Private Colleges in the Western States

More than half of all college freshmen are enrolled at a college within 100 miles of their permanent home. Only a small fraction venture further than 500 miles from home for college.

But knowing which colleges are in your region is important for several reasons. First, because of their location, these colleges provide you a good opportunity to visit the campus. Even if you move far away for college, seeing what is available nearby will help you decide which type of college fits you best. Also, colleges nearby may have state-funded merit aid programs that extend across state lines. So you may be able to pay in-state tuition for a college that is located across state lines.

These are the private colleges and universities in the West: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Tuition listed is for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

Private Colleges in the Western States

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
Alaska Pacific University Anchorage AK 534 $21,010
Pepperdine University Malibu CA 3,284 $37,000
Pitzer College Claremont CA 877 $35,912
Scripps College Claremont CA 866 $35,850
University of Southern California Los Angeles CA $17,854 $35,809
Mills College Oakland CA 845 $35,440
Occidental College Los Angeles CA 1,793 $35,373
Claremont McKenna College Claremont CA 1,148 $35,190
Stanford University Stanford CA 7,003 $35,089
Harvey Mudd College Claremont CA 736 $34,891
Pomona College Claremont CA 1,567 $33,932
Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA 5,717 $33,000
California Institute of Technology Pasadena CA 853 $32,835
Chapman University Orange CA 4,095 $32,608
University of San Diego San Diego CA 4,820 $32,564
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA 5,784 $31,804
Westmont College Santa Barbara CA 1,324 $31,212
University of San Francisco San Francisco CA 5,387 $31,180
Saint Marys College of California Moraga CA 2,500 $31,080
University of Redlands Redlands CA 2,742 $30,626
Dominican University of California San Rafael CA 1,239 $30,570
Whittier College Whittier CA 1,059 $30,160
University of the Pacific Stockton CA 3,809 $28,980
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks CA 1,801 $25,990
Woodbury University Burbank CA 1,241 $25,758
University of La Verne La Verne CA 3,340 $25,590
Mount St Mary’s College Los Angeles CA 1,615 $25,358
Azusa Pacific University Azusa CA 5,124 $25,130
Holy Names University Oakland CA 557 $25,060
Biola University La Mirada CA 3,779 $24,998
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont CA 756 $24,650
Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego CA 2,387 $23,730
Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa CA 1,769 $22,986
Concordia University Irvine CA 1,713 $22,380
The Master’s College and Seminary Santa Clarita CA 1,252 $22,140
La Sierra University Riverside CA 1,417 $21,846
Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA 1,442 $21,796
Pacific Union College Angwin CA 1,351 $21,435
American Jewish University Los Angeles CA 115 $21,300
California Baptist University Riverside CA 2,580 $20,636
Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula CA 424 $20,400
Hope International University Fullerton CA 568 $19,900
San Diego Christian College El Cajon CA 520 $18,920
Simpson University Redding CA 773 $18,600
Bethany University Scotts Valley CA 445 $17,375
Cogswell Polytechnical College Sunnyvale CA 201 $16,548
New College of California San Francisco CA 424 $13,408
Pacific States University Los Angeles CA 93 $13,400
Golden Gate University-San Francisco San Francisco CA 383 $12,240
Patten University Oakland CA 559 $11,880
National University La Jolla CA 5,433 $9,720
Humphreys College-Stockton Stockton CA 946 $8,898
The National Hispanic University San Jose CA 290 $4,904
Colorado College Springs CO 2,036 $33,972
University of Denver Denver CO 5,184 $32,232
Regis University Denver CO 4,589 $26,800
Naropa University Boulder CO 426 $20,814
Colorado Christian University Lakewood CO 993 $19,000
Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu HI 1,294 $15,470
Hawaii Pacific University Honolulu HI 5,540 $13,080
Brigham Young University-Hawaii Laie HI 2,754 $3,250
Northwest Nazarene University Nampa ID 1,261 $19,970
The College of Idaho Caldwell ID 783 $17,680
Carroll College Helena MT 1,297 $19,620
Rocky Mountain College Billings MT 834 $17,774
University of Great Falls Great Falls MT 522 $16,492
Sierra Nevada College Incline Village NV 246 22005
Reed College Portland OR 1,263 $36,420
Willamette University Salem OR 1,894 $31,968
Lewis & Clark College Portland OR 2,145 $31,840
University of Portland Portland OR 3,084 $28,834
Pacific University Forest Grove OR 1,480 $26,470
Linfield College McMinnville OR 1,802 $25,644
George Fox University Newberg OR 1,801 $23,790
Warner Pacific College Portland OR 651 $21,500
Northwest Christian College Eugene OR 420 $21,480
Concordia University Portland OR 952 $21,200
Corban College Salem OR 918 $20,690
Marylhurst University Marylhurst OR 484 $15,570
Cascade College Portland OR 274 $13,520
Westminster College Salt Lake City UT 1,860 $22,374
Western Governors University Salt Lake City UT 5,860 $5,580
Brigham Young University Provo UT 30,474 $3,840
Whitman College Walla Walla WA 1,398 $32,980
University of Puget Sound Tacoma WA 2,450 $31,895
Gonzaga University Spokane WA 4,546 $26,658
Seattle University Seattle WA 4,095 $26,325
Whitworth University Spokane WA 2,200 $25,692
Seattle Pacific University Seattle WA 3,012 $25,128
Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma WA 3,378 $25,088
Saint Martin’s University Lacey WA 1,205 $22,450
Walla Walla University College Place WA 1,559 $21,114
Northwest University Kirkland WA 1,027 $19,762
City University of Seattle Bellevue WA 1,413 $11,800
Heritage University Toppenish WA 712 $9,055