College Links

General Information

College Board Online has information on SAT tests and registration, information for students and parents, test preparation, info the new SAT/PSAT tests, and lots more.  Use their College Search to find information on specific colleges and universities (search the 3,200 two- and four-year college database by name, location, type of school, financial aid, etc.).  Once you have the reference for a particular institution, click on the college name or "Just the Facts" for a quick overview, "Tests" for information on  middle-50% SAT I score ranges and AP credits, "Admissions" for application fees and dates, etc.  Information on financial aid, costs, academics, student life, and much more is also available, along with links to college websites. 

The US News College website has information to help you find a college or university, a graduate school, a career, and financial aid. There's plenty of information for students and parents, but most of the best stuff now costs a $15 Premium Online Edition fee.  Their college search accesses a directory of 1,400 accredited colleges and universities (graduate schools and community colleges are also available).  The interactive work sheet will help you find schools by location, distance from home, cost, size, selectivity, major, student/faculty ratio, academic programs, and so on.

The Financial Aid Information Page provides a free, comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to student financial aid. It was created by Mark Kantrowitz, author of The Prentice Hall Guide to Scholarships and Fellowships for Math and Science Students.  Includes many resources and web links, plus scholarship databases.  

General information on the University of California and current updates on fees, admissions, high school requirements, etc.,  is available at the University of California website.  Visit some of the related sites for news, budget planning, organization, scheduling, and many other areas of interest.   The U.C. system accepts about eight out of ten community college transfer applicants.  A planning guide for prospective transfer students from California community colleges (and four-year colleges and universities) is available at Answers for Transfers.

2003 Top-Ranked California Colleges and Universities

The college links below are based on U.S. News College Rankings, which classifies colleges into categories (in order to compare schools with similar goals) and then ranks them into four tiers.  We present here the top-ranked California colleges and universities from the four major categories:  

Please remember that rankings are only one tool to help you select and compare schools.  They are, by their very nature, somewhat subjective, and excellent schools will be found in all four "tiers" of the rankings.  We hope that this list will encourage you to investigate some fine California colleges you may not have been aware of.  Students should gather information on colleges in many ways:  talking to parents, high school teachers, and counselors; reading college catalogs, viewbooks, and Web sites; scheduling appointments with college representatives; and visiting campuses to form first-hand impressions.  And remember, a private liberal arts college may be far cheaper than a public university once financial assistance and merit scholarships are factored in!


Top Liberal Arts Colleges (in California)
Claremont McKenna College (Claremont)
Harvey Mudd College (Claremont)
Occidental College (Los Angeles)
Pomona College (Claremont)
Scripps College (Claremont)

 Liberal Arts Colleges (in California) - Second Tier
Mills College (Oakland)
Pitzer College (Claremont)
Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula)

Top National Universities (in California)
California Institute of Technology (Pasadena)
Pepperdine University (Malibu)
Stanford University (Palo Alto)
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Southern California (Los Angeles)

National Universities (in California) - Second Tier
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of the Pacific (Stockton)
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco

Top Regional Universities (in California)
Azusa Pacific University (Azusa)
California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks)
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

California Sate University, Chico
Chapman University (Orange)
Dominican University of California (San Rafael) 
Mount St. Mary's College (Los Angeles) 
San Jose State University

Santa Clara University
St. Mary's College of California (Moraga)  
University of Redlands 

Regional Universities (in California) - Second Tier
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fullerton
California State Univeristy, Long Beach
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, Stanislaus
Concordia University (Irvine)
Fresno Pacific University (Fresno)
Holy Names College (Oakland)
Humboldt State  University (Arcata)
Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont)
Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego)
San Francisco State University
Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park)   
Woodbury University (Burbank)

 Top Comprehensive Colleges (in California)
Master's College and Seminary (Santa Clarita)
Pacific Union College (Angwin)

Comprehensive Colleges (in California) - Second Tier
Menlo College (Atherton)
Vanguard University of Southern California (Costa Mesa)