orange, 7,767 Students
$50,210 82 57
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, 373 Students
$13,872 - -
Claremont McKenna College  Best Value
Claremont, 1,346 Students
$52,580 97 75