California Academic Quality per Dollar Ranking

The Best Value Colleges in California by Academic Quality per Dollar for 2022

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 $20,023 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 2020/2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2020/2021 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

$20,023 99 99
#2 Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$22,004 95 98
#3 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$26,591 98 98
#4 University of California Irvine

Irvine, Public Not For Profit

$13,106 81 95
#5 University of California San Diego

La Jolla, Public Not For Profit

$15,222 82 95
#6 University of California Davis

Davis, Public Not For Profit

$17,026 81 94
#7 University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Public Not For Profit

$17,223 79 94
#8 University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, Public Not For Profit

$19,329 86 94
#9 University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$16,474 86 93
#10 University of Southern California

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$39,759 92 89
#11 University of California Riverside

Riverside, Public Not For Profit

$11,948 67 88
#12 Westmont College

Santa Barbara, Private Not For Profit

$32,418 74 82
#13 Occidental College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$41,102 85 80
#14 University of the Pacific

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$32,780 75 81
#15 University of Redlands

Redlands, Private Not For Profit

$30,240 67 79
#16 University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Public Not For Profit

$17,842 67 76
#17 Chapman University

Orange, Private Not For Profit

$44,327 80 57
#18 Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, Private Not For Profit

$48,284 87 56
#19 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, Public Not For Profit

$20,491 75 52
#20 Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$48,758 86 51