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CC Best Colleges Universities West

The Consensus Best Colleges and Universities in the West applies the College Consensus methodology to ranking the best higher education institutions in the Western United States. Compiling the most reliable published rankings and legitimate student reviews, College Consensus gives students a comprehensive picture of the top colleges.

The Western US is home to some of the greatest research universities, public university systems, and private institutions in the world. It’s their colleges and universities that do so much of the heavy lifting in higher education, training a workforce and educating professionals where they are. Our ranking of the Best Colleges and Universities in the West recognizes the top schools offering undergraduate and graduate programs to the region.

How Do We Rank the Best Colleges in the West?

College Consensus rankings combine the results of the most respected college ranking systems with the averaged ratings of thousands of real student reviews from around the web to create a unique college meta-ranking. This approach offers a comprehensive and holistic perspective missing from other college rankings. Visit our about page for information on which rankings and review sites were included in this year’s consensus rankings.

The Best Colleges & Universities in the West category is limited to schools in AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, HI, MO, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WY.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

There’s never been a college ranking quite like the College Consensus, simply because no one has built a ranking on all other reputable rankings before. By taking the long view, College Consensus can become an invaluable part of a prospective college student’s research process. We eliminate methodological bias by cutting to the chase – what are the numbers, all the numbers, and how do colleges measure up with all rankings and reviews combined? There’s nowhere to hide and no way to game the system with College Consensus.

The Best Colleges & Universities in the West are listed in descending order by their Consensus score.

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92.2
College Consensus
99
Publisher Consensus
85.4
Student Consensus
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88.8
College Consensus
94.1
Publisher Consensus
83.4
Student Consensus
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87.3
College Consensus
94.1
Publisher Consensus
80.5
Student Consensus
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87.2
College Consensus
94.8
Publisher Consensus
79.6
Student Consensus
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86.9
College Consensus
93.9
Publisher Consensus
79.9
Student Consensus
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86.9
College Consensus
90.2
Publisher Consensus
83.6
Student Consensus
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86.7
College Consensus
88.6
Publisher Consensus
84.7
Student Consensus
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84.9
College Consensus
89.7
Publisher Consensus
80.1
Student Consensus
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82.9
College Consensus
89.3
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
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82.7
College Consensus
88.5
Publisher Consensus
76.9
Student Consensus
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82.3
College Consensus
86.2
Publisher Consensus
78.4
Student Consensus
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82.3
College Consensus
91.3
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
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81.7
College Consensus
90.7
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
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81.6
College Consensus
86.6
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
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81.4
College Consensus
83.6
Publisher Consensus
79.3
Student Consensus
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81.1
College Consensus
87.3
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
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80.8
College Consensus
86.3
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
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80.2
College Consensus
80.6
Publisher Consensus
79.9
Student Consensus
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79.9
College Consensus
77.6
Publisher Consensus
82.3
Student Consensus
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79.4
College Consensus
78.6
Publisher Consensus
80.1
Student Consensus
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79.3
College Consensus
81.1
Publisher Consensus
77.5
Student Consensus
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79.2
College Consensus
79.7
Publisher Consensus
78.7
Student Consensus
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77.3
College Consensus
81.3
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
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75.8
College Consensus
81.3
Publisher Consensus
70.3
Student Consensus
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75.8
College Consensus
67
Publisher Consensus
84.5
Student Consensus
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75.8
College Consensus
73.3
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
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75.1
College Consensus
67.2
Publisher Consensus
83.1
Student Consensus
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74.5
College Consensus
70.7
Publisher Consensus
78.3
Student Consensus
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74
College Consensus
75.1
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
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73.7
College Consensus
77.4
Publisher Consensus
70
Student Consensus
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72.8
College Consensus
65.5
Publisher Consensus
80.2
Student Consensus
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72.8
College Consensus
70.9
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
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72.6
College Consensus
71.1
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
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72.4
College Consensus
69.5
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
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71.7
College Consensus
64.8
Publisher Consensus
78.5
Student Consensus
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70.6
College Consensus
69.4
Publisher Consensus
71.8
Student Consensus
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70.1
College Consensus
66.3
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
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69.9
College Consensus
58.7
Publisher Consensus
81.1
Student Consensus
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69.7
College Consensus
65.2
Publisher Consensus
74.1
Student Consensus
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69.6
College Consensus
64
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
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69.4
College Consensus
67.4
Publisher Consensus
71.5
Student Consensus
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69.4
College Consensus
62.9
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
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69.2
College Consensus
66.7
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
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68.6
College Consensus
56
Publisher Consensus
81.3
Student Consensus
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68.2
College Consensus
59.8
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
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68
College Consensus
59.4
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
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67.9
College Consensus
62.1
Publisher Consensus
73.6
Student Consensus
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67.8
College Consensus
56.1
Publisher Consensus
79.6
Student Consensus
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67.8
College Consensus
57.9
Publisher Consensus
77.6
Student Consensus
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67.7
College Consensus
57
Publisher Consensus
78.5
Student Consensus
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67.3
College Consensus
56
Publisher Consensus
78.7
Student Consensus
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66.9
College Consensus
55.5
Publisher Consensus
78.2
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66.8
College Consensus
58
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
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66.6
College Consensus
55.2
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
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66.4
College Consensus
55.1
Publisher Consensus
77.7
Student Consensus
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66.1
College Consensus
54.9
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
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65.8
College Consensus
58.1
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
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65.5
College Consensus
53.7
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
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65.4
College Consensus
53.9
Publisher Consensus
76.9
Student Consensus
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65.1
College Consensus
51.9
Publisher Consensus
78.3
Student Consensus
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64.5
College Consensus
58.7
Publisher Consensus
70.2
Student Consensus
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64.4
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
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64.3
College Consensus
53
Publisher Consensus
75.7
Student Consensus
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64.1
College Consensus
50.9
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
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63.8
College Consensus
52.8
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
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63.6
College Consensus
59.6
Publisher Consensus
67.6
Student Consensus
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63.5
College Consensus
53.6
Publisher Consensus
73.4
Student Consensus
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63.4
College Consensus
50.5
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
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63.2
College Consensus
58.3
Publisher Consensus
68.1
Student Consensus
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63
College Consensus
48.8
Publisher Consensus
77.1
Student Consensus
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62.9
College Consensus
48.3
Publisher Consensus
77.5
Student Consensus
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62.9
College Consensus
47.8
Publisher Consensus
78.1
Student Consensus
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62.6
College Consensus
54.6
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
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62.3
College Consensus
45.5
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
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62
College Consensus
43.8
Publisher Consensus
80.2
Student Consensus
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61.8
College Consensus
47.3
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
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61.3
College Consensus
47.4
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
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60.2
College Consensus
47.5
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
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60
College Consensus
44.3
Publisher Consensus
75.7
Student Consensus
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59.8
College Consensus
40.7
Publisher Consensus
78.9
Student Consensus
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59.6
College Consensus
42.5
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
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59.5
College Consensus
48.2
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
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59.3
College Consensus
42.4
Publisher Consensus
76.3
Student Consensus
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58.6
College Consensus
43.4
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
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56.9
College Consensus
35.2
Publisher Consensus
78.5
Student Consensus
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53.5
College Consensus
31.4
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
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52.5
College Consensus
28.3
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
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52.3
College Consensus
33.9
Publisher Consensus
70.6
Student Consensus
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51.5
College Consensus
30.6
Publisher Consensus
72.3
Student Consensus
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47.5
College Consensus
23.4
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
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47.1
College Consensus
22.2
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
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46.5
College Consensus
24.1
Publisher Consensus
68.9
Student Consensus
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45
College Consensus
13.2
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2022

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