2020 Best Online Colleges in California

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These are the best online colleges in California. Golden Gate University is ranked #1 with an annual tuition of $20,460 and a reported alumni salary of $93,100. Ranked #2, California State University-Chico offers a tuition rate of $17,622 and has the second-highest alumni salary, at $92,700. California Baptist University offers 30 online bachelor's degrees, the most of any school on the list. Students at CBU can study business administration, psychology, cybersecurity, public health, education, and more.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. 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 Median Salary
#1 #1 Golden Gate University $20,460 $93,100
#2 #2 California State University-Chico $17,622 $92,700
#3 #3 San Diego State University $7,510 $90,100
#4 #4 Loma Linda University $13,455 $90,700
#5 #5 California State University-Sacramento $12,750 $90,100
#6 #6 California State University-East Bay $6,984 $88,800
#7 #7 California State University-Northridge $6,972 $86,100
#8 #8 California State University-Fullerton $7,650 $86,100
#9 #9 California State University-Fresno $6,589 $85,000
#10 #10 Humboldt State University $5,742 $83,200
#11 #11 California State University-Stanislaus $5,742 $81,800
#12 #12 Mount Saint Mary's University - CA $41,592 $85,000
#13 #13 California State University-Bakersfield $9,600 $79,800
#14 #14 California State University-Channel Islands $5,742 $78,200
#15 #15 Concordia University-Irvine $14,850 $79,000
#16 #16 California State University-San Bernardino $11,340 $78,400
#17 #17 University of La Verne $19,350 $78,200
#18 #18 California State University-San Marcos $9,867 $76,200
#19 #19 Point Loma Nazarene University $36,350 $77,300
#20 #20 Notre Dame de Namur University $36,301 $75,900
#21 #21 California Baptist University $18,390 $68,000
#22 #22 California State University Monterey Bay $15,750 $65,000
#23 #23 Palo Alto University $17,456 $62,500
#24 #24 Hope International University $13,500 $55,200
#25 #25 San Diego Christian College $14,012 $52,300
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2020 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: $20,460
  • Median Salary: $93,100
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: San Francisco
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  • Annual Tuition: $17,622
  • Median Salary: $92,700
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Chico
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,510
  • Median Salary: $90,100
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: San Diego
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  • Annual Tuition: $13,455
  • Median Salary: $90,700
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Loma Linda
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Online Bachelor's Degrees (8)

Online Master's Degrees (15)

Online Doctoral Degrees (14)

Online Certificate Programs (8)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,750
  • Median Salary: $90,100
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Sacramento
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,984
  • Median Salary: $88,800
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Hayward
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Online Bachelor's Degrees (16)

Online Master's Degrees (5)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,972
  • Median Salary: $86,100
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Northridge
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Online Master's Degrees (16)

Online Certificate Programs (7)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,650
  • Median Salary: $86,100
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fullerton
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Online Master's Degrees (29)

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Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,589
  • Median Salary: $85,000
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fresno
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,742
  • Median Salary: $83,200
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Arcata
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,742
  • Median Salary: $81,800
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Turlock
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  • Annual Tuition: $41,592
  • Median Salary: $85,000
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Los Angeles
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  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Median Salary: $79,800
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Bakersfield
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,742
  • Median Salary: $78,200
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Camarillo
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Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,850
  • Median Salary: $79,000
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Irvine
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Online Bachelor's Degrees (7)

Online Master's Degrees (18)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • Median Salary: $78,400
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: San Bernardino
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  • Annual Tuition: $19,350
  • Median Salary: $78,200
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: La Verne
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Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (6)

Online Master's Degrees (14)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,867
  • Median Salary: $76,200
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: San Marcos
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  • Annual Tuition: $36,350
  • Median Salary: $77,300
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: San Diego
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  • Annual Tuition: $36,301
  • Median Salary: $75,900
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Belmont
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  • Annual Tuition: $18,390
  • Median Salary: $68,000
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Online Bachelor's Degrees (30)

Online Master's Degrees (19)

Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,750
  • Median Salary: $65,000
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Seaside
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  • Annual Tuition: $17,456
  • Median Salary: $62,500
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Palo Alto
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  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • Median Salary: $55,200
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fullerton
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Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (16)

Online Master's Degrees (56)

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Online Certificate Programs (9)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,012
  • Median Salary: $52,300
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and TRACS
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in California (138)

There are 134 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 76% recommend rate from alumni.

At a Glance:

  • There are 53 affordable online schools in California with tuitions under $15,000 per year.
  • Three schools in California stand out as being military-friendly: San Diego State University, Trident International University, and the University of Southern California.
  • California has the most post-secondary educational institutions in the country, with over 600 colleges and universities.

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