California Academic Quality per Dollar Ranking

The Best Value Colleges in California by Academic Quality per Dollar for 2021

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 Stanford University with a 99th percentile national academic rank for a comparatively affordable $16,779 average net price.

Academic Rating is a CollegeCalc rating of a college's overall academics and effectiveness. The score ranges from zero to one hundred, with fifty being the median for all eligible colleges. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average price paid by students. 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 2019/2020 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2019/2020 academic year.

California's Best Value Colleges by Academic Quality per Dollar
College Net Price Rating Value
#1 Stanford University

Stanford, Private Not For Profit

$16,779 99 99
#2 Pomona College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$18,500 96 99
#3 Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$24,456 96 98
#4 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$27,438 98 97
#5 University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$15,718 86 96
#6 University of California Davis

Davis, Public Not For Profit

$15,886 81 96
#7 University of California San Diego

La Jolla, Public Not For Profit

$14,864 82 95
#8 University of California Irvine

Irvine, Public Not For Profit

$15,268 81 95
#9 University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Public Not For Profit

$16,767 77 94
#10 University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, Public Not For Profit

$18,522 85 94
#11 University of California Riverside

Riverside, Public Not For Profit

$13,045 67 94
#12 University of Southern California

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$37,521 92 92
#13 Occidental College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$35,362 84 89
#14 University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Public Not For Profit

$17,889 68 84
#15 University of the Pacific

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$33,178 78 83
#16 Scripps College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$39,702 89 83
#17 Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, Private Not For Profit

$27,707 70 80
#18 Mills College

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$25,417 69 79
#19 University of San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$35,936 80 79
#20 Westmont College

Santa Barbara, Private Not For Profit

$32,663 74 78