Best Western Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in the West for 2021

There are 565 colleges and universities in the West enrolling 4,148,107 students. Explore the list of top colleges in the West below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in West offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

The  West is home to nationally ranked institutions like Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, Pomona College and Claremont McKenna College. The highest ranked college in the West is Stanford University and the top rated public state college is University of California Los Angeles.


565 results

List of the Best West Colleges

Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in the West

  • 17,381enrollment
  • $16,779net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1570SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 4.18Avg GPA
California Institute of Technology
C
Pasadena, CA
California Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in the West

  • 2,233enrollment
  • $27,438net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1530-1560SAT range
  • 35-36ACT range
  • 3.97*Avg GPA
Pomona College
P
Claremont, CA
Pomona College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in the West

  • 1,573enrollment
  • $18,500net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1390-1540SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
Claremont McKenna College
C
Claremont, CA
Claremont McKenna College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in the West

  • 1,327enrollment
  • $24,456net price
  • 10%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1510SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
University of Southern California
S
Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern California

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in the West

  • 47,310enrollment
  • $37,521net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA
Scripps College
S
Claremont, CA
Scripps College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in the West

  • 1,071enrollment
  • $39,702net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1333-1490SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 4.13Avg GPA
Santa Clara University
S
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in the West

  • 8,642enrollment
  • $42,114net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1440SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA
University of California Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA
University of California Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in the West

  • 44,537enrollment
  • $15,718net price
  • 12%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1530SAT range
  • 29-35ACT range
  • 4.29Avg GPA
Loyola Marymount University
L
Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Marymount University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in the West

  • 9,838enrollment
  • $47,292net price
  • 44%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA
University of California Berkeley
C
Berkeley, CA
University of California Berkeley

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in the West

  • 42,501enrollment
  • $18,522net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1530SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA
Occidental College
O
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in the West

  • 1,930enrollment
  • $35,362net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1480SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Reed College
R
Portland, OR
Reed College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in the West

  • 1,503enrollment
  • $32,069net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1325-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
Whitman College
W
Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in the West

  • 1,475enrollment
  • $41,822net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1450SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA
University of Washington Seattle Campus
W
Seattle, WA
University of Washington Seattle Campus

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in the West

  • 47,400enrollment
  • $10,692net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1470SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA
University of California San Diego
C
La Jolla, CA
University of California San Diego

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in the West

  • 37,887enrollment
  • $14,864net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1490SAT range
  • 26-34ACT range
  • 3.82*Avg GPA
University of California Irvine
C
Irvine, CA
University of California Irvine

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in the West

  • 36,032enrollment
  • $15,268net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1420SAT range
  • 24-33ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA
University of California Davis
C
Davis, CA
University of California Davis

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in the West

  • 38,167enrollment
  • $15,886net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1410SAT range
  • 24-32ACT range
  • 3.99Avg GPA
University of Denver
D
Denver, CO
University of Denver

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in the West

  • 11,952enrollment
  • $37,263net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1350SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA