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2021 Best Colleges for Anthropology in California

Anthropology is a popular major and California is the 1st most popular state for students studying this major. 2,798 of the 11,603 Anthropology degrees earned last year were given by colleges in California. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Anthropology in California ranking analyzed 20 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in anthropology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 schools for Anthropology students in California.

Choosing a Great Anthropology School

Best Colleges for Anthropology in California The anthropology program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality anthropology program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 7% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 8%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 107 to 30 )
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Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A anthropology degree from colleges on this list usually results in higher than average income after graduation. While the average anthropology bachelors degree from California schools results in an average starting salary of $24,357, graduates of colleges on this list average $27,167.

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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Anthropology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other anthropology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized anthropology related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Anthropology students in California.

Best Schools to Study Anthropology in California

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Anthropology degree.

Top 10 Best Anthropology Colleges in California

Every student pursuing a degree in anthropology needs to check out University of California - Los Angeles. UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 65 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great college overall.

There are roughly 254 anthropology undergraduates enrolled in this program at UCLA. University of California - Los Angeles anthropology students make $5,045 more than the average anthropology student.

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University of California - Santa Barbara is a good option for individuals pursuing a Anthropology major. UCSB is a very large public school located in the suburb of Santa Barbara. This school ranks 16th out of 116 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There are approximately 136 anthropology undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UCSB. University of California - Santa Barbara anthropology students receive $3,045 more than the average anthropology student.

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University of California - Berkeley is among your best bets if you're planning on studying anthropology. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. This school ranks 10th out of 116 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

A favorite major for anthropology undergrads, there are approximately 126 students enrolled in this degree at UC Berkeley. Graduates of the anthropology program earn about $25,500 for their early career.

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University of California - Irvine is among your top options if you're planning on studying anthropology. Located in the city Irvine, UC Irvine is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 15th out of 116 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

University of California - Irvine is a fairly popular college to study anthropology in California with over 87 graduates last year. Anthropology graduates from University of California - Irvine receive an earnings boost of about $3,445 above the typical income of anthropology majors.

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Located in the suburb Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 11th out of 116 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

University of California - Davis is one of the most popular school to study anthropology in California exceeding 103 graduates last year. University of California - Davis anthropology students earn $3,845 more than the standard anthropology student.

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UC Santa Cruz is a fairly large public school located in the city of Santa Cruz. This school ranks 30th out of 116 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

University of California - Santa Cruz is a fairly popular college to study anthropology in California with over 123 graduates last year. Anthropology majors from University of California - Santa Cruz earn a boost of about $2,445 over the typical earnings of anthropology graduates.

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Located in the city Riverside, UCR is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 25th out of 116 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

A popular major for anthropology undergraduates, there are about 133 learners enrolled in this program at UCR. Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career wages of $20,100.

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Located in the city La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 12th out of 116 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

With 65 undergrads, University of California - San Diego is one of most popular schools to study anthropology in California. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career wages of $16,500.

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San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

SDSU is a fairly large public school located in the large city of San Diego. This college ranks 39th out of 116 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

With 63 students enrolled, San Diego State University is one of most popular schools to study anthropology in California. Soon after graduating, anthropology students usually earn around $24,100 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the suburb Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 49th out of 116 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

California State University - Fullerton is a fairly popular college to study anthropology in California with more than 64 graduates last year. Students who graduate from the anthropology program make about $25,300 in the first couple years of their career.

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Best Anthropology Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Anthropology Colleges in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Washington 293 262
Oregon 252 231
Nevada 190 91
Hawaii 162 56
Alaska 120 22

One of 13 majors within the Social Sciences area of study, Anthropology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Sociology 13,306
General Social Sciences 9,778
Economics 8,743
Political Science & Government 7,622
International Relations & National Security 1,657

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Deror avi. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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