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50 best colleges on the West Coast

  • 50 best colleges on the West Coast

    Choosing a college is a daunting task. Not only does it start students down the all-important life path, but there are also just so many schools to choose from. With more than 5,300 colleges and universities in the United States, narrowing down the field can seem impossible. Deciding on a West Coast school might be the hardest of all. Oregon, Washington, and California have a bevy of wonderful state schools and excellent private universities, ranging in student-body size from a few hundred to tens of thousands. Major research universities like Standford and University of California, Berkeley regularly rank among the nation's best, while little Pomona College routinely sits atop the country's best liberal arts schools. Four of the colleges listed here rank in the Niche's top-20 schools in the country. Studying agriculture? Rocket science? Marine biology? There's a school or multiple schools specializing in exactly that. So, with only a glance, it's easy to see why choosing a college on the West Coast requires extensive research. Stacker, along with higher education information website Niche, is here to help.

    Niche releases an annual ranking of the best colleges in America to help prospective students and their parents find the perfect school. Based on Niche's 2019 Best Colleges in America list (updated August 2019), Stacker has a roundup of the top 50 schools on the West Coast. These institutions in Oregon, Washington, and California are ranked based on rigorous analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education; categories examined include academics, admissions, financial costs, student life, and other factors.

    Whether you dream of spending the next four years lolling on a Southern California beach, spending weekends in trendy Seattle, or exploring nature around Portland, this list will provide a wealth of options. You can pick your best fit based on categories like location, net price, and median earnings range. College search: handled.

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  • #50. California Lutheran University

    - Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
    - Acceptance rate: 73%
    - Net price: $28,241
    - SAT range: 1060-1230
    - Median earnings six years after graduation: $54,200
    - Overall rank: #371

  • #49. Stanbridge University

    - Location: Irvine, CA
    - Acceptance rate: 58%
    - Net price: $23,224
    - SAT range: Data not available
    - Median earnings six years after graduation: Data not available
    - Overall rank: #366

  • #48. University of California, Riverside

    - Location: Riverside, CA
    - Acceptance rate: 57%
    - Net price: $12,404
    - SAT range: 1090-1300
    - Median earnings six years after graduation: $49,700
    - Overall rank: #362
     

  • #47. University of La Verne

    - Location: La Verne, CA
    - Acceptance rate: 48%
    - Net price: $27,718
    - SAT range: 1020-1190
    - Median earnings six years after graduation: $49,200
    - Overall rank: #360
     

  • #46. Azusa Pacific University

    - Location: Azusa, CA
    - Acceptance rate: 60%
    - Net price: $28,784
    - SAT range: 990-1220
    - Median earnings six years after graduation: $51,100
    - Overall rank: #339
     

  • #45. Westmont College

    - Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    - Acceptance rate: 81%
    - Net price: $32,699
    - SAT range: 1060-1280
    - Median earnings six years after graduation: $51,400
    - Overall rank: #330
     

  • #44. Willamette University

    - Location: Salem, OR
    - Acceptance rate: 89%
    - Net price: $33,089
    - SAT range: 1100-1330
    - Median earnings six years after graduation: $51,100
    - Overall rank: #314

  • #43. Seattle University

    - Location: Seattle, WA
    - Acceptance rate: 74%
    - Net price: $35,581
    - SAT range: 1130-1330
    - Median earnings six years after graduation: $56,500
    - Overall rank: #312

  • #42. Pacific Lutheran University

    - Location: Tacoma, WA
    - Acceptance rate: 75%
    - Net price: $24,567
    - SAT range: 1040-1270
    - Median earnings six years after graduation: $49,400
    - Overall rank: #306
     

  • #41. University of Puget Sound

    - Location: Tacoma, WA
    - Acceptance rate: 84%
    - Net price: $40,065
    - SAT range: 1110-1330
    - Median earnings six years after graduation: $52,700
    - Overall rank: #303
     

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