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Most Expensive Colleges in California by In State Tuition

The highest priced four year colleges in California are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2017/2018 school year.

What is the most expensive college in California? Leading the colleges list is Harvey Mudd College in Claremont with an in state tuition of $54,347.

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 Tuition
In State Tuition College Rating $Value
$54,347
In State Tuition
1) Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
97 65
$53,448
In State Tuition
2) University of Southern California
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
97 67
$52,748
In State Tuition
3) Scripps College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
- -
$52,580
In State Tuition
4) Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
97 75
$52,260
In State Tuition
5) Occidental College
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
90 63
$51,964
In State Tuition
6) Pitzer College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
- -
$51,740
In State Tuition
7) Pepperdine University
Malibu, Private Not For Profit
91 69
$50,720
In State Tuition
8) Pomona College
Claremont, Private Not For Profit
98 80
$50,210
In State Tuition
9) Chapman University
Orange, Private Not For Profit
82 57
$49,233
In State Tuition
10) Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, Private Not For Profit
89 59
$48,987
In State Tuition
11) Stanford University
Stanford, Private Not For Profit
99 81
$48,111
In State Tuition
12) California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Private Not For Profit
98 72
$47,722
In State Tuition
13) University of Redlands
Redlands, Private Not For Profit
63 51
$47,100
In State Tuition
14) University of San Diego
San Diego, Private Not For Profit
84 61
$46,830
In State Tuition
15) California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, Private Not For Profit
- -
$46,776
In State Tuition
16) California College of the Arts
Oakland, Private Not For Profit
- -
$45,786
In State Tuition
17) University of the Pacific
Stockton, Private Not For Profit
74 55
$45,760
In State Tuition
18) University of San Francisco
San Francisco, Private Not For Profit
68 51
$45,720
In State Tuition
19) Whittier College
Whittier, Private Not For Profit
57 57
$45,536
In State Tuition
20) Saint Marys College of California
Moraga, Private Not For Profit
58 43