California In State Total Cost Ranking

The Most Expensive Colleges in California by In State Total Cost for 2022

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 2020/2021 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 $78,139.

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.

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California's Most Expensive Colleges by In State Total Cost
College In State Total Cost Rating Value
#1 Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$78,139 90 92
#2 University of Southern California

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$77,873 92 89
#3 Scripps College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$76,274 90 85
#4 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$75,627 98 98
#5 Pitzer College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$75,508 NA NA
#6 Pepperdine University

Malibu, Private Not For Profit

$75,412 77 46
#7 Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$74,975 95 98
#8 Chapman University

Orange, Private Not For Profit

$74,952 80 57
#9 Stanford University

Stanford, Private Not For Profit

$74,714 99 99
#10 Occidental College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$74,416 85 80
#11 Pomona College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$73,594 NA NA
#12 California College of the Arts

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$71,230 NA NA
#13 University of San Francisco

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$70,072 76 49
#14 Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, Private Not For Profit

$70,050 87 56
#15 University of San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$69,100 NA NA
#16 University of Redlands

Redlands, Private Not For Profit

$68,690 67 79
#17 San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$68,425 NA NA
#18 Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$68,325 86 51
#19 Saint Marys College of California

Moraga, Private Not For Profit

$67,446 71 50
#20 California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, Private Not For Profit

$67,275 NA NA
#21 Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$66,264 NA NA
#22 Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$65,918 63 4
#23 University of the Pacific

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$65,914 75 81
#24 Whittier College

Whittier, Private Not For Profit

$65,392 NA NA
#25 San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$64,914 NA NA
#26 Westmont College

Santa Barbara, Private Not For Profit

$64,820 74 82
#27 Dominican University of California

San Rafael, Private Not For Profit

$64,624 63 42
#28 Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$64,016 NA NA
#29 Menlo College

Atherton, Private Not For Profit

$61,810 NA NA
#30 California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, Private Not For Profit

$61,658 61 62
#31 University of La Verne

La Verne, Private Not For Profit

$61,270 52 37
#32 Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$59,336 53 49
#33 Woodbury University

Burbank, Private Not For Profit

$57,007 NA NA
#34 Biola University

La Mirada, Private Not For Profit

$56,042 66 48
#35 Holy Names University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$55,978 NA NA
#36 Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, Private Not For Profit

$54,735 NA NA
#37 Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, Private Not For Profit

$53,650 NA NA
#38 Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, Private Not For Profit

$51,792 NA NA
#39 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Private For Profit

$51,726 NA NA
#40 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco

San Francisco, Private For Profit

$51,726 NA NA
#41 Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, Private Not For Profit

$51,270 47 22
#42 Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, Private Not For Profit

$50,587 NA NA
#43 Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$50,280 61 29
#44 William Jessup University

Rocklin, Private Not For Profit

$50,240 NA NA
#45 American Jewish University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$48,348 NA NA
#46 Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, Private Not For Profit

$48,074 90 99
#47 California Baptist University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$47,720 43 15
#48 Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, Private Not For Profit

$47,280 46 52
#49 San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

$46,980 39 8
#50 Hope International University

Fullerton, Private Not For Profit

$46,580 32 17
#51 Mills College

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$46,264 70 74
#52 American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$45,970 NA NA
#53 Simpson University

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$45,900 56 65
#54 West Coast University Los Angeles

North Hollywood, Private For Profit

$45,245 NA NA
#55 West Coast University Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

$45,245 NA NA
#56 Providence Christian College

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$45,234 NA NA
#57 Newschool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, Private For Profit

$45,084 NA NA
#58 La Sierra University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$45,068 39 15
#59 Columbia College Hollywood

Tarzana, Private Not For Profit

$43,789 NA NA
#60 Design Institute of San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$43,309 NA NA
#61 Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

$42,986 41 50
#62 Musicians Institute

Hollywood, Private For Profit

$42,441 NA NA
#63 John Paul the Great Catholic University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$41,683 53 12
#64 Pacific Union College

Angwin, Private Not For Profit

$41,613 54 63
#65 The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, Private Not For Profit

$41,320 NA NA
#66 Cogswell College

Sunnyvale, Private For Profit

$40,350 NA NA
#67 Santa Barbara Business College Ventura

Ventura, Private For Profit

$38,916 NA NA
#68 American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, Private For Profit

$38,237 NA NA
#69 University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, Public Not For Profit

$35,933 86 94
#70 Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, Private Not For Profit

$35,400 67 47
#71 Platt College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$35,217 NA NA
#72 Southern California Institute of Technology

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$34,626 NA NA
#73 Expression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville, Private For Profit

$34,487 NA NA
#74 West Coast University Orange County

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$34,346 NA NA
#75 University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Public Not For Profit

$34,053 67 76
#76 Touro College Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$33,300 NA NA
#77 University of California Davis

Davis, Public Not For Profit

$33,013 81 94
#78 Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$32,240 NA NA
#79 University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$32,162 86 93
#80 Pacific States University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$31,847 NA NA
#81 University of California Riverside

Riverside, Public Not For Profit

$31,805 67 88
#82 University of California Merced

Merced, Public Not For Profit

$31,800 49 89
#83 University of California Irvine

Irvine, Public Not For Profit

$31,791 81 95
#84 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$31,662 NA NA
#85 University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Public Not For Profit

$31,568 79 94
#86 Mt Sierra College

Monrovia, Private For Profit

$31,467 NA NA
#87 University of California San Diego

La Jolla, Public Not For Profit

$31,108 82 95
#88 Coleman University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$30,995 NA NA
#89 National University

La Jolla, Private Not For Profit

$30,980 NA NA
#90 Southern California Seminary

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

$30,651 NA NA
#91 King's University

Van Nuys, Private Not For Profit

$28,385 39 5
#92 Platt College Los Angeles

Alhambra, Private For Profit

$28,352 NA NA
#93 Platt College Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

$28,352 NA NA
#94 Life Pacific College

San Dimas, Private Not For Profit

$27,964 33 5
#95 San Diego State University

San Diego, Public Not For Profit

$27,330 63 57
#96 California College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$26,968 NA NA
#97 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$26,741 NA NA
#98 Azusa Pacific Online University

Glendora, Private Not For Profit

$26,736 NA NA
#99 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, Public Not For Profit

$26,653 75 52
#100 San Jose State University

San Jose, Public Not For Profit

$25,873 54 37
#101 California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Pomona, Public Not For Profit

$25,030 53 32
#102 California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$24,759 32 55
#103 California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, Public Not For Profit

$24,648 40 31
#104 California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, Public Not For Profit

$24,399 46 46
#105 DeVry University California

Pomona, Private For Profit

$24,345 NA NA
#106 California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Public Not For Profit

$24,220 NA NA
#107 San Francisco State University

San Francisco, Public Not For Profit

$23,993 42 25
#108 Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$23,800 NA NA
#109 Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Private For Profit

$23,390 NA NA
#110 Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria

Santa Maria, Private For Profit

$23,390 NA NA
#111 Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, Public Not For Profit

$23,220 45 23
#112 California State University East Bay

Hayward, Public Not For Profit

$23,110 NA NA
#113 University of the West

Rosemead, Private Not For Profit

$23,032 NA NA
#114 Epic Bible College

Sacramento, Private Not For Profit

$22,715 NA NA
#115 Taft University System

Santa Ana, Private For Profit

$22,660 NA NA
#116 California State University Chico

Chico, Public Not For Profit

$22,512 46 29
#117 Humboldt State University

Arcata, Public Not For Profit

$22,258 39 23
#118 Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

Blue Lake, Private Not For Profit

$22,007 NA NA
#119 California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, Public Not For Profit

$21,934 41 30
#120 California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, Public Not For Profit

$21,925 NA NA
#121 California State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Public Not For Profit

$21,642 NA NA
#122 California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, Public Not For Profit

$21,414 38 23
#123 California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, Public Not For Profit

$21,042 56 66
#124 California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, Public Not For Profit

$20,936 NA NA
#125 Horizon College San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$20,823 NA NA
#126 Lincoln University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$20,640 NA NA
#127 California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, Public Not For Profit

$20,468 NA NA
#128 California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, Public Not For Profit

$20,366 34 45
#129 California State University Northridge

Northridge, Public Not For Profit

$20,165 39 57
#130 The National Hispanic University

San Jose, Private For Profit

$19,946 NA NA
#131 SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$18,884 NA NA
#132 California State University Fresno

Fresno, Public Not For Profit

$18,628 36 63
#133 San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus

Calexico, Public Not For Profit

$18,528 NA NA
#134 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$18,110 NA NA
#135 University of Phoenix Southern California Campus

Costa Mesa, Private For Profit

$17,550 NA NA
#136 University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus

Fresno, Private For Profit

$17,539 NA NA
#137 University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus

San Jose, Private For Profit

$17,538 NA NA
#138 University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus

Sacramento, Private For Profit

$17,533 NA NA
#139 Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, Private Not For Profit

$17,519 NA NA
#140 University of Phoenix San Diego Campus

San Diego, Private For Profit

$17,505 NA NA
#141 California Christian College

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

$17,500 NA NA
#142 World Mission University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$16,121 NA NA
#143 Trident University International

Cypress, Private For Profit

$15,785 NA NA