Caltech Near the Top of Best Colleges List in California

Published : Monday, September 17, 2018 | 11:22 AM

College Consensus, a unique new college ranking website, has ranked the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena as one of the best colleges in California.

In their ranking of the Best Colleges in California 2018, College Consensus combined the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student reviews to produce a unique consensus score for each school.

Caltech is No. 5 in the list of the 25 best colleges in the state. College Consensus identified the best-ranked colleges to help prospective California students evaluate the higher education options that are right for their unique needs.

“Similar to what Rotten Tomatoes does for movies, College Consensus gathers the publisher rankings and student reviews from around the web and distills the results into simple, easy to understand scores so students can quickly and easily compare schools. It is the ranking of all rankings, so to speak,” Jeremy Alder, College Consensus founder.

The top colleges in the Golden State:

1. Stanford University – Stanford
2. Pomona College – Claremont
3. Claremont McKenna College – Claremont
4. Harvey Mudd College – Claremont
5. California Institute of Technology – Pasadena
6. University of California-Berkeley – Berkeley
7. Scripps College – Claremont
8. University of California-Los Angeles – Los Angeles
9. Pitzer College – Claremont
10. Santa Clara University – Santa Clara
11. University of Southern California – Los Angeles, and Occidental College – Los Angeles
12. William Jessup University – Rocklin
13. Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles, and Thomas Aquinas College – Santa Paula
14. University of California Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, and California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
15. Pepperdine University – Malibu
16. University of California – San Diego
17. University of Redlands – Redlands
18. Chapman University – Orange
19. University of California-Davis – Davis
20. Saint Mary’s College of California – Moraga
21. University of San Diego – San Diego
22. San Diego Christian College – San Diego

“For the last century, California has also been building a higher education system that rivals any state or nation in the world,” a College Consensus statement said as it published the list. “A wide and varied landscape, from deserts and oceans to forests and fertile valleys, has given California a multi-faceted character, and a highly diverse population, from Native Americans, Hispanic and Latino-Americans, European-American and African-American settlers, Pacific Islanders and Asian-Americans, has made California’s culture one of the richest and most complex.”

“This is the people and the economy that California’s higher education has to work for, from the elite liberal arts institutions of the Claremont Colleges, to the STEM powerhouses of Stanford and CalTech, to the monumental institutions, like UC Berkeley and UCLA, that define what the public research university can accomplish. American higher education didn’t start in California, but California just might have perfected it,” the statement continued.

College Consensus Managing Editor Carrie Sealey-Morris explains there is a job to be done in higher education “that takes place on an unprecedented scale in California” stressing that there is no other state like California, combining size, population, and diversity.

“The third-largest state by land size, and the largest in population, government, law, and education in California is a labor on par with most nations,” Sealey-Morris said. “California’s economy, in fact, is the sixth largest in the world.”

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