2020 Best Online Colleges in California

is ranked #1 with an annual tuition of and a reported alumni salary of $93,100. Ranked #2, offers a tuition rate of and has the second-highest alumni salary, at $92,700. offers 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.

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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.

Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in California

There are over 130 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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