Private Colleges of California

Published Thursday, May 12, 2011 by Tarang

California is home to sunny weather and legendary landmarks. From sunbathed, flip-flop wearing Southern Californians to tie dye shirt wearing Northern Californians, this state offers it all. Along with glamor and beaches, California is also famous for its higher education. The state system provides amazing education in the form of the University of California and the California State University systems. However, most people have only heard of Stanford and the University of Southern California when it comes to the private schools. Private colleges are often smaller, liberal arts schools that may not be well known all around the nation, but they boast of top-ranked education.

1. University of Redlands in Redlands, CA (http://www.redlands.edu)

Admissions Data (2009):

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 70%
  • Average High School GPA: 3.58
  • Test Scores — 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 520 / 610
    • SAT Math: 540 / 630
    • SAT Writing: – / –
    • ACT Composite: 22 / 26

Read about the school at http://www.redlands.edu/about-redlands/221.aspx

2. Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA (http://www.pepperdine.edu)

Admissions Data (2009):

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 34%
  • Test Scores — 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 550 / 670
    • SAT Math: 560 / 680
    • SAT Writing: 550 / 660

http://www.pepperdine.edu/about/pepperdine

3. Pomona College in Claremont, CA (http://www.pomona.edu)

Admissions Data (2010):

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 15%
  • Test Scores — 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 680 / 780
    • SAT Math: 700 / 780
    • SAT Writing: 690 / 770
    • ACT Composite: 31 / 34
    • ACT English: 30 / 35
    • ACT Math: 30 / 35

http://www.pomona.edu/about

Remember to do your research and figure out which school fits you best. As you can see Pomona is much more competitive than the other two, while the University of Redlands is slightly more expensive. It’s good to know, overall, that California has so many choices for us.


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