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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 $31,169 for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is a change of $1,038 from the 2015-2016 average of $30,131 and represents a 3.44% 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 $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
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 303 Students
$32,440 - -
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 54 Students
$27,600 - -
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 150 Students
$28,992 - -
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 262 Students
$19,908 - -
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, 1,826 Students
$40,046 - -
Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, 809 Students
$15,228 - -
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, 7,258 Students
$35,540 66 52
Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 264 Students
$7,250 - -
Biola University
La Mirada, 4,855 Students
$36,696 69 54
Bryan University
Los Angeles, 1,489 Students
$13,950 - -
California Baptist University
Riverside, 7,087 Students
$29,562 51 49
California Christian College
Fresno, 11 Students
$8,400 - -
California College of the Arts
Oakland, 1,874 Students
$44,976 - -
California College San Diego
San Diego, 200 Students
$18,480 - -
California Institute of Technology  Best Value
Pasadena, 2,239 Students
$45,846 98 72
California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, 1,433 Students
$45,030 - -
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, 3,756 Students
$39,310 67 56
Chapman University  Best Value
Orange, 7,767 Students
$48,310 82 57
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, 373 Students
$13,344 - -
Claremont McKenna College  Best Value
Claremont, 1,346 Students
$50,700 97 75
Cogswell College
Sunnyvale, 483 Students
$18,096 - -
Coleman University
San Diego, 324 Students
$20,700 - -
Columbia College Hollywood
Tarzana, 334 Students
$20,505 - -
Community Christian College
Redlands, 42 Students
$5,400 - -
Concordia University Irvine
Irvine, 3,311 Students
$32,130 57 55
Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre
Blue Lake, 47 Students
$12,600 - -
Design Institute of San Diego
San Diego, 89 Students
$20,400 - -
DeVry University California
Pomona, 5,244 Students
$15,835 - -
Dominican University of California
San Rafael, 1,463 Students
$42,950 46 26
Epic Bible College
Sacramento, 46 Students
$8,964 - -
Expression College for Digital Arts
Emeryville, 396 Students
$23,600 - -
Fashion Careers College
San Diego, 101 Students
$21,775 - -
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 2,349 Students
$30,575 - -
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Orange County
Irvine, 99 Students
$30,575 - -
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Diego
San Diego, 69 Students
$30,575 - -
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco
San Francisco, 285 Students
$30,575 - -
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, 2,528 Students
$28,780 45 64
Golf Academy of America Carlsbad
Carlsbad, 108 Students
$15,750 - -
Hands on Medical Massage School
Redlands, 19 Students
$11,076 - -
Harvey Mudd College  Best Value
Claremont, 829 Students
$52,383 97 65
Holy Names University
Oakland, 559 Students
$36,574 40 33
Hope International University
Fullerton, 963 Students
$29,500 47 53
Horizon College San Diego
San Diego, 4 Students
$9,000 - -
Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses
Stockton, 325 Students
$14,004 - -
International Professional School of Bodywork
San Diego, 57 Students
$7,220 - -
John Paul the Great Catholic University
San Diego, 266 Students
$24,000 32 5
King's University
Van Nuys, 329 Students
$12,450 66 67
La Sierra University
Riverside, 2,079 Students
$30,600 41 41
Laguna College of Art and Design
Laguna Beach, 530 Students
$28,950 - -
Life Pacific College
San Dimas, 523 Students
$13,488 12 -
Lincoln University
Oakland, 749 Students
$10,200 - -
Los Angeles College of Music
Pasadena, 200 Students
$23,704 - -
Loyola Marymount University  Best Value
Los Angeles, 8,212 Students
$43,526 83 51
Marymount College
Rancho Palos Verdes, 904 Students
$34,134 - -
Menlo College
Atherton, 761 Students
$39,250 60 48
Mills College
Oakland, 1,160 Students
$44,322 - -
Mount St. Mary's College
Los Angeles, 2,724 Students
$36,682 24 -
Mt Sierra College
Monrovia, 214 Students
$14,220 - -
Musicians Institute
Hollywood, 806 Students
$23,985 - -
National University
La Jolla, 8,568 Students
$13,016 - -
Newschool of Architecture and Design
San Diego, 485 Students
$25,938 - -
Notre Dame de Namur University
Belmont, 982 Students
$33,018 22 -
Occidental College  Best Value
Los Angeles, 1,952 Students
$50,492 90 63
Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, 1,059 Students
$41,100 - -
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego
San Diego, 411 Students
$8,955 - -
Pacific States University
Los Angeles, 126 Students
$15,465 - -
Pacific Union College
Angwin, 1,288 Students
$27,999 59 61
Patten University
Oakland, 404 Students
$8,036 - -
Pepperdine University  Best Value
Malibu, 5,669 Students
$49,770 91 69
Pitzer College
Claremont, 1,029 Students
$50,160 - -
Platt College Los Angeles
Alhambra, 599 Students
$16,117 - -
Platt College Ontario
Ontario, 488 Students
$16,117 - -
Platt College San Diego
San Diego, 202 Students
$23,250 - -
Point Loma Nazarene University  Best Value
San Diego, 2,932 Students
$32,900 70 56
Pomona College  Best Value
Claremont, 1,556 Students
$49,005 98 80
Professional Golfers Career College
Temecula, 129 Students
$14,000 - -
Providence Christian College
Pasadena, 162 Students
$27,164 - -
Sage College
Moreno Valley, 158 Students
$12,200 - -
Saint Marys College of California
Moraga, 3,155 Students
$44,210 58 43
San Diego Christian College
El Cajon, 534 Students
$28,100 41 32
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, 453 Students
$42,220 - -
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, 397 Students
$42,400 - -
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, 5,553 Students
$16,606 - -
Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield
Bakersfield, 422 Students
$14,335 - -
Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria
Santa Maria, 104 Students
$14,405 - -
Santa Barbara Business College Ventura
Ventura, 344 Students
$13,590 - -
Santa Clara University  Best Value
Santa Clara, 7,185 Students
$47,112 89 59
Scripps College
Claremont, 1,048 Students
$50,766 - -
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Redding, 26 Students
$11,200 - -
Simpson University
Redding, 825 Students
$25,950 52 65
Soka University of America  Best Value
Aliso Viejo, 430 Students
$29,372 92 85
Southern California Institute of Architecture
Los Angeles, 505 Students
$41,800 - -
Southern California Institute of Technology
Anaheim, 571 Students
$16,335 - -
Southern California Seminary
El Cajon, 68 Students
$13,860 - -
Stanford University  Best Value
Stanford, 16,080 Students
$47,331 99 81
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Oakland, 550 Students
$8,320 - -
Taft University System
Santa Ana, 668 Students
$3,292 - -
The Master's College and Seminary
Santa Clarita, 1,192 Students
$31,550 58 53
The National Hispanic University
San Jose, 350 Students
$7,896 - -
Thomas Aquinas College  Best Value
Santa Paula, 386 Students
$24,500 69 71
Touro College Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 530 Students
$14,400 - -
Trident University International
Cypress, 4,347 Students
$9,000 - -
University of La Verne
La Verne, 5,315 Students
$38,266 70 65
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, 4,014 Students
$46,220 63 51
University of San Diego  Best Value
San Diego, 7,014 Students
$45,540 84 61
University of San Francisco  Best Value
San Francisco, 9,933 Students
$44,040 68 51
University of Southern California  Best Value
Los Angeles, 37,900 Students
$51,442 97 67
University of the Pacific  Best Value
Stockton, 5,343 Students
$44,068 74 55
University of the West
Rosemead, 264 Students
$10,512 - -
Vanguard University of Southern California
Costa Mesa, 1,560 Students
$30,980 47 48
West Coast Ultrasound Institute
Beverly Hills, 767 Students
$21,200 - -
West Coast University Los Angeles
North Hollywood, 1,437 Students
$33,100 - -
West Coast University Ontario
Ontario, 1,147 Students
$33,100 - -
West Coast University Orange County
Anaheim, 1,726 Students
$33,100 - -
Westmont College  Best Value
Santa Barbara, 1,275 Students
$41,850 64 49
Whittier College
Whittier, 1,885 Students
$44,184 57 57
William Jessup University
Rocklin, 1,080 Students
$28,300 49 57
Woodbury University
Burbank, 1,126 Students
$36,882 63 61
World Mission University
Los Angeles, 184 Students
$5,520 - -
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary
Los Angeles, 151 Students
$13,200 - -

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