Best Universities Announces 2022 5 Best Small Colleges in California

Best Universities’ latest publication includes new rankings of the top small colleges in California.

Designed for students looking to complete or further their education, the rankings evaluate small colleges in California.

In order to create the list of the best small colleges in California, Best Universities has collected college data sourced from the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Best Universities has ranked best small colleges in California based on:

  • An average yearly expenditure of no more than $18,000
  • An expected median starting salary of no less than $32,000
  • Accredited programs by recognized bodies

Full Rankings

1. West Valley College

2. Las Positas College

3. San Diego Miramar College

4. Napa Valley College

5. Crafton Hills College

The complete details can be seen at

University response to 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, 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.

About Best Universities reviews publicly available data to produce independent ranking assessments of various educational programs, in addition to research, student guides, and resources. The site is regularly updated by a committed team of writers and researchers, who produce college rankings and resources that have helped prospective and current college students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

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