Public 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 public colleges and universities in the West: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Tuition listed is in-state tuition for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

Public Colleges in the West

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks AK 4,948 $4,573
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage AK 10,337 $4,477
University of Alaska Southeast Juneau AK 1,427 $4,445
University of California-Davis Davis CA 23,840 $8,124
University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA 18,775 $7,896
University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz CA 14,168 $7,646
University of California-Irvine Irvine CA 22,435 $7,556
University of California-San Diego La Jolla CA 22,134 $7,456
University of California-Riverside Riverside CA 14,781 $7,355
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley CA 25,100 $7,165
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 25,800 $7,165
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo CA 17,267 $4,689
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park CA 7,140 $3,946
Humboldt State University Arcata CA 6,907 $3,843
California Maritime Academy Vallejo CA 988 $3,728
California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield CA 6,202 $3,714
California State University-Chico Chico CA 14,979 $3,690
San Jose State University San Jose CA 20,591 $3,632
California State University-Sacramento Sacramento CA 21,615 $3,558
San Francisco State University San Francisco CA 22,533 $3,456
California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino CA 12,749 $3,455
California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo CA 2,713 $3,452
San Diego State University San Diego CA 25,118 $3,428
California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson CA 7,348 $3,377
California State University-San Marcos San Marcos CA 6,717 $3,374
California State University-Northridge Northridge CA 24,907 $3,350
California State University-East Bay Hayward CA 9,941 $3,345
California State University-Fullerton Fullerton CA 24,648 $3,342
California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 14,658 $3,332
California State University-Stanislaus Turlock CA 5,606 $3,330
California State University-Fresno Fresno 17,613 $3,299
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona CA 17,738 $3,278
California State University-Monterey Bay Seaside CA 3,602 $3,256
California State University-Long Beach Long Beach CA 26,449 $3,116
San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus Calexico CA 552 3,022
Colorado School of Mines Golden CO 3,354 $10,050
University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder CO 25,079 $6,636
Fort Lewis College Durango CO 3,719 $6,448
University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center Denver CO 8,168 $5,932
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs CO 5,676 $5,726
Colorado State University Fort Collins CO 20,010 $5,419
University of Northern Colorado Greeley CO 10,054 $4,313
Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo CO 3,976 $4,156
Mesa State College Grand Junction CO 4,851 $4,064
Western State College of Colorado Gunnison CO 1,918 $3,586
Adams State College Alamosa CO 2,071 $3,466
Metropolitan State College of Denver Denver CO 15,175 $3,079
University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu HI 13,445 $5,390
University of Hawaii at Hilo Hilo HI 2,891 $3,676
University of Hawaii-West Oahu Pearl City HI 497 3,226
Boise State University Boise ID 13,845 $4,410
University of Idaho Moscow ID 7,995 $4,410
Idaho State University Pocatello ID 7,145 $4,400
Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston ID 2,439 $4,092
Montana State University Bozeman MT 9,742 $5,749
Montana Tech of the University of Montana Butte MT 1,696 $5,640
The University of Montana Missoula MT 10,451 $5,141
Montana State University-Billings Billings MT 3,130 $5,130
Montana State University-Northern Havre MT 1,120 $4,840
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas NV 19,785 $4,201
University of Nevada-Reno Reno NV 11,114 $4,128
Nevada State College Henderson NV 1,498 $42,839
University of Oregon Eugene OR 16,048 $6,174
Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls OR 2,310 $6,093
Eastern Oregon University La Grande OR 2,261 $6,072
Oregon State University Corvallis OR 14,691 $5,911
Portland State University Portland OR 14,271 $5,764
Western Oregon University Monmouth OR 3,715 $5,757
Southern Oregon University Ashland OR 3,640 $5,481
University of Utah Salt Lake City UT 19,422 $4,988
Utah State University Logan UT 11,368 $4,200
Utah State University-Continuing Education Logan UT 3,968 $4,200
Southern Utah University Cedar City UT 6,031 $3,796
Weber State University Ogden UT 18,648 $3,664
Washington State University Pullman WA 18,255 $6,866
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle WA 27,414 $6,385
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus Tacoma WA 1,573 $6,301
University of Washington-Bothell Campus Bothell WA 1,302 $6,247
Central Washington University Ellensburg WA 9,808 $5,493
Western Washington University Bellingham WA 12,763 $5,291
The Evergreen State College Olympia WA 4,152 $5,127
Eastern Washington University Cheney WA 8,766 $4,905
University of Wyoming Laramie WY 8,463 $3,366