Best Value Schools

Regional Universities (West)

Best Value Schools Methodology

Which colleges and universities offer students the best value? The calculation used here takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2012-2013 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

Rank School Percent receiving need-based grants Average cost after receiving grants based on need
#1 Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

47.8% $23,887
#2 Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA

72.6% $22,852
#3 Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

58.1% $28,037
#4 Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

69.2% $26,138
#5 St. Mary's University of San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

75.7% $20,169
#6 University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

81.9% $29,052
#7 Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

76.0% $27,448
#8 Mills College

Oakland, CA

80.3% $36,081
#9 University of Portland

Portland, OR

53.8% $30,076
#10 Westminster College

Salt Lake City, UT

57.0% $23,297
#11 Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

80.0% $26,688
#12 University of Dallas

Irving, TX

59.9% $28,319
#13 Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

65.1% $25,641
#14 Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, CA

87.8% $28,880
#15 Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

34.8% $37,696

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