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Most Expensive Colleges in California by In State Total Cost

The highest priced four year colleges in California are listed by one year's in state total cost list price for the 2017/2018 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the most expensive college in California? Leading the colleges list is Harvey Mudd College in Claremont with an in state total cost of $73,028.

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

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California's Most Expensive Colleges by In State Total Cost
In State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$73,028
In State Total Cost
1) Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
97 65
$70,345
In State Total Cost
2) University of Southern California
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
97 67
$70,245
In State Total Cost
3) Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
97 75
$70,060
In State Total Cost
4) Scripps College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
- -
$69,500
In State Total Cost
5) Pitzer College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
- -
$69,036
In State Total Cost
6) Occidental College
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
90 63
$68,362
In State Total Cost
7) Pepperdine University
Malibu, Private Not For Profit
91 69
$68,225
In State Total Cost
8) Pomona College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
98 80
$67,064
In State Total Cost
9) Chapman University
Orange, Private Not For Profit
82 57
$66,199
In State Total Cost
10) Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, Private Not For Profit
89 59
$66,184
In State Total Cost
11) Stanford University
Stanford, Private Not For Profit
99 81
$66,027
In State Total Cost
12) California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Private Not For Profit
98 72
$63,784
In State Total Cost
13) University of Redlands
Redlands, Private Not For Profit
63 51
$62,719
In State Total Cost
14) San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, Private Not For Profit
- -
$62,284
In State Total Cost
15) Saint Marys College of California
Moraga, Private Not For Profit
58 43
$62,186
In State Total Cost
16) University of San Diego
San Diego, Private Not For Profit
84 61
$62,180
In State Total Cost
17) University of San Francisco
San Francisco, Private Not For Profit
68 51
$61,845
In State Total Cost
18) San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, Private Not For Profit
- -
$61,793
In State Total Cost
19) California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, Private Not For Profit
- -
$61,710
In State Total Cost
20) Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
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