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2021 Best Value Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California

12 Colleges
7,218 Bachelor's Degrees
$37,069 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in CaliforniaIn 2018-2019, multi / interdisciplinary studies students earned 7,218 bachelor's degrees from a California school, making the subject the 10th in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 12.7% of all the multi / interdisciplinary studies bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California ranking looked at 12 colleges that offer a bachelor's in multi / interdisciplinary studies. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those multi / interdisciplinary studies 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 Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools in California

The following schools top our list of the Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools

California State University - Monterey Bay comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Seaside, California State University - Monterey Bay is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. California State University - Monterey Bay did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California list.

The average student at California State University - Monterey Bay graduates in less than 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,223. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Monterey Bay is $112,637. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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California State University - Sacramento comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. California State University - Sacramento is a very large public school located in the city of Sacramento.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at California State University - Sacramento is 5.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,553. This means that the average student pays around $135,951 to get a bachelor’s degree from California State University - Sacramento. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Merced as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the rural area of Merced, University of California - Merced is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, University of California - Merced has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California ranking.

The average student at University of California - Merced graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs about $34,643 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of California - Merced is about $155,547. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Irvine as the #4 school in this year's rankings. UC Irvine is a very large public school located in the large city of Irvine. UC Irvine not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California list.

It takes the average student at UC Irvine about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $38,180. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine is about $160,738. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - San Diego. Located in the large city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UCSD, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California ranking.

At UCSD, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and it costs about $37,241 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCSD be around $161,254. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of California - Davis comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UC Davis is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Davis. UC Davis not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UC Davis to complete their degree, and it costs about $39,717 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $171,975 to get a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UCLA, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California ranking.

It takes the average student at UCLA about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $39,402 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UCLA is $164,306. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #8 school in this year's rankings. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. UC Berkeley also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California rankings.

At UC Berkeley, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $42,692. 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 UC Berkeley is $179,733. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of California - Santa Barbara comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. UCSB is a very large public school located in the suburb of Santa Barbara. UCSB also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California rankings.

It takes the average student at UCSB about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,883. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UCSB is $167,110. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value multi / interdisciplinary studies schools. Pepperdine is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Malibu. Pepperdine not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies in California list.

The average student at Pepperdine graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $44,940 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 Pepperdine is $186,052. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 1,176
Hawaii 204
Oregon 935
Alaska 127
Nevada 170

Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
International Studies 1,441
Cognitive Science 1,345
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1,156
Nutrition Science 983
Behavioral Science 570

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 12 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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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