Most Affordable Colleges in the state of California for 2019

State of California
Middle Class Affordability Rankings™
Which colleges are most affordable for California residents? The answer may surprise you.

These rankings of the most affordable colleges for California residents are based on the estimated net price for a "typical" middle class family living in the state of California.

Note: Net price is the actual cost of the school paid by the student and family, after factoring in merit and grant aid from the college federal programs and work study. The net prices displayed in these rankings are College Raptor's estimates.
"Typical" Middle Class Family
Used in the net price estimates shown below
Number in Family
4
Number In College
1
Total Income
$80,000
Total Assets
$50,000


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Rank College Name Typical Net Price Sticker Price % Savings # Undergrads Est. Median SAT Acceptance Rate
1 Stanford University $7,200 Image $70,000 90% 7,064 1,478 4.73%
2 Pomona College $8,400 Image $70,800 88% 1,599 1,449 8.36%
3 Soka University of America $9,600 Image $50,800 81% 412 1,323 37.22%
4 California Institute of Technology $10,800 Image $73,000 85% 961 1,557 7.74%
5 Harvey Mudd College $11,600 Image $72,200 84% 861 1,521 15.42%
6 University of the West $13,200 Image $26,500 50% 185 N/A N/A
7 Claremont McKenna College $14,100 Image $69,400 80% 1,338 1,442 10.36%
8 University of California-Riverside $15,300 Image $35,100 56% 20,073 1,218 57.23%
9 University of California-Irvine $15,400 Image $32,700 53% 29,307 1,290 36.51%
10 University of California-San Diego $15,600 Image $32,000 51% 28,587 1,341 33.99%
11 California State University Maritime Academy $15,800 Image $34,000 54% 1,050 1,110 66.35%
12 University of California-Davis $16,100 Image $32,500 51% 30,066 1,281 43.36%
12 University of California-Merced $16,100 Image $35,700 55% 7,375 1,120 69.79%
14 University of California-Santa Barbara $16,200 Image $34,700 53% 22,186 1,341 32.81%
15 University of California-Santa Cruz $16,600 Image $35,800 54% 17,577 1,288 50.94%
16 California State University-Long Beach $16,800 Image $23,500 29% 31,566 1,135 27.99%
17 University of California-Los Angeles $17,300 Image $33,300 48% 31,002 1,375 16.1%
18 Humboldt State University $17,400 Image $23,800 27% 7,862 1,065 81.83%
19 California State University-Chico $17,500 Image $23,700 26% 16,710 1,090 67.78%
20 California State University-Los Angeles $17,600 Image $23,900 26% 24,818 975 46.45%
21 University of California-Berkeley $17,700 Image $32,500 45% 30,574 1,405 17.11%
22 California State University-Fresno $18,900 Image $19,600 4% 22,261 1,005 59.41%
23 San Francisco State University $19,000 Image $25,100 24% 26,680 1,055 70.46%
24 Occidental College $19,400 Image $76,200 75% 1,972 1,369 41.79%
25 San Jose State University $19,500 Image $26,900 28% 27,778 1,115 66.88%
26 California State University-Stanislaus $19,600 Image $20,000 2% 9,057 945 77.06%
27 Sonoma State University $19,700 Image $25,100 22% 8,667 1,085 82.03%
28 Pacific Union College $20,100 Image $44,900 55% 1,226 1,055 50.21%
29 California State University-Fullerton $20,300 Image $26,300 23% 35,162 1,100 45.72%
30 Thomas Aquinas College $20,500 Image $35,900 43% 369 1,298 71.88%
31 California State University-Monterey Bay $20,600 Image $21,200 3% 6,764 1,075 53.2%
32 California State University-Northridge $20,700 Image $20,700 0% 35,839 1,015 57.65%
32 San Diego State University $20,700 Image $26,600 22% 30,272 1,209 35.42%
34 Life Pacific College $20,800 Image $30,100 31% 520 1,005 96.69%
35 Pitzer College $21,000 Image $72,500 71% 1,074 1,279 16.2%
36 California State University-San Bernardino $21,900 Image $22,600 3% 18,327 995 57.13%
36 University of Southern California $21,900 Image $76,200 71% 19,170 1,428 15.95%
38 Vanguard University of Southern California $22,000 Image $49,500 56% 1,840 1,040 46.68%
39 Concordia University-Irvine $22,200 Image $55,100 60% 1,853 1,125 58.45%
40 California State University-Channel Islands $22,300 Image $27,100 18% 7,054 975 78.27%
41 Providence Christian College $22,400 Image $50,600 56% 167 548 91.16%
42 Santa Clara University $23,000 Image $76,100 70% 5,499 1,375 53.56%
43 Scripps College $23,200 Image $71,400 67% 1,065 1,402 33.37%
44 California State University-Sacramento $24,400 Image $24,700 1% 28,454 1,040 67.76%
45 California State University-Bakersfield $24,500 Image $25,100 2% 8,814 920 61.12%
46 California State University-East Bay $24,600 Image $24,800 1% 13,474 935 74.05%
47 La Sierra University $25,400 Image $46,600 45% 2,029 995 48.21%
48 California State Polytechnic University-Pomona $25,700 Image $26,000 1% 24,319 1,134 55.07%
49 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo $25,900 Image $26,000 0% 21,351 1,317 34.61%
50 Westmont College $26,200 Image $63,900 59% 1,300 1,257 84.71%
51 California Lutheran University $26,600 Image $63,600 58% 2,963 1,165 72.75%
52 San Diego Christian College $27,300 Image $49,500 45% 658 950 62.35%
53 Notre Dame de Namur University $28,000 Image $55,100 49% 924 1,000 93.62%
54 University of San Francisco $28,200 Image $64,400 56% 6,845 1,209 65.63%
55 Saint Mary's College of California $28,400 Image $70,200 60% 2,777 1,170 81.62%
56 University of Redlands $28,500 Image $70,900 60% 3,130 1,190 74.96%
57 Whittier College $28,800 Image $64,800 56% 1,681 1,145 74.09%
58 Fresno Pacific University $29,800 Image $44,400 33% 2,803 1,050 72.39%
58 Hope International University $29,800 Image $49,800 40% 868 1,020 28.37%
60 University of La Verne $30,300 Image $65,000 53% 5,168 1,110 47.54%
61 Azusa Pacific University $30,500 Image $53,100 43% 5,671 1,134 60.12%
62 Pepperdine University $30,600 Image $75,800 60% 3,604 1,317 39.85%
63 William Jessup University $31,000 Image $46,400 33% 1,204 1,135 66.05%
64 University of the Pacific $31,100 Image $63,400 51% 3,548 1,217 64.87%
65 Simpson University $32,000 Image $40,500 21% 777 1,080 55.61%
66 Marymount California University $32,200 Image $53,800 40% 929 960 44.67%
67 Mount Saint Mary's University $32,300 Image $64,800 50% 2,602 1,020 81.21%
68 The Master's University and Seminary $33,200 Image $41,000 19% 1,344 1,120 65.8%
69 California Baptist University $33,300 Image $46,200 28% 7,414 1,095 77.08%
70 Holy Names University $34,000 Image $59,500 43% 591 860 52.56%
71 Woodbury University $34,800 Image $55,600 37% 1,024 1,080 61.64%
72 Point Loma Nazarene University $36,600 Image $49,900 27% 3,100 1,214 76.29%
73 Menlo College $37,500 Image $58,000 35% 744 1,090 42.99%
74 Mills College $38,100 Image $55,000 31% 761 1,127 87.1%
75 Biola University $40,700 Image $54,600 25% 4,048 1,188 71.98%
76 University of San Diego $43,300 Image $62,600 31% 5,774 1,304 49.79%
77 Chapman University $44,900 Image $68,200 34% 7,020 1,298 57.24%
78 California Institute of the Arts $45,400 Image $72,900 38% 984 N/A 24.06%
79 Dominican University of California $47,800 Image $65,300 27% 1,302 1,130 88.43%
80 Otis College of Art and Design $54,800 Image $64,400 15% 1,062 1,065 91.25%
81 Loyola Marymount University $57,900 Image $65,300 11% 6,391 1,308 52.48%
School data from 2016-2017
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