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    Top West Coast Colleges

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Posted: November 21st, 2023

    The West Coast is home to many of America’s finest colleges and universities. California residents can enjoy in-state tuition at some of the nation’s most prestigious public universities. And schools like Reed and Claremont McKenna offer world-class liberal arts education to students. Compare the top West Coast colleges below by size, cost, admissions rate, graduation rate, and more:

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    Stanford University

    Stanford, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

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    Stanford University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Stanford, California. There are currently 7,761 undergraduates at Stanford and the school’s acceptance rate is 4%. The tuition at Stanford…

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    4% acceptance
    95% graduation rate
    7,761 undergrads
    $10,851 net price
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    Harvey Mudd College

    Claremont, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

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    Harvey Mudd College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Claremont, California. There are currently 906 undergraduates at Harvey Mudd and the school’s acceptance rate is 13%. The tuition…

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    13% acceptance
    92% graduation rate
    906 undergrads
    $39,671 net price
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    University of California-Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA • Public, City

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    University of California-Berkeley is a public 4-year college located in Berkeley, California. There are currently 32,475 undergraduates at UC Berkeley and the school’s acceptance rate is 11%. The tuition at…

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    11% acceptance
    94% graduation rate
    32,475 undergrads
    $0 net price
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    Pomona College

    Claremont, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

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    Pomona College, located in Claremont, California, is a premier liberal arts college known for its academic excellence and close-knit community. Founded in 1887, Pomona is one of the Claremont Colleges…

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    7% acceptance
    95% graduation rate
    1,699 undergrads
    $18,084 net price
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    Claremont McKenna College

    Claremont, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

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    Claremont McKenna College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Claremont, California. There are currently 1,383 undergraduates at CMC and the school’s acceptance rate is 10%. The tuition at…

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    10% acceptance
    91% graduation rate
    1,383 undergrads
    $19,489 net price
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    University of California-Los Angeles

    Los Angeles, CA • Public, City

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    University of California-Los Angeles is a public 4-year college located in Los Angeles, California. There are currently 32,423 undergraduates at UCLA and the school’s acceptance rate is 9%. The tuition…

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    9% acceptance
    92% graduation rate
    32,423 undergrads
    $0 net price
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    University of California-San Diego

    La Jolla, CA • Public, City

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    UC San Diego, located in La Jolla, is famous for its research in oceanography, engineering, and the life sciences. The campus is home to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and…Read More

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    24% acceptance
    88% graduation rate
    33,092 undergrads
    $0 net price
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    California Institute of Technology

    Pasadena, CA • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

    California Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Pasadena, California. There are currently 982 undergraduates at Caltech and the school’s acceptance rate is 3%. The tuition…

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    3% acceptance
    94% graduation rate
    982 undergrads
    $16,550 net price
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    University of California-Irvine

    Irvine, CA • Public, City

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    University of California-Irvine is a public 4-year college located in Irvine, California. There are currently 28,651 undergraduates at UC Irvine and the school’s acceptance rate is 21%. The tuition at…

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    21% acceptance
    87% graduation rate
    28,651 undergrads
    $0 net price
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    University of Southern California

    Los Angeles, CA • Private, Non-Profit, City

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    University of Southern California is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Los Angeles, California. There are currently 20,505 undergraduates at USC and the school’s acceptance rate is 12%. The…

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    12% acceptance
    93% graduation rate
    20,505 undergrads
    $29,462 net price
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    University of Washington-Seattle Campus

    Seattle, WA • Public, City

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    University of Washington-Seattle Campus is a public 4-year college located in Seattle, Washington. There are currently 30,931 undergraduates at Washington and the school’s acceptance rate is 48%. The tuition at…

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    48% acceptance
    84% graduation rate
    30,931 undergrads
    $0 net price
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    University of California-Davis

    Davis, CA • Public, Suburb

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    University of California-Davis is a public 4-year college located in Davis, California. There are currently 31,512 undergraduates at UC Davis and the school’s acceptance rate is 37%. The tuition at…

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    37% acceptance
    86% graduation rate
    31,512 undergrads
    $0 net price
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    California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

    San Luis Obispo, CA • Public, Suburb

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    California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is a public 4-year college located in San Luis Obispo, California. There are currently 20,976 undergraduates at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the…

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    30% acceptance
    85% graduation rate
    20,976 undergrads
    $0 net price
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    Soka University of America

    Aliso Viejo, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb, Need-Blind

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    Soka University of America is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Aliso Viejo, California. There are currently 445 undergraduates at Soka and the school’s acceptance rate is 57%. The…

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    57% acceptance
    88% graduation rate
    445 undergrads
    $21,267 net price
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    University of California-Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara, CA • Public, Suburb

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    With its campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean, UCSB provides a unique living and learning environment. UC Santa Barbara is known for its strong programs in the sciences, engineering, and the…Read More

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    26% acceptance
    86% graduation rate
    23,419 undergrads
    $0 net price
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    Pitzer College

    Claremont, CA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

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    Pitzer College is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Claremont, California. There are currently 1,212 undergraduates at Pitzer and the school’s acceptance rate is 18%. The tuition at Pitzer…

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    18% acceptance
    85% graduation rate
    1,212 undergrads
    $40,261 net price
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    San Diego State University

    San Diego, CA • Public, City

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    San Diego State University is a public 4-year college located in San Diego, California. There are currently 31,810 undergraduates at SDSU and the school’s acceptance rate is 39%. The tuition…

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    39% acceptance
    78% graduation rate
    31,810 undergrads
    $0 net price
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    California State University-Long Beach

    Long Beach, CA • Public, City

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    California State University-Long Beach is a public 4-year college located in Long Beach, California. There are currently 32,780 undergraduates at Long Beach State and the school’s acceptance rate is 40%.…

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    40% acceptance
    73% graduation rate
    32,780 undergrads
    $0 net price
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    California State University-Fullerton

    Fullerton, CA • Public, Suburb

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    California State University-Fullerton is a public 4-year college located in Fullerton, California. There are currently 35,249 undergraduates at CSUF and the school’s acceptance rate is 67%. The tuition at CSUF…

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    67% acceptance
    69% graduation rate
    35,249 undergrads
    $0 net price
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    Santa Clara University

    Santa Clara, CA • Private, Non-Profit, City

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    Santa Clara University is a private, non-profit 4-year college located in Santa Clara, California. There are currently 6,103 undergraduates at Santa Clara and the school’s acceptance rate is 52%. The…

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    52% acceptance
    89% graduation rate
    6,103 undergrads
    $44,133 net price
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    We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

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