2018 Best Online Colleges in California

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This list highlights the 13 best online schools for value in California. Ranked #1, Hope International University offers the most affordable tuition at $5,000 per year. Students can choose from a variety of online programs including a BS in Business Administration, Human Development, and Christian Ministry. San Diego State University, ranked #4, holds the highest academic strength score at 70% and has an annual tuition of $15,300.

View our methodology for more details or learn more about SR Education Group. To see all online schools in California, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Academic Strength
#1 #1 Hope International University Annual Tuition $5,000 Academic Strength 57%
#2 #2 Humboldt State University Annual Tuition $8,970 Academic Strength 62%
#3 #3 California State University-Fullerton Annual Tuition $12,750 Academic Strength 64%
#4 #4 San Diego State University Annual Tuition $15,300 Academic Strength 70%
#5 #5 California State University-Sacramento Annual Tuition $12,750 Academic Strength 59%
#6 #6 California State University-San Bernardino Annual Tuition $12,150 Academic Strength 56%
#7 #7 Biola University Annual Tuition $17,250 Academic Strength 69%
#8 #8 San Diego Christian College Annual Tuition $14,012 Academic Strength 58%
#9 #9 Concordia University-Irvine Annual Tuition $15,600 Academic Strength 63%
#10 #10 California Lutheran University Annual Tuition $17,980 Academic Strength 69%
#11 #11 California State University-Chico Annual Tuition $18,216 Academic Strength 63%
#12 #12 California Baptist University Annual Tuition $17,546 Academic Strength 59%
#13 #13 California State University-Northridge Annual Tuition $17,850 Academic Strength 56%
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2018 Online Colleges in California Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,000
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 34%
  • Academic Strength: 57%
  • Locations: Fullerton

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (5)

Online Master's Degrees (27)

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Online Certificate Programs (9)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,750
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Academic Strength: 64%
  • Locations: Fullerton

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

Online Master's Degrees (17)

Online Certificate Programs (14)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,300
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 34%
  • Academic Strength: 70%
  • Locations: San Diego

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (6)

Online Certificate Programs (19)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Academic Strength: 56%
  • Locations: San Bernardino

Online Bachelor's Degrees (2)

Online Master's Degrees (5)

Online Certificate Programs (57)

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  • Annual Tuition: $17,250
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • Locations: La Mirada

Online Bachelor's Degrees (3)

Online Master's Degrees (18)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,600
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Academic Strength: 63%
  • Locations: Irvine

Online Bachelor's Degrees (6)

Online Master's Degrees (16)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (3)

  • Annual Tuition: $17,980
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • Locations: Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Woodland Hills
  • Annual Tuition: $17,546
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Academic Strength: 59%
  • Locations: Riverside

Online Bachelor's Degrees (27)

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Online Master's Degrees (16)

Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $17,850
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 46%
  • Academic Strength: 56%
  • Locations: Northridge

Online Bachelor's Degrees (3)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Certificate Programs (8)

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in California (119)

There are 119 accredited schools in California offering online degree programs. Among these schools are non-profit public institutions, such as those in the California State University and University of California Systems, as well as multiple Christian-affiliated private schools. Students looking for a bachelor's or master's degree will find a wide variety of options at Ashford University, including programs in business, accounting, and education. California Southern University also offers an array of degree options at all levels with an 83% recommend rate from alumni.

At a Glance:

  • There are 45 affordable online schools with California with tuitions under $15,000 per year.
  • Five schools in California stand out as being military-friendly: Abraham Lincoln University, Ashford University, Brandman University, California State University-San Bernardino, and Trident International University.
  • Compared to other states, California has the most colleges and universities in the country, with over 600 colleges and universities.

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