These Are The 10 Best Colleges For Jobs In California For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.

Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.

Compared to a lot of other states, California has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.

All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in CA, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in California.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in California:

  1. Menlo College
  2. University of the Pacific
  3. Loma Linda University
  4. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
  5. Mount Saint Mary’s University
  6. Loyola Marymount University
  7. Santa Clara University
  8. Bethel Seminary-San Diego
  9. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  10. University of Southern California

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of California has to offer.

How We Determined The Best Schools In California For Jobs

Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.

We limited the analysis to the 91 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in California that offer at least a bachelors degree.

Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.

The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, Menlo College, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in California.’

1. Menlo College

Menlo College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Atherton
Employed: 92.59%

2. University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Stockton
Employed: 92.19%

3. Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Loma Linda
Employed: 91.57%

4. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

Source: Wikipedia

Location: San Luis Obispo
Employed: 91.1%

5. Mount Saint Mary’s University

Mount Saint Mary

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Los Angeles
Employed: 91.08%

6. Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Los Angeles
Employed: 91.02%

7. Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Santa Clara
Employed: 90.76%

8. Bethel Seminary-San Diego

Bethel Seminary-San Diego

Source: Wikipedia

Location: San Diego
Employed: 90.75%

9. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Monterey
Employed: 90.5%

10. University of Southern California

University of Southern California

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Los Angeles
Employed: 90.35%

There You Have It — The Best Colleges For Jobs In California

If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only California, but the entire country.

Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in California by their employment rates 10 years after college.

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In California

Rank College Employed
1 Menlo College 92.59%
2 University of the Pacific 92.19%
3 Loma Linda University 91.57%
4 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo 91.1%
5 Mount Saint Mary’s University 91.08%
6 Loyola Marymount University 91.02%
7 Santa Clara University 90.76%
8 Bethel Seminary-San Diego 90.75%
9 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey 90.5%
10 University of Southern California 90.35%
11 California Lutheran University 90.27%
12 California State Polytechnic University-Pomona 90.2%
13 Occidental College 90.18%
14 Whittier College 90.17%
15 University of California-Santa Barbara 90.13%
16 University of California-Irvine 89.95%
17 University of Redlands 89.83%
18 University of San Francisco 89.78%
19 National University 89.58%
20 California State University-Chico 89.56%
21 Saint Mary’s College of California 89.51%
22 University of California-Davis 89.51%
23 University of California-Riverside 89.51%
24 University of San Diego 89.5%
25 Point Loma Nazarene University 89.48%
26 San Diego State University 89.43%
27 Westmont College 89.41%
28 University of California-San Diego 89.06%
29 Stanford University 89.05%
30 California State University-Fresno 89.05%
31 California State University-Long Beach 88.95%
32 Fresno Pacific University 88.95%
33 Azusa Pacific University 88.83%
34 Azusa Pacific University College 88.83%
35 Dominican University of California 88.81%
36 California State University-Sacramento 88.8%
37 Chapman University 88.78%
38 California State University-Fullerton 88.67%
39 University of California-Los Angeles 88.55%
40 California College San Diego 88.55%
41 Pepperdine University 88.53%
42 California State University-Los Angeles 88.4%
43 Pacific Union College 88.39%
44 California State University-Dominguez Hills 88.23%
45 University of California-Santa Cruz 88.22%
46 Sonoma State University 88.18%
47 San Jose State University 88.0%
48 University of La Verne 87.91%
49 California State University-Stanislaus 87.87%
50 Holy Names University 87.65%
51 California State University-Northridge 87.55%
52 Southwestern Law School 87.5%
53 California State University-Bakersfield 87.46%
54 University of California-Berkeley 87.41%
55 University of California-Hastings College of Law 87.35%
56 California State University-East Bay 87.14%
57 California State University-San Marcos 86.98%
58 California State University-San Bernardino 86.97%
59 San Francisco State University 86.84%
60 California State University-Monterey Bay 86.68%
61 Trinity Law School 86.65%
62 Notre Dame de Namur University 86.46%
63 Woodbury University 86.39%
64 California Baptist University 86.28%
65 La Sierra University 85.96%
66 Golden Gate University-San Francisco 85.81%
67 California Institute of the Arts 85.51%
68 Vanguard University of Southern California 85.49%
69 Simpson University 84.72%
70 Concordia University-Irvine 84.64%
71 Biola University 84.37%
72 William Jessup University 84.17%
73 Humboldt State University 83.67%
74 Scripps College 83.24%
75 The Master’s University and Seminary 83.11%
76 Life Pacific College 82.82%
77 Coleman University 82.78%
78 Mills College 82.73%
79 Art Center College of Design 82.5%
80 Antioch University-Los Angeles 82.11%
81 Antioch University-Santa Barbara 82.11%
82 California College of the Arts 81.31%
83 Hope International University 81.24%
84 Otis College of Art and Design 80.56%
85 San Diego Christian College 80.15%
86 Marymount California University 78.72%
87 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science 78.3%
88 Humphreys University-Stockton and Modesto Campuses 75.67%
89 San Francisco Art Institute 73.58%
90 Thomas Aquinas College 67.59%
91 South Baylo University 62.61%
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