- Avg. Undergraduate Tuition & Fees: $59,238
- Acceptance Rate: 7%
- Total Student Enrollment: 1,764
Pomona is part of a unique cohort of universities called the Claremont Colleges. Five undergraduate colleges and two graduate universities partner together so students can share classes and resources across schools.
At Pomona, you’ll benefit from small class sizes and a tight-knit community while also having access to a larger university’s course catalog and campus resources.
List of All Private Colleges in California
Here is a complete list of all four-year nonprofit private universities in California. Use the table below to compare data on student population, average net cost, acceptance rate, and number of applicants.
All data comes from NCES.
|School||Total Student Enrollment||Avg. Annual Net Price||Acceptance Rate||Number of Applicants|
|Art Center College of Design||2,319||$50,420||76%||982|
|Azusa Pacific University||8,126||$27,112||94%||3,967|
|California Baptist University||11,489||$23,494||64%||9,474|
|California College of the Arts||1,630||$40,231||78%||2,847|
|California Institute of Technology||2,397||$30,162||4%||13,026|
|California Institute of the Arts||1,444||$53,916||29%||2,364|
|California Lutheran University||3,766||$24,065||82%||4,041|
|Claremont McKenna College||1,422||$21,663||11%||5,632|
|Concordia University Irvine||3,710||$25,640||81%||3,265|
|Dominican University of California||1,855||$45,001||93%||1,981|
|Fresno Pacific University||3,524||$15,350||78%||917|
|Harvey Mudd College||905||$33,838||10%||4,737|
|Holy Names University||1,015||$21,515||95%||703|
|Hope International University||1,138||$18,801||40%||723|
|La Sierra University||1,738||$25,230||66%||2,726|
|Laguna College of Art and Design||766||$40,669||83%||581|
|Los Angeles Pacific University||2,009||$20,487||100%||N/A|
|Loyola Marymount University||10,184||$40,180||46%||19,045|
|Mount Saint Mary’s University||2,625||$24,508||90%||1,710|
|Otis College of Art and Design||1,252||$45,402||80%||2,284|
|Pacific Union College||829||$22,767||58%||1,216|
|Point Loma Nazarene University||4,445||$34,851||84%||3,060|
|Saint Mary’s College||3,165||$25,022||70%||3,523|
|Santa Clara University||8,918||$48,469||54%||16,848|
|University of La Verne||6,201||$22,538||72%||5,004|
|University of Redlands||4,059||$21,578||83%||3,746|
|University of San Diego||9,041||$34,155||53%||14,326|
|University of San Francisco||10,034||$39,825||71%||22,372|
|University of Southern California||49,318||$26,021||13%||71,031|
|University of the Pacific||6,066||$21,311||79%||10,901|
|Vanguard University of Southern California||2,268||$20,427||69%||2,917|
|William Jessup University||1,685||$27,823||78%||666|
What Is the Cost of Attending College in California?
When it comes to tuition, private colleges can have a hefty price tag — especially for California residents.
Private college tuition in California is about $6,000 higher than the national average private school tuition, according to 2020-2021 NCES data. Meanwhile, in-state public college tuition in California is about $1,000 cheaper than the national average.
In 2021, the average tuition cost for private universities in California was $38,480, whereas the average in-state tuition cost for public colleges was about $8,400. Students who live in California can save a significant amount of money by opting for an in-state public university.
That said, private colleges often provide larger financial aid packages and have programs to support students with demonstrated financial need.
|Institution Type||Average Tuition & Required Fees|
|Public 4-Year (In-State)||$8,401|
|Public 4-Year (Out-of-State)||$34,398|
|Public 2-Year (In-State)||$1,285|
|Public 2-Year (Out-of-State)||$8,491|
Fastest-Growing Jobs in California
According to California’s Employment Development Department (EDD), careers in entertainment, hospitality, fitness, service, and personal care are projected to see huge growth over the next 10 years.
Most of California’s fastest-growing jobs over the next decade don’t require formal education. Projected job growth is highest for restaurant cooks (75%) and manicurists (71%).
|Job||Projected Growth||Median Hourly Wage|
|Manicurists and Pedicurists||71%||$15.20|
|Amusement and Recreation Attendants||68%||$15.62|
|Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers||65%||$15.71|
|Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors||63%||$25.27|
|Solar Photovoltaic Installers||62%||$23.86|
|Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists||51%||$15.53|
Frequently Asked Questions About Private Colleges in California
Are private universities worth it?
Many students find their private college education worth the effort and expense. Private universities are typically well-known for their high-quality education and elite communities.
Attending a prestigious private college can open many doors for employment and connect you with a tight-knit alumni association.
What are the cons to a private college?
There can be a few downsides to attending a private college. For starters, private universities often have much higher tuition fees than public colleges, especially for in-state students.
Private colleges sometimes offer fewer majors and degree programs as well. If you’re looking for an affordable education or want to explore various majors, a public college may be a better fit.
Is UCLA a public or private university?
The school is often mistaken for a private college due to its renowned reputation and selective admissions process. In 2022, UCLA received 150,000 applications and admitted just 9%.
What is the hardest college to get into in California?
Stanford is the hardest college to get into in California. It’s even more competitive than some Ivy League schools.
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