Top Universities in California


What are the most popular Universities in California? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing the 2021 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.

2021 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 ...
9 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara ...
8 California Institute of Technology Pasadena
12 University of California, Riverside Riverside ...
10 University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz ...
11 University of California, San Francisco San Francisco ...
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
18 California State University, Fullerton Fullerton ...
20 California State University, Long Beach Long Beach
19 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo
17 Santa Clara University Santa Clara
21 University of San Francisco San Francisco
22 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona
25 Chapman University Orange
23 Pepperdine University Malibu ...
27 California State University, Chico Chico
24 California State University, Sacramento Sacramento
26 University of San Diego San Diego
30 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles
28 Humboldt State University Arcata
32 California State University, Los Angeles Los Angeles
31 Harvey Mudd College Claremont ...
29 Loma Linda University Loma Linda
33 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park
35 California State University, San Bernardino San Bernardino ...
37 University of California, Merced Merced ...
34 Pomona College Claremont
36 California State University, Fresno Fresno
38 Biola University La Mirada
39 California State University, Dominguez Hills Carson ...
42 California State University San Marcos San Marcos ...
40 Naval Postgraduate School Monterey
43 Occidental College Los Angeles
41 California State University, Stanislaus Turlock ...
45 ArtCenter College of Design Pasadena
46 California State University, East Bay Hayward ...
44 University of the Pacific Stockton ...
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
54 Saint Mary's College of California Moraga
55 California College of the Arts San Francisco ...
56 National University La Jolla
53 Claremont McKenna College Claremont
60 California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks
58 California State University Channel Islands Camarillo
61 University of Redlands Redlands
62 Mills College Oakland
59 Dominican University of California San Rafael
63 California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco
57 Golden Gate University San Francisco ...
65 University of La Verne La Verne ...
64 California State University, Bakersfield Bakersfield
69 Whittier College Whittier
67 Keck Graduate Institute Claremont
70 Western University of Health Sciences Pomona
71 California Baptist University Riverside ...
66 Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles
68 Westmont College Santa Barbara
75 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego ...
73 San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco
74 Pacific Union College Angwin
72 Alliant International University San Diego ...
80 Southwestern Law School Los Angeles
77 Concordia University Irvine Irvine
76 Fresno Pacific University Fresno ...
78 Brandman University Irvine
81 Southern California Institute of Architecture Los Angeles
83 California State University Maritime Academy Vallejo
82 Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara
85 Soka University of America Aliso Viejo
84 Woodbury University Burbank ...
79 La Sierra University Riverside
88 The Master's University Santa Clarita
86 San Francisco Conservatory of Music San Francisco
89 Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles
87 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa ...
99 West Coast University-Los Angeles North Hollywood
90 Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula
95 Samuel Merritt University Oakland
92 American Jewish University Los Angeles ...
93 Holy Names University Oakland
100 Palo Alto University Palo Alto
91 John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill ...
94 California Western School of Law San Diego
96 Thomas Jefferson School of Law San Diego
97 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles ...
103 California Institute of the Arts Valencia
105 William Jessup University Rocklin ...
102 Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont
98 NewSchool of Architecture and Design San Diego
101 Cogswell University of Silicon Valley San Jose ...
104 Hope International University Fullerton
106 Menlo College Atherton ...
110 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences San Marcos ...
108 Mount Saint Mary's University Los Angeles
107 Pacifica Graduate Institute Carpinteria ...
109 Saybrook University Pasadena
112 Scripps College Claremont
111 Touro University California Vallejo
113 Columbia College Hollywood Tarzana
115 Pardee RAND Graduate School Santa Monica
114 Simpson University Redding
126 Humphreys University Stockton
118 Life Pacific College San Dimas ...
119 Marshall B. Ketchum University Fullerton ...
117 San Diego Christian College Santee
120 Laguna College of Art and Design Laguna Beach
123 American Film Institute Conservatory Los Angeles
122 Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology Berkeley
121 Pacific Oaks College Pasadena
116 University of the West Rosemead
124 Marymount California University Rancho Palos Verdes
125 Sofia University Palo Alto
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
134 Providence Christian College Pasadena
133 Bethesda University Anaheim
Un Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences Duarte
Un Antioch University Santa Barbara Santa Barbara
Un Antioch University Los Angeles Culver City
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