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

Trinity University is a private institution that was founded in 1869. The school has 58.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Trinity University is 9:1.

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 was established in 1851 as a private institution. Santa Clara University follows a differs by program-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

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

A private institution, Loyola Marymount University was founded in 1911. Loyola Marymount University offers a Greek system, where 33 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 16 percent is involved in a fraternity.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,906, with a gender distribution of 45.8 percent male students and 54.2 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus.

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

Founded in 1890, Whitworth University is 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.

St. Mary's College of California is a private institution that was founded in 1863. The school has 42.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at St. Mary's College of California is 13:1.

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.

Founded in 1890, Pacific Lutheran University is 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.

St. Edward's University is a private institution that was founded in 1885. The school has 54.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at St. Edward's University is 13:1.

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

Point Loma Nazarene University was established in 1902 as a private institution. Point Loma Nazarene University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

A private institution, California Lutheran University was founded in 1959.

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

Pacific University is a private institution that was founded in 1849. The school has 64.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Pacific University is 10:1.

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 was established in 1893 as a public institution. Western Washington University follows a quarter-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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

A private institution, Westminster College was founded in 1875.

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 has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,184, with a gender distribution of 40.7 percent male students and 59.3 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus.

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.

Founded in 1889, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is 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

Oklahoma City University is a private institution that was founded in 1904. The school has 73.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Oklahoma City University is 11:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,395 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$19,561 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
4,193
Setting:
city
#27 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

Evergreen State College was established in 1967 as a public institution. Evergreen State College follows a quarter-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$25,740 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,450
Setting:
city
#27 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

LeTourneau University

Longview, TX

A private institution, LeTourneau University was founded in 1946.

Tuition and fees:
$32,424 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,750
Setting:
urban
#27 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

Regis University

Denver, CO

Regis University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,750, with a gender distribution of 36.6 percent male students and 63.4 percent female students. At this school, 8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 92 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$25,126 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,459
Setting:
urban
#27 Overall Score: 51 out of 100.

Founded in 1852, St. Mary's University of San Antonio is a private institution. St. Mary's University of San Antonio follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$40,600 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,628
Setting:
suburban
#31 Overall Score: 50 out of 100.

Dominican University of California is a private institution that was founded in 1890. The school has 60.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Dominican University of California is 10:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,240 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,400 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
30,931
Setting:
city
#32 Overall Score: 48 out of 100.

With a peach tree-lined campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the California State University—Long Beach offers students an education in a scenic setting. Among its Division I athletic squads is the especially competitive women’s volleyball team.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,118 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,278 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
20,542
Setting:
suburban
#33 Overall Score: 47 out of 100.

The official motto of California State Polytechnic University—Pomona translates to “Application of Knowledge,” and students have many opportunities to learn by doing outside of the classroom. Notable alumni include Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, the first Latina to serve in the U.S. cabinet.

Tuition and fees:
$28,240 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,626
Setting:
urban
#33 Overall Score: 47 out of 100.

University of St. Thomas has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,626, with a gender distribution of 37.7 percent male students and 62.3 percent female students. At this school, 17 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 83 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,182 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$17,342 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
32,379
Setting:
city
#35 Overall Score: 45 out of 100.

Located in the middle of Orange County, California State University—Fullerton (CSUF) is a school where students can easily soak up the sunshine, visit a beach, or drive 30 miles to Los Angeles. On campus, CSUF students participate in several clubs and attend Division I sports games.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,286 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$9,742 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
19,719
Setting:
urban
#36 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

At California State University—Fresno, students can explore the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada range and the San Joaquin Valley. On campus, Fresno State students can join more than 200 organizations and play Division I sports.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,373 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$13,244 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
25,157
Setting:
urban
#36 Overall Score: 44 out of 100.

San Jose State University was established in 1857 as a public institution. San Jose State University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$24,900 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
1,710
Setting:
rural
#38 Overall Score: 43 out of 100.

Walla Walla University

College Place, WA

A private institution, Walla Walla University was founded in 1892.

Tuition and fees:
$23,460 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,853
Setting:
city
#39 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

Hardin-Simmons University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,853, with a gender distribution of 48.7 percent male students and 51.3 percent female students. At this school, 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$25,190 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,477
Setting:
city
#39 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

Founded in 1913, Northwest Nazarene University is a private institution. Northwest Nazarene University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$20,840 (2012-13)
Enrollment:
1,794
Setting:
urban
#39 Overall Score: 42 out of 100.

Texas Wesleyan University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Wesleyan University is a private institution that was founded in 1890. The school has 74.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Texas Wesleyan University is 15:1.

Tuition and fees:
$28,122 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,954
Setting:
suburban
#42 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

California Baptist University was established in 1950 as a private institution. California Baptist University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered less selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,906 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$20,066 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
15,316
Setting:
rural
#42 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

Students at California State University—Chico are minutes away from Table Mountain and Lake Oroville and just a few hours from Sacramento and San Francisco. On campus, Chico State students can play Division II sports and join more than 200 clubs.

Tuition and fees:
$25,716 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
2,764
Setting:
city
#42 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

Fresno Pacific University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,764, with a gender distribution of 36.3 percent male students and 63.7 percent female students. At this school, 21 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$18,800 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,910
Setting:
city
#42 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma City, OK

Founded in 1950, Oklahoma Christian University is a private institution. Oklahoma Christian University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$7,234 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,394 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,122
Setting:
suburban
#42 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

Located in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sonoma State University (SSU) offers the nation’s only program that focuses exclusively on the business side of the wine industry. Outside the classroom, SSU students can join more than 100 clubs and pledge with more than 20 fraternities and sororities.

In-state tuition and fees:
$8,658 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$18,576 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,354
Setting:
city
#42 Overall Score: 41 out of 100.

University of Colorado--Colorado Springs was established in 1965 as a public institution. University of Colorado--Colorado Springs follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$33,150 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,488
Setting:
suburban
#48 Overall Score: 40 out of 100.

Woodbury University

Burbank, CA

Located just a few miles north of Los Angeles, Woodbury University is a small, private institution in Southern California. Woodbury students can receive extra help with their studies by utilizing the writing center and academic peer mentors.

Tuition and fees:
$22,350 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
3,513
Setting:
suburban
#49 Overall Score: 39 out of 100.

Dallas Baptist University is a private university that stresses the integration of faith and academics. Among the university’s academic departments is the College of Christian Faith.
 

Tuition and fees:
$29,834 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
1,479
Setting:
suburban
#49 Overall Score: 39 out of 100.

Founded in 1895, St. Martin's University is a private institution. St. Martin's University follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

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