California colleges and universities are consistently ranked among the very best in national and international league tables. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, three universities in California are ranked in the top 10 globally in 2009. Stanford University is the best ranked institution in the state (rated 2nd in the world), followed by University of California, Berkeley (3rd in the world), and California Institute of Technology (6th globally).

For more information on the ranking profile please see: Top Universities in California.

List of colleges and universities in California:
  • California State University System
  • Bakersfield
  • California Maritime Academy
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Channel Islands
  • Chico
  • Dominguez Hills
  • East Bay
  • Fresno
  • Fullerton
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Monterey Bay
  • Northridge
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Marcos
  • Stanislaus
  • Humboldt State University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San José State University
  • Sonoma State University
  • University of California System
  • Berkeley
  • Davis
  • Hastings College of the Law
  • Irvine
  • Los Angeles
  • Merced
  • Riverside
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Academy of Art University, San Francisco
  • Alliant International University
  • Allied American University
  • American Jewish University, Los Angeles
  • Anaheim University
  • Antioch University
  • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
  • The Art Institute of California - San Francisco, San Francisco
  • Azusa Pacific University, Azusa
  • Bethany University, Scotts Valley
  • Biola University, La Mirada
  • California Baptist University, Riverside
  • California College of the Arts, San Francisco
  • California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • California InterContinental University, Diamond Bar
  • California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks
  • California National University, Northridge
  • California Pacific University, Escondido
  • Capital Bible College, Sacramento
  • Chapman University, Orange
  • CapStone University, Riverside, California/Riverside
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles
  • Cogswell College, Sunnyvale
  • Concordia University Irvine, Irvine
  • Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena
  • DeVry University
  • Dominican University of California, San Rafael
  • Fresno Pacific University, Fresno
  • Golden Gate University, San Francisco
  • Holy Names University, Oakland
  • Hope International University, Fullerton
  • Humphreys College, Stockton
  • John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill
  • John Paul the Great Catholic University, San Diego
  • Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach
  • La Sierra University, Riverside
  • Life Pacific College, San Dimas
  • Lincoln University, Oakland
  • Loma Linda University, Loma Linda
  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
  • Maric College
  • Master's College, Newhall
  • National Hispanic University, San Jose
  • National University
  • NewSchool of Architecture and Design, San Diego
  • Northwestern Polytechnic University, Fremont
  • Northern Coastal College, Crescent City, California
  • Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont
  • Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
  • Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena
  • Pacific Union College, Angwin
  • Pacific Western University, San Diego
  • Patten College, Oakland
  • Pepperdine University, Malibu
  • Remington College, San Diego
  • San Francisco Institute of Architecture, Berkeley
  • Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga
  • Samuel Merritt College, Oakland
  • San Diego Christian College, El Cajon
  • San Luis Rey College, Oceanside
  • Santa Clara Univ, Santa Clara
  • Soka Univ of America, Aliso Viejo
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles
  • Simpson Univ, Redding
  • Stanford Univ, Stanford
  • Trinity International Univ
  • Trinity Life Bible College, Sacramento
  • Touro Univ, Vallejo
  • Touro Univ International, Cypress
  • U of La Verne, La Verne
  • U of Northern California, Petaluma
  • U of Phoenix
  • U of Redlands, Redlands
  • U of the Pacific, Stockton
  • U of San Diego, San Diego
  • U of San Francisco, San Francisco
  • U of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • U of West Los Angeles
  • Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa
  • Western Institute for Social Research, Berkeley
  • William Howard Taft University, Santa Ana
  • William Jessup University, Rocklin
  • Woodbury University

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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