The Best Western Small Colleges

The Best Small Colleges in the West for 2022

These are the top ranked small, public and private, four-year colleges in the West as ranked by CollegeSimply. These schools all have undergraduate enrollment under 3,000. Small colleges allow students a more intimate and personalized experience where it's more likely you will get to know your professors. Leading the list for 2022 is California Institute of Technology. Learn how the Best Small Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


25 results

California Institute of Technology
C
Pasadena, CA
California Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,240enrollment
  • $26,591net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1530-1580SAT range
  • 35-36ACT range
  • 3.97Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Claremont McKenna College
C
Claremont, CA
Claremont McKenna College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#19 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,264enrollment
  • $22,004net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Occidental College
O
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,839enrollment
  • $41,102net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1460SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Whitman College
W
Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 1,360enrollment
  • $38,989net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1430SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Westmont College
W
Santa Barbara, CA
 
Westmont College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,226enrollment
  • $32,418net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1370SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Linfield University
L
McMinnville, OR
Linfield University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Oregon

  • 1,392enrollment
  • $28,517net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1210SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.64Avg Weighted GPA

Westminster College
W
Salt Lake City, UT
Westminster College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Utah

  • 1,849enrollment
  • $25,278net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1280SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Dominican University of California
D
San Rafael, CA
Dominican University of California

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 1,837enrollment
  • $36,899net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1250SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Whitworth University
W
Spokane, WA
Whitworth University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Value Colleges in Washington

  • 2,756enrollment
  • $25,785net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1270SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 15

Carroll College
C
Helena, MT
Carroll College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Value in Montana

  • 1,108enrollment
  • $24,037net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1290SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA

Montana Tech of the University of Montana
M
Butte, MT
 
Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Montana

  • 1,650enrollment
  • $14,618net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1295SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

The College of Idaho
I
Caldwell, ID
The College of Idaho

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Idaho

  • 1,114enrollment
  • $21,343net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1240SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Northwest University
N
Kirkland, WA
Northwest University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 1,184enrollment
  • $21,825net price
  • 93%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1205SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.41Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Mount St. Mary's College
M
Los Angeles, CA
Mount St. Mary's College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#19 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 2,745enrollment
  • $27,346net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 900-1110SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.23Avg GPA

Rocky Mountain College
R
Billings, MT
Rocky Mountain College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Private Colleges in Montana

  • 1,014enrollment
  • $20,615net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 918-1138SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.38Avg GPA

Vanguard University of Southern California
V
Costa Mesa, CA
 
Vanguard University of Southern California

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#22 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 2,289enrollment
  • $21,667net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 950-1140SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.28Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 9

Saint Martin's University
S
Lacey, WA
Saint Martin's University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 1,638enrollment
  • $23,824net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 950-1140SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

The Evergreen State College
E
Olympia, WA
The Evergreen State College

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Washington

  • 2,281enrollment
  • $14,723net price
  • 98%acceptance rate
  • 973-1183SAT range
  • 20-21ACT range
  • 3.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1