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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 2016-2017 academic year. This is a change of $30,131 from the 2015-2016 average of $0 and represents a ?% 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 37,299 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $51,442. Harvey Mudd College is the most expensive private school in California with an in-state tuition of $52,383.

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 2016-2017 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, 7,804 Students
$20,952 n/a n/a
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 295 Students
$32,440 n/a n/a
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 46 Students
$27,600 n/a n/a
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 163 Students
$28,992 n/a n/a
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 257 Students
$19,908 n/a n/a
Argosy University Inland Empire
Ontario, 140 Students
$13,056 n/a n/a
Argosy University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 157 Students
$13,056 n/a n/a
Argosy University Orange County
Orange, 189 Students
$13,056 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Diego
San Diego, 128 Students
$13,056 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda, 100 Students
$13,056 n/a n/a
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, 1,774 Students
$40,046 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, 1,217 Students
$15,228 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, 7,271 Students
$35,540 56 44
Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 293 Students
$7,250 n/a n/a
Biola University  Best Value
La Mirada, 4,951 Students
$36,696 69 54
Brooks Institute
Santa Barbara, 293 Students
$19,620 n/a n/a
Bryan University
Los Angeles, 1,417 Students
$13,950 n/a n/a
California Baptist University
Riverside, 6,606 Students
$29,562 51 50
California Christian College
Fresno, 11 Students
$8,400 n/a n/a
California College of the Arts
Oakland, 1,853 Students
$44,976 n/a n/a
California College San Diego
San Diego, 200 Students
$18,480 n/a n/a
California Culinary Academy
San Francisco, 380 Students
$14,787 n/a n/a
California Institute of Technology  Best Value
Pasadena, 2,255 Students
$45,846 98 72
California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, 1,436 Students
$45,030 n/a n/a
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, 3,680 Students
$39,310 69 57
Chapman University  Best Value
Orange, 7,502 Students
$48,310 86 59
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, 400 Students
$13,344 n/a n/a
Claremont McKenna College  Best Value
Claremont, 1,348 Students
$50,700 97 75
Cogswell College
Sunnyvale, 528 Students
$18,096 n/a n/a
Coleman University
San Diego, 388 Students
$20,700 n/a n/a
Columbia College Hollywood
Tarzana, 273 Students
$20,505 n/a n/a
Community Christian College
Redlands, 60 Students
$5,400 n/a n/a
Concordia University Irvine
Irvine, 3,401 Students
$32,130 57 55
Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre
Blue Lake, 38 Students
$12,600 n/a n/a
Design Institute of San Diego
San Diego, 83 Students
$20,400 n/a n/a
DeVry University California
Pomona, 5,244 Students
$15,835 n/a n/a
Dominican University of California
San Rafael, 1,438 Students
$42,950 47 27
Epic Bible College
Sacramento, 53 Students
$8,964 n/a n/a
Everest College Anaheim
Anaheim, 629 Students
$14,400 n/a n/a
Everest College City of Industry
City of Industry, 904 Students
$14,400 n/a n/a
Everest College Ontario Metro
Ontario, 524 Students
$14,688 n/a n/a
Everest College Reseda
Reseda, 641 Students
$14,400 n/a n/a
Everest College West Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 384 Students
$13,500 n/a n/a
Expression College for Digital Arts
Emeryville, 429 Students
$23,600 n/a n/a
Fashion Careers College
San Diego, 101 Students
$21,775 n/a n/a
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 2,525 Students
$30,575 n/a n/a
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Orange County
Irvine, 86 Students
$30,575 n/a n/a
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Diego
San Diego, 113 Students
$30,575 n/a n/a
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco
San Francisco, 334 Students
$30,575 n/a n/a
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, 2,312 Students
$28,780 49 67
Golf Academy of America Carlsbad
Carlsbad, 127 Students
$15,750 n/a n/a
Hands on Medical Massage School
Redlands, 19 Students
$11,076 n/a n/a
Harvey Mudd College  Best Value
Claremont, 815 Students
$52,383 97 66
Heald College Concord
Concord, 967 Students
$13,500 n/a n/a
Heald College Fresno
Fresno, 1,311 Students
$13,500 n/a n/a
Heald College Hayward
Hayward, 906 Students
$13,500 n/a n/a
Heald College Modesto
Salida, 565 Students
$13,500 n/a n/a
Heald College Roseville
Roseville, 1,256 Students
$13,500 n/a n/a
Heald College San Francisco
San Francisco, 534 Students
$13,500 n/a n/a
Heald College San Jose
Milpitas, 807 Students
$13,500 n/a n/a
Heald College Stockton
Stockton, 652 Students
$13,500 n/a n/a
Holy Names University
Oakland, 653 Students
$36,574 42 37
Hope International University
Fullerton, 880 Students
$29,500 45 51
Horizon College San Diego
San Diego, 10 Students
$9,000 n/a n/a
Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses
Stockton, 380 Students
$14,004 n/a n/a
International Academy of Design and Technology Sacramento
Sacramento, 6 Students
$15,508 n/a n/a
International Professional School of Bodywork
San Diego, 57 Students
$7,220 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute Clovis
Clovis, 255 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute Concord
Concord, 206 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute Corona
Corona, 316 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute Culver City
Culver City, 236 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute Lathrop
Lathrop, 309 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute Oakland
Oakland, 130 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute Orange
Orange, 554 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute Oxnard
Oxnard, 184 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute Rancho Cordova
Rancho Cordova, 366 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute San Bernardino
San Bernardino, 489 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute San Diego
San Diego, 595 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute San Dimas
San Dimas, 342 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute Sylmar
Sylmar, 403 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute Torrance
Torrance, 467 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
ITT Technical Institute West Covina
West Covina, 357 Students
$17,748 n/a n/a
John Paul the Great Catholic University
San Diego, 243 Students
$24,000 33 8
King's University
Van Nuys, 335 Students
$12,450 51 57
La Sierra University
Riverside, 2,109 Students
$30,600 43 44
Laguna College of Art and Design
Laguna Beach, 533 Students
$28,950 n/a n/a
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Pasadena
Pasadena, 1,510 Students
$13,975 n/a n/a
Life Pacific College
San Dimas, 519 Students
$13,488 34 47
Lincoln University
Oakland, 538 Students
$10,200 n/a n/a
Los Angeles College of Music
Pasadena, 138 Students
$23,704 n/a n/a
Loyola Marymount University  Best Value
Los Angeles, 8,264 Students
$43,526 85 52
Marymount College
Rancho Palos Verdes, 1,041 Students
$34,134 n/a n/a
Menlo College
Atherton, 747 Students
$39,250 57 45
Mills College
Oakland, 1,241 Students
$44,322 n/a n/a
Mount St. Mary's College
Los Angeles, 2,637 Students
$36,682 29 8
Mt Sierra College
Monrovia, 251 Students
$14,220 n/a n/a
Musicians Institute
Hollywood, 917 Students
$23,985 n/a n/a
National University
La Jolla, 8,530 Students
$13,016 n/a n/a
Newschool of Architecture and Design
San Diego, 468 Students
$25,938 n/a n/a
Notre Dame de Namur University
Belmont, 1,013 Students
$33,018 28 6
Occidental College  Best Value
Los Angeles, 2,000 Students
$50,492 90 63
Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, 1,132 Students
$41,100 43 15
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego
San Diego, 362 Students
$8,955 n/a n/a
Pacific States University
Los Angeles, 170 Students
$15,465 n/a n/a
Pacific Union College
Angwin, 1,362 Students
$27,999 58 61
Patten University
Oakland, 404 Students
$8,036 n/a n/a
Pepperdine University  Best Value
Malibu, 5,563 Students
$49,770 90 69
Pitzer College
Claremont, 1,036 Students
$50,160 n/a n/a
Platt College Los Angeles
Alhambra, 639 Students
$16,117 n/a n/a
Platt College Ontario
Ontario, 456 Students
$16,117 n/a n/a
Platt College San Diego
San Diego, 255 Students
$23,250 n/a n/a
Point Loma Nazarene University  Best Value
San Diego, 2,877 Students
$32,900 69 56
Pomona College  Best Value
Claremont, 1,651 Students
$49,005 99 80
Professional Golfers Career College
Temecula, 162 Students
$14,000 n/a n/a
Providence Christian College
Pasadena, 145 Students
$27,164 n/a n/a
Sage College
Moreno Valley, 158 Students
$12,200 n/a n/a
Saint Marys College of California
Moraga, 3,301 Students
$44,210 50 33
San Diego Christian College
El Cajon, 738 Students
$28,100 42 33
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, 557 Students
$42,220 n/a n/a
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, 374 Students
$42,400 n/a n/a
San Joaquin Valley College Bakersfield
Bakersfield, 1,094 Students
$16,492 n/a n/a
San Joaquin Valley College Fresno
Fresno, 1,088 Students
$16,023 n/a n/a
San Joaquin Valley College Fresno Aviation
Fresno, 113 Students
$13,620 n/a n/a
San Joaquin Valley College Hesperia
Hesperia, 908 Students
$16,658 n/a n/a
San Joaquin Valley College Modesto
Salida, 619 Students
$15,528 n/a n/a
San Joaquin Valley College Online
Visalia, 954 Students
$14,315 n/a n/a
San Joaquin Valley College Rancho Cordova
Rancho Cordova, 160 Students
$20,450 n/a n/a
San Joaquin Valley College Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Cucamonga, 1,121 Students
$17,724 n/a n/a
San Joaquin Valley College Temecula
Temecula, 177 Students
$17,384 n/a n/a
San Joaquin Valley College Visalia
Visalia, 5,605 Students
$16,606 n/a n/a
Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield
Bakersfield, 487 Students
$14,335 n/a n/a
Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria
Santa Maria, 166 Students
$14,405 n/a n/a
Santa Barbara Business College Ventura
Ventura, 516 Students
$13,590 n/a n/a
Santa Clara University  Best Value
Santa Clara, 7,301 Students
$47,112 90 59
Scripps College
Claremont, 985 Students
$50,766 n/a n/a
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Redding, 26 Students
$11,200 n/a n/a
Simpson University
Redding, 1,011 Students
$25,950 53 65
Soka University of America  Best Value
Aliso Viejo, 444 Students
$29,372 90 84
Southern California Institute of Architecture
Los Angeles, 491 Students
$41,800 64 28
Southern California Institute of Technology
Anaheim, 559 Students
$16,335 n/a n/a
Southern California Seminary
El Cajon, 71 Students
$13,860 n/a n/a
Stanford University  Best Value
Stanford, 15,778 Students
$47,331 99 81
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Oakland, 465 Students
$8,320 n/a n/a
Taft University System
Santa Ana, 695 Students
$3,292 n/a n/a
The Art Institute of California Hollywood
North Hollywood, 734 Students
$18,648 n/a n/a
The Art Institute of California Inland Empire
San Bernardino, 889 Students
$18,648 n/a n/a
The Art Institute of California Los Angeles
Santa Monica, 744 Students
$18,648 n/a n/a
The Art Institute of California Orange County
Santa Ana, 635 Students
$18,648 n/a n/a
The Art Institute of California Sacramento
Sacramento, 427 Students
$18,648 n/a n/a
The Art Institute of California San Diego
San Diego, 1,144 Students
$18,648 n/a n/a
The Art Institute of California San Francisco
San Francisco, 545 Students
$18,648 n/a n/a
The Art Institute of California Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale, 149 Students
$18,648 n/a n/a
The Master's College and Seminary
Santa Clarita, 1,208 Students
$31,550 51 47
The National Hispanic University
San Jose, 350 Students
$7,896 n/a n/a
Thomas Aquinas College  Best Value
Santa Paula, 377 Students
$24,500 70 71
Touro College Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 408 Students
$14,400 n/a n/a
Trident University International
Cypress, 5,018 Students
$9,000 n/a n/a
Unitek College
Fremont, 821 Students
$32,910 n/a n/a
University of La Verne
La Verne, 5,387 Students
$38,266 66 63
University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus
San Jose, 1,880 Students
$10,548 n/a n/a
University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus
Fresno, 2,404 Students
$10,549 n/a n/a
University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus
Sacramento, 3,642 Students
$10,543 n/a n/a
University of Phoenix San Diego Campus
San Diego, 5,842 Students
$10,515 n/a n/a
University of Phoenix Southern California Campus
Costa Mesa, 9,611 Students
$10,560 n/a n/a
University of Redlands  Best Value
Redlands, 4,179 Students
$46,220 70 56
University of San Diego  Best Value
San Diego, 6,984 Students
$45,540 84 61
University of San Francisco  Best Value
San Francisco, 9,763 Students
$44,040 73 55
University of Southern California  Best Value
Los Angeles, 37,299 Students
$51,442 97 67
University of the Pacific  Best Value
Stockton, 5,537 Students
$44,068 74 55
University of the West
Rosemead, 252 Students
$10,512 n/a n/a
Vanguard University of Southern California
Costa Mesa, 1,574 Students
$30,980 49 50
West Coast Ultrasound Institute
Beverly Hills, 748 Students
$21,200 n/a n/a
West Coast University Los Angeles
North Hollywood, 1,619 Students
$33,100 n/a n/a
West Coast University Ontario
Ontario, 1,061 Students
$33,100 n/a n/a
West Coast University Orange County
Anaheim, 1,530 Students
$33,100 n/a n/a
Westmont College  Best Value
Santa Barbara, 1,294 Students
$41,850 65 50
Westwood College Anaheim
Anaheim, 395 Students
$15,111 n/a n/a
Westwood College Inland Empire
Upland, 611 Students
$15,612 n/a n/a
Westwood College Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 1,129 Students
$14,250 n/a n/a
Westwood College South Bay
Torrance, 312 Students
$15,111 n/a n/a
Whittier College
Whittier, 1,966 Students
$44,184 62 60
William Jessup University
Rocklin, 927 Students
$28,300 48 56
Woodbury University
Burbank, 1,281 Students
$36,882 48 49
World Mission University
Los Angeles, 171 Students
$5,520 n/a n/a
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary
Los Angeles, 161 Students
$13,200 n/a n/a