With thousands of colleges and universities in the US, it may be impossible for aspiring students to narrow down the field. On the west coast alone there are a multitude of highly rated state schools and excellent private universities, with students ranging from a few hundred to tens of thousands.

Forklift summarized the top 50 schools on the west coast based on Niche’s 2021 best colleges in America List (updated February 2021). These facilities in Oregon, Washington, and California are based on rigorous analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education. The categories examined included academics, admissions, financial costs, student life, and other factors.

Whether you’re dreaming of spending the next four years on a Southern California beach, spending weekends in trendy Seattle, or exploring the great outdoors around Portland, this list has a wealth of options. You can choose your best fit based on categories like location, net price, and mean profit margin. College Search: Treated.

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