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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in California

15 Colleges
5,598 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,410 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in CaliforniaWith 5,598 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, education is the #13 most popular major in California. This means that of the 88,927 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 6.3% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Education in California ranking, we looked at 15 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those education schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in California

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for education majors.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

California State University - Fresno earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Fresno, Fresno State is a public school with a very large student population. Fresno State also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in California rankings.

The average student at Fresno State graduates in less than 5.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,188. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Fresno State is $100,132. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of the Pacific. Located in the large city of Stockton, Pacific is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Pacific, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in California ranking.

The average student at Pacific graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $40,755. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Pacific is $174,839. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Stanislaus as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Cal State Stanislaus is a large public school located in the suburb of Turlock.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Cal State Stanislaus is 5.0 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,009. This means that the average student pays around $109,605 to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Stanislaus. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Azusa Pacific University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Azusa Pacific is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Azusa. In addition to being on our best value list, Azusa Pacific has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in California ranking.

At Azusa Pacific, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $35,709. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific is $154,263. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to San Francisco State University. Located in the large city of San Francisco, SFSU is a public school with a very large student population.

It takes about 4.8 years for the average student at SFSU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,093. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SFSU is about $123,942. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Education in California list.

At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and it costs about $32,197 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is $143,921. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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California State University - Los Angeles landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. California State University - Los Angeles is a very large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. California State University - Los Angeles not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Education in California list.

At California State University - Los Angeles, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 5.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,704. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Los Angeles is $137,526. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of San Diego, SDSU is a public school with a fairly large student population. SDSU also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in California rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at SDSU is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,830. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from SDSU be around $141,818. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Irvine. UC Irvine is a very large public school located in the large city of Irvine. UC Irvine did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Education in California list.

At UC Irvine, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $38,180. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine is $160,738. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Dominguez Hills comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. California State University - Dominguez Hills is a large public school located in the small city of Carson.

It takes about 5.0 years for the average student at California State University - Dominguez Hills to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,791. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Dominguez Hills is $119,193. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Education Colleges in the Far Western US Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Washington 1,776
Hawaii 292
Oregon 728
Alaska 87
Nevada 453

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 4,110
General Education 717
Teacher Education Subject Specific 359
Other Education 261
Education Philosophy 61

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 25,166
Psychology 16,790
Communication & Journalism 10,634
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,243
History 2,936

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 15 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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