Regional University West Rankings

Regional University West Methodology

Regional Universities offer a full range of undergrad programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs. Regional Universities include Providence College, Elon University, Creighton University and Santa Clara University.

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

Tuition and fees:
$35,262 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,353
Setting:
urban
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100.

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

A private institution, Trinity University was founded in 1869. Trinity University offers a Greek system, where 12 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 13 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$42,156 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,250
Setting:
city
#2 Overall Score: 99 out of 100.

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,250, with a gender distribution of 50.2 percent male students and 49.8 percent female students. At this school, 53 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 47 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$40,040 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,085
Setting:
suburban
#3 Overall Score: 92 out of 100.

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Founded in 1911, Loyola Marymount University is a private institution. Loyola Marymount University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$35,062 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,906
Setting:
city
#4 Overall Score: 87 out of 100.

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University is a private institution that was founded in 1887. The school has 37.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Gonzaga University is 11:1.

Tuition and fees:
$41,494 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
937
Setting:
urban
#5 Overall Score: 86 out of 100.

Mills College

Oakland, CA

Located on the San Francisco Bay in Oakland, Calif., Mills College is a private liberal arts school for women. Mills students can explore the arts by visiting the campus museum or by earning a master of fine arts degree, which is offered to both men and women.

Tuition and fees:
$36,465 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,589
Setting:
urban
#6 Overall Score: 82 out of 100.

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Seattle University is a private institution that has a strong focus on its Jesuit mission. Most Seattle students volunteer through programs such as the Children’s Literacy Project, which allows them to tutor children in local schools.

Tuition and fees:
$43,554 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,677
Setting:
suburban
#7 Overall Score: 78 out of 100.

Chapman University

Orange, CA

Situated in the center of Orange County, Calif., Chapman University is a private school with a picturesque, convenient location. Students at Chapman live in the residential city of Orange, with Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Disneyland nearby.

Tuition and fees:
$36,870 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,402
Setting:
urban
#8 Overall Score: 76 out of 100.

University of Portland

Portland, OR

A private, Catholic school in northeast Oregon, the University of Portland offers many attractions both on and off campus. Students can check out university clubs and sports or venture to the nearby Portland Art Museum, Oregon Zoo, or Alberta Arts District.
 

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,997 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,157 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
17,680
Setting:
suburban
#9 Overall Score: 75 out of 100.

Just a 30-minute drive from the Pacific Ocean, California Polytechnic State University is located 200 miles from both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Although Cal Poly students can choose from nearly 70 degrees, engineering is the most popular major, with 50 student organizations dedicated specifically to that field.

Tuition and fees:
$36,012 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,348
Setting:
suburban
#9 Overall Score: 75 out of 100.

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

Whitworth University was established in 1890 as a private institution. Whitworth University follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$39,890 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,035
Setting:
suburban
#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100.

A private institution, St. Mary's College of California was founded in 1863.

Tuition and fees:
$41,290 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,360
Setting:
suburban
#12 Overall Score: 69 out of 100.

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

A private school in Southern California, the University of Redlands offers many outdoor activities in both the mountains and beaches nearby. Students at Redlands can also help the environment by studying in a “green” building, participating in Recycle Day, and working on the school’s sustainable farm.

Tuition and fees:
$33,010 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,356
Setting:
city
#13 Overall Score: 68 out of 100.

The University of Dallas is a small Catholic institution that offers a Phi Beta Kappa honors organization. Students at the University of Dallas can get involved in charity events and varsity sports.

Tuition and fees:
$33,813 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,238
Setting:
urban
#14 Overall Score: 67 out of 100.

A small Christian school, Seattle Pacific University (SPU) offers more than 60 bachelor’s degree programs. Students at SPU can volunteer through the John Perkins Center, participate in about 50 campus clubs, and play Division II sports.

Tuition and fees:
$34,740 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,166
Setting:
suburban
#15 Overall Score: 66 out of 100.

Pacific Lutheran University was established in 1890 as a private institution. Pacific Lutheran University follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$33,720 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,238
Setting:
urban
#15 Overall Score: 66 out of 100.

A private institution, St. Edward's University was founded in 1885.

Tuition and fees:
$30,360 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,415
Setting:
urban
#17 Overall Score: 64 out of 100.

Point Loma Nazarene University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,415, with a gender distribution of 37.8 percent male students and 62.2 percent female students. At this school, 68 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 30 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$35,720 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,804
Setting:
suburban
#18 Overall Score: 63 out of 100.

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

Founded in 1959, California Lutheran University is a private institution. California Lutheran University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$28,350 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,626
Setting:
city
#19 Overall Score: 61 out of 100.

Abilene Christian University is a Texas institution affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Students are required to attend daily chapel sessions and take Bible courses.

Tuition and fees:
$33,852 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,458
Setting:
urban
#20 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, CA

A small Catholic school in Los Angeles, Mount St. Mary’s College offers more than 35 academic majors and minors. Students at Mount St. Mary’s College can also explore the Center of Campus Ministry and join some of about 70 organizations.

Tuition and fees:
$37,024 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,716
Setting:
suburban
#20 Overall Score: 58 out of 100.

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

A private institution, Pacific University was founded in 1849. Pacific University offers a Greek system, where 8 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 5 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,862 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,752 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
13,902
Setting:
suburban
#22 Overall Score: 57 out of 100.

Western Washington University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,902, with a gender distribution of 45 percent male students and 55 percent female students.

Tuition and fees:
$29,500 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,526
Setting:
urban
#22 Overall Score: 57 out of 100.

Westminster College

Salt Lake City, UT

Founded in 1875, Westminster College is a private institution. Westminster College follows a 4-1-4-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$31,120 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,184
Setting:
suburban
#24 Overall Score: 55 out of 100.

George Fox University

Newberg, OR

George Fox University is a private institution that was founded in 1891. The school has 60.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at George Fox University is 13:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$5,714 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,073 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,565
Setting:
rural
#24 Overall Score: 55 out of 100.

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology was established in 1889 as a public institution. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

Tuition and fees:
$29,426 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,075
Setting:
urban
#24 Overall Score: 55 out of 100.

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, OK

A private institution, Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904. Oklahoma City University offers a Greek system, where 26.9 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 29.3 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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