Best Liberal Arts Colleges in California

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We have created a 2018 ranking of the best colleges in California that offer Liberal Arts degrees to help you find a school that fits your needs. Each school's ranking is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. In addition, you can view our entire list of all 182 Liberal Arts schools located within California. We also provide reviews, facts, and questions and answers for schools on our site and offer you access to get valuable information from colleges and universities today.

Best Liberal Arts Colleges in California for 2018

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Santa Monica College Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica College offers 2 Liberal Arts Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,070 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 1,266 Certificates degrees, and 804 Associate's degrees.

2 Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA

Orange Coast College offers 2 Liberal Arts Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,678 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 1,179 Certificates degrees, and 499 Associate's degrees.

3 Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA

Saddleback College offers 2 Liberal Arts Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,625 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 1,320 Certificates degrees, and 305 Associate's degrees.

4 Irvine Valley College Irvine, CA

Irvine Valley College offers 2 Liberal Arts Degree programs. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,419 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 1,059 Certificates degrees, and 360 Associate's degrees.

5 Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA

Golden West College offers 2 Liberal Arts Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,414 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 1,081 Certificates degrees, and 333 Associate's degrees.

6 Grossmont College El Cajon, CA

Grossmont College offers 3 Liberal Arts Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,244 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 766 Certificates degrees, and 478 Associate's degrees.

7 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA

Santa Ana College offers 2 Liberal Arts Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,181 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 1,004 Certificates degrees, and 177 Associate's degrees.

8 Santiago Canyon College Orange, CA

Santiago Canyon College offers 2 Liberal Arts Degree programs. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,064 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 789 Certificates degrees, and 275 Associate's degrees.

9 MiraCosta College Oceanside, CA

MiraCosta College offers 3 Liberal Arts Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,019 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 660 Certificates degrees, and 359 Associate's degrees.

10 Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara City College offers 2 Liberal Arts Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,031 students graduated in the study area of Liberal Arts with students earning 589 Certificates degrees, and 442 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Santa Monica College Santa Monica College Santa Monica, CA
1/5
45 : 1 30,615
Orange Coast College Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA
1/5
53 : 1 22,140
Saddleback College Saddleback College Mission Viejo, CA
1/5
42 : 1 19,552
Irvine Valley College Irvine Valley College Irvine, CA
1/5
45 : 1 13,183
Golden West College Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA
1/5
49 : 1 12,093
Grossmont College Grossmont College El Cajon, CA
1/5
45 : 1 18,159
Santa Ana College Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
1/5
67 : 1 29,808
Santiago Canyon College Santiago Canyon College Orange, CA
1/5
50 : 1 11,187
MiraCosta College MiraCosta College Oceanside, CA
1/5
41 : 1 15,062
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA
1/5
37 : 1 17,920
Palomar College Palomar College San Marcos, CA
1/5
44 : 1 23,482
Citrus College Citrus College Glendora, CA
1/5
43 : 1 12,999
Los Angeles Pierce College Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills, CA
1/5
53 : 1 20,767
Allan Hancock College Allan Hancock College Santa Maria, CA
1/5
35 : 1 10,949
Hartnell College Hartnell College Salinas, CA
1/5
54 : 1 11,176
Los Angeles Valley College Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen, CA
1/5
56 : 1 18,838
American River College American River College Sacramento, CA
1/5
49 : 1 29,381
College of the Sequoias College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA
1/5
43 : 1 11,266
San Joaquin Delta College San Joaquin Delta College Stockton, CA
1/5
55 : 1 17,895
East Los Angeles College East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA
1/5
69 : 1 37,188
Ventura College Ventura College Ventura, CA
1/5
50 : 1 12,989
Pasadena City College Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA
1/5
46 : 1 27,050
Solano Community College Solano Community College Fairfield, CA
1/5
41 : 1 9,964
Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles, CA
1/5
41 : 1 6,826
College of the Canyons College of the Canyons Santa Clarita, CA
1/5
48 : 1 18,437

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Additional Liberal Arts Degree Facts for California Schools

California Schools offering online Liberal Arts degrees

Online Liberal Arts degrees are available at a variety of different schools with as many as 758 degrees earned at the most popular school. Read more below about all schools that have offered online Liberal Arts degrees. If you are interested learning more about getting a degree online, check out our page dedicated to online degree information.

Certificate
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
School Name Certificate Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
San Joaquin Delta College 125 633 0 0 0
Citrus College 0 286 0 0 0
Rio Hondo College 0 262 0 0 0
Modesto Junior College 0 199 0 0 0
California State University-Chico 0 0 151 0 0
How many California schools offer online Liberal Arts degrees?
  • 2 Certificates
  • 14 Associate's
  • 6 Bachelor's

What Liberal Arts degree programs were earned in California?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Associate's 2-year Length 116 Colleges 17,680 Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 69 Colleges 4,907 Graduates
Certificates < 1 year Length 73 Colleges 21,037 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 5 Colleges 53 Graduates
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