Most affordable Private Colleges in California

Private colleges are institutions of higher learning set up and funded by individuals or organizations outside of the government. The most reputable private colleges are those which are non-profit. 

There is a myriad of reasons as to why prospective university students choose to enroll in private universities and colleges.  For some, a private college means a smaller crowd and a more comfortable, friendly and familial atmosphere. Others prefer private colleges since their academics will be directly supervised by professors and academic advisors resulting in easier navigation of studies by the student. California College Bound compiled the following renowned, yet affordable private colleges in California.

Loyola Marymount University

Located in Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University was founded in 1911.  The university offers 58 undergraduate degree programs, 46 masters degree programs, 3 doctoral degrees and 13 credential programs in these areas:

  • Bellarmine College of Liberal arts
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering
  • Loyola Law School
  • School of Education
  • School of Film and Television

Loyola Marymount University has produced 19 Fulbright Scholars, one Nobel Prize winner, one Pulitzer Prize winner and two Princeton Fellows. The university has been ranked #8 most engaged university in community service and #7 for best Catholic college in the USA.

Loyola Marymount University has a student population of 9,195 undergraduate, postgraduate and law students. Undergraduate tuition and fee for one academic year costs $ 44,230 while postgraduate tuition ranges $990 – $1,455 per unit. Undergraduate students receiving financial aid stands at 85%.

Soka University of America

The Soka University of America is a four-year liberal arts college located in Aliso Viejo, California.

The main courses offered at Soka University of America is a Master of Art in educational leadership and societal change. The university offers one Bachelor of Arts with a specialization on of the following areas: environmental studies, social and behavioral sciences, international studies, and humanities.

40% of the student population are international students, ranking Soka University as the highest attended liberal arts college in the nation by international students.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, both domestic and international students received grants and scholarships totaling $14,000,000. Soka University of America offers a full scholarship to its students whose family income is below $60,000.

FEES PER SEMESTER: Undergraduates pay an all-inclusive tuition of $21,971, which includes health insurance as well as room and board. Graduate students on the other hand pay $1,673 per unit taken, $835 for health insurance and $6,083 for room and board.

California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology was founded in 1891 as Throop University but changed to its current name in 1920. The college is set on 124 acres in Pasadena, just 11 miles north-east of Los Angeles. The college experiences a freshman retention rate is 97%– an indicator of student satisfaction.

The most popular majors include English, physical sciences, biological sciences, computer information science, mathematics, and statistics. California Institute of Technology has a long list of notable alumni that includes 35 Nobel Prize winners, 58 National Medal of Science recipients, 128 National Academy Members and 13 National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipients. The institute manages the following:

  • The Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA
  • Seismological Laboratory
  • Palomar and W. M. Keck Observatories
  • The Laser Inferometer Gravitational Wave Organization

The undergraduate student population stands at 961 and the postgraduate student population is 1,277 students. Undergraduate tuition and fees cost $49,914. However 60% of undergraduate students receive financial aid and 98% of postgraduate and doctoral degree programs have access to the same.

According to a report conducted by Sallie Mae in 2017, seven out of ten families can not afford a college education. By accessing financial aid, students can afford to attend college. California College Bound invites you to sign up for one of our campus tours, where you can learn about available scholarship and financial aid options.

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