The Best Colleges of Distinction in the West

Colleges of Distinction has hand-picked a list of schools in the west that are well equipped to provide a personalized undergraduate education catered to students’ interests. Through a rigorous vetting and interview process for the 2019-2020 academic year, we have refreshed and reaffirmed that these institutions in the west region strive for excellence in line with the four overarching distinctions—Student Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes.

Schools that we have identified as top colleges—such as Carroll College, Santa Clara University, Loyola Marymount University, and Gonzaga University—vary in size, cost, location, academic offerings, and more, but they are all distinguished by their commitment to the undergraduate experience. The diversity of this college list is intentional, giving students and parents a variety of both public and private universities to consider. No matter what, they all exhibit the foundational qualities of a fulfilling undergraduate education.

Take a look below to see our honorable list of the 2019-2020 best colleges and universities in the west region and begin your journey toward the best school—the one that is the perfect fit for you.

The Best Colleges of Distinction in the West Region

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