EDsmart’s ranking of the best colleges in Southern California is the most comprehensive and well-rounded to date. The ranking includes only fully accredited schools.
Schools considered for this ranking were collected from official accrediting agency websites, and are regionally or nationally accredited.
Pulling data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), colleges were evaluated based on their affordability.
As part of the rankings, EDsmart also published detailed profiles outlining each school on its list. Students can use these profiles to evaluate each school’s net prices, accreditation, and other helpful information.
“The best colleges in Southern California ranking allows students to compare accredited programs and find those that best fit their education interests and career goals,” said EDsmart’s spokesperson. “Beyond providing affordable education, a college is not successful if it does not graduate its students, which is why EDsmart rankings often place a high value on outcomes, including graduation and retention rates, and post-graduation earnings.”
The EDsmart 2022 ranking for the best colleges in Southern California ranks California State University – Long Beach #1 as the best colleges in Southern California with University of California – Riverside and Soka University of America following.
The complete rankings are as follows:
1. California State University – Long Beach
2. University of California – Riverside
3. Soka University of America
4. University of California – San Diego
5. University of California – Los Angeles
6. University of California – Irvine
7. San Diego State University
8. Pomona College
9. Claremont McKenna College
10. California Institute of Technology
11. University of Southern California
12. Occidental College
13. University of San Diego
14. Scripps College
15. Harvey Mudd College
16. Point Loma Nazarene University
17. Pitzer College
18. Pepperdine University
19. Chapman University
20. Loyola Marymount University
University response to EDsmart rankings has been very positive. Sharing the rankings on their websites and via social media has helped schools attract new students and excite existing students and alumni.
The rankings and data were produced for EDsmart, a leading higher education research organization. All evaluated data was gathered from IPEDs, the U.S. Department of Higher Education, school websites, and other reputable sources.
The rankings have been published at https://www.edsmart.org/best-colleges-in-southern-california/
EDsmart reviews publicly available data to produce independent ranking assessments of various educational programs, in addition to student guides and resources. The site is regularly updated by a committed team of writers and researchers, who produce college rankings and resources that will help prospective and current college students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.