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California Computer Science Colleges

234 Colleges
20,698 Yearly Graduations
$47,580 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,829 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

California ranked #1 in the nation for computer science degrees handed out in 2019. Around 20,698 students received some type of diploma that year. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in California is $11,895 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $17,618 a year.

An estimated 31% of college students in California take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,957 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,364 Yearly Degrees
$58,133 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 20,351 undergraduates at USC, of which 19,622 are full-time, and there are 48,321 students altogether. For undergraduates at USC, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

This a very selective school with only 16% of students getting accepted. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Roughly 28% of students at USC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,442 a year. USC has a 1.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from USC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $53,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Public Public vs. Private
1,082 Yearly Degrees
$14,253 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 31,348 undergraduates at UC Berkeley, of which 29,991 are full-time, and there are 43,185 students altogether. UC Berkeley has a freshman retention rate of 97%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Only 17% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly 21% of students at UC Berkeley take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,175 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $48,700 during the early-career years.

#3

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, California
Public Public vs. Private
877 Yearly Degrees
$13,727 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 36,908 students at UC Irvine in total, 30,382 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 29,797 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

About 37% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Approximately 38% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,314 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UC Irvine with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

University of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Public Public vs. Private
753 Yearly Degrees
$13,991 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of California - Santa Cruz is 19,494, of which 17,517 students are undergraduates and of those, 16,994 are full-time. For undergraduates at UC Santa Cruz, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 51%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Approximately 43% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,887 a year. UC Santa Cruz has a 3.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UC Santa Cruz is $33,800.

#5

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
Public Public vs. Private
732 Yearly Degrees
$14,415 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 38,736 students at UCSD in total, 30,794 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 29,966 are full-time. It takes the average UCSD undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

About 34% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Roughly 39% of students at UCSD take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,491 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UCSD is $43,400.

#6

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
640 Yearly Degrees
$53,529 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Stanford University is 17,249, of which 6,996 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,996 are full-time. For undergraduates at Stanford, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The acceptance rate at Stanford is 5%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Roughly 8% of students at Stanford take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,382 a year. Stanford has a 1.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $70,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
553 Yearly Degrees
$23,412 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,694 undergraduates at Academy of Art University, of which 3,758 are full-time, and there are 9,812 students altogether. For undergraduates at Academy of Art University, the average graduation time is 5.1 years.

Roughly 46% of students at Academy of Art University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,528 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,900 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
439 Yearly Degrees
$6,924 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 35,335 undergraduates at Cal State Fullerton, of which 28,820 are full-time, and there are 40,445 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Cal State Fullerton is 4.9 years.

About 46% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Roughly 29% of students at Cal State Fullerton take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,615 a year. Cal State Fullerton has a 2.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Cal State Fullerton is $35,100.

#9

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Public Public vs. Private
430 Yearly Degrees
$13,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 44,371 students at UCLA in total, 31,543 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 30,969 are full-time. For undergraduates at UCLA, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The acceptance rate at UCLA is 16%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Approximately 32% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,352 a year. UCLA has a 1.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $44,500 during the early-career years.

#10

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Public Public vs. Private
389 Yearly Degrees
$6,768 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,797 undergraduates at Cal State LA, of which 19,729 are full-time, and there are 26,671 students altogether. It takes the average Cal State LA undergraduate about 5.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 46%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

20% of Cal State LA students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,282 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Cal State LA is $33,700.

#11

University of California - Davis

Davis, California
Public Public vs. Private
385 Yearly Degrees
$14,495 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 38,634 students at UC Davis in total, 30,982 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 30,171 are full-time. UC Davis has a freshman retention rate of 93%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 43%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Roughly 34% of students at UC Davis take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,201 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $40,400 during the early-career years.

#12

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, California
Public Public vs. Private
333 Yearly Degrees
$1,172 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,731 students at Chaffey College in total, 6,211 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

This school’s student loan default rate of 10.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,400 during the early-career years.

#13

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
Public Public vs. Private
313 Yearly Degrees
$1,144 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,598 full-time undergraduates at City College of San Francisco, and 24,441 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

1% of City College of San Francisco students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,099 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,800 during the early-career years.

#14

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, California
Public Public vs. Private
306 Yearly Degrees
$1,312 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,287 full-time undergraduates at Diablo Valley, and 19,871 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

1% of Diablo Valley students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,104 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,800 during the early-career years.

#15

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California
Public Public vs. Private
285 Yearly Degrees
$6,977 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 34,799 undergraduates at CSUN, of which 29,320 are full-time, and there are 39,910 students altogether. For undergraduates at CSUN, the average graduation time is 5.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 58%. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

32% of CSUN students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,008 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CSUN is $33,700.

#16

California State University - Sacramento

Sacramento, California
Public Public vs. Private
276 Yearly Degrees
$7,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 31,992 students at Sac State in total, 28,819 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 24,105 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1.

About 68% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 33% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,150 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Sac State is $38,600.

#17

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
Public Public vs. Private
273 Yearly Degrees
$7,510 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 35,544 students at SDSU in total, 30,848 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 27,638 are full-time. It takes the average SDSU undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 35%. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

Roughly 31% of students at SDSU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,527 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from SDSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
Public Public vs. Private
271 Yearly Degrees
$7,852 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 36,085 students at San Jose State in total, 27,905 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 23,593 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at San Jose State is 5.1 years.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

38% of San Jose State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,810 a year. San Jose State has a 3.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from San Jose State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
Public Public vs. Private
270 Yearly Degrees
$6,834 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at California State University - Long Beach is 38,674, of which 33,054 students are undergraduates and of those, 28,752 are full-time. It takes the average CSULB undergraduate about 5.0 years to complete their degree.

About 28% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,013 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,500 during the early-career years.

#20

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, California
Public Public vs. Private
257 Yearly Degrees
$1,350 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,394 full-time undergraduates at Mt. SAC, and 29,799 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1.

Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Mt. SAC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Naval Postgraduate School

Monterey, California
Public Public vs. Private
244 Yearly Degrees

#22

Trident University International

Cypress, California
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
238 Yearly Degrees
$9,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,298 students at TUI in total, 4,966 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,447 are full-time. For undergraduates at TUI, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 68%. Around 52% of accepted students are men, and 48% are women.

Roughly 52% of students at TUI take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,812 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $49,300 during the early-career years.

#23

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California
Public Public vs. Private
237 Yearly Degrees
$7,266 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 25,924 undergraduates at SFSU, of which 21,687 are full-time, and there are 29,032 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Approximately 42% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,507 a year. SFSU has a 5.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,000 during the early-career years.

#24

National University

La Jolla, California
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
235 Yearly Degrees
$13,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,670 students at National University in total, 7,356 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,856 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at National University is 4.9 years.

National University has a 4.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from National University is $48,900.

Public Public vs. Private
210 Yearly Degrees
$7,396 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 28,058 students at Cal Poly Pomona in total, 26,454 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 23,596 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at Cal Poly Pomona. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

About 55% of students who apply get accepted. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

Approximately 32% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,046 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Cal Poly Pomona is $39,900.

Other California Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 University of California - Riverside 209
27 California State University - East Bay 206
28 California State University - San Bernardino 203
29 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo 196
30 California State University - Monterey Bay 176
31 De Anza College 175
32 Orange Coast College 174
33 California Technical Academy 173
34 University of California - Santa Barbara 167
35 Long Beach City College 156
36 Riverside City College 149
36 California State University - Chico 149
38 DeVry University - California 144
39 California State University - San Marcos 140
39 American River College 140
41 Sierra College 130
42 Asher College 128
43 University of San Francisco 124
44 California State University - Dominguez Hills 121
45 Santa Monica College 120
46 Santa Rosa Junior College 115
46 College of San Mateo 115
48 University of Phoenix - California 114
49 Cypress College 111
50 Palomar College 107
51 West Los Angeles College 103
52 Coastline Community College 102
53 Irvine Valley College 100
54 Sacramento City College 91
55 California State University - Channel Islands 88
56 Antelope Valley College 84
57 Southwestern College 83
58 Cerro Coso Community College 82
59 Modesto Junior College 81
60 University of the People 80
61 ABCO Technology 79
62 Brand College 78
63 Cosumnes River College 76
64 California Lutheran University 75
65 Los Angeles Pierce College 74
66 California College San Diego 73
67 College of the Canyons 70
68 California State University - Fresno 67
68 California Institute of Technology 67
70 Cabrillo College 66
70 Butte College 66
70 MTI College 66
73 Solano Community College 65
73 Poway Adult School 65
75 Santa Clara University 63
76 Mt. San Jacinto College 62
76 Unitek College 62
76 Moorpark College 62
79 San Joaquin Delta College 61
80 Sonoma State University 60
81 Saddleback College 59
82 University of San Diego 55
82 Ohlone College 55
82 San Jose City College 55
85 Foothill College 54
86 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey 53
86 Allan Hancock College 53
86 California State University - Bakersfield 53
89 San Diego City College 52
90 El Camino College 51
91 MiraCosta College 50
91 Mission College 50
93 Hartnell College 48
93 Santa Ana College 48
95 San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia 47
95 Claremont Graduate University 47
97 Escondido Adult School 46
98 Reedley College 45
98 Folsom Lake College 45
98 Los Angeles Pacific College 45
101 Chapman University 44
102 Fresno City College 43
102 California State University - Stanislaus 43
102 Grossmont College 43
102 East Los Angeles College 43
106 West Hills College-Lemoore 42
106 Harvey Mudd College 42
106 University of La Verne 42
109 Gavilan College 41
110 Laurus College 40
111 Humboldt State University 39
111 Palo Verde College 39
113 Santiago Canyon College 38
113 Santa Barbara City College 38
115 California Institute of Arts & Technology 37
116 Pomona College 36
117 Fullerton College 35
117 Norco College 35
117 University of Redlands 35
117 California College San Diego 35
117 University of the Pacific 35
122 Sofia University 34
122 Cogswell College 34
124 San Diego Mesa College 33
125 Cuesta College 32
125 Loyola Marymount University 32
127 Los Angeles City College 31
127 Golden Gate University - San Francisco 31
127 Oxnard College 31
130 College of the Desert 30
130 Azusa Pacific University 30
132 Mayfield College 29
132 Cerritos College 29
132 Imperial Valley College 29
135 Glendale Community College 28
136 Clovis Community College 27
136 Southern California Institute of Technology 27
138 Porterville College 25
138 San Bernardino Valley College 25
140 Canada College 24
141 Bakersfield College 23
141 Copper Mountain Community College 23
143 Art Center College of Design 22
144 Chabot College 21
144 California Baptist University 21
144 Skyline College 21
147 Brandman University 20
147 Biola University 20
147 Rio Hondo College 20
147 Occidental College 20
147 Laney College 20
147 Victor Valley College 20
153 Advanced Training Associates 19
153 Merced College 19
153 Merritt College 19
153 Vista Adult School 19
153 California Institute of the Arts 19
158 Citrus College 18
158 Pasadena City College 18
160 College of the Redwoods 17
160 California University of Management and Sciences 17
160 Monterey Peninsula College 17
160 Associated Technical College-San Diego 17
160 College of the Sequoias 17
165 Los Angeles Mission College 16
165 Cuyamaca College 16
165 San Diego Miramar College 16
168 Shasta College 15
168 Claremont McKenna College 15
168 Platt College - Anaheim 15
168 Yuba College 15
168 Los Medanos College 15
168 Moreno Valley College 15
168 Las Positas College 15
175 Empire College 14
176 West Hills College-Coalinga 13
176 Ventura Adult and Continuing Education 13
176 Westmont College 13
179 Scripps College 12
179 Crafton Hills College 12
179 East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program 12
182 Charles A Jones Career and Education Center 11
183 Northcentral University 10
183 Berkeley City College 10
183 University of the West 10
183 Point Loma Nazarene University 10
183 Platt College - Riverside 10
183 Los Angeles Valley College 10
189 Golden West College 9
190 Los Angeles Trade Technical College 8
190 College of Alameda 8
192 Mills College 7
192 The Master’s College and Seminary 7
194 Mendocino College 6
194 Platt College - Los Angeles 6
194 ABC Adult School 6
194 Contra Costa College 6
194 Platt College - Ontario 6
194 Notre Dame de Namur University 6
200 University of California - San Francisco 5
200 La Sierra University 5
200 College of the Siskiyous 5
200 California Miramar University 5
200 Pacific States University 5
200 Pitzer College 5
206 William Jessup University 4
206 California Intercontinental University 4
206 Antioch University - Los Angeles 4
209 Milan Institute-Visalia 3
209 College of Marin 3
211 Compton College 2
211 West Valley College 2
211 Abraham Lincoln University 2
214 Columbia College 1
214 Los Angeles Southwest College 1
214 Southern States University 1
214 SAE Expression College 1
214 Los Angeles Harbor College 1
214 Lake Tahoe Community College 1
214 Premiere Career College 1
221 Pacific Union College 0
221 Barstow Community College 0
221 CET, San Jose 0
221 Bethesda University 0
221 Mount Saint Mary’s University 0
221 Santa Barbara Business College - Ventura 0
221 Napa Valley College 0
221 Platt College - San Diego 0
221 Holy Names University 0
221 Taft College 0
221 Icohs-College 0
221 Pepperdine University 0
221 Ashford University 0
221 Feather River Community College District 0

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