Top Rated California Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in California for 2022

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in California as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2022 as the best public college in California is University of California Los Angeles. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


26 results

University of California Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA
University of California Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in America

  • 44,589enrollment
  • $16,474net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1530SAT range
  • 29-35ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Berkeley
C
Berkeley, CA
University of California Berkeley

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in America

  • 42,327enrollment
  • $19,329net price
  • 17%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1530SAT range
  • 30-35ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California San Diego
C
La Jolla, CA
University of California San Diego

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in America

  • 39,576enrollment
  • $15,222net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1480SAT range
  • 28-34ACT range
  • 4.09Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Irvine
C
Irvine, CA
University of California Irvine

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,303enrollment
  • $13,106net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1430SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Davis
C
Davis, CA
University of California Davis

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in America

  • 39,074enrollment
  • $17,026net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1400SAT range
  • 25-33ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Santa Barbara
C
Santa Barbara, CA
University of California Santa Barbara

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#19 Best Public Universities in America

  • 26,179enrollment
  • $17,223net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1460SAT range
  • 28-34ACT range
  • 4.17Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
C
San Luis Obispo, CA
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in California

  • 22,440enrollment
  • $20,491net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1410SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.99Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Riverside
C
Riverside, CA
University of California Riverside

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in California

  • 26,434enrollment
  • $11,948net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1280SAT range
  • 22-31ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Santa Cruz
C
Santa Cruz, CA
University of California Santa Cruz

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in California

  • 19,161enrollment
  • $17,842net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1360SAT range
  • 25-33ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

San Diego State University
S
San Diego, CA
San Diego State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in California

  • 36,334enrollment
  • $13,192net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1300SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.81Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

California State University Long Beach
C
Long Beach, CA
California State University Long Beach

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in California

  • 40,069enrollment
  • $10,568net price
  • 42%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1240SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.68Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

San Jose State University
S
San Jose, CA
San Jose State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#12 Best Public Universities in California

  • 36,208enrollment
  • $15,995net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1240SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.55Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Feb 10

California State Polytechnic University Pomona
C
Pomona, CA
California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in California

  • 30,014enrollment
  • $14,457net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1250SAT range
  • 19-27ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

University of California Merced
C
Merced, CA
University of California Merced

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#14 Best Public Universities in California

  • 9,018enrollment
  • $13,578net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 960-1140SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.55Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

California State University Chico
C
Chico, CA
California State University Chico

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Public Universities in California

  • 16,746enrollment
  • $16,109net price
  • 90%acceptance rate
  • 970-1170SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

California State University Fullerton
C
Fullerton, CA
California State University Fullerton

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Public Universities in California

  • 42,051enrollment
  • $8,322net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1180SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

Sonoma State University
S
Rohnert Park, CA
Sonoma State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Public Universities in California

  • 8,018enrollment
  • $17,239net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 950-1150SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.22Avg GPA

Applications Due May 31

San Francisco State University
S
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Public Universities in California

  • 27,349enrollment
  • $14,757net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 930-1130SAT range
  • 16-23ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1