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