California’s Biggest Bang for Your Buck Colleges

Below is the complete listing of the 40 colleges and universities included in NerdWallet’s study of California’s Biggest Bang for Your Buck Colleges.

 

NerdWallet Ranking School Net-Price Graduation Rate Loan Default Rate Forbes Ranking Overall Score
1 University of California, Los Angeles $14,474 90% 3.40 34 77.1
2 Pomona College $18,255 95.30% 0.00 2 76.9
3 University of California, Berkeley $15,589 90.50% 2.60 22 76.7
4 University of California, San Diego $12,621 85.30% 3.00 114 72.9
5 University of California, Irvine $13,217 84.60% 2.70 112 72.8
6 University of California, Davis $14,072 81.70% 3.00 99 72
7 Stanford University $21,421 96.10% 1.00 1 71.3
8 University of California, Santa Barbara $14,890 79.80% 2.60 96 71.3
9 San Diego State University $8,527 65.60% 3.80 264 66.4
10 University of California, Santa Cruz $14,238 73.40% 3.70 159 64
11 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo $15,253 74.60% 2.80 170 62.5
12 California Institute of Technology $25,382 86.70% 0.00 18 61.9
13 Scripps College $22,441 87.50% 1.00 95 61.7
14 University of California, Riverside $11,340 66.80% 4.70 259 61.5
15 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona $6,789 50.30% 4.40 336 59.8
16 California State University, Long Beach $6,455 54% 4.70 363 58.5
17 Pepperdine University $22,432 81.30% 2.40 100 56.8
18 California State University, Fresno $5,805 49.40% 7.90 366 54.2
19 San Jose State University $11,723 46.40% 5.20 272 54.1
20 University of Southern California $27,541 90.10% 2.50 63 53.2
21 California State University, San Bernadino $6,231 44.60% 6.60 399 53
22 Pitzer College $21,637 80.60% 5.00 118 52.6
23 Harvey Mudd College $30,171 84.10% 0.00 52 50.5
24 California Maritime Academy $12,821 62.30% 10.60 293 47.9
25 Occidental College $27,846 83.50% 2.30 117 45.5
26 University of Redlands $24,032 70% 2.50 206 43.3
27 University of La Verne $18,542 57.90% 5.00 313 40.6
28 Santa Clara University $33,890 84.80% 2.10 72 40.6
29 Master’s College and Seminary $24,223 65.20% 0.90 274 38.9
30 Mills College $26,465 56.50% 4.90 175 35.6
31 University of San Francisco $28,853 70.20% 4.40 194 33.7
32 Westmont College $30,495 77.10% 1.90 213 33
33 California Lutheran University $26,580 63.90% 2.80 289 31.9
34 University of San Diego $32,369 74.90% 2.80 172 31.4
35 Loyola Marymount University $33,985 77% 3.60 149 30.5
36 University of the Pacific $27,766 68.80% 2.30 345 27.4
37 Whittier College $25,733 55.10% 5.90 299 27.2
38 Saint Mary’s College of California $28,717 60.70% 7.00 271 25.8
39 Azusa Pacific University $27,255 63.40% 2.70 365 24.5
40 Chapman University $30,337 71.90% 3.50 350 21.5