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UC Irvine Makes Top Ten Public Colleges in the West List

Thursday, March 04, 2021

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(Wall Street Journal)

The University of California system has the four highest-ranked public schools in the West in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. In all, it has six of the top 10 public schools in the region, with University of California, Irvine ranked seventh. The University of California, Santa Barbara ranked sixth.

Among private schools, two of the country’s top 10 colleges of any kind are located in California—Stanford University, ranked No. 4 overall nationwide, and the California Institute of Technology, No. 7 overall.

The WSJ/THE ranking is based on 15 factors across four main categories: Forty percent of each school’s overall score comes from student outcomes, including measures of graduate salaries and debt burdens, 30% from the school’s academic resources, including how much it spends on teaching, 20% from how well it engages its students and 10% from its environment, a measure of the diversity of its students and faculty.

The University of California, Los Angeles is the highest-ranked public school in the West, at No. 26 among all colleges nationwide. The University of California schools in Berkeley, Davis, and San Diego round out the top four Western public schools, in that order. All four are also among the top 10 public schools in the country.

The University of Washington-Seattle is the highest-ranked public school in the West not located in California, at fifth among the region’s public schools and No. 45 among all colleges nationwide. It also made the top 10 public schools in the country.

In addition to Stanford and Caltech, two other private schools in the West are among the top 25 colleges overall in the country—the University of Southern California, at No. 19 overall, and Pomona College, at No. 24 overall.

See the full lists of the top public and private colleges in the West below. You can see our lists of the top public and private colleges in the Midwest here, and the top colleges in the West for diversity here. You can also see our full rankings as well as sort the complete rankings by a variety of measures and reweight the main contributing factors to reflect what’s most important to you. And you can compare any two colleges in detail side by side.


Top 10 Public Colleges in the West

1University of California, Los AngelesLos Angeles, Calif.26
2University of California, BerkeleyBerkeley, Calif.34
3University of California, DavisDavis, Calif.38
4University of California, San DiegoLa Jolla, Calif.39
5University of Washington-SeattleSeattle, Wash.45
6University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, Calif.74
7University of California, IrvineIrvine, Calif.80
8University of UtahSalt Lake City, Utah133
9University of ArizonaTucson, Ariz.135
10University of Colorado BoulderBoulder, Colo.173


Regions are as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Source: WSJ/THE College Rankings

Category: Education News, UCI, Leaders Circle, Greater Irvine Chamber