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College Consensus Releases Ranking of Best Colleges in California 2018


College Consensus Releases Ranking of Best Colleges in California 2018

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- College Consensus (, a unique new college ranking website, has published their ranking of the Best Colleges in California 2018 at  

To identify the Best Colleges in California for 2018, College Consensus combined the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student reviews to produce a unique consensus score for each school. According to College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder, "Similar to what Rotten Tomatoes does for movies, College Consensus gathers the publisher rankings and student reviews from around the web and distills the results into simple, easy to understand scores so students can quickly and easily compare schools. It is the ranking of all rankings, so to speak." Learn more about the College Consensus rankings methodology at

To help prospective California students evaluate the higher education options that are right for their unique needs, College Consensus identified the best-ranked colleges in the Golden State:

1. Stanford University - Stanford, CA

2. Pomona College - Claremont, CA

3. Claremont McKenna College - Claremont, CA

4. Harvey Mudd College - Claremont, CA

5. California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA

6. University of California-Berkeley - Berkeley, CA

7. Scripps College - Claremont, CA

8. University of California-Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA

9. Pitzer College - Claremont, CA

10. Santa Clara University - Santa Clara, CA

11. University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA (tie)

11. Occidental College - Los Angeles, CA (tie)

13. William Jessup University - Rocklin, CA

14. Loyola Marymount University - Los Angeles, CA (tie)

14. Thomas Aquinas College - Santa Paula, CA (tie)

16. University of California Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA (tie)

16. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, CA (tie)

18. Pepperdine University - Malibu, CA

19. University of California-San Diego - San Diego, CA

20. University of Redlands - Redlands, CA

21. Chapman University - Orange, CA

22. University of California-Davis - Davis, CA

23. Saint Mary's College of California - Moraga, CA

24. University of San Diego - San Diego, CA

25. San Diego Christian College - San Diego, CA

From the time California became part of the US after the Mexican-American War - in 1848, the same year of the Gold Rush - California has been the dream destination for adventurers, settlers, eccentrics, and innovators. For the last century, California has also been building a higher education system that rivals any state or nation in the world. A wide and varied landscape, from deserts and oceans to forests and fertile valleys, has given California a multi-faceted character, and a highly diverse population, from Native Americans, Hispanic and Latino-Americans, European-American and African-American settlers, Pacific Islanders and Asian-Americans, has made California's culture one of the richest and most complex. This is the people and the economy that California's higher education has to work for, from the elite liberal arts institutions of the Claremont Colleges, to the STEM powerhouses of Stanford and CalTech, to the monumental institutions, like UC Berkeley and UCLA, that define what the public research university can accomplish. American higher education didn't start in California, but California just might have perfected it.

As Managing Editor Carrie Sealey-Morris explains, "there is a job to be done in higher education that takes place on an unprecedented scale in California." There is no other state like California, combining size, population, and diversity: "the third-largest state by land size, and the largest in population, government, law, and education in California is a labor on par with most nations - California's economy, in fact, is the sixth largest in the world."

Carrie Sealey-Morris
Managing Editor, College Consensus 
(512) 710-9901

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