There are many top ranking universities in the U.S. state of California. According to the US News & World Report National Universities Rankings, a total of 12 California universities are ranked in the Top 100 nationally in 2009, with Stanford rated the highest position in the state (4th nationally). Other universities make up the Top 50 list include California Institute of Technology (6th), UC Berkeley (21st), UCLA (25th), University of Southern California (27th), UC San Diego (35th), UC Davis (=44th), UC Irvine (=44th), UC Santa Barbara (=44th).

California universities are also ranked highly in the international league tables. According to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities: Stanford rated 2nd globally, UC Berkeley rated 5th, UCLA was placed 17th. According to the SJTU World Ranking 2008: Stanford rated 2nd globally, UC Berkeley at 3rd, Caltech at 6th, UCLA at 13th, UC San Diego at 14th, UC San Francisco at 18th.

University of California, Los Angeles is consistently placed among the very best in the world for its MBA programs. The School of Management’s MBA program is rated 15th globally in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2009.

California Institute of Technology is included in The Princeton Review “Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges for 2009".

University of California, Berkeley is ranked in the world top 40 (39th place) in the QS World University Rankings™ 2009.

University of California, Davis School of Law has been rated 35th among the 184 American Bar Association-approved law schools in the United States.

Pepperdine University is a top leading independent university with five schools and colleges. Los Angeles Business Journal ranked the Pepperdine MBA Number One among graduate business schools in L.A. County.

Stanford University is a world-class research and teaching university. Stanford Graduate School of Business is the Number One B-School in 2009 Best US Business Schools by Forbes Magazine.

University of California - Irvine is a top ranked research university. The UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business M.B.A. programs are consistently ranked among the best in the world.

University of Southern California is one of the world's leading research universities and is the California's oldest private research university. The Master of Accounting is consistently placed in the top 5 by Public Accounting Report.

University of San Francisco has been placed in the Top 20 among national universities in International Students by US News and World Report.

University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy is ranked No. 1 in NIH research funding among all US pharmacy schools (2010).

University of California, Santa Barbara College of Engineering is ranked 19th overall among the best engineering schools in the US News 2011 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools".

University of San Diego is ranked the 6th Most Beautiful Campus in 2009 by The Princeton Review. It is one of only 18 Catholic colleges and universities in the country to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

University of California San Diego is named the 2nd best university in the nation by the Washington Monthly’s 2009 College Guide.

San Jose State University is placed among the top 360 universities in the world (ranked 356th globally), according to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2009.

San Diego State University is ranked 130th nationwide and placed in the top 5% of universities in the U.S.A., according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) published by the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

University of California, Merced has won the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA).

California State University, Fresno is placed in Tier 1 in the category "Universities-Master's (West)".

California State University, Fullerton has been placed fifth in the nation among top colleges and universities awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics.

California State University, Los Angeles is ranked No. 1 nationally in awarding bachelor’s degrees in public administration and social service to Hispanic students.

University of California, Hastings College of the Law is one of the top-rated law schools in the United States. It was founded in 1878 by Serranus Clinton Hastings (the first Chief Justice of California) as University of California's first law school.

California State University, San Marcos has been placed among Tier 1 Regional Universities (West).

Academy of Art University is one of the best-equipped art and design schools in the nation. It provides accredited curriculum both online and on-campus.

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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