With less than two weeks before the first “early decision” college-application deadline, which is Nov. 1, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2020’s Best College & University Rankings.

Taking a bird’s-eye view of the Best College & University Rankings in California, it comes as no surprise that Stanford is ranked No. 1.

Several Coachella Valley leaders have attended Stanford: Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Geoff Kors, Indio City Councilmember Oscar F. Ortiz, and Palm Springs City Councilmember Christy Holstege.

To help college-bound seniors choose the best college or university within their states, WalletHub compared more than 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 33 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in California

  1. Stanford University
  2. California Institute of Technology
  3. University of California-Los Angeles
  4. University of California-Berkeley
  5. Harvey Mudd College
  6. Pomona College
  7. University of California-San Diego
  8. Claremont McKenna College
  9. University of California-Irvine
  10. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

While Stanford ranked No. 1 in California, it ranked No. 5 in the nation. Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked No. 1 in the nation overall.

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at some of the top schools in California and how each performed in certain metrics:

School Snapshot: Stanford University (1 = Best; 34 = Average; 67 = Worst)

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 2nd – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 19th – On-Campus Crime
  • 3rd – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 1st – Graduation Rate
  • 1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: California Institute of Technology (1 = Best; 34 = Average; 67 = Worst)

  • 2nd – Admission Rate
  • 1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 28th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 4th – Graduation Rate
  • 3rd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: University of California-Los Angeles (1 = Best; 34 = Average; 67 = Worst)

  • 6th – Admission Rate
  • 32nd – Net Cost
  • 5th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 7th – Graduation Rate
  • 13th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

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Image Sources

  • Stanford: Image by Susanna Berggren from Pixabay