Top Rated West Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in the West for 2022

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in the West as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2022 as the best public college in the West is University of California Los Angeles. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


64 results

University of California Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA
University of California Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in America

  • 44,589enrollment
  • $16,474net price
  • 14%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1530SAT range
  • 29-35ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Berkeley
C
Berkeley, CA
University of California Berkeley

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in America

  • 42,327enrollment
  • $19,329net price
  • 17%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1530SAT range
  • 30-35ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of Washington Seattle Campus
W
Seattle, WA
University of Washington Seattle Campus

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in America

  • 48,149enrollment
  • $9,661net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1453SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

University of California San Diego
C
La Jolla, CA
University of California San Diego

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in America

  • 39,576enrollment
  • $15,222net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1480SAT range
  • 28-34ACT range
  • 4.09Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Irvine
C
Irvine, CA
University of California Irvine

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,303enrollment
  • $13,106net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1430SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Davis
C
Davis, CA
University of California Davis

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in America

  • 39,074enrollment
  • $17,026net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1400SAT range
  • 25-33ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Santa Barbara
C
Santa Barbara, CA
University of California Santa Barbara

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#19 Best Public Universities in America

  • 26,179enrollment
  • $17,223net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1460SAT range
  • 28-34ACT range
  • 4.17Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
C
San Luis Obispo, CA
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in California

  • 22,440enrollment
  • $20,491net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1410SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.99Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

Colorado School of Mines
C
Golden, CO
Colorado School of Mines

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 6,744enrollment
  • $27,675net price
  • 55%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1440SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

University of Colorado Boulder
C
Boulder, CO
University of Colorado Boulder

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Colorado

  • 37,437enrollment
  • $21,198net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1350SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Utah
U
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Value in Utah

  • 33,081enrollment
  • $12,881net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1350SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

University of California Riverside
C
Riverside, CA
University of California Riverside

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in California

  • 26,434enrollment
  • $11,948net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1280SAT range
  • 22-31ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of California Santa Cruz
C
Santa Cruz, CA
University of California Santa Cruz

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in California

  • 19,161enrollment
  • $17,842net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1360SAT range
  • 25-33ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 30

University of Hawaii at Manoa
H
Honolulu, HI
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Hawaii

  • 18,025enrollment
  • $15,193net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1280SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Colorado State University Fort Collins
C
Fort Collins, CO
Colorado State University Fort Collins

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#3 Best Value Colleges in Colorado

  • 32,428enrollment
  • $17,609net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due May 11

University of Wyoming
W
Laramie, WY
University of Wyoming

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Wyoming

  • 11,829enrollment
  • $12,224net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1240SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of Oregon
O
Eugene, OR
University of Oregon

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Oregon

  • 21,752enrollment
  • $17,646net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1290SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

San Diego State University
S
San Diego, CA
San Diego State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in California

  • 36,334enrollment
  • $13,192net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1300SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.81Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Nov 30