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