Top 5 California Private Universities for Business Management Degree Programs in 2023

Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, is situated on 8,180 acres and once was a horse farm belonging to the Stanfords. According to Travel+Leisure magazine, the university was ranked as one of “America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses”.

Stanford has a graduate degree school of business meaning that it only offers an MBA versus a BBA and according to Wikipedia’s source in 2017, the Class of 2017 acceptance rate, is the lowest ever recorded in the school’s university.

Stanford University Statistics:

Location: Stanford, CA

Religious Affiliation: Not Applicable

Acceptance Rate: 6.6%

Campus Crime: In 2011, there were 204 on-campus incidents reported.

Student Demographics: 18,519 students enrolled with 7,063 being undergraduates, 48% female, 52% male

Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1

Campus Life: From fitness classes to outdoor activities, campus life at Stanford University will keep you busy. Most students use a bicycle to move around the campus! The Old Union is the gathering place for all students to meet and have a little fun…

For more information, please visit Stanford University/Graduate School of Business’ website at

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University

The campus of Pepperdine is located near Mailbu, CA overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Being a Christ-centered college, the founders and faculty strive on Christian values through their teachings and guidance.

Students can achieve their BBAs at Seavers College, one among many on the Pepperdine campus and then can get their masters at Graziadio School of Business and Management. Many of the faculty members sill work in the business field allowing them to keep their students on top of the ever-changing business world.

Pepperdine University Statistics:

Location:  Malibu, CA

Religious Affiliation: Church of Christ

Acceptance Rate: 32%

Student Demographics: 7,319 students enrolled with 3,488 being undergraduates…57% female, 43% male (fall 2012)

Student to Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1

Campus Life: Multiple student organizations, student-led ministries and group fitness and strength training facilities are all part of the campus life at Pepperdine. Also, you can choose from 7 different on-campus dining locations, including Jamba Juice and Waves Cafe.

For more information, please visit Pepperdine/Graziadio School of Business and Management’s website at

Chapman University – Argyros

Chapman University - Argyros

According to Wikipedia, “Founded as Hesperian College, the school began classes on March 4, 1861. Its opening was timed to coincide with the hour of Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration. Hesperian admitted students of both sexes and all races—a radical educational concept at that time.” 

George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, is one of 7 colleges on the Chapman University Campus. The school offers an undergraduate degree program as well as a graduate program.

Chapman University Statistics:

Location: Orange, CA

Religious Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Acceptance Rate: 45%

Student Demographics: 7,570 students enrolled with 5,681 being undergraduates…57% female, 43% male

Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1

Campus Life: Offering an Olympic size pool and an aquatics program along with a new football stadium and a soccer field, Chapman has clubs, sororities, fraternities, and many recreational programs.

The student union is nearly 20,000 square feet and is the hub of all student activity featuring three dining choices that include Jamba Juice, World of Wings Cafe, and Einstein Bros. Bagels. There are also rooms that you can request space to hold organization meetings and such.

For more information, please visit Chapman University/George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics’ website at

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is located in Silicon Valley and is the oldest operating institution in California’s history. The university’s Leavey School of Business offers an undergraduate program and ranks high among California private universities for teaching excellence.

They also pride themselves on the diverse community within the campus and welcome all students regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

Santa Clara University Statistics:

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic

Acceptance Rate: 51.2%

Student Demographics: 8,519 students enrolled with 5,250 being undergraduates, 50% female, 50% male

Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1

Campus Life: The school encourages participation in its campus activities including the campus ministry and organizations. At “The Marketplace”, most of your food will be made to order and you can even buy groceries ON CAMPUS!

For more information, please visit Santa Clara University/Leavey School of Business’ website at

University of Southern California – Los Angeles

University of Southern California - Los Angeles

Located in Los Angeles, CA, the USC Marshall School of Business’ “4-year program that lets you start business classes, embark on global travel, meet mentors and begin career planning in the first year.”, according the the university’s website.

University of Southern California – Los Angeles Statistics:

Location: Los Angeles

Religious Affiliation: Not Applicable

Acceptance Rate: 18%

Student Demographics:  39,958 students enrolled with 18,316 being undergraduates, 51% female, 49% male

Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1

For more information, please visit University of Southern California/Marshall School of Business’ website at

Rowan Jones
Chief Editor