: 27,199 Student-faculty ratio
: 17:1 Graduation rate
: 4-yr., 68%; 6-yr., 90% Annual in-state cost
: $26,888 Annual out-of-state cost
: $49,766 Avg. debt at graduation
Despite increases in tuition for California state schools, they remain competitive in our rankings, thanks to generous financial aid and rigorous academics. The posh neighborhood of Westwood in Los Angeles isn't a bad place to spend four years, but you'll need to be a top student to get into UCLA. The first of three California schools on our top-ten list admits just 25% of applicants, with 44% earning 700 or higher on the math portion of the SAT and 22% scoring 700 or above on the verbal portion. At first glance, total cost is high. But with 84% of need met, Californians who qualify for need-based aid can expect to pay just $10,229 this year.
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