Top Rated West Private Colleges

The Best Private Colleges in the West for 2021

These are the top ranked private four-year colleges in the West. Leading the rankings for 2021 as the highest ranked private college in the West is Stanford University. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


65 results

Stanford University
S
Stanford, CA
Stanford University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in America

  • 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

#7 Best Colleges in America

  • 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

#19 Best Colleges in America

  • 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

#21 Best Colleges in America

  • 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 Private Colleges in California

  • 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 Private Colleges in California

  • 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 Private Colleges in California

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,838enrollment
  • $47,292net price
  • 44%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA
Occidental College
O
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 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

#1 Best Value in Oregon

  • 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

#1 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 1,475enrollment
  • $41,822net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1450SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA
University of Denver
D
Denver, CO
University of Denver

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Colorado

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,073enrollment
  • $35,936net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1370SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.88Avg GPA
Chapman University
C
Orange, CA
Chapman University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,608enrollment
  • $43,767net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1380SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA
University of the Pacific
t
Stockton, CA
University of the Pacific

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 6,493enrollment
  • $33,178net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1360SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA
Pepperdine University
P
Malibu, CA
Pepperdine University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 7,961enrollment
  • $42,135net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1450SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Brigham Young University Provo
B
Provo, UT
Brigham Young University Provo

Private 4 Year

13 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Utah

  • 34,499enrollment
  • $13,340net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1420SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
Seattle University
S
Seattle, WA
Seattle University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Washington

  • 7,291enrollment
  • $35,569net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1320SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.58Avg GPA