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

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