Top Universities in California


What are the most popular Universities in California? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing the 2020 California University Ranking of 137 recognized California higher-education institutions meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being chartered, licensed 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.

2020 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, San Diego San Diego ...
6 University of California, Irvine Irvine ...
7 University of California, Davis Davis ...
8 California Institute of Technology Pasadena
9 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara ...
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 California State University, Northridge Northridge
15 San José State University San José
16 San Francisco State University San Francisco
17 Santa Clara University Santa Clara
18 California State University, Fullerton Fullerton ...
19 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo
20 California State University, Long Beach Long Beach
21 University of San Francisco San Francisco
22 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona
23 Pepperdine University Malibu ...
24 California State University, Sacramento Sacramento
25 Chapman University Orange
26 University of San Diego San Diego
27 California State University, Chico Chico
28 Humboldt State University Arcata
29 Loma Linda University Loma Linda
30 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles
31 Harvey Mudd College Claremont ...
32 California State University, Los Angeles Los Angeles
33 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park
34 Pomona College Claremont
35 California State University, San Bernardino San Bernardino ...
36 California State University, Fresno Fresno
37 University of California, Merced Merced ...
38 Biola University La Mirada
39 California State University, Dominguez Hills Carson ...
40 Naval Postgraduate School Monterey
41 California State University, Stanislaus Turlock ...
42 California State University San Marcos San Marcos ...
43 Occidental College Los Angeles
44 University of the Pacific Stockton ...
45 ArtCenter College of Design Pasadena
46 California State University, East Bay Hayward ...
47 Azusa Pacific University Azusa
48 Pitzer College Claremont
49 Academy of Art University San Francisco
50 Claremont Graduate University Claremont ...
51 University of California, Hastings College of the Law San Francisco
52 California State University, Monterey Bay Seaside
53 Claremont McKenna College Claremont
54 Saint Mary's College of California Moraga
55 California College of the Arts San Francisco ...
56 National University La Jolla
57 Golden Gate University San Francisco ...
58 California State University Channel Islands Camarillo
59 Dominican University of California San Rafael
60 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks
61 University of Redlands Redlands
62 Mills College Oakland
63 California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco
64 California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield
65 University of La Verne La Verne ...
66 Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles
67 Keck Graduate Institute Claremont
68 Westmont College Santa Barbara
69 Whittier College Whittier
70 Western University of Health Sciences Pomona
71 California Baptist University Riverside ...
72 Alliant International University San Diego ...
73 San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco
74 Pacific Union College Angwin
75 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego ...
76 Fresno Pacific University Fresno ...
77 Concordia University Irvine Irvine
78 Brandman University Irvine
79 La Sierra University Riverside
80 Southwestern Law School Los Angeles
81 Southern California Institute of Architecture Los Angeles
82 Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara
83 California State University Maritime Academy Vallejo
84 Woodbury University Burbank ...
85 Soka University of America Aliso Viejo
86 San Francisco Conservatory of Music San Francisco
87 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa ...
88 The Master's University Santa Clarita
89 Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles
90 Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula
91 John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill ...
92 American Jewish University Los Angeles ...
93 Holy Names University Oakland
94 California Western School of Law San Diego
95 Samuel Merritt University Oakland
96 Thomas Jefferson School of Law San Diego
97 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles ...
98 NewSchool of Architecture and Design San Diego
99 West Coast University-Los Angeles North Hollywood
100 Palo Alto University Palo Alto
101 Cogswell University of Silicon Valley San Jose ...
102 Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont
103 California Institute of the Arts Valencia
104 Hope International University Fullerton
105 William Jessup University Rocklin ...
106 Menlo College Atherton ...
107 Pacifica Graduate Institute Carpinteria ...
108 Mount Saint Mary's University Los Angeles
109 Saybrook University Pasadena
110 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences San Marcos ...
111 Touro University California Vallejo
112 Scripps College Claremont
113 Columbia College Hollywood Tarzana
114 Simpson University Redding
115 Pardee RAND Graduate School Santa Monica
116 University of the West Rosemead
117 San Diego Christian College Santee
118 Life Pacific College San Dimas ...
119 Marshall B. Ketchum University Fullerton ...
120 Laguna College of Art and Design Laguna Beach
121 Pacific Oaks College Pasadena
122 Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology Berkeley
123 American Film Institute Conservatory Los Angeles
124 Marymount California University Rancho Palos Verdes
125 Sofia University Palo Alto
126 Humphreys University Stockton
127 John Paul the Great Catholic University Escondido
128 The Wright Institute Berkeley
129 San Joaquin College of Law Clovis
130 United States University San Diego
131 The University of West Los Angeles Inglewood
132 Dharma Realm Buddhist University Ukiah
133 Bethesda University Anaheim
134 Providence Christian College Pasadena
Un Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences Duarte
Un Antioch University Los Angeles Culver City
Un Antioch University Santa Barbara Santa Barbara
Legend: Un Unranked

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