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Best Value Colleges in California by Academic Quality per Dollar

These are the California schools which appear on CollegeCalc's Best Value Colleges in America ranking and represent the colleges providing the finest education balanced against an affordable average net price. The best value in California ranking goes to University of California Los Angeles with a 97th percentile national academic rank for a comparatively affordable $12,510 average net price.

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 rating methodology.

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.

California's Best Value Colleges by Academic Quality per Dollar
Average Net Price College Rating $Value
$12,510
Average Net Price
1) University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit
97 87
$12,072
Average Net Price
2) University of California Irvine
Irvine, Public Not For Profit
90 86
$13,693
Average Net Price
3) University of California San Diego
La Jolla, Public Not For Profit
94 85
$13,635
Average Net Price
4) Soka University of America
Aliso Viejo, Private Not For Profit
92 85
$14,966
Average Net Price
5) University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, Public Not For Profit
92 83
$16,655
Average Net Price
6) University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, Public Not For Profit
97 82
$16,231
Average Net Price
7) University of California Davis
Davis, Public Not For Profit
90 82
$16,783
Average Net Price
8) California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, Public Not For Profit
91 81
$14,759
Average Net Price
9) University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, Public Not For Profit
80 81
$17,952
Average Net Price
10) Stanford University
Stanford, Private Not For Profit
99 81
$19,205
Average Net Price
11) Pomona College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
98 80
$23,982
Average Net Price
12) Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
97 75
$26,910
Average Net Price
13) California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Private Not For Profit
98 72
$19,770
Average Net Price
14) Thomas Aquinas College
Santa Paula, Private Not For Profit
69 71
$27,644
Average Net Price
15) Pepperdine University
Malibu, Private Not For Profit
91 69
$31,189
Average Net Price
16) University of Southern California
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
97 67
$33,137
Average Net Price
17) Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
97 65
$32,746
Average Net Price
18) Occidental College
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
90 63
$32,482
Average Net Price
19) University of San Diego
San Diego, Private Not For Profit
84 61
$36,645
Average Net Price
20) Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, Private Not For Profit
89 59

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