Top Bachelor's Universities & Colleges in the Western U.S. - U.S. News University Directory

Bachelor's colleges of the Western U.S., ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Regional Colleges - West, confer associate's and bachelor's degrees on their graduates. Fewer than half of the degrees awarded at these institutions are in a liberal arts field. Let U.S. News University Directory help you find your ideal bachelor's degree today!

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Carroll College

Helena, MT

Carroll College is a private Catholic college that was founded in 1909. It boasts top academic programs, low tuition costs, and a community feel. Nearly 80 percent of Carroll graduates earn their degrees in four years or fewer, and many are accepted into the nation's best medical, law, and graduate schools.

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Bartlesville, OK

Founded in 1972, Oklahoma Wesleyan University is a private evangelical Christian school commonly abbreviated as OKWU. The campus is located in the northeast corner of Oklahoma, in the town of Bartlesville. Some of the popular majors at the school include nursing science, business administration, education, religious studies and digital communication.

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Corban University

Salem, OR

Corban University, located in Salem, Oregon, was founded as a private Christian school in 1935. The school has over 50 areas of study, and encourages all students to live religiously. Students can also write for the student-run newspaper or help run the campus Christian rock radio station.

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Menlo College

Atherton, CA

Menlo College is a small private institution that affords its students the opportunity to study business topics in Silicon Valley. The school is located in Atherton, California, the heart of Silicon Valley, and offers about 15 business-related degrees. Students can complete in Division III athletics or can belong to any of the 30 different student clubs and organizations.

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Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

The Oregon Institute of Technology was founded in 1947 as a pubic institution. It is located in Klamath Fall, Oregon in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The school was the first to offer an undergraduate program in renewable energy engineering in the US and emphasizes sustainability in campus and academic life.

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Warner Pacific College

Portland, OR

Warner Pacific College was founded in 1937 as a private, Christian college. The 17-acres campus is located in the heart of urban Portland, Oregon. The school recently initiated an Urban Studies program that focuses on the increasingly urban nature of the world.

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Brigham Young University--Idaho

Rexburg, ID

Brigham Young University- Idaho is a private institution located in Rexburg, Idaho. The school was founded in 1888 and is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU is the largest private university in Idaho and offers students more than 70 bachelor's degrees.

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Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, CA

Founded in 1920, Vanguard University of Southern California is a private Pentecostal school located in Costa Mesa, California. The campus sits on 40 acres about an hour south of Los Angeles. The school offers more than 30 areas of study and some of the most popular majors include business, marketing, management, psychology, and communications.

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East Texas Baptist University

Marshall, TX

East Texas Baptist University was founded in 1912 as a private institution in Marshall, Texas. The school's mission is the development of Christian character, global awareness, social consciousness, intellectual inquiry and skills for contemporary society. The academic program focuses primarily on the humanities, natural and social sciences, fine arts and selected professional areas.

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Rocky Mountain College

Billings, MT

Rocky Mountain College is a small, private college founded in 1878 and is Montana's oldest college. The college is located in a residential section of Billings, Montana just 90 minutes from Yellowstone National Park. The school offers outdoor activities like skiing, kayaking and rock climbing while athletes compete in the NAIA Frontier Conference.

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Howard Payne University

Brownwood, TX

Howard Payne University is a private institution founded in 1889 that is committed to small classes and personalized instruction. The school is affiliate with the Baptist church and is located in Brownwood, Texas. The university prides itself on being routinely recognized by the Texas Academy of Science for its original research.

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Brigham Young University--Hawaii

Laie Oahu, HI

Located in Laie Oahu, Hawaii, Brigham Young University is a private institution affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The campus sists on 195 acres and almost half of the student body are international students representing 70 countries.

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Northwest University

Kirkland, WA

Located on the eastside of Seattle, Northwest University is a private institution founded in 1934. The school is affiliate with the Assembles of God church and students meet three times per week for worship and preaching. The school is located near the corporate headquarters of large companies like Starbucks, Microsoft, and Nordstrom. Popular majors at the school include business administration, management and operations, organizational communication and nursing.

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McMurry University

Abilene, TX

Located in Abilene, Texas, McMurry University is a private college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school was founded in 1923 and prides itself on providing a caring environment that is conducive to student success. Among the most popular programs at the school are education, business, management, visual and performing arts, and social sciences.

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Hope International University

Fullerton, CA

Originally founded in 1928 as Pacific Bible Seminary, Hope International University is a private Christian university located in Fullerton, California. The institution consists of five colleges offering a range of academic programs. Theology and religious vocations, business, management, marketing and human sciences are among some of the most popular majors at HIU.

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Northwest Christian University

Eugene, OR

Located in Eugene, Oregon, Northwest Christian University is a private university founded in 1895. The school's mission is to develop competent, ethical leaders for service in the workplace, community, Church, and world.

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Lewis-Clark State College

Lewiston, ID

Lewis-Clark State College is a four-year public state institution that was founded in 1893. The school is located in Lewiston, Idaho in the Lewis-Clark Valley, an area that boasts more warm and sunny days than any other place in the Pacific Northwest.

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University of Great Falls

Great Falls, MT

Located in Great Falls, Montana, the University of Great Falls is a private Catholic university founded in 1932. The schools prides itself on creating an opportunity for its students to discover themselves. Among the most popular majors are education, health professions, business, management, public administration, and social services.

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