Top Universities in California


What are the most popular Universities in California? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing the 2019 California University Ranking of 142 recognized California higher-education institutions meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being chartered, licensed and/or accredited by the appropriate US higher education-related organization
  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format
Our aim is to provide a non-academic League Table of the top California Universities based on valid, unbiased and non-influenceable web metrics provided by independent web intelligence sources rather than data submitted by the Universities themselves.

2019 California University Ranking

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1 Stanford University Stanford ...
2 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley ...
3 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles ...
4 University of Southern California Los Angeles
5 University of California, Irvine Irvine ...
6 University of California, San Diego San Diego ...
7 University of California, Davis Davis ...
8 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara ...
9 California Institute of Technology Pasadena
10 University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz ...
11 University of California, San Francisco San Francisco ...
12 University of California, Riverside Riverside ...
13 San Diego State University San Diego ...
14 San José State University San José
15 California State University, Fullerton Fullerton ...
16 California State University, Northridge Northridge
17 San Francisco State University San Francisco
18 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo
19 California State University, Long Beach Long Beach
20 Santa Clara University Santa Clara
21 California State University, Sacramento Sacramento
22 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona
23 California State University, Chico Chico
24 University of San Francisco San Francisco
25 University of San Diego San Diego
26 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles
27 Pepperdine University Malibu ...
28 California State University, Los Angeles Los Angeles
29 California State University, Fresno Fresno
30 Chapman University Orange
31 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park
32 Harvey Mudd College Claremont ...
33 Humboldt State University Arcata
34 California State University, Dominguez Hills Carson ...
35 University of California, Merced Merced ...
36 California State University, San Bernardino San Bernardino ...
37 Biola University La Mirada
38 California State University San Marcos San Marcos ...
39 Pomona College Claremont
40 Loma Linda University Loma Linda
41 California State University Stanislaus Turlock ...
42 California State University, East Bay Hayward ...
43 University of the Pacific Stockton ...
44 Academy of Art University San Francisco
45 Azusa Pacific University Azusa
46 California Institute of the Arts Valencia
47 Naval Postgraduate School Monterey
48 ArtCenter College of Design Pasadena
49 National University La Jolla
50 Occidental College Los Angeles
51 California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield
52 Pitzer College Claremont
53 California State University Channel Islands Camarillo
54 Saint Mary's College of California Moraga
55 Claremont Graduate University Claremont ...
56 Claremont McKenna College Claremont
57 California State University, Monterey Bay Seaside
58 University of California, Hastings College of the Law San Francisco
59 California College of the Arts San Francisco ...
60 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks
61 Western University of Health Sciences Pomona
62 Dominican University of California San Rafael
63 Golden Gate University San Francisco ...
64 California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco
65 University of Redlands Redlands
66 University of La Verne La Verne ...
67 Keck Graduate Institute Claremont
68 Mills College Oakland
69 Fresno Pacific University Fresno ...
70 Westmont College Santa Barbara
71 Argosy University Orange ...
72 California Baptist University Riverside ...
73 Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles
74 Alliant International University San Diego ...
75 Concordia University Irvine Irvine
76 Whittier College Whittier
77 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego ...
78 Scripps College Claremont
79 California State University Maritime Academy Vallejo
80 San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco
81 La Sierra University Riverside
82 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa ...
83 Brandman University Irvine
84 Samuel Merritt University Oakland
85 Pacific Union College Angwin
86 Southern California Institute of Architecture Los Angeles
87 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences San Marcos ...
88 Southwestern Law School Los Angeles
89 John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill ...
90 Soka University of America Aliso Viejo
91 The Master's University Santa Clarita
92 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles ...
93 Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara
94 West Coast University-Los Angeles North Hollywood
95 San Francisco Conservatory of Music San Francisco
96 Holy Names University Oakland
97 Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont
98 Woodbury University Burbank ...
99 Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles
100 NewSchool of Architecture and Design San Diego
101 Cogswell Polytechnical College San Jose ...
102 Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula
103 Columbia College-Hollywood Tarzana
104 American Jewish University Los Angeles ...
105 William Jessup University Rocklin ...
106 Hope International University Fullerton
107 California Western School of Law San Diego
108 Pacifica Graduate Institute Carpinteria ...
109 Thomas Jefferson School of Law San Diego
110 Simpson University Redding
111 Menlo College Atherton ...
112 Palo Alto University Palo Alto
113 Saybrook University San Francisco
114 Marshall B. Ketchum University Fullerton ...
115 Touro University California Vallejo
116 San Diego Christian College Santee
117 Western State College of Law at Argosy University Irvine
118 Lincoln University, California Oakland
119 Pardee RAND Graduate School Santa Monica
120 Humphreys University Stockton
121 Mount Saint Mary's University Los Angeles
122 Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology Berkeley
123 University of the West Rosemead
124 Life Pacific College San Dimas ...
125 Marymount California University Rancho Palos Verdes
126 Pacific Oaks College Pasadena
127 Laguna College of Art and Design Laguna Beach
128 The Wright Institute Berkeley
129 Sofia University Palo Alto
130 Phillips Graduate University Chatsworth ...
131 Patten University Oakland
132 United States University San Diego
133 John Paul the Great Catholic University Escondido
134 San Joaquin College of Law Clovis
135 The University of West Los Angeles Inglewood
136 Dharma Realm Buddhist University Ukiah
137 Bethesda University Anaheim
138 Providence Christian College Pasadena
Un Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences Duarte
Un American Film Institute Conservatory Los Angeles
Un Antioch University Los Angeles Culver City
Un Antioch University Santa Barbara Santa Barbara
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