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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:
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.
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.’
Location: Loma Linda
Location: San Luis Obispo
Location: Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles
Location: Santa Clara
Location: San Diego
Location: Los Angeles
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.
|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%|
|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%|
|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%|
|28||University of California-San Diego||89.06%|
|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%|
|38||California State University-Fullerton||88.67%|
|39||University of California-Los Angeles||88.55%|
|40||California College San Diego||88.55%|
|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%|
|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%|
|72||William Jessup University||84.17%|
|73||Humboldt State University||83.67%|
|75||The Master’s University and Seminary||83.11%|
|76||Life Pacific College||82.82%|
|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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