California has a number of colleges and universities with different qualities that should be considered. From a safety standpoint, California State University – Long Beach beats out California State University – Sacramento with a safety score of 96.0 out of 100 to 95.9 out of 100.

The average student loan varies from school to school with Brooks Institute of Photography having the highest average outstanding student loan amount of $26,827. However, students are able to save some money by searching online for cheap textbooks with our textbook search engine located in the sidebar.

When determining the best overall college or university in California, factors such as quality of education, safety, cost and student reviews – Stanford University scores highest with a perfect 100 out of 100 score (the only perfect score in the country), followed by California Institute of Technology (99.2) and Claremont McKenna College (97.3). For more detailed information on particular schools select from the list below:

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