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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 2016/2017 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 $70,517.

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.

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California's Most Expensive Colleges by In State Total Cost
In State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$70,517
In State Total Cost
1) Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
97 66
$67,885
In State Total Cost
2) Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
97 75
$67,831
In State Total Cost
3) University of Southern California
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
97 67
$67,464
In State Total Cost
4) Scripps College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$67,192
In State Total Cost
5) Pitzer College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$66,780
In State Total Cost
6) Occidental College
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
90 63
$65,857
In State Total Cost
7) Pomona College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
99 80
$65,852
In State Total Cost
8) Pepperdine University
Malibu, Private Not For Profit
90 69
$64,578
In State Total Cost
9) Chapman University
Orange, Private Not For Profit
86 59
$63,996
In State Total Cost
10) Stanford University
Stanford, Private Not For Profit
99 81
$63,000
In State Total Cost
11) California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Private Not For Profit
98 72
$62,868
In State Total Cost
12) Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, Private Not For Profit
90 59
$61,825
In State Total Cost
13) University of Redlands
Redlands, Private Not For Profit
70 56
$60,677
In State Total Cost
14) Mills College
Oakland, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$60,347
In State Total Cost
15) Saint Marys College of California
Moraga, Private Not For Profit
50 33
$60,296
In State Total Cost
16) San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$60,242
In State Total Cost
17) University of San Diego
San Diego, Private Not For Profit
84 61
$60,084
In State Total Cost
18) University of San Francisco
San Francisco, Private Not For Profit
73 55
$60,060
In State Total Cost
19) San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$59,678
In State Total Cost
20) Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
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